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Ball Semiconductor Inc. Patents
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Ball Semiconductor Inc.
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Allen, TX
No. of patents:
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Patent Number Title Of Patent Date Issued
7647814 Environment difference detector January 19, 2010
An environment difference detector includes an elastic surface wave element equipped with a substrate including a surface having an annular surface acoustic wave circulating path, a surface acoustic wave exciting/receiving unit exciting a surface acoustic wave along the circular path
6965387 Real time data conversion for a digital display November 15, 2005
A system and method for extracting and manipulating image data is provided. A pixel panel is rotated so as to increase a resolution of a projected image. The rotation may be calculated so as to achieve a desired resolution. A portion of the image is retrieved from a memory and an add
6870604 High resolution point array March 22, 2005
A method for increasing a scan rate in a photolithography system by increasing a unit travel length while maintaining a minimum resolution is provided. The method includes determining the minimum resolution and a pixel spacing distance equal to the unit travel length. The method also
6663325 Transport system for spherical objects and method of using the transport system December 16, 2003
A transport system for a spherical object. The transport system has a supply of a first fluid and a passageway for communication of a spherical object in a path between an inlet and an outlet. At least part of the passageway is bounded by a first tube having a first annular wall with at
6658315 Non-synchronous control of pulsed light December 2, 2003
A system and method for non-synchronously projecting light in an imaging system is provided. A pixel panel may be selectively controlled to direct light onto or away from a subject. A light source, such as a laser diode, projects light pulses at the pixel panel. The pulses are not synchr
6606739 Scaling method for a digital photolithography system August 12, 2003
A method for scaling a pixel location in a digital photolithography system by rotating a pixel panel is provided. The method determines the angle of rotation of the pixel panel relative to a subject and calculates the original location of the pixel to be scaled. The method calculates the
6558877 Jet coating method for semiconductor processing May 6, 2003
A system and method is disclosed for coating a conventional wafer or a spherical shaped semiconductor substrate with liquid material such as photoresist by utilizing a "drop on demand" piezo driven dispense nozzle, a bubble-jet dispense nozzle, or a continuous piezo jet with charging
6552779 Flying image of a maskless exposure system April 22, 2003
A system for image-scanning a pixel-mask pattern onto a subject, such as a subject in digital photolithography, is provided. The system includes a pixel panel for generating a pixel pattern formed of pixel elements. A lens system positioned between the panel and the subject simultaneousl
6546268 Glucose sensor April 8, 2003
A biochemical sensor based on ball integrated circuit technology which is designed to be biocompatible for implantation within a human or animal body. A sensor media is mounted to the ball integrated circuit, the sensor media operable for sensing biochemical molecules. An onboard communi
6537738 System and method for making smooth diagonal components with a digital photolithography system March 25, 2003
A digital photolithography system is provided that is capable of making smooth diagonal components. The system includes a computer for providing a first digital pattern to a digital pixel panel, such as a deformable mirror device (DMD). The DMD is capable of providing a first plurality o
6529262 System and method for performing lithography on a substrate March 4, 2003
Disclosed is a method, system, and lense system for performing lithography on a substrate. The system includes a unique lense system for nonplanar substrates. The lense system includes a first lense section for receiving a pattern and producing a concave image of the pattern. The concave
6512625 Light modulation device and system January 28, 2003
A light modulation element, device, and system is discussed. The light modulation element includes three electrodes, a flexible member, and a mirror. The flexible member is connected between the three electrodes so that the first and second electrodes are on one side and the third el
6509955 Lens system for maskless photolithography January 21, 2003
A system for performing digital lithography onto a subject is provided. The system utilizes pixel panels to generate pixel patterns. Mirrors are utilized to divert and align the pixel elements forming the patterns onto a subject. A gradient lens system positioned between the panels and t
6505409 Inclinometer January 14, 2003
An inclinometer comprising a spherical mass, a spherical shell having a reference axis and surrounding said spherical mass and a plurality of electrodes mounted on the spherical inner surface of said spherical shell, said inclinometer applied to detect the inclination angle of said r
6498643 Spherical surface inspection system December 24, 2002
Method and apparatus are described for a spherical surface inspection system comprising a controller having software, an optical sensor connected to the controller, and an inspection device disposed adjacent to the optical sensor, and connected to the controller. The inspection device
6493867 Digital photolithography system for making smooth diagonal components December 10, 2002
A digital photolithography system is provided that is capable of making smooth diagonal components. The system includes a computer for providing a first digital pattern to a digital pixel panel, such as a deformable mirror device (DMD). The DMD is capable of providing a first plurality o
6486071 Spherical shaped semiconductor integrated circuit November 26, 2002
A spherical shaped semiconductor integrated circuit ("ball") and a system and method for manufacturing same. The ball replaces the function of the flat, conventional chip. The physical dimensions of the ball allow it to adapt to many different manufacturing processes which otherwise coul
6473237 Point array maskless lithography October 29, 2002
A system for performing digital lithography onto a subject is provided. The system includes a noncoherent light source for producing a first light and an optical diffraction element for individually focusing the first light into a plurality of second lights. The system also includes a pi
6464687 Implantable drug delivery system October 15, 2002
A miniature implantable drug delivery capsule system. The drug delivery system (400) comprises one or more ball semiconductor aggregations (404) and (406) facilitating release of a drug stored in a reservoir (402). The first aggregate (404) is used for sensing and memory, and a second
6453458 System and method for generating a flat mask design for projecting a circuit pattern to a spheri September 17, 2002
The present invention provides a method for segmenting and mapping a two-dimensional conventional circuit pattern to a flat mask for projection onto a three-dimensional surface. The circuit pattern is first segmented into a plurality of circuit segments enclosed in a plurality of base un
6447448 Miniature implanted orthopedic sensors September 10, 2002
A substantially spherical semiconductor ball implanted in orthopedic structures for sensing and/or stimulation. In one embodiment, a vertebral column (800) having a number of intervertebral discs (802) interspersed among respective vertebral bodies (804), material placed in intervertebra
6444976 System and method for reflecting and deflecting light utilizing spherical shaped devices September 3, 2002
A system and method of utilizing spherical and hemispherical shaped devices to function as an optical switch is disclosed. The optical switch can contain mirrors that turn on and off, or are fixed in place with a movable spherical device. Additionally, the optical switches can contain gr
6444135 Method to make gas permeable shell for MEMS devices with controlled porosity September 3, 2002
A method and system for making a gas permeable shell in a micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) device is disclosed. The MEMS device is created with an internal sacrificial layer. The device is then coated with a slurry composition which, after drying, is later exposed to a solvent.
6440253 Method to facilitate processing of three dimensional substrates August 27, 2002
A method and system for securing a small spherical shaped semiconductor substrate for processing operations, such as lithography, is disclosed. The substrate is secured by attaching it to a member and applying an adhering substance, such as photo resist, to the substrate and a portion
6433917 Light modulation device and system August 13, 2002
A light modulation element, device, and system is discussed. The light modulation element includes three electrodes, a flexible member, and a mirror. The flexible member is connected between the three electrodes so that the first and second electrodes are on one side and the third el
6432330 Jet system for spherical shape devices August 13, 2002
A system and method for making very small (e.g., 1 millimeter diameter) spherical shaped devices is disclosed. The system includes a supply system for providing predetermined amounts of raw material into a chamber, which is used for melting the raw material. The melted raw material is th
6430334 System and method for refracting and deflecting light utilizing liquid crystal bars and blocks August 6, 2002
A system and method of optical switching utilizing a reflection device, the switch is disclosed. The system can include: an optical transmission path having an optical transmission medium, an input-side end and a first and a second output-side end; a radiation source associated with said
6426280 Method for doping spherical semiconductors July 30, 2002
A method for doping crystals is disclosed. The method includes a receiver for receiving semiconductor spheres and doping powder. The semiconductor spheres and dopant powder are then directed to a chamber defined within an enclosure. The chamber maintains a heated, inert atmosphere with w
6425669 Maskless exposure system July 30, 2002
A photolithography system and method for providing a pattern to a subject such as a wafer is provided. The system includes a pixel panel, such as a digital mirror device or a liquid crystal display, for generating for creating a plurality of pixel elements of the pattern. The pixel eleme
6423974 X-ray imaging apparatus using spherical semiconductor detectors July 23, 2002
A solid state X-ray detector (106) is disclosed which is comprised of a plurality of Spherical ICs (202)-(208) disposed on a substrate (210). The Spherical ICs each have a plurality of detector picture elements (pixels) (302) disposed on the surface thereof. Each of the pixels (302) is f
6423056 Injectable thermal balls for tumor ablation July 23, 2002
A method of tumor ablation using injectable thermal-sensing balls. A catheter system (115) is used to inject a slurry (134) of thermal-sensing balls (136) into a tumor (122) located in, for example, a liver (120). The catheter system (115) comprises a catheter (128) and a specialized syr
6415184 Implantable neuro-stimulator with ball implant July 2, 2002
A ball semiconductor for stimulating a mass of nervous system brain tissue for therapeutic purposes. The ball (120) is embedded in a mass of nervous system tissue (215) of a brain. Electrical pulses generated and transmitted to the ball (120) by a remote electrical pulse generator sy
6398710 Radiation dosimetry system June 4, 2002
A radiation dosimetry system (110) using miniature implanted transponder balls. A patient having a tumor that is the target of the radiation treatment lies in a treatment area with the tumor positioned beneath a target (112) used for alignment purposes. The system (110) is controlled
6383287 System and method for performing diffusion on a three-dimensional substrate May 7, 2002
A system and method for performing diffusion on a three-dimensional substrate is provided. The system includes a furnace for providing a doped (e.g., p-type) molten semiconductor material and a dropper for converting the molten semiconductor material into a series of uniformly sized
6379867 Moving exposure system and method for maskless lithography system April 30, 2002
A photolithography system and method for providing a mask image to a subject such as a wafer is provided. The mask images are divided into sub-patterns and sequentially provided to a pixel panel, such as a deformable mirror device or a liquid crystal display. The pixel panel converts
6366206 Method and apparatus for attaching tags to medical and non-medical devices April 2, 2002
A method and apparatus for attaching one or more transponders to medical and non-medical products to tag respective ones of the products with identifying data contained in a memory of the transponders. The one or more transponders each include a memory containing the corresponding id
6365493 Method for antimony and boron doping of spherical semiconductors April 2, 2002
A method for doping crystals is disclosed. The method includes a receiver for receiving semiconductor spheres and doping powder. The semiconductor spheres and dopant powder are then directed to a chamber defined within an enclosure. The chamber maintains a heated, inert atmosphere with w
6358288 Touchless stabilizer for processing spherical devices March 19, 2002
A method for securing a device, such as a spherical shaped semiconductor integrated circuit, for fabrication. An apparatus includes a plenum having an input and several outputs. The input of the plenum is connected to a pressurized fluid source. The outputs are separated into two groups:
6355873 Spherical shaped solar cell fabrication and panel assembly March 12, 2002
A spherical shaped solar diode having an n-type substrate surrounded by a p-type layer of semiconductor material is disclosed. In addition, a plurality of hetero-junction super lattice structures are formed surrounding the p-type layer. The plurality of hetero-junction super lattice
6335291 System and method for plasma etch on a spherical shaped device January 1, 2002
A system and method for performing plasma etch on a spherical shaped device is disclosed. The system includes a processing tube for providing a reactive chamber for the spherical shaped substrate and a plasma jet is located adjacent to the processing tube. The plasma jet includes a pair
6335268 Plasma immersion ion processor for fabricating semiconductor integrated circuits January 1, 2002
An apparatus and method for fabricating a spherical shaped semiconductor integrated circuit according to which a chamber is provided into which spheres of a semiconductor material are introduced therein. Process gases are also selectively introduced into the chamber. The chamber includes
6331477 Doping of spherical semiconductors during non-contact processing in the liquid state December 18, 2001
A method for doping crystals is disclosed. The method includes a receiver for receiving semiconductor spheres and a dopant. The semiconductor spheres are heated to a molten state. The dopant is absorbed by the semiconductor spheres. The semiconductor spheres are cooled to produce dop
6328804 Chemical vapor deposition of metals on a spherical shaped semiconductor substrate December 11, 2001
A method and system for chemical vapor deposition (MO CVD) of a metal layer upon a spherical substrate at atmospheric pressure are disclosed. The method performs chemical vapor deposition of a metal layer such as aluminum or copper upon the semiconductor spherical substrate by using a
6324904 Miniature pump-through sensor modules December 4, 2001
Sensor modules are provided which are pumped into a well by first being pumped downhole within a drill string, then passing through the drill bit and being circulated uphole in the annulus between the drill string and the borehole of the well. The sensors take measurement readings as the
6303517 Fast deposition on spherical-shaped integrated circuits in non-contact CVD process October 16, 2001
An apparatus and method for depositing thin films on the surface of a device such as a spherical shaped devices. The apparatus includes an enclosure containing a plurality of apertures and a conductor coil. The apertures connect to conduits for inputting and outputting the devices as
6300245 Inductively coupled plasma powder vaporization for fabricating integrated circuits October 9, 2001
An apparatus and method for performing material deposition on semiconductor devices. The apparatus provides an enclosure for defining a chamber. The chamber includes a metallic portion such as a conductor coil powered by a voltage generator. A gas, having a suspension of particles for tr
6295466 Wireless EKG September 25, 2001
A wireless electrocardiogram monitor utilizing a cooperative association of miniature semiconductor balls. A side view of a surface mount cardiac monitor system (200) shows three semiconductor electrode balls (202), (204), and (206) contacting a central communication ball (208) for e
6271145 Method for making a micromachine August 7, 2001
A method for making a micromachine, which includes a spherical body and a spherical shell surrounding said spherical body, comprising forming a victim layer on said spherical body to coat said spherical body, forming a function layer on said victim layer, said function layer including at
6266567 Implantable epicardial electrode July 24, 2001
An implantable epicardial lead (13) is provided which is comprised of two spherical ICs (25) and (26) disposed at opposite ends of a supporting structure and separated by a predetermined distance. These spherical ICs comprise an anode and a cathode, each having connections thereto. The
6265234 Alignment system for a spherical device July 24, 2001
Method and apparatus are described for aligning a spherical-shaped semiconductor having an alignment mark, the device comprising a housing having a bore for receiving the spherical-shaped semiconductor; an optical sensing system and controller for ascertaining the position and orient
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