Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Wolfson Microelectronics plc is a multinational microelectronics and fabless semiconductor company headquartered in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. It specialises in signal processing and mixed-signal chips for the consumer electronics market and has engineering and sales offices throughout Asia-Pacific, Europe and the United States. Wikipedia.


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Wolfson Microelectronics | Date: 2014-02-06

A signal amplifying circuit and associated methods and apparatuses, the circuit comprising: a signal path extending from an input terminal to an output terminal, a gain controller arranged to control the gain applied along the signal path in response to a control signal; an output stage within the signal path for generating the output signal, the output stage having a gain that is substantially independent of its supply voltage, and a variable voltage power supply comprising a charge pump for providing positive and negative output voltages, the charge pump comprising a network of switches that is operable in a number of different states and a controller for operating the switches in a sequence of the states so as to generate positive and negative output voltages together spanning a voltage approximately equal to the input voltage.


Patent
Wolfson Microelectronics | Date: 2014-11-14

A bipolar output charge pump circuit having a network of switching paths for selectively connecting an input node and a reference node for connection to an input voltage, a first pair of output nodes and a second pair of output nodes, and two pairs of flying capacitor nodes, and a controller for controlling the switching of the network of switching paths. The controller is operable to control the network of switching paths when in use with two flying capacitors connected to the two pairs of flying capacitor nodes, to provide a first bipolar output voltage at the first pair of output nodes and a second bipolar output voltage at the second pair of bipolar output nodes.


Patent
Wolfson Microelectronics | Date: 2014-03-10

A method of fabricating a micro-electrical-mechanical system (MEMS) transducer comprises the steps of forming a membrane on a substrate, and forming a back-volume in the substrate. The step of forming a back-volume in the substrate comprises the steps of forming a first back-volume portion and a second back-volume portion, the first back-volume portion being separated from the second back-volume portion by a step in a sidewall of the back-volume. The cross-sectional area of the second back-volume portion can be made greater than the cross-sectional area of the membrane, thereby enabling the back-volume to be increased without being constrained by the cross-sectional area of the membrane . The back-volume may comprise a third back-volume portion. The third back-volume portion enables the effective diameter of the membrane to be formed more accurately.


Patent
Wolfson Microelectronics | Date: 2014-02-18

An amplifier circuit comprises an input, for receiving an input signal to be amplified; a preamplifier, for amplifying the input signal based on a variable gain; a power amplifier for amplifying the signal output from the preamplifier; and a variable voltage power supply for supplying one or more supply voltages to the power amplifier. The supply voltages are adjusted based on the variable gain or the input digital signal. According to other aspects of the invention, a power supply of an amplifier circuit is clocked using a clock signal, whereby the clock signal has a frequency that varies in accordance with a volume signal or an input signal.


Patent
Wolfson Microelectronics | Date: 2014-08-05

A method of fabricating a micro-electrical-mechanical system (MEMS) transducer comprises the steps of forming a membrane on a substrate, and forming a back-volume in the substrate. The step of forming a back-volume in the substrate comprises the steps of forming a first back-volume portion and a second back-volume portion, the first back-volume portion being separated from the second back-volume portion by a step in a sidewall of the back-volume. The cross-sectional area of the second back-volume portion can be made greater than the cross-sectional area of the membrane, thereby enabling the back-volume to be increased without being constrained by the cross-sectional area of the membrane. The back-volume may comprise a third back-volume portion. The third back-volume portion enables the effective diameter of the membrane to be formed more accurately.


Patent
Wolfson Microelectronics | Date: 2014-07-02

Methods and apparatus for detection and tracking of a signal envelope. The circuit comprises absolute value circuitry configured to receive data samples and output a first value corresponding to the magnitude of said data samples. An envelope tracker maintains an envelope output value and compares the first value to the current envelope output value and modifies the envelope output value based on said comparison to provide the envelope output value with predetermined attack and decay characteristics. The absolute value circuitry has a first input for receiving a first digital signal at a first sample rate and a second input for receiving an interpolated version of the first digital signal at a second sample rate which is higher than the first sample rate and outputs the first value based on the magnitudes of the samples received at the first input and the samples received at the second input. Using the first digital signal provides an early indication of any increases in signal envelope whereas the second digital signal can allow a more accurate estimation.


Patent
Wolfson Microelectronics | Date: 2014-11-24

A noise cancellation system, comprising: an input for a digital signal, the digital signal having a first sample rate; a digital filter, connected to the input to receive the digital signal; a decimator, connected to the input to receive the digital signal and to generate a decimated signal at a second sample rate lower than the first sample rate; and a processor. The processor comprises: an emulation of the digital filter, connected to receive the decimated signal and to generate an emulated filter output; and a control circuit, for generating a control signal on the basis of the emulated filter output. The control signal is applied to the digital filter to control a filter characteristic thereof.


Patent
Wolfson Microelectronics | Date: 2014-07-31

Amplifier arrangements for read-out of MEMS capacitive transducers, such as low-noise amplifiers. An amplifier circuit has first and second MOS transistors, with the gate of the first transistor driven by the input signal, and the gate of the second transistor driven by a reference. The sources of the first and second transistors are connected via an impedance. Modulation circuitry is arranged to monitor a signal with a value that varies with the input signal and to modulate the back-bias voltage between the bulk and source terminals of the first and second transistors with the applied modulation being equal for each transistor and based on said monitored signal. The back-bias of the first transistor can be increase to extend the input range of the transistor in situations where the input signal may otherwise result in signal clipping, while avoiding noise and power issues for other input signal levels. By applying an equal modulation to the back-bias of each transistor, there is no substantial modulation of the output signal.


A method of testing a capacitive transducer circuit, for example a MEMS capacitive transducer, by applying a test signal via one or more capacitors provided in the transducer circuit.


Patent
Wolfson Microelectronics | Date: 2014-10-22

Methods and apparatus for Class-D amplifier circuits with improved power efficiency. The circuit has an output stage with at least first and second switches and a modulator that receives an input signal to be amplified, S_(IN), and a first clock signal f_(SW). The modulator controls the duty cycles of the first and second switches, within a switching cycle based on the input signal, wherein the switching cycle has a switching frequency based on the first clock signal. A frequency controller controls the frequency of the first clock signal in response to an indication of the amplitude of the input signal so as to provide a first switching frequency at a first input signal amplitude and a second, lower, switching frequency at a second, lower, input signal amplitude. A lower switching frequency can be tolerated at low signal amplitudes and varying the switching frequency in this way thus maintains stability whilst reducing switching power losses.

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