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).

  • 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
  • Publication number: 20200127134
    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: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Inventors: Oliver Blank, Thomas Feil, Maximilian Roesch, Martin Poelzl, Robert Haase, Sylvain Leomant, Bernhard Goller, Andreas Meiser
  • Patent number: 10629690
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a transistor in a semiconductor substrate. The transistor includes a drift zone of a first conductivity type adjacent to a drain region, and a first field plate and a second field plate adjacent to the drift zone. The second field plate is arranged between the first field plate and the drain region. The second field plate is electrically connected to a contact portion arranged in the drift zone. The transistor further includes an intermediate portion of the first conductivity type at a lower doping concentration than the drift zone. A distance between the intermediate portion and the drain region is smaller than the distance between the contact portion and the drain region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Andreas Meiser, Franz Hirler, Till Schloesser
  • Publication number: 20200111874
    Abstract: A silicon carbide substrate has a trench extending from a main surface of the silicon carbide substrate into the silicon carbide substrate. The trench has a trench width at a trench bottom. A shielding region is formed in the silicon carbide substrate. The shielding region extends along the trench bottom. In at least one doping plane extending approximately parallel to the trench bottom, a dopant concentration in the shielding region over a lateral first width deviates by not more than 10% from a maximum value of the dopant concentration. The first width is less than the trench width and is at least 30% of the trench width.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Publication date: April 9, 2020
    Inventors: Andreas Meiser, Caspar Leendertz, Anton Mauder
  • Patent number: 10586851
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a trench structure extending from a first surface into a silicon carbide semiconductor body. The trench structure includes an auxiliary electrode at a bottom of the trench structure and a gate electrode arranged between the auxiliary electrode and the first surface. A shielding region adjoins the auxiliary electrode at the bottom of the trench structure and forms a first pn junction with a drift structure. A corresponding method of manufacturing the semiconductor device is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Andreas Meiser, Caspar Leendertz, Anton Mauder, Roland Rupp
  • Patent number: 10582580
    Abstract: A switch comprises a field effect transistor in a semiconductor substrate having a first main surface. The field effect transistor comprises a source region, a drain region, a body region, and a gate electrode at the body region, the gate electrode being configured to control a conductivity of a channel formed in the body region. The gate electrode is disposed in gate trenches. The body region is disposed along a first direction between the source region and the drain region, the first direction being parallel to the first main surface. The body region has a shape of a ridge extending along the first direction. The body region is adjacent to the source region and the drain region. The switch further comprises a source contact and a body contact portion, the source contact being electrically connected to a source terminal. The body contact portion is in contact with the source contact and is electrically connected to the body region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Andreas Meiser, Till Schloesser
  • Patent number: 10580888
    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 channel region which extends along 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 a portion of the body region, the contact trench being filled with an electrically conductive material which contacts the source region at a sidewall of the contact trench and a highly doped body contact region at a bottom of the contact trench, and a diffusion barrier structure formed along the sidewall of the contact trench and disposed between the highly doped body contact region and the channel region, the diffusion barrier structure including alternating layers of Si and oxygen-doped Si.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies Austria AG
    Inventors: Oliver Blank, Thomas Feil, Maximilian Roesch, Martin Poelzl, Robert Haase, Sylvain Leomant, Bernhard Goller, Andreas Meiser
  • Publication number: 20200052109
    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 channel region which extends along 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 a portion of the body region, the contact trench being filled with an electrically conductive material which contacts the source region at a sidewall of the contact trench and a highly doped body contact region at a bottom of the contact trench, and a diffusion barrier structure formed along the sidewall of the contact trench and disposed between the highly doped body contact region and the channel region, the diffusion barrier structure including alternating layers of Si and oxygen-doped Si.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventors: Oliver Blank, Thomas Feil, Maximilian Roesch, Martin Poelzl, Robert Haase, Sylvain Leomant, Bernhard Goller, Andreas Meiser
  • Publication number: 20200052066
    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: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventors: Martin Poelzl, Robert Haase, Maximilian Roesch, Sylvain Leomant, Andreas Meiser, Bernhard Goller, Ravi Keshav Joshi
  • Publication number: 20200044036
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a transistor in a semiconductor body having a main surface. The transistor includes a source region; a drain region; a body region; a drift zone; a gate electrode at the body region, the body region and the drift zone being disposed along a first direction between the source region and the drain region, and the first direction being parallel to the main surface; a field plate disposed in each of a plurality of field plate trenches, each of the field plate trenches having a longitudinal axis extending along the first direction; and a field dielectric layer between the field plate and the drift zone, a thickness of the field dielectric layer at a bottom of each of the field plate trenches gradually increases along the first direction, the thickness being measured along a depth direction of the plurality of field plate trenches.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Applicant: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Andreas MEISER, Oliver HAEBERLEN
  • Patent number: 10553675
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment of an integrated circuit, a cavity is buried in a semiconductor body below a first surface of the semiconductor body. An active area portion of the semiconductor body is arranged between the first surface and the cavity. The integrated circuit further includes a trench isolation structure configured to provide a lateral electric isolation of the active area portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Sebastian Schmidt, Donald Dibra, Oliver Hellmund, Peter Irsigler, Andreas Meiser, Hans-Joachim Schulze, Martina Seider-Schmidt, Robert Wiesner
  • Patent number: 10546920
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a semiconductor substrate of a first conductivity type. A first semiconductor layer of a second conductivity type is on the semiconductor substrate. A buried semiconductor layer of the second conductivity type is on the first semiconductor layer. A second semiconductor layer of the second conductivity type is on the buried semiconductor layer. A trench extends through each of the second semiconductor layer, the buried semiconductor layer, and the first semiconductor layer, and into the semiconductor substrate. An insulating structure lines walls of the trench. A conductive filling in the trench is electrically coupled to the semiconductor substrate at a bottom of the trench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Andreas Meiser, Ralf Rudolf
  • Publication number: 20200027969
    Abstract: A method for producing a semiconductor component includes: providing a semiconductor body having a first dopant of a first conductivity type; forming a first trench in the semiconductor body starting from a first side; filling the first trench with a semiconductor filler material; forming a superjunction structure by introducing a second dopant of a second conductivity type into the semiconductor body, the semiconductor filler material being doped with the second dopant; forming a second trench in the semiconductor body starting from the first side; and forming a trench structure in the second trench.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Inventors: Till Schloesser, Christian Kampen, Andreas Meiser
  • Patent number: 10510836
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a gate trench extending into a Si substrate, the gate trench including a gate electrode and a gate dielectric separating the gate electrode from the Si substrate. The semiconductor device further includes a body region in the Si substrate adjacent the gate trench, the body region including a channel region which extends along 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 filled with an electrically conductive material which contacts the source region and a highly doped body contact region at a bottom of the contact trench, and a diffusion barrier structure extending along at least part of the channel region and disposed between the channel region and the highly doped body contact region. The diffusion barrier structure includes alternating layers of Si and oxygen-doped Si.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies Austria AG
    Inventors: Robert Haase, Martin Poelzl, Maximilian Roesch, Sylvain Leomant, Andreas Meiser
  • Publication number: 20190369151
    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: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Andreas Meiser, Benno Koeppl, Marcus Nuebling, Markus Zannoth, Alexander Mayer
  • Publication number: 20190371882
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a semiconductor device, including a semiconductor substrate of a first conductivity type and a semiconductor layer of a second conductivity type on the semiconductor substrate, the second conductivity type being different than the first conductivity type. The semiconductor device also includes an isolation structure electrically isolating a first region of the semiconductor layer from a second region of the semiconductor layer. A shallow trench isolation structure vertically extends from a surface of the semiconductor layer into the first region of the semiconductor layer. An electrical resistor is formed on the shallow trench isolation structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Andreas Meiser, Grzegorz Kozlowski, Till Schloesser
  • Patent number: 10483360
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device is providing, which includes forming a trench in a semiconductor substrate, forming an oxide layer over sidewalls and over a bottom side of the trench, performing an ion implantation process, forming a cover layer, and patterning the covering layer, thereby forming an uncovered area and a covered area of the oxide layer, respectively. The method further includes performing an isotropic etching process thereby removing portions of the uncovered area of the oxide layer and removing a part of a surface portion of the covered area adjacent to the uncovered portions, and removing remaining portions of the covering layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Andreas Meiser, Oliver Haeberlen