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lingkai kong

technology

Problem

We request previously undiscovered prior art (If you're new, see: patent and prior art basics and tips for Patexia's prior art contests) including patents and non-patent literature (English and foreign language) that can help invalidate US patent 5,825,640. The best submission is guaranteed to receive the prize.

This study of US patent 5,825,640 relates to a charge pump circuit used in a Phase Locked Loop (PLL) block as part of a RF receiver system.

One of the key features of this design is the presence of a charge conduction path (transistors 42 and 43 in the following circuit diagram) to discharge the parasitic capacitance of nodes 38 and 39 into the discharge node of 45 and as a result reduce the error current in the output. The charge conduction path is enabled only on one transition edge of the input pulse and is disabled on the other transition edge of the input pulse to isolate the node from the output.

Requirements:

  • Reference published before June 30th 1997
  • Charge pump circuit that recognizes the presence of a parasitic capacitor, and teaches discharging of the parasitic capacitor after each cycle
  • Charge pump circuit that is part of a PLL inside a wireless receiver
  • A charge pump circuit similar to the above circuit diagram. In particular we are interested to see transistors 42, 43 and the unity gain amplifier of 44.
  • A charge pump circuit similar to the following circuit diagram. In particular we are interested to see transistors 40, 41 in the charge pump design.

  • A charge pump circuit similar to the following circuit diagram? In particular we are interested to see transistors 36 and 37.

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1Are all of the references published before June 30th 1997? If not, list which are not. 0
2Do the references disclose a charge pump circuit? Please detail where within your sources we can find this information. 0
3Do the references recognize the presence of the parasitic capacitor in the charge pump circuit? Please detail where within your sources we can find this information. 0
4Do the references describe discharging the parasitic capacitor after each cycle? Please detail where within your sources we can find this information. 0
5Do the references feature the disclosed charge pump circuit in a PLL inside a wireless receiver? Please detail where within your sources we can find this information. 0
6Do the references describe a charge pump circuit similar to the following circuit diagram? In particular we are interested to see transistors 42, 43 and the unity gain amplifier of 44. Please detail where within your sources we can find this information. 0
7Do the references disclose a charge pump circuit similar to the following circuit diagram? In particular we are interested to see transistors 40, 41 in the charge pump to discharge the parasitic charges on nodes 38 and 39 respectively. Please detail where within your sources we can find this information. 0
8Do the references disclose a charge pump circuit similar to the following circuit diagram? In particular we are interested to see transistors 36 and 37 used to discharge parasitic charges on node 38 and 39. Please detail where within your sources we can find this information. 0
9Were you referred by a friend/colleague? If yes, please provide their Patexia profile URL if you would like them to be eligible for a referral prize. 0

Additional Notes

Submission Notes

  • Submission deadline is October 14, 2012
  • All work must be prepared by a single researcher
  • Maximum of one entry per person allowed
  • Entries must be in English
  • References can be in any language
  • If your reference has already been submitted or is not acceptable, the system will automatically reject it
  • In case you are submitting foreign references, please provide a translation of key sections
  • You are only permitted to submit one entry and you will not be able to edit it after submitting
  • All submissions are subject to Patexia's contest legal terms. Failure to follow these rules may lead to disqualification from the contest
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