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1. WO2019112882 - APPAREILS ET PROCÉDÉS DE FOURNITURE DE SIGNAUX DE POLARISATION DANS UN DISPOSITIF À SEMI-CONDUCTEURS

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CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. An apparatus, comprising:

a power supply line configured to provide a supply voltage; and

a bias circuit coupled to the power supply line to produce a bias current, the bias circuit configured to:

decrease the bias current as the supply voltage increases from a first value to a second value,

continue to decrease the bias current as the supply voltage further increases from the second value in a first operation mode, and

prevent the bias current from decreasing against further increase of the supply voltage from the second value in a second operation mode.

2. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein the bias circuit is configured to increase the bias current as the supply voltage further increases from the second value in the second mode.

3. The apparatus of claim 1 , further comprising:

an additional power supply line configured to provide an additional supply voltage; first and second nodes;

a first transistor coupled between the power supply line and the first node;

a second transistor coupled between the first and second nodes;

an impedance element coupled between the second node and the additional power supply line; and

a third transistor coupled between the first and second nodes in parallel to the second transistor, the third transistor configured to be in an off state in the first operation mode and in an on slate in the second operation mode.

4. The apparatus of claim 3, wherein the second transistor is controlled to keep the second node at a first voltage regardless of a value of the supply voltage.

5. The apparatus of claim 3, further comprising:

a third node;

an additional impedance element coupled between the power supply line and the third node; and

a fourth transistor coupled between the third node and the second node.

6. The apparatus ofclaim 3, further comprising a buffer circuit coupled to the first node, the buffer circuit configured to amplify external signals with consumption of a current generated responsively to the bias current.

7. An apparatus, comprising:

a bias circuit configured to receive a supply voltage and the bias circuit further configured to provide a bias signal having a magnitude that decreases at a rate to a non-zero minimum magnitude with increasing supply voltage in a first operation mode and to provide the bias signal having a magnitude that decreases at the rate to less than the minimum magnitude with increasing supply voltage in a second operation mode; and

a buffer circuit configured to receive the bias signal and the supply voltage, and to provide output signals at an output responsive to input data strobe signals provided to an input, the buffer circuit further configured to have a propagation delay from the input to the output that varies with the magnitude of the bias signal.

8. The apparatus of claim 7 wherein the bias circuit is configured to provide the bias signal having a magnitude that decreases at the rate for increasing supply voltage until the magnitude decreases at the rate to zero.

9. The apparatus of claim 7 wherein the bias circuit comprises a first transistor configured to provide the bias signal and the buffer circuit comprises a second transistor coupled to the first transistor and configured to provide power based on the bias signal, the first transistor and the second transistor configured as a current mirror.

10. The apparatus of claim 7 wherein the bias circuit comprises a mode circuit configured to be activated in the first operation mode to set the non-zero minimum magnitude for the bias signal and to be not activated in the second operation mode to not set the non-zero minimum magnitude for the bias signal.

1 1. The apparatus of claim 10 wherein the mode circuit comprises a transistor and a resistance coupled in series with the transistor, the transistor configured to be activated in the first operation mode and to not be activated in the second operation mode.

12. The apparatus ofclaim 10 wherein the mode circuit is coupled between first and second nodes and the mode circuit further comprises a transistor coupled in parallel to the mode circuit between the first and second nodes, the mode circuit configured to provide a resistive current path between first and second nodes when activated.

13. The apparatus of claim 12 wherein the bias circuit further comprises a current source configured to receive the supply voltage and to provide an increasing source current to the first node responsive to increasing supply voltage.

14. The apparatus of claim 13 wherein the current source comprises an adjustable resistance, wherein a resistance of the adjustable resistance sets the rate.

15. The apparatus of claim 7 wherein the buffer circuit comprises:

a first circuit stage having a first propagation delay that increases responsive to decreasing magnitude of the bias signal; and

a second circuit stage coupled to the first circuit stage and having a second propagation delay that decreases with increasing supply voltage.

16. The apparatus of claim 7 wherein the bias signal comprises at least one of a bias current and a bias voltage.

17. A method, comprising:

varying a bias signal responsive to variations in supply voltage, the bias signal having a minimum current for increasing supply voltage;

changing a propagation delay of a circuit configured to receive the supply voltage based on the bias signal; and

decreasing the bias signal to less than the minimum current for increasing supply voltage to evaluate operation of the circuit.

18. The method of claim 17 wherein varying the bias signal responsive to variations in supply voltage comprise decreasing a current of the bias signal responsive to increasing supply voltage.

19. The method of claim 18 wherein changing the propagation delay of the circuit comprises increasing the propagation delay of the circuit for decreasing current of the bias signal.

20. The method of claim 17 wherein a voltage limit corresponds to the supply voltage at which the bias signal has the minimum current, and wherein the method further comprises increasing the bias signal from the minimum current for increasing supply voltage greater than the voltage limit during normal operation of the bias signal.