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Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co. | Date: 2017-04-05

A method for manufacturing a semiconductor device, comprising the steps of: forming an oxide semiconductor layer over an insulating surface, the oxide semiconductor layer including a channel formation region, the oxide semiconductor layer containing indium, tin and zinc; implanting oxygen ions into the oxide semiconductor layer; performing a first heat treatment on the oxide semiconductor layer in an atmosphere containing nitrogen; performing a second heat treatment on the oxide semiconductor layer in an atmosphere containing oxygen so that the oxide semiconductor layer includes excess oxygen and the oxide semiconductor layer is capable of compensating an oxygen deficiency in the oxide semiconductor layer; wherein the second heat treatment is performed after the first heat treatment.


Patent
Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co. | Date: 2016-09-12

An object is to provide a display device that performs accurate display. A circuit is formed using a transistor that includes an oxide semiconductor and has a low off-state current. A precharge circuit or an inspection circuit is formed in addition to a pixel circuit. The off-state current is low because the oxide semiconductor is used. Thus, it is not likely that a signal or voltage is leaked in the precharge circuit or the inspection circuit to cause defective display. As a result, a display device that performs accurate display can be provided.


Patent
Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co. | Date: 2016-09-13

It is an object to provide a display having high visibility and a transflective type liquid crystal display device having a reflection electrode having a concavo-convex structure formed without especially increasing the process. During manufacturing a transflective liquid crystal display device, a reflection electrode of a plurality of irregularly arranged island-like patterns and a transparent electrode of a transparent conductive film are layered in forming an electrode having transparent and reflection electrodes thereby having a concavo-convex form to enhance the scattering ability of light and hence the visibility of display. Furthermore, because the plurality of irregularly arranged island-like patterns can be formed simultaneous with an interconnection, a concavo-convex structure can be formed during the manufacturing process without especially increasing the patterning process only for forming a concavo-convex structure. It is accordingly possible to greatly reduce cost and improve productivity.


Patent
Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co. | Date: 2016-08-22

The present invention is to provide a light emitting device capable of obtaining a certain luminance without influence by the temperature change, and a driving method thereof. A current mirror circuit formed by using a transistor is provided for each pixel. The first transistor and the second transistor of the current mirror circuit are connected such that the drain currents thereof are maintained at proportional values regardless of the load resistance value. Thereby, a light emitting device capable of controlling the OLED driving current and the luminance of the OLED by controlling the drain current of the first transistor at a value corresponding to a video signal in a driving circuit, and supplying the drain current of the second transistor to the OLED, is provided.


Patent
Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co. | Date: 2016-06-06

A semiconductor device in which an increase in the degree of wiring congestion due to an increase in the number of output terminals of a driver IC can be reduced is provided. In a shift register of the driver IC, pulse signals are sequentially output in different directions. For example, pulse signal output circuits are provided so as to sequentially output pulse signals in ascending order from right to left and then sequentially output pulse signals in ascending order from left to right. With such a structure, output signals of the driver IC can be output not only from a side opposite to a side along which an input terminal is provided, but also from a side along which the input terminal is provided; thus, the number of output terminals can be increased without an increase in the degree of wiring congestion.


Patent
Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co. | Date: 2016-08-23

The switch device includes a control switch that turns on/off an electrical connection between an apparatus and the power supply, a condition judging circuit that judges conditions of driving the control switch, an electric wave reception circuit that receives an electric wave, and a power supply circuit that generates power from the electric wave received by the electric wave reception circuit. An electric wave transmission device that transmits an electric wave for making the switch device operate is arranged in a space, whereby the electric wave can be received by the electric wave reception device in the specific space. The switch device controls the control switch to be turned off/on when the electric wave is received. Alternatively, when the electric wave is not received, the switch device turns on/off the control switch.


Patent
Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co. | Date: 2016-08-18

A memory device that is as small in area as possible and has an extremely long data retention period. A transistor with extremely low leakage current is used as a cell transistor of a memory element in a memory device. Moreover, in order to reduce the area of a memory cell, the transistor is formed so that its source and drain are stacked in the vertical direction in a region where a bit line and a word line intersect each other. Further, a capacitor is stacked above the transistor.


Patent
Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co. | Date: 2016-06-10

[Summary] [Problem] A TFT is manufactured using at least five photomasks in a conventional liquid crystal display device, and therefore the manufacturing cost is high. [Solving Means] By performing the formation of the pixel electrode 127, the source region 123 and the drain region 124 by using three photomasks in three photolithography steps, a liquid crystal display device prepared with a pixel TFT portion, having a reverse stagger type n-channel TFT, and a storage capacitor can be realized.


Patent
Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co. | Date: 2016-06-06

The imaging device includes a pixel array and first to seventh circuits. The first and second circuits select a pixel in the pixel array. The third circuit performs difference calculation between imaging data of the first frame and the second frame in the selected pixels. The fourth and the fifth circuits output addresses of the row and column of the pixels which has been subjected to the difference calculation. A row address and a column address for determining a specific region of the pixel array are stored in the sixth circuit. The seventh circuit compares coordinates included in the specific region with coordinates of pixels where a difference is detected. If the coordinates of the pixels where a difference is detected are included in the specific region which has been stored in the sixth circuit, imaging data is obtained again and is output to the external devices.


Patent
Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co. | Date: 2016-05-11

It is an object to provide a liquid crystal display device which has excellent viewing angle characteristics and higher quality. The present invention has a pixel including a first switch, a second switch, a third switch, a first resistor, a second resistor, a first liquid crystal element, and a second liquid crystal element. A pixel electrode of the first liquid crystal element is electrically connected to a signal line through the first switch. The pixel electrode of the first liquid crystal element is electrically connected to a pixel electrode of the second liquid crystal element through the second switch and the first resistor. The pixel electrode of the second liquid crystal element is electrically connected to a Cs line through the third switch and the second resistor. A common electrode of the first liquid crystal element is electrically connected to a common electrode of the second liquid crystal element.

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