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7324913 Methods and apparatus for testing a link between chips  
In a first aspect, a first method of testing a link between a first chip and a second chip is provided. The first method includes the steps of, while operating in a test mode, (1) transmitting...
7323042 Abatement system targeting a by-pass effluent stream of a semiconductor process tool  
An apparatus and method for abating toxic and/or hazardous gas species in a diluent gas stream line deriving from a by-pass line of a semiconductor process tool, comprising contacting the diluent...
7319920 Method and apparatus for self-calibration of a substrate handling robot  
A substrate-handling robot which serves a processing tool such as a plating tool may be automatically controlled by a controller to perform a self-calibration procedure. As part of the procedure,...
7319729 Asynchronous interface methods and apparatus  
In a first aspect of the invention, a first method is provided for aligning signals from a first receiver located in a first clock domain to a second receiver located in a second clock domain. The...
7317683 Weighted fair queue serving plural output ports  
A data communication apparatus includes a plurality of output ports and a scheduler for assigning priorities for outbound data frames. The scheduler includes one or more scheduling queues. Each...
7313744 Methods and apparatus for testing a scan chain to isolate defects  
Systems, methods and apparatus are provided for isolating a defect in a scan chain. The invention includes modifying a first test mode of a plurality of latches included in a scan chain, operating...
7310345 Empty indicators for weighted fair queues  
A scheduler for a network processor includes one or more scheduling queues. Each scheduling queue defines a respective sequence in which flows are to be serviced. A respective empty indicator is...
7304888 Reverse-bias method for writing memory cells in a memory array  
A memory array having memory cells each comprising a diode and a phase change material or antifuse is reliably programmed by maintaining all word lines and bit lines connected to unselected memory...
7299831 Substrate carrier having door latching and substrate clamping mechanisms  
In a first aspect, an automatic door opener is provided that includes (1) a platform adapted to support a substrate carrier; (2) a door opening mechanism adapted to open a door of the substrate...
7293642 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...
7290185 Methods and apparatus for reducing memory errors  
In a first aspect, a first method is provided for reducing memory errors. The first method includes the steps of (1) detecting at least one error in data output from a first physical memory unit...
7289659 Method and apparatus for manufacturing diamond shaped chips  
In a first aspect, an inventive apparatus for imaging a chip on a wafer includes a combined diamond chip image and kerf image having a plurality of sloped sides. The combined diamond chip image...
7289370 Methods and apparatus for accessing memory  
In a first aspect, a first method is provided for accessing memory. The first method includes the steps of (1) storing a bit in a cell included in a memory having a plurality of cells arranged...
7288165 Pad conditioning head for CMP process  
In a first aspect, a first apparatus is provided for a chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) process. The first apparatus includes (1) a rotatable member; (2) an end effector adapted to receive and...
7285464 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,...
7280474 Weighted fair queue having adjustable scaling factor  
A scheduler for a network processor includes a scheduling queue in which weighted fair queuing is applied. The scheduling queue has a range R. Flows are attached to the scheduling queue at a...
7274971 Methods and apparatus for electronic device manufacturing system monitoring and control  
In a first aspect, a computer program product is provided. The computer program product includes a medium readable by a computer. The computer readable medium has computer program code adapted to...
7265696 Methods and apparatus for testing an integrated circuit  
In a first aspect, a method of testing an analog circuit is provided. The method includes (1) providing the analog circuit with a screening circuit adapted to cause the analog circuit to function...
7265049 Ultrathin chemically grown oxide film as a dopant diffusion barrier in semiconductor devices  
The invention is a chemically grown oxide layer which prevents dopant diffusion between semiconductor layers. The chemically grown oxide layer may be so thin that it does not form a barrier to...
7260765 Methods and apparatus for dynamically reconfigurable parallel data error checking  
In a first aspect, a first method is provided. The first method includes the steps of (1) transmitting data on a bus, wherein data is presented on the bus using varying widths; (2) configuring a...
7258520 Methods and apparatus for using substrate carrier movement to actuate substrate carrier door opening/closing  
A system for opening a substrate carrier includes a substrate carrier having an openable portion. The substrate carrier also has an opening mechanism coupled to the openable portion. A substrate...
7257124 Method and apparatus for improving the fairness of new attaches to a weighted fair queue in a quality of service (QoS) scheduler  
In a first aspect, a network processor includes a scheduler in which a scheduling queue is maintained. A last frame is dispatched from a flow queue maintained in the network processor, thereby...
7256132 Substrate centering apparatus and method  
A semiconductor substrate centering mechanism includes a plurality of substrate support pins, each pin having a top surface. The top surfaces of the pins define a plane in which the substrate is...
7252098 Apparatus for cleaning and drying substrates  
A method and apparatus for cleaning, rinsing and Marangoni drying substrates is provided. A line of fluid is sprayed along a substrate surface forming an air/fluid interface line, and a line of...
7251185 Methods and apparatus for using memory  
In an aspect, a method is provided for using memory. The method includes the steps of (1) employing memory stacking, memory mirroring and memory interleaving in a total memory to reduce a number...
7250778 Wafer test apparatus including optical elements and method of using the test apparatus  
Wafer-level testing is performed on an electronic device to be used in an optical communications system. An optical test signal is generated and is provided to a first photo detector. An...
7243003 Substrate carrier handler that unloads substrate carriers directly from a moving conveyor  
In a first aspect, a substrate loading station is served by a conveyor which continuously transports substrate carriers. A substrate carrier handler that is part of the substrate loading station...
7239559 Methods and apparatus for accessing memory  
In a first aspect, a first method is provided for accessing memory. The first method includes the steps of (1) storing a bit in a cell included in a memory having a plurality of cells arranged...
7234908 Apparatus for storing and moving a cassette  
A cassette stocker includes a plurality of cassette storage shelves positioned adjacent a cleanroom wall and vertically disposed relative to a plurality of cassette docking stations, and a...
7234584 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....
7230702 Monitoring of smart pin transition timing  
A movable portion of a substrate carrier handler is extended into a transport path along which a substrate carrier transport system transports a substrate carrier, respective kinematic coupling...
7229504 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...
7226514 Spin-rinse-dryer  
An inventive vertical spin-dryer is provided. The inventive spin-dryer may have a shield system positioned to receive fluid displaced from a substrate vertically positioned within the spin-dryer....
7225419 Methods for modeling latch transparency  
In a first aspect, a method is provided that includes the steps of (1) receiving a circuit design having a plurality of latches; and (2) allowing one or more latches of the circuit design to be...
7225097 Methods and apparatus for memory calibration  
In a first aspect, a first method is provided for adjusting memory system calibration. The first method includes the steps of (1) while in a first operating state, calibrating the memory system...
7221993 Systems and methods for transferring small lot size substrate carriers between processing tools  
In a first aspect, a method of managing work in progress within a small lot size semiconductor device manufacturing facility is provided. The first method includes providing a small lot size...
7218983 Method and apparatus for integrating large and small lot electronic device fabrication facilities  
In at least one aspect, the invention provides an electronic device fabrication facility (Fab) that uses small lot carriers that may be transparently integrated into an existing Fab that uses...
7214349 Effluent gas stream treatment system having utility for oxidation treatment of semiconductor manufacturing effluent gases  
An effluent gas stream treatment system for treatment of gaseous effluents such as waste gases from semiconductor manufacturing operations. The effluent gas stream treatment system comprises a...
7213084 System and method for allocating memory allocation bandwidth by assigning fixed priority of access to DMA machines and programmable priority to processing unit  
In a first aspect, a first method is provided for allocating memory bandwidth. The first method includes the steps of (1) assigning a fixed priority of access to the memory bandwidth to one or...
7208047 Apparatus and method for thermally isolating a heat chamber  
An apparatus through which a substrate may be transferred between a first chamber and a second chamber in which the first chamber is maintained at a high temperature relative to the ambient...
7201803 Valve control system for atomic layer deposition chamber  
A valve control system for a semiconductor processing chamber includes a system control computer and a plurality of electrically controlled valves associated with the processing chamber. The...
7201766 Methods and apparatus for light therapy  
In a first aspect, a therapy device is provided. The therapy device includes (1) a hyperbaric chamber adapted to expose at least a target tissue area of a patient to a hyperbaric environment; and...
7189191 Methods and apparatus for monitoring and encouraging health and fitness  
Methods and apparatus are provided for monitoring and encouraging health and fitness. In accordance with a first aspect, an apparatus is provided that is adapted to assist in weight loss and...
7187863 Identifying substreams in parallel/serial data link  
In a first aspect, a stream of data is transmitted by dividing the stream of data into a first substream and a second substream, transmitting the first substream in a first data channel, and...
7187684 Weighted fair queue having extended effective range  
A scheduler for a network processor includes a scheduling queue in which weighted fair queuing is applied to define a sequence in which flows are to be serviced. The scheduling queue includes at...
7177716 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...
7168553 Dynamically balanced substrate carrier handler  
In a first aspect, a substrate loading station is served by a conveyor which continuously transports substrate carriers. A substrate carrier handler that is part of the substrate loading station...
7165565 Megasonic wafer cleaning tank with reflector for improved wafer edge cleaning  
In a first aspect, a first apparatus is provided. The first apparatus includes (1) a tank adapted to contain fluid; (2) at least one support component mounted in the tank and adapted to support a...
7156221 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...
7151981 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...


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