Richard E Johnson, Dennis D Davis, David R Kee, John W Orcutt, Angus W Hightower: Method of making an integrated circuit using a pre-served dam bar to reduce mold flash and to facilitate flash removal. Texas Instruments Incorporated, Richard B Havill, Melvin Sharp, N Rhys Merrett, December 3, 1991: US05070039 (187 worldwide citation)

A lead from 10 carries an integrated circuit on a die support pad 14. The lead frame has a dam bar including a transverse portion that extends between adjacent leads (20) for limiting mold flash. The dam bar transverse portion 26 is entirely severed from the adjacent leads for final removal by a met ...

Kiyoshi Mori: Vertical memory cell array and method of fabrication. Texas Instruments Incorporated, Ronald O Neerings, N Rhys Merrett, Melvin Sharp, December 10, 1991: US05071782 (180 worldwide citation)

A vertical memory cell EPROM array (FIGS. 1, 1a and 1b) uses a vertical floating gate memory cell structure that can be fabricated with reduced cell area and channel length. The vertical memory cell memory array includes multiple rows of buried layers that are vertically stacked--a drain bitline (34 ...

Michael A Lamson, Darvin R Edwards: Integrated circuit device having bumped power supply buses over active surface areas and method of manufacture thereof. Texas Instruments Incorporated, Robby T Holland, N Rhys Merrett, Melvin Sharp, January 21, 1992: US05083187 (152 worldwide citation)

An integrated circuit device is disclosed. In one embodiment, the device has a semiconductor chip having an electrical circuit that is connected to a bonding pad. A metal layer overlies the bonding pad, and a metal bump is connected to the metal layer. The metal bump receives power for the electrica ...

Geoffrey P F Vincent, Nicholas K D Ing Simmons, John McGrath, Marvin C Conrad: Self-configuring digital processor system with global system. Texas Instruments Incorporated, Robert D Marshall, N Rhys Merrett, Melvin Sharp, December 31, 1985: US04562535 (138 worldwide citation)

A digital processor system including several function modules where each module includes circuitry to perform at least one computational task and the circuitry to transfer information containing that modules respective computational task capability to a global memory upon initialization of each modu ...

Lee M Loewenstein, Cecil J Davis: Remote plasma generation process using a two-stage showerhead. Texas Instruments Incorporated, Gary C Honeycutt, Melvin Sharp, Rhys Merrett, February 27, 1990: US04904621 (137 worldwide citation)

A processing apparatus and method for performing a descum process (i.e. a process for removal of polymers and other organic residues) which uses a remote plasma, supplied through a distributor which includes a two-stage showerhead, to achieve improved results.

Karl M Guttag, Steve Nussrallah: Security bit for designating the security status of information stored in a nonvolatile memory. Texas Instruments Incorporated, Robert D Marshall Jr, N Rhys Merrett, Melvin Sharp, May 20, 1986: US04590552 (126 worldwide citation)

A digital processing device implemented on a single semiconductor substrate includes an nonvolatile memory for the storage of data and instructions that define operations on the data. The memory is connected to an inhibit logic interface which is in turn connected to an information bus. The informat ...

Karl M Guttag: Data processing device formed on a single semiconductor substrate having secure memory. Texas Instruments Incorporated, Robert D Marshall Jr, N Rhys Merrett, Melvin Sharp, June 4, 1985: US04521852 (123 worldwide citation)

A data processing device fabricated on a single semiconductor substrate including nonvolatile memory for the storage of data and instructions, a central processing unit for performing operations on the data, both connected to an information transfer bus to transfer addresses, instructions and data b ...

Lee R Reid: Method for fabricating a semiconductor contact and interconnect structure using orientation dependent etching and thermomigration. Texas Instruments Incorporated, William E Hiller, N Rhys Merrett, Melvin Sharp, August 2, 1988: US04761681 (121 worldwide citation)

A method for fabricating a semiconductor device and the semiconductor device so fabricated, wherein the method includes the steps of forming a mesa upon one side of a semiconductor surface and then forming a conduction path from the mesa extending through the slice to the opposite side of the semico ...

Patrick A Curran: Process for making a buried conductor by fusing two wafers. Texas Instruments Incorporated, Gary C Honeycutt, Rhys Merrett, Melvin Sharp, November 10, 1987: US04704785 (115 worldwide citation)

A process, and product made thereby, for bonding two wafers together to form a single wafer with a continuous interface, and for selectively burying a low impedance conductor in the wafer, by providing host and guest wafers having substantially the same crystal orientation and periodicity. A crystal ...

Wataru Narishima, Shoji Takeuchi: Casing structure of portable electronic appliance. Texas Instruments Incorporated, Richard Bachand, Melvin Sharp, Rhys Merrett, October 27, 1987: US04703160 (113 worldwide citation)

A unital casing structure of a portable electronic appliance such as a handheld or desktop calculator, comprising at least two panel sections having a straight boundary line therebetween and integrally coupled together across the boundary line whereby the panel sections are foldable with respect to ...