US 11,056,253 B2
Thin-film resistors with flexible terminal placement for area saving
Harikrishna Chintarlapalli Reddy, Bengaluru (IN); and Alvin Leng Sun Loke, San Diego, CA (US)
Assigned to QUALCOMM INCORPORATED, San Diego, CA (US)
Filed by QUALCOMM Incorporated, San Diego, CA (US)
Filed on Feb. 25, 2020, as Appl. No. 16/800,949.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/819,811, filed on Mar. 18, 2019.
Prior Publication US 2020/0303094 A1, Sep. 24, 2020
Int. Cl. H01C 1/01 (2006.01); H01L 27/01 (2006.01)
CPC H01C 1/01 (2013.01) [H01L 27/016 (2013.01)] 12 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An apparatus, comprising:
a dielectric layer; and
a set of thin-film resistors arranged in a row extending in a first direction on the dielectric layer, wherein lengths of the set of thin-film resistors extending in a second direction substantially orthogonal to the first direction are substantially the same, wherein the set of thin-film resistors includes a first subset of one or more thin-film resistors with respective terminals spaced apart by a first distance, and wherein the set of thin-film resistors includes a second subset of one or more thin-film resistors with respective terminals spaced apart by a second distance, the first distance being different than the second distance,
wherein a first subset of one or more terminals of the first subset of one or more thin-film resistors is substantially aligned in the first direction with a first subset of one or more terminals of the second subset of one or more thin-film resistors, and wherein a second subset of one or more terminals of the first subset of thin-film resistors is not aligned in the first direction with a second subset of one or more terminals of the second subset of one or more thin-film resistors, and
wherein the second subset of one or more terminals of the second subset of one or more thin-film resistors is configured to receive a voltage potential, and wherein one or more regions of thin-film resistive material upon which the second subset of one or more terminals are disposed are configured to receive the voltage potential from another one or more electrical connection, respectively.