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Conversant Intellectual Property Management Inc. | Date: 2016-11-08

An apparatus, system, and method for controlling data transfer to an output port of a serial data link interface in a semiconductor memory is disclosed. In one example, a flash memory device may have multiple serial data links, multiple memory banks and control input ports that enable the memory device to transfer the serial data to a serial data output port of the memory device. In another example, a flash memory device may have a single serial data link, a single memory bank, a serial data input port, a control input port for receiving output enable signals. The flash memory devices may be cascaded in a daisy-chain configuration using echo signal lines to serially communicate between memory devices.


Patent
Conversant Intellectual Property Management Inc. | Date: 2016-01-27

An OFDM system uses a normal mode which has a symbol length T, a guard time TG and a set of N sub-carriers, which are orthogonal over the time T, and one or more fallback modes which have symbol lengths KT and guard times KTG where K is an integer greater than unity. The same set of N sub-carriers is used for the fallback modes as for the normal mode. Since the same set of sub-carriers is used, the overall bandwidth is substantially constant, so alias filtering does not need to be adaptive. The Fourier transform operations are the same as for the normal mode. Thus fallback modes are provided with little hardware cost. In the fallback modes the increased guard time provides better delay spread tolerance and the increased symbol length provides improved signal to noise performance, and thus increased range, at the cost of reduced data rate.


Patent
Conversant Intellectual Property Management Inc. | Date: 2016-02-26

A dynamic random access memory device includes a plurality of memory subblocks. Each subblock has a plurality of wordlines whereto a plurality of data store cells are connected. Partial array self-refresh (PASR) configuration settings are independently made. In accordance with the PASR settings, the memory subblocks are addressed for refreshing. The PASR settings are made by a memory controller. Any kind of combinations of subblock addresses may be selected. Thus, the memory subblocks are fully independently refreshed. User selectable memory arrays for data retention provide effective memory control programming especially for low power mobile application.


Patent
Conversant Intellectual Property Management Incorporated | Date: 2015-02-20

In one embodiment, a method is performed by a wireless station. The method includes receiving from an access point (AP) a request for measurement of at least one link-quality parameter. The method further includes measuring the at least one link-quality parameter to generate a link-quality-parameter measurement. The method also includes determining, for the wireless station, an appropriate wireless-station category of a plurality of wireless-station categories. The plurality of wireless-station categories are defined based at least in part on the link-quality-parameter measurement. In addition, the method includes communicating with the AP in accordance with a transmission schedule corresponding to the plurality of wireless-station categories.


Patent
Conversant Intellectual Property Management Inc. | Date: 2016-01-25

A high capacitance embedded capacitor and associated fabrication processes are disclosed for fabricating a capacitor stack in a multi-layer stack to include a first capacitor plate conductor formed with a cylinder-shaped storage node electrode formed in the multi-layer stack, a capacitor dielectric layer surrounding the cylinder-shaped storage node electrode, and a second capacitor plate conductor formed from a conductive layer in the multi-layer stack that is sandwiched between a bottom and top dielectric layer, where the cylinder-shaped storage node electrode is surrounded by and extends through the conductive layer.


Patent
Conversant Intellectual Property Management Inc. | Date: 2016-09-15

A circuit and method for programming multiple bits of data to flash memory cells in a single program operation cycle. Multiple pages of data to be programmed into one physical page of a flash memory array are stored in page buffers or other storage means on the memory device. The selected wordline connected to the cells to be programmed is driven with predetermined program profiles at different time intervals, where each predetermined program profile is configured for shifting an erase threshold voltage to a specific threshold voltage corresponding to a specific logic state. A multi-page bitline controller biases each bitline to enable or inhibit programming during each of the time intervals, in response to the combination of specific logic states of the bits belonging to each page of data that are associated with that respective bitline.


Patent
Conversant Intellectual Property Management Inc. | Date: 2016-06-15

A clock mode configuration circuit for a memory device is described. A memory system includes any number of memory devices serially connected to each other, where each memory device receives a clock signal. The clock signal can be provided either in parallel to all the memory devices or serially from memory device to memory device through a common clock input. The clock mode configuration circuit in each memory device is set to a parallel mode for receiving the parallel clock signal, and to a serial mode for receiving a source synchronous clock signal from a prior memory device. Depending on the set operating mode, the data input circuits will be configured for the corresponding data signal format, and the corresponding clock input circuits will be either enabled or disabled. The parallel mode and the serial mode is set by sensing a voltage level of a reference voltage provided to each memory device.


Patent
Conversant Intellectual Property Management Inc. | Date: 2016-04-25

An integrated circuit includes first circuitry and sleep transistor circuitry. The first circuitry receives input signals and processes the input signals. The first circuitry also retains data in a sleep state that has low leakage. The sleep transistor circuitry is coupled to the first circuitry and receives a sleep signal that has a negative voltage. The sleep circuitry reduces power consumption of the first circuitry in the sleep state to have low leakage based on the sleep signal while retaining the data in the first circuitry.


Patent
Conversant Intellectual Property Management Inc. | Date: 2016-06-06

A circuit for clamping current in a charge pump is disclosed. The charge pump includes switching circuitry having a number of switching circuitry transistors. Each of first and second pairs of transistors in the circuit can provide an additional path for current from its associated one of the switching circuitry transistors during off-switching of that transistor so that a spike in current from the switching circuitry transistor is only partially transmitted through a path extending between the switching circuitry transistor and a capacitor of the charge pump.


Patent
Conversant Intellectual Property Management Inc. | Date: 2016-03-24

A system and method of performing off chip drive (OCD) and on-die termination (ODT) are provided. A common pull-up network composed of transistors and a common pull-down network composed of transistors are employed to implement both of these functions. In drive mode, the pull-up network is configured to produce a calibrated drive impedance when an on output is to be generated, and the pull-up network is configured to produce a calibrated drive impedance when an off output is to be generated. In termination mode, the pull-up network and the pull-down network are configured to produce a calibrated pull-up resistance and pull-down resistance respectively such that together, they form a split termination.

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