Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing had 19 patents in connectivity during Q1 2024. The patents filed by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd in Q1 2024 focus on methods and structures related to integrated circuits and silicon photonics. These include techniques for monitoring and controlling abnormal currents in photodetectors, wavelength tuning in silicon photonics circuits, package assemblies with optical signal ports, manufacturing methods for optical modulators on silicon substrates, and optical waveguide structures in semiconductor photonic devices. These innovations aim to improve the performance and functionality of optical components in integrated circuits. GlobalData’s report on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing grant share with connectivity as a theme is 31% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Recent Patents

Application: Method of using photonic integrated circuit having redundant light path (Patent ID: US20240077680A1)

The patent filed by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd describes a method for using an integrated circuit that involves monitoring the current between photodetectors and an electronic circuit to determine abnormalities. If an abnormality is detected, a resonant structure is controlled to optically couple different waveguides connected to different photodetectors. The method includes altering the temperature or electrical field of the resonant structure to achieve this optical coupling.

Additionally, the method involves receiving optical signals through waveguides, converting them to electrical signals using photodetectors, and transferring the signals between waveguides using resonant structures in response to abnormal signals. The patent also covers scenarios where optical signals are split, transferred to different waveguides using various resonant structures, and where the resonant structures are controlled to minimize optical coupling in the case of normal current monitoring. The use of resistors and inductors for transferring optical signals is also mentioned in the claims.

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