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Silicon Laboratories, Inc. is a mixed signal fabless semiconductor company based in Austin, Texas.The company was founded in 1996 by three veterans from the former Crystal Semiconductor – Nav Sooch, Dave Welland and Jeff Scott. The company's CEO is Tyson Tuttle. The company went public in 2000. Silicon Labs leverages its intellectual property to develop mixed-signal ICs that typically integrate a number of discrete functions on a single CMOS die. The company has leveraged its technology portfolio to expand into a number of large markets. The company has three main businesses: Access - which includes analog modems for set-top boxes, point of sale terminals and multi-function printers, SLICs for VoIP gateways, and PoE devices for networking Broadcast - which includes single-chip AM/FM radios and silicon TV tuners and demodulators Broad-based - which includes 8-bit and 32-bit microcontrollers, low power wireless ICs and sensors targeted at the Internet of Things, and timing clocks, oscillators buffers and digital isolators targeted at internet infrastructure.Silicon Labs has about 1,050 employees worldwide and research and development offices located throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. Wikipedia.


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Patent
Silicon Laboratories | Date: 2016-11-22

Current flowing through an inductor on a primary side of a voltage converter is sensed and compared to a threshold peak current value to determine when to end an ON portion of the voltage converter. The secondary side of the voltage converter supplies an indication of output voltage for use in determining the threshold peak current value. On start-up the primary side detects when the indication of output voltage is supplied by the secondary side across on isolation channel. Prior to detecting the indicating is being supplied, the primary side uses an increasing threshold peak current as the threshold peak current value. After detection that the indication of output voltage is being provided by the secondary side, the threshold peak current value is based on the indication of the output voltage.


A transceiver includes a transmit/receive terminal, a receiver input terminal, a plurality of impedance transformation networks coupled in series, a plurality of power amplifiers, and a controller. Each impedance transformation network has first and second ports. The impedance transformation networks include at least one selectable impedance transformation network having a resonant mode and a termination mode. The power amplifiers have outputs respectively coupled to the second ports of corresponding ones of the impedance transformation networks. In a receive mode, the controller selects the resonant mode for each selectable impedance transformation network and disables all power amplifiers. In a transmit mode, the controller enables a selected power amplifier and selects the resonant mode of any upstream selectable impedance transformation network, and selects the termination mode of a downstream selectable impedance transformation network.


Apparatus and associated methods are disclosed for gain programming or selection with parasitic element compensation. In one exemplary embodiment, an apparatus includes a first circuit that has a first programmable gain, and includes a first set of components having parasitic elements. The apparatus also includes a second circuit that has a second programmable gain, and includes a second set of components having parasitic elements. The apparatus has a gain that is a product of the first and second programmable gains. A gain error because of the parasitic elements of the first and second sets of components is canceled by setting the first programmable gain as a reciprocal of the second programmable gain.


Patent
Silicon Laboratories | Date: 2015-06-06

Apparatus and associated methods are disclosed for gain and offset trimming. In one exemplary embodiment, an apparatus includes a first circuit that includes a first transconductance stage to generate a first current. The first circuit has an output offset. The apparatus further includes an offset trim circuit, which includes a second circuit to provide an output voltage selectable from a plurality of voltage values, and a second transconductance stage to generate a second current in response to the output voltage of the second circuit. The output offset of the first circuit is trimmed by adding the second current to the first current.


Patent
Silicon Laboratories | Date: 2016-06-21

In one embodiment, an apparatus includes: a first voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) analog-to-digital converter (ADC) unit to receive a first portion of a differential analog signal and convert the first portion of the differential analog signal into a first digital value; a second VCO ADC unit to receive a second portion of the differential analog signal and convert the second portion of the differential analog signal into a second digital value; a combiner to form a combined digital signal from the first and second digital values; a decimation circuit to receive the combined digital signal and filter the combined digital signal into a filtered combined digital signal; and a cancellation circuit to receive the filtered combined digital signal and generate a distortion cancelled digital signal, based at least in part on a coefficient value.


An apparatus includes a radio frequency (RF) receiver having a multi-bit observation interval. The RF receiver includes a Coordinate Rotation Digital Computer (Cordic) circuit to receive a complex signal derived from RF signals and to generate a phase signal. The RF receiver further includes a timing correlator and frequency offset estimator coupled to receive data derived from a frequency signal derived from the phase signal. The RF receiver in addition includes a Viterbi decoder coupled to provide decoded data derived from the frequency signal.


Patent
Silicon Laboratories | Date: 2016-04-12

An integrated clock generator includes a tunable LC oscillator, a tunable frequency synthesizer, and a processor. The tunable LC oscillator has an input for receiving an oscillator control signal, and an output for providing an oscillator clock signal. The tunable frequency synthesizer has a clock input coupled to the output of the tunable LC oscillator, a control input for receiving a synthesizer control signal, and an output for providing a clock output signal. The processor has an input for receiving a data input signal, a first output for providing the oscillator control signal, and a second output for providing the synthesizer control signal. The processor provides the oscillator control signal and the synthesizer control signal such that the tunable frequency synthesizer generates the output clock signal at a frequency indicated by the data input signal, and provides the synthesizer control signal further in response to a dynamic condition.


Patent
Silicon Laboratories | Date: 2016-01-11

An integrated circuit (IC) includes a plurality of pads adapted to send or receive signals, and a plurality of mixed signal interface blocks, each of which is coupled to a corresponding pad in the plurality of pads. Furthermore, each mixed signal interface block in the plurality of mixed signal interface blocks is adapted to be configurable to provide selected functionality independently of the other mixed signal interface blocks.


An apparatus includes a radio frequency (RF) receiver, which includes a digital signal arrival (DSA) detector to detect arrival of a transmitted signal. The DSA detector includes a signal correlator and at least one of (a) an absolute received signal strength indication (RSSI) detector; (b) a relative RSSI detector; and (c) a frequency offset detector). The RF receiver further includes a demodulator coupled to the DSA detector to demodulate a received signal and to provide a demodulated signal, and a synchronization word detector (SWD) coupled to the demodulator to receive the demodulated signal.


Patent
Silicon Laboratories | Date: 2015-12-15

An apparatus includes an input terminal to receive a radio frequency (RF) signal and to communicate the RF signal to a low noise amplifier (LNA) via an input signal path, and a capacitor attenuator coupled to the input terminal to attenuate the RF signal by a controllable amount and having a first portion controllable to include a used part configured on the input signal path and an unused part coupled between the input signal path and an AC reference node, and a second portion coupled between the LNA and the AC reference node.

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