Patents by Inventor Andreas Meiser

Andreas Meiser has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10985245
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a semiconductor device including a first planar field effect transistor cell and a second planar field effect transistor cell. The first planar field effect transistor cell and the second planar field effect transistor cell are electrically connected in parallel and each include a drain extension region between a channel region and a drain terminal at a first surface of a semiconductor body. A gate electrode of the first field effect transistor cell is electrically connected to a source terminal, and a gate electrode of the second field effect transistor cell is connected to a gate terminal that is electrically isolated from the source terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Andreas Meiser, Christian Kampen
  • Patent number: 10985248
    Abstract: Embodiments of SiC devices and corresponding methods of manufacture are provided. In some embodiments, the SiC device has shielding regions at the bottom of some gate trenches and non-linear junctions formed with the SiC material at the bottom of other gate trenches. In other embodiments, the SiC device has the shielding regions at the bottom of the gate trenches and arranged in rows which run in a direction transverse to a lengthwise extension of the trenches. In still other embodiments, the SiC device has the shielding regions and the non-linear junctions, and wherein the shielding regions are arranged in rows which run in a direction transverse to a lengthwise extension of the trenches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Caspar Leendertz, Romain Esteve, Anton Mauder, Andreas Meiser, Bernd Zippelius
  • Patent number: 10964808
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes trench gate structures that extend from a first surface into a semiconductor body of silicon carbide. The trench gate structures include a gate electrode and are spaced apart from one another along a first horizontal direction and extend into a body region with a longitudinal axis parallel to the first horizontal direction. First sections of first pn junctions between the body regions and a drift structure are tilted to the first surface and parallel to the first horizontal direction. Source regions form second pn junctions with the body regions. A gate length of the gate electrode along a second horizontal direction orthogonal to the first horizontal direction is greater than a channel length between the first sections of the first pn junctions and the second pn junctions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Andreas Meiser, Romain Esteve, Roland Rupp
  • Patent number: 10903079
    Abstract: A method includes: forming first and second trenches in a semiconductor body; forming a first material layer on the semiconductor body in the first and second trenches such that a first residual trench remains in the first trench and a second residual trench remains in the second trench; removing the first material from the second trench; and forming a second material layer on the first material layer in the first residual trench and on the semiconductor body in the second trench. The first material layer includes dopants of a first doping type and the second material layer includes dopants of a second doping type. The method further includes diffusing dopants from the first material layer in the first trench into the semiconductor body to form a first doped region, and from the second material layer in the second trench into the semiconductor body to form a second doped region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies Dresden GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Rolf Weis, Thomas Gross, Hermann Gruber, Franz Hirler, Andreas Meiser, Markus Rochel, Till Schloesser, Detlef Weber
  • Patent number: 10903322
    Abstract: Embodiments of SiC devices and corresponding methods of manufacture are provided. In some embodiments, the SiC device has shielding regions at the bottom of some gate trenches and non-linear junctions formed with the SiC material at the bottom of other gate trenches. In other embodiments, the SiC device has the shielding regions at the bottom of the gate trenches and arranged in rows which run in a direction transverse to a lengthwise extension of the trenches. In still other embodiments, the SiC device has the shielding regions and the non-linear junctions, and wherein the shielding regions are arranged in rows which run in a direction transverse to a lengthwise extension of the trenches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Andreas Meiser, Caspar Leendertz, Anton Mauder
  • Patent number: 10868172
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes: a gate trench extending into a Si substrate; a body region in the Si substrate, the body region including a vertical channel region adjacent a sidewall of the gate trench; a source region in the Si substrate above the body region; a contact trench extending into the Si substrate and separated from the gate trench by a portion of the source region and by a portion of the body region; an electrically conductive material in the contact trench; and a diffusion barrier structure interposed between a sidewall of the contact trench and the vertical channel region, the diffusion barrier structure including alternating layers of Si and oxygen-doped Si and configured to increase carrier mobility within the vertical channel region. Corresponding methods of manufacture are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies Austria AG
    Inventors: Oliver Blank, Thomas Feil, Maximilian Roesch, Martin Poelzl, Robert Haase, Sylvain Leomant, Bernhard Goller, Andreas Meiser
  • Patent number: 10868146
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method for producing a semiconductor device. The method includes providing a semiconductor body having first dopants of a first conductivity type and second dopants of a second conductivity type. The method also includes forming a first trench in the semiconductor body via a first mask, and filling the first trench with a semiconductor filling material. The method further includes forming a superjunction structure by introducing a portion of the first dopants from a region of the semiconductor body into the semiconductor filling material, forming a second trench in the semiconductor body via a second mask, which is formed in a manner self-aligned with respect to the first mask, and forming a trench structure in the second trench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Andreas Meiser, Till Schloesser
  • Patent number: 10845428
    Abstract: A driver circuit associated with a power electronic system is disclosed. The driver circuit comprises a gate driver circuit configured to drive a switching circuit comprising a plurality of switches in parallel, each switch comprising a respective source bondwire. The driver circuit further comprises a bondwire fault detection circuit comprising a gate charge estimation circuit configured to measure a parameter of the switching circuit comprising a gate charge of the switching circuit or a parameter indicative of the gate charge associated with the switching circuit. The bondwire fault detection circuit further comprises a detection circuit configured to detect a fault associated with at least one source bondwire of the switching circuit, based on the measured parameter of the switching circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Andreas Meiser, Benno Koeppl, Marcus Nuebling, Markus Zannoth, Alexander Mayer
  • Publication number: 20200350401
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a source region and a drain region of a first conductivity type, a body region of a second conductivity type between the source region and the drain region, a gate configured to control current through a channel of the body region, a drift zone of the first conductivity type between the body region and the drain region, a superjunction structure formed by a plurality of regions of the second conductivity type laterally spaced apart from one another by intervening regions of the drift zone, and a diffusion barrier structure disposed along sidewalls of the regions of the second conductivity type of the superjunction structure. The diffusion barrier structure includes alternating layers of Si and oxygen-doped Si and a Si capping layer on the alternating layers of Si and oxygen-doped Si.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2020
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Inventors: Martin Poelzl, Robert Haase, Sylvain Leomant, Maximilian Roesch, Ravi Keshav Joshi, Andreas Meiser, Xiaoqiu Huang, Ling Ma
  • Patent number: 10790353
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a source region and a drain region of a first conductivity type, a body region of a second conductivity type between the source region and the drain region, a gate configured to control current through a channel of the body region, a drift zone of the first conductivity type between the body region and the drain region, a superjunction structure formed by a plurality of regions of the second conductivity type laterally spaced apart from one another by intervening regions of the drift zone, and a diffusion barrier structure disposed along sidewalls of the regions of the second conductivity type of the superjunction structure. The diffusion barrier structure includes alternating layers of Si and oxygen-doped Si and a Si capping layer on the alternating layers of Si and oxygen-doped Si.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies Austria AG
    Inventors: Martin Poelzl, Robert Haase, Sylvain Leomant, Maximilian Roesch, Ravi Keshav Joshi, Andreas Meiser, Xiaoqiu Huang, Ling Ma
  • Publication number: 20200303498
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device includes: forming one or more device epitaxial layers over a main surface of a doped Si base substrate; forming a diffusion barrier structure including alternating layers of Si and oxygen-doped Si in an upper part of the doped Si base substrate adjacent the main surface of the doped Si base substrate, in a lower part of the one or more device epitaxial layers adjacent the main surface of the doped Si base substrate, or in one or more additional epitaxial layers disposed between the main surface of the doped Si base substrate and the one or more device epitaxial layers; and forming a gate above the diffusion barrier structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Inventors: Martin Poelzl, Robert Haase, Maximilian Roesch, Sylvain Leomant, Andreas Meiser, Bernhard Goller, Ravi Keshav Joshi
  • Patent number: 10741638
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a doped Si base substrate, one or more device epitaxial layers formed over a main surface of the doped Si base substrate, a diffusion barrier structure, and a gate formed above the diffusion barrier structure. The diffusion barrier structure includes alternating layers of Si and oxygen-doped Si formed in an upper part of the doped Si base substrate adjacent the main surface of the doped Si base substrate, in a lower part of the one or more device epitaxial layers adjacent the main surface of the doped Si base substrate, or in one or more additional epitaxial layers disposed between the main surface of the doped Si base substrate and the one or more device epitaxial layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies Austria AG
    Inventors: Martin Poelzl, Robert Haase, Maximilian Roesch, Sylvain Leomant, Andreas Meiser, Bernhard Goller, Ravi Keshav Joshi
  • Patent number: 10734484
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes trench gate structures that extend from a first surface into a silicon carbide portion. A shielding region between a drift zone and the trench gate structures along a vertical direction orthogonal to the first surface forms an auxiliary pn junction with the drift zone. Channel regions and the trench gate structures are successively arranged along a first horizontal direction. The channel regions are arranged between a source region and a current spread region along a second horizontal direction orthogonal to the first horizontal direction. Portions of mesa sections between neighboring trench gate structures fully deplete at a gate voltage within an absolute maximum rating of the semiconductor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Andreas Meiser, Anton Mauder, Roland Rupp, Oana Julia Spulber
  • Patent number: 10700061
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a first transistor and a second transistor in a semiconductor substrate. The first transistor includes a first drain contact electrically connected to a first drain region, the first drain contact including a first drain contact portion and a second drain contact portion. The first drain contact portion includes a drain conductive material in direct contact with the first drain region. The second transistor includes a second source contact electrically connected to a second source region. The second source contact includes a first source contact portion and a second source contact portion. The first source contact portion includes a source conductive material in direct contact with the second source region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Andreas Meiser, Dirk Ahlers, Till Schloesser
  • Publication number: 20200176568
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a silicon carbide semiconductor body including a source region of a first conductivity type, a body region of a second conductivity type, shielding regions of the second conductivity type and compensation regions of the second conductivity type. Trench structures extend from a first surface into the silicon carbide semiconductor body along a vertical direction. Each of the trench structures includes an auxiliary electrode at a bottom of the trench structure and a gate electrode between the auxiliary electrode and the first surface. The auxiliary electrode is electrically insulated from the gate electrode. The auxiliary electrode of each of the trench structures is adjoined by at least one of the shielding regions at the bottom of the trench structure. Each of the shielding regions is adjoined by at least one of the compensation regions at the bottom of the shielding region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Inventors: Andreas Meiser, Caspar Leendertz, Anton Mauder, Roland Rupp
  • Publication number: 20200161437
    Abstract: Embodiments of SiC devices and corresponding methods of manufacture are provided. In some embodiments, the SiC device has shielding regions at the bottom of some gate trenches and non-linear junctions formed with the SiC material at the bottom of other gate trenches. In other embodiments, the SiC device has the shielding regions at the bottom of the gate trenches and arranged in rows which run in a direction transverse to a lengthwise extension of the trenches. In still other embodiments, the SiC device has the shielding regions and the non-linear junctions, and wherein the shielding regions are arranged in rows which run in a direction transverse to a lengthwise extension of the trenches.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventors: Andreas Meiser, Caspar Leendertz, Anton Mauder
  • Publication number: 20200161433
    Abstract: Embodiments of SiC devices and corresponding methods of manufacture are provided. In some embodiments, the SiC device has shielding regions at the bottom of some gate trenches and non-linear junctions formed with the SiC material at the bottom of other gate trenches. In other embodiments, the SiC device has the shielding regions at the bottom of the gate trenches and arranged in rows which run in a direction transverse to a lengthwise extension of the trenches. In still other embodiments, the SiC device has the shielding regions and the non-linear junctions, and wherein the shielding regions are arranged in rows which run in a direction transverse to a lengthwise extension of the trenches.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventors: Caspar Leendertz, Romain Esteve, Anton Mauder, Andreas Meiser, Bernd Zippelius
  • Publication number: 20200152743
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a silicon carbide device includes: forming a trench in a process surface of a silicon carbide substrate that has a body layer forming second pn junctions with a drift layer structure, wherein the body layer is between the process surface and the drift layer structure and wherein the trench exposes the drift layer structure; implanting dopants through a bottom of the trench to form a shielding region that forms a first pn junction with the drift layer structure; forming dielectric spacers on sidewalls of the trench; and forming a buried portion of an auxiliary electrode in a bottom section of the trench, the buried portion adjoining the shielding region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: Andreas Meiser, Caspar Leendertz, Anton Mauder, Roland Rupp
  • Publication number: 20200152733
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a source region and a drain region of a first conductivity type, a body region of a second conductivity type between the source region and the drain region, a gate configured to control current through a channel of the body region, a drift zone of the first conductivity type between the body region and the drain region, a superjunction structure formed by a plurality of regions of the second conductivity type laterally spaced apart from one another by intervening regions of the drift zone, and a diffusion barrier structure disposed along sidewalls of the regions of the second conductivity type of the superjunction structure. The diffusion barrier structure includes alternating layers of Si and oxygen-doped Si and a Si capping layer on the alternating layers of Si and oxygen-doped Si.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: Martin Poelzl, Robert Haase, Sylvain Leomant, Maximilian Roesch, Ravi Keshav Joshi, Andreas Meiser, Xiaoqiu Huang, Ling Ma
  • Publication number: 20200127121
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device includes: forming a trench in a first side of a semiconductor layer, the semiconductor layer including a drift zone of a first conductivity; forming a drain region of the first conductivity type in the first side of the semiconductor layer and laterally adjoining the drift zone; forming a body region of a second conductivity type opposite the first conductivity type and laterally adjoining the drift zone at a side of the drift zone opposite the drain region; and forming source regions of the first conductivity type and body contact regions of the second conductivity type in a sidewall of the trench and arranged in an alternating manner along a length of the trench, using a dopant diffusion process which includes diffusing dopants of both conductivity types from oppositely-doped dopant source layers which are in contact with different regions of the sidewall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Inventors: Andreas Meiser, Till Schloesser