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7578647 Load port configurations for small lot size substrate carriers  
In a first aspect, an apparatus is provided for opening a substrate carrier door of a substrate carrier. The apparatus includes a supporting member adapted to (1) support the substrate carrier...
7577487 Methods and apparatus for a band to band transfer module  
A band to band transfer module according to the present invention may be used with a substrate carrier transport system, or other systems, to transfer substrate carriers (e.g., small lot substrate...
7570130 Apparatus and methods for a fixed impedance transformation network for use in connection with a plasma chamber  
In certain embodiments, an apparatus for providing a fixed impedance transformation network for driving a plasma chamber includes a pre-match network adapted to couple between an Active RF match...
7569434 PFETs and methods of manufacturing the same  
In a first aspect, a first method of manufacturing a PFET on a substrate is provided. The first method includes the steps of (1) forming a gate channel region of the PFET having a first thickness...
7569193 Apparatus and method for controlled combustion of gaseous pollutants  
The present invention relates to systems and methods for controlled combustion of gaseous pollutants while reducing and removing deposition of unwanted reaction products from within the treatment...
7566629 Patterned silicon-on-insulator layers and methods for forming the same  
In an aspect, a method is provided for forming a silicon-on-insulator (SOI) layer. The method includes the steps of (1) providing a silicon substrate; (2) selectively implanting the silicon...
7562267 Methods and apparatus for testing a memory  
In a first aspect, a first method is provided that includes the steps of (1) transmitting a first signal representative of a test operation from a test circuit to a memory via a first signal path;...
7561482 Defective block isolation in a non-volatile memory system  
A method and apparatus provide an improved identification and isolation of defective blocks in non-volatile memory devices having a plurality of user accessible blocks of non-volatile storage...
7560339 Nonvolatile memory cell comprising a reduced height vertical diode  
A nonvolatile memory cell according to the present invention comprises a bottom conductor, a semiconductor pillar, and a top conductor. The semiconductor pillar comprises a junction diode,...
7557405 High-density nonvolatile memory  
An improved nonvolatile memory cell made by a method for fabricating a three dimensional monolithic memory with increased density. The memory cell includes at least a part of a first conductor, a...
7556334 Methods and apparatus for aligning print heads  
In a first aspect, a system is provided. The system includes (1) a stage adapted to move a substrate relative to print heads during printing; (2) at least one print head suspended from a support...
7553611 Masking of repeated overlay and alignment marks to allow reuse of photomasks in a vertical structure  
In formation of monolithic three dimensional memory arrays, a photomask may be used more than once. Reuse of a photomask creates second, third or more instances of reference marks used by the...
7552816 Break-away positioning conveyor mount for accommodating conveyor belt bends  
A break-away mounting system for a continuous-motion, high-speed position conveyor system is disclosed. A support cradle may be suspended from a conveyor belt such that the support cradle...
7552269 Synchronizing a plurality of processors  
In a first aspect, a first method of synchronizing a plurality of processors of a system is provided. The first method includes the steps of (1) modifying a peripheral component interconnect...
7548542 Methods and apparatus for transferring data  
In a first aspect, a method is provided for transferring data. The method includes the steps of (1) receiving information about a location and type of a data source and a location and type of a...
7547644 Methods and apparatus for forming barrier layers in high aspect ratio vias  
In a first aspect, a method is provided that includes (1) forming a first barrier layer over the sidewalls and bottom of a via using atomic layer deposition within an atomic layer deposition (ALD)...
D593317 Health management supply organizer  
7540371 Break-away positioning conveyor mount for accommodating conveyor belt bends  
A break-away mounting system for a continuous-motion, high-speed position conveyor system is disclosed. A support cradle may be suspended from a conveyor belt such that the support cradle...
7537108 Methods and apparatus for transporting substrate carriers  
According to a first aspect, a first conveyor system is provided that is adapted to deliver substrate carriers within a semiconductor device manufacturing facility. The first conveyor system...
D592601 Inkjet printer cable  
7532952 Methods and apparatus for pressure control in electronic device manufacturing systems  
In one aspect, improved methods and apparatus for pressure control in an electronic device manufacturing system are provided. The method includes acquiring information related to a current state...
7531423 Reduced-resistance finFETs by sidewall silicidation and methods of manufacturing the same  
In a first aspect, a first method of manufacturing a finFET is provided. The first method includes the steps of (1) providing a substrate; and (2) forming at least one source/drain diffusion...
7527141 System for transporting substrate carriers  
In a semiconductor fabrication facility, a conveyor transports substrate carriers. The substrate carriers are unloaded from the conveyor and loaded onto the conveyor without stopping the conveyor....
7525121 Coplanar silicon-on-insulator (SOI) regions of different crystal orientations and methods of making the same  
In a first aspect, a first method is provided for semiconductor device manufacturing. The first method includes the steps of (1) providing a substrate; and (2) forming a first silicon-on-insulator...
7522974 Interface for operating and monitoring abatement systems  
Method and systems are provided for monitoring and controlling one or more abatement systems. One or more abatement systems may be represented on a display alone with one or more effluent flows...
7522969 Methods and apparatus for material control system interface  
Methods and apparatus are provided for managing movement of small lots between processing tools within an electronic device manufacturing facility. In some embodiments, a number of priority lots...
7521353 Method for reducing dielectric overetch when making contact to conductive features  
In a first preferred embodiment of the present invention, conductive features are formed on a first dielectric etch stop layer, and a second dielectric material is deposited over and between the...
7519752 Apparatus for using information and a count in reissuing commands requiring access to a bus and methods of using the same  
In a first aspect, a first method of reissuing a command involving bus access is provided. The first method includes the steps of (1) storing information associated with commands that are to be...
7518466 Methods and apparatus for symmetrical and/or concentric radio frequency matching networks  
Apparatus and methods are provided that are adapted to match the impedance of an electrical load to an impedance of an electrical signal generator. The invention includes providing a plurality of...
7517796 Method for patterning submicron pillars  
The present invention provides for a method to pattern and etch very small dimension pillars, for example in a memory array. When dimensions of pillars become very small, the photoresist pillars...
7513062 Single wafer dryer and drying methods  
In a first aspect, a first method of drying a substrate is provided. The first method includes the steps of (1) lifting a substrate through an air/fluid interface at a first rate; (2) directing a...
7507296 Methods and apparatus for determining scrubber brush pressure  
In a scrubber adapted to clean a semiconductor wafer, the torque of a brush rotation motor is monitored while a scrubber brush is in contact with the wafer and is being rotated by the motor. The...
7506752 Methods and apparatus for transporting substrate carriers  
According to a first aspect, a first conveyor system is provided that is adapted to deliver substrate carriers within a semiconductor device manufacturing facility. The first conveyor system...
7506747 Break-away positioning conveyor mount for accommodating conveyor belt bends  
A break-away mounting system for a continuous-motion, high-speed position conveyor system is disclosed. A support cradle may be suspended from a conveyor belt such that the support cradle...
7506746 System for transporting substrate carriers  
In a semiconductor fabrication facility, a conveyor transports substrate carriers. The substrate carriers are unloaded from the conveyor and loaded onto the conveyor without stopping the conveyor....
7506282 Apparatus and methods for predicting and/or calibrating memory yields  
An apparatus and methods for predicting and/or for calibrating memory yields due to process defects and/or device variations, including determining a model of a memory cell, identifying a subset...
7503448 Break-away positioning conveyor mount for accommodating conveyor belt bends  
A break-away mounting system for a continuous-motion, high-speed position conveyor system is disclosed. A support cradle may be suspended from a conveyor belt such that the support cradle...
7501161 Methods and apparatus for reducing arcing during plasma processing  
In a first aspect, a method is provided for use during plasma processing. The first method includes the steps of (1) placing a substrate on a substrate holder of a plasma chamber; (2) positioning...
7499767 Methods and apparatus for positioning a substrate relative to a support stage  
In a first aspect, a substrate positioning system includes a plurality of pushers arranged in a spaced relation about a stage adapted to support a substrate. Each pusher is adapted to assume a...
7494765 Method for patterning photoresist pillars using a photomask having a plurality of chromeless nonprinting phase shifting windows  
A method for patterning a photoresist using a photomask to form an integrated circuit, the photomask including a first area transmitting light in a first phase surrounded by a second area, the...
7488625 Vertically stacked, field programmable, nonvolatile memory and method of fabrication  
A three-dimensional, field-programmable, non-volatile memory includes multiple layers of first and second crossing conductors. Pillars are self-aligned at the intersection of adjacent first and...
7484030 Storage controller and methods for using the same  
In a first aspect, a first method is provided for processing a request. The first method includes the steps of (1) receiving a request in first logic of a controller from a device master; (2)...
7480877 Methods and apparatus for Boolean equivalency checking in the presence of voting logic  
In a first aspect, a first method of designing a circuit is provided. The first method includes the steps of (1) providing a model of an original circuit design including a latch; (2) providing a...
7477956 Methods and apparatus for enhancing electronic device manufacturing throughput  
In some aspects, a method is provided for enhancing electronic device manufacturing throughput within an electronic device manufacturing tool. The method includes the steps of (1) for the...
7475159 High-speed scheduler  
In a first aspect, a method is provided for scheduling connections for a network processor. The method includes the steps of, in a cache, scheduling a plurality of connections to be serviced based...
7474934 Methods and apparatus for enhancing electronic device manufacturing throughput  
Methods, systems, and apparatus are provided that include determining a number of storage locations corresponding to busy chambers of an electronic device manufacturing tool; based on the number...
7474000 High density contact to relaxed geometry layers  
The present invention provides for a via and staggered routing level structure. Vertically overlapping vias connect to two or more routing levels formed at different heights. The routing levels...
7472227 Invalidating multiple address cache entries  
In a first aspect, a first method is provided for removing entries from an address cache. The first method includes the steps of (1) writing data to a register; and (2) removing a plurality of...
7469265 Methods and apparatus for performing multi-value range checks  
In a first aspect, a method is provided for determining in which of n intervals a sum of two or more numbers resides. The method includes determining the two or more numbers, and providing fewer...
7467919 Automatic door opener  
A wafer carrier opener is provided. The wafer carrier opener may eliminate the use of two separate actuators by using a four-bar linkage mechanism. The wafer carrier opener includes a wafer...


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