06141245 is referenced by 65 patents and cites 6 patents.

A system and method for reducing impedance loading of semiconductor integrated circuit devices implementing protective device structures that contributes to impedance loading at an I/O pad connection. The method comprises providing a fuse device between the I/O pad connection and the protective device; connecting a current source device associated with each fuse device in the integrated circuit, the current source device connected to one end of the fuse device; providing fuse selection circuit for activating current flow through a selected fuse device between the current source and the I/O connection, the current flow being of an amount sufficient for blowing the fuse and disconnecting the protective device from the circuit structure, thereby reducing impedance loading at the I/O connection. Such a system and method is employed in a memory system comprising integrated circuit chips disposed in a stacked relation, with each chip including: a layer of active circuitry formed at a first layer of each chip; a plurality of through conducting structures disposed substantially vertically through each chip for enabling electronic connection with active circuitry at the first layer; second conducting device disposed at an end of the through conducting structure at an opposite side of a chip for connection with a corresponding through conductive structure of an adjacent stacked chip, the stacked chip structure formed by aligning one or more through conducting structures and second conducting devices of adjacent chips, whereby a chip of the stack is electronically connected to active circuitry formed on other chips of the stack. The stacked chip structure is ideal for reducing data access latency in memory systems employing memory chips such as DRAM.

Title
Impedance control using fuses
Application Number
9/302902
Publication Number
6141245
Application Date
April 30, 1999
Publication Date
October 31, 2000
Inventor
William Robert Tonti
Essex Junction
VT, US
Steven William Tomashot
Williston
VT, US
Timothy Dooling Sullivan
Underhill
VT, US
Russell J Houghton
Essex Junction
VT, US
Erik Leigh Hedberg
Essex Junction
VT, US
John A Fifield
Underhill
VT, US
Claude Louis Bertin
South Burlington
VT, US
Agent
Scully Scott Murphy & Presser
Agent
Howard J Walker Jr esq
Assignee
International Business Machines Corporation
NY, US
IPC
G11C 16/04
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