Patents by Inventor Anish A. Khandekar

Anish A. Khandekar 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: 20200328080
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and systems related to semiconductor structure formation are described. An example method includes forming an opening through silicon (Si) material, formed over a semiconductor substrate, to a first depth to form pillars of Si material. The example method further includes depositing an isolation material within the opening to fill the opening between the Si pillars. The example method further includes removing a portion of the isolation material from between the pillars to a second depth to create a second opening between the pillars and defining inner sidewalls between the pillars. The example method further includes depositing an enhancer material over a top surface of the pillars and along the inner sidewalls of the pillars down to a top portion of the isolation material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Inventors: Nicholas R. Tapias, Sanjeev Sapra, Anish A. Khandekar, Shen Hu
  • Publication number: 20200312712
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and systems related to selectively depositing a liner material on a sidewall of an opening are described. An example method includes forming a liner material on a dielectric material of sidewalls of an opening and a bottom surface of an opening and removing the first liner material of the sidewalls of the opening and the bottom surface of the opening using a non-selective etch chemistry. The example method further includes forming a second liner material on the dielectric material of the sidewalls of the opening to avoid contact with the bottom surface of the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: Anish Khandekar, Lars P. Heineck, Silvia Borsari, Zhiqiang Xie
  • Patent number: 10749041
    Abstract: A method of forming Si3Nx, where “x” is less than 4 and at least 3, comprises decomposing a Si-comprising precursor molecule into at least two decomposition species that are different from one another, at least one of the at least two different decomposition species comprising Si. An outer substrate surface is contacted with the at least two decomposition species. At least one of the decomposition species that comprises Si attaches to the outer substrate surface to comprise an attached species. The attached species is contacted with a N-comprising precursor that reacts with the attached species to form a reaction product comprising Si3Nx, where “x” is less than 4 and at least 3. Other embodiments are disclosed, including constructions made in accordance with method embodiments of the invention and constructions independent of method of manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Fei Wang, Kunal Shrotri, Jeffery B. Hull, Anish A. Khandekar, Duo Mao, Zhixin Xu, Ee Ee Eng, Jie Li, Dong Liang
  • Publication number: 20200251347
    Abstract: A method used in forming an array of elevationally-extending strings of memory cells comprises forming a stack comprising vertically-alternating insulative tiers and wordline tiers. The stack comprises an etch-stop tier between a first tier and a second tier of the stack. The etch-stop tier is of different composition from those of the insulative tiers and the wordline tiers. Etching is conducted into the insulative tiers and the wordline tiers that are above the etch-stop tier to the etch-stop tier to form channel openings that have individual bases comprising the etch-stop tier. The etch-stop tier is penetrated through to extend individual of the channel openings there-through. After extending the individual channel openings through the etch-stop tier, etching is conducted into and through the insulative tiers and the wordline tiers that are below the etch-stop tier to extend the individual channel openings deeper into the stack below the etch-stop tier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Applicant: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: John D. Hopkins, Gordon A. Haller, Tom J. John, Anish A. Khandekar, Christopher Larsen, Kunal Shrotri
  • Patent number: 10665599
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a method of forming vertically-stacked memory cells. An opening is formed through a stack of alternating insulative and conductive levels. Cavities are formed to extend into the conductive levels along sidewalls of the opening. At least one of the cavities is formed to be shallower than one or more others of the cavities. Charge-blocking dielectric and charge-storage structures are formed within the cavities. Some embodiments include an integrated structure having a stack of alternating insulative and conductive levels. Cavities extend into the conductive levels. At least one of the cavities is shallower than one or more others of the cavities by at least about 2 nanometers. Charge-blocking dielectric is within the cavities. Charge-storage structures are within the cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Hongbin Zhu, Gordon A. Haller, Charles H. Dennison, Anish A. Khandekar, Brett D. Lowe, Lining He, Brian Cleereman
  • Patent number: 10665469
    Abstract: A method used in forming an array of elevationally-extending strings of memory cells comprises forming a stack comprising vertically-alternating insulative tiers and wordline tiers. The stack comprises an etch-stop tier between a first tier and a second tier of the stack. The etch-stop tier is of different composition from those of the insulative tiers and the wordline tiers. Etching is conducted into the insulative tiers and the wordline tiers that are above the etch-stop tier to the etch-stop tier to form channel openings that have individual bases comprising the etch-stop tier. The etch-stop tier is penetrated through to extend individual of the channel openings there-through. After extending the individual channel openings through the etch-stop tier, etching is conducted into and through the insulative tiers and the wordline tiers that are below the etch-stop tier to extend the individual channel openings deeper into the stack below the etch-stop tier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: John D. Hopkins, Gordon A. Haller, Tom J. John, Anish A. Khandekar, Christopher Larsen, Kunal Shrotri
  • Patent number: 10615174
    Abstract: A method comprises forming material to be etched over a substrate. An etch mask comprising a silicon nitride-comprising region is formed elevationally over the material. The etch mask comprises an elevationally-extending mask opening in the silicon nitride-comprising region that has a minimum horizontal open dimension that is greater in an elevationally-innermost portion of the region than in an elevationally-outermost portion of the region. The elevationally-outermost portion has a greater etch rate in at least one of HF and H3PO4 than does the elevationally-innermost portion. The etch mask is used as a mask while etching an elevationally-extending mask opening into the material. The silicon nitride-comprising region is exposed to at least one of HF and H3PO4 to increase the minimum horizontal open dimension in the elevationally-outermost portion to a greater degree than increase, if any, in the minimum horizontal open dimension in the elevationally-innermost portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Fei Wang, Tom J. John, Kunal Shrotri, Anish A. Khandekar, Aaron R. Wilson, John D. Hopkins, Derek F. Lundberg
  • Publication number: 20200083059
    Abstract: A method used in forming an array of elevationally-extending strings of memory cells comprises forming a stack comprising vertically-alternating insulative tiers and wordline tiers. The stack comprises an etch-stop tier between a first tier and a second tier of the stack. The etch-stop tier is of different composition from those of the insulative tiers and the wordline tiers. Etching is conducted into the insulative tiers and the wordline tiers that are above the etch-stop tier to the etch-stop tier to form channel openings that have individual bases comprising the etch-stop tier. The etch-stop tier is penetrated through to extend individual of the channel openings there-through. After extending the individual channel openings through the etch-stop tier, etching is conducted into and through the insulative tiers and the wordline tiers that are below the etch-stop tier to extend the individual channel openings deeper into the stack below the etch-stop tier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Applicant: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: John D. Hopkins, Gordon A. Haller, Tom J. John, Anish A. Khandekar, Christopher Larsen, Kunal Shrotri
  • Patent number: 10586807
    Abstract: An array of elevationally-extending strings of memory cells comprises a vertical stack of alternating insulative tiers and wordline tiers. The wordline tiers have terminal ends corresponding to control-gate regions of individual memory cells. The control-gate regions individually comprise part of a wordline in individual of the wordline tiers. A charge-blocking region of the individual memory cells extends elevationally along the individual control-gate regions. Charge-storage material of the individual memory cells extends elevationally along individual of the charge-blocking regions. Channel material extends elevationally along the vertical stack. Insulative charge-passage material is laterally between the channel material and the charge-storage material. Elevationally-extending walls laterally separate immediately-laterally-adjacent of the wordlines. The walls comprise laterally-outer insulative material and silicon-containing material spanning laterally between the laterally-outer insulative material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhiqiang Xie, Chris M. Carlson, Justin B. Dorhout, Anish A. Khandekar, Greg Light, Ryan Meyer, Kunal R. Parekh, Dimitrios Pavlopoulos, Kunal Shrotri
  • Publication number: 20200066747
    Abstract: A method of forming an array of elevationally-extending strings of memory cells comprises forming and removing a portion of lower-stack memory cell material that is laterally across individual bases in individual lower channel openings. Covering material is formed in a lowest portion of the individual lower channel openings to cover the individual bases of the individual lower channel openings. Upper channel openings are formed into an upper stack to the lower channel openings to form interconnected channel openings individually comprising one of the individual lower channel openings and individual of the upper channel openings. A portion of upper-stack memory cell material that is laterally across individual bases in individual upper channel openings is formed and removed. After the removing of the portion of the upper-stack memory cell material, the covering material is removed from the interconnected channel openings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Applicant: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Collin Howder, Justin B. Dorhout, Anish A. Khandekar, Mark W. Kiehlbauch, Nancy M. Lomeli
  • Publication number: 20200052134
    Abstract: A method of forming Si3Nx, where “x” is less than 4 and at least 3, comprises decomposing a Si-comprising precursor molecule into at least two decomposition species that are different from one another, at least one of the at least two different decomposition species comprising Si. An outer substrate surface is contacted with the at least two decomposition species. At least one of the decomposition species that comprises Si attaches to the outer substrate surface to comprise an attached species. The attached species is contacted with a N-comprising precursor that reacts with the attached species to form a reaction product comprising Si3Nx, where “x” is less than 4 and at least 3. Other embodiments are disclosed, including constructions made in accordance with method embodiments of the invention and constructions independent of method of manufacture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Applicant: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Fei Wang, Kunal Shrotri, Jeffery B. Hull, Anish A. Khandekar, Duo Mao, Zhixin Xu, Ee Ee Eng, Jie Li, Dong Liang
  • Patent number: 10559466
    Abstract: A transistor comprises channel material having first and second opposing sides. A gate is on the first side of the channel material and a gate insulator is between the gate and the channel material. A first insulating material has first and second opposing sides, with the first side being adjacent the second side of the channel material. A second insulating material of different composition from that of the first insulating material is adjacent the second side of the first insulating material. The second insulating material has at least one of (a), (b), and (c), where, (a): lower oxygen diffusivity than the first material, (b): net positive charge, and (c): at least two times greater shear strength than the first material. In some embodiments, an array of elevationally-extending strings of memory cells comprises such transistors. Other embodiments, including method, are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: David H. Wells, Anish A. Khandekar, Kunal Shrotri, Jie Li
  • Patent number: 10553607
    Abstract: A method of forming an array of elevationally-extending strings of memory cells comprises forming and removing a portion of lower-stack memory cell material that is laterally across individual bases in individual lower channel openings. Covering material is formed in a lowest portion of the individual lower channel openings to cover the individual bases of the individual lower channel openings. Upper channel openings are formed into an upper stack to the lower channel openings to form interconnected channel openings individually comprising one of the individual lower channel openings and individual of the upper channel openings. A portion of upper-stack memory cell material that is laterally across individual bases in individual upper channel openings is formed and removed. After the removing of the portion of the upper-stack memory cell material, the covering material is removed from the interconnected channel openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Collin Howder, Justin B. Dorhout, Anish A. Khandekar, Mark W. Kiehlbauch, Nancy M. Lomeli
  • Publication number: 20200020529
    Abstract: A transistor comprises channel material having first and second opposing sides. A gate is on the first side of the channel material and a gate insulator is between the gate and the channel material. A first insulating material has first and second opposing sides, with the first side being adjacent the second side of the channel material. A second insulating material of different composition from that of the first insulating material is adjacent the second side of the first insulating material. The second insulating material has at least one of (a), (b), and (c), where, (a): lower oxygen diffusivity than the first material, (b): net positive charge, and (c): at least two times greater shear strength than the first material. In some embodiments, an array of elevationally-extending strings of memory cells comprises such transistors. Other embodiments, including method, are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Applicant: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: David H. Wells, Anish A. Khandekar, Kunal Shrotri, Jie Li
  • Publication number: 20190371815
    Abstract: An array of elevationally-extending strings of memory cells comprises a vertical stack of alternating insulative tiers and wordline tiers. The wordline tiers have terminal ends corresponding to control-gate regions of individual memory cells. The control-gate regions individually comprise part of a wordline in individual of the wordline tiers. A charge-blocking region of the individual memory cells extends elevationally along the individual control-gate regions. Charge-storage material of the individual memory cells extends elevationally along individual of the charge-blocking regions. Channel material extends elevationally along the vertical stack. Insulative charge-passage material is laterally between the channel material and the charge-storage material. Elevationally-extending walls laterally separate immediately-laterally-adjacent of the wordlines. The walls comprise laterally-outer insulative material and silicon-containing material spanning laterally between the laterally-outer insulative material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Applicant: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhiqiang Xie, Chris M. Carlson, Justin B. Dorhout, Anish A. Khandekar, Greg Light, Ryan Meyer, Kunal R. Parekh, Dimitrios Pavlopoulos, Kunal Shrotri
  • Patent number: 10483407
    Abstract: A method of forming Si3Nx, where “x” is less than 4 and at least 3, comprises decomposing a Si-comprising precursor molecule into at least two decomposition species that are different from one another, at least one of the at least two different decomposition species comprising Si. An outer substrate surface is contacted with the at least two decomposition species. At least one of the decomposition species that comprises Si attaches to the outer substrate surface to comprise an attached species. The attached species is contacted with a N-comprising precursor that reacts with the attached species to form a reaction product comprising Si3Nx, where “x” is less than 4 and at least 3. Other embodiments are disclosed, including constructions made in accordance with method embodiments of the invention and constructions independent of method of manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Fei Wang, Kunal Shrotri, Jeffery B. Hull, Anish A. Khandekar, Duo Mao, Zhixin Xu, Ee Ee Eng, Jie Li, Dong Liang
  • Publication number: 20190341398
    Abstract: A method of forming polysilicon comprises forming a first polysilicon-comprising material over a substrate, with the first polysilicon-comprising material comprising at least one of elemental carbon and elemental nitrogen at a total of 0.1 to 20 atomic percent. A second polysilicon-comprising material is formed over the first polysilicon-comprising material. The second polysilicon-comprising material comprises less, if any, total elemental carbon and elemental nitrogen than the first polysilicon-comprising material. Other aspects and embodiments, including structure independent of method of manufacture, are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Applicant: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Dimitrios Pavlopoulos, Kunal Shrotri, Anish A. Khandekar
  • Publication number: 20190326445
    Abstract: A method of forming Si3Nx, where “x” is less than 4 and at least 3, comprises decomposing a Si-comprising precursor molecule into at least two decomposition species that are different from one another, at least one of the at least two different decomposition species comprising Si. An outer substrate surface is contacted with the at least two decomposition species. At least one of the decomposition species that comprises Si attaches to the outer substrate surface to comprise an attached species. The attached species is contacted with a N-comprising precursor that reacts with the attached species to form a reaction product comprising Si3Nx, where “x” is less than 4 and at least 3. Other embodiments are disclosed, including constructions made in accordance with method embodiments of the invention and constructions independent of method of manufacture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Applicant: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Fei Wang, Kunal Shrotri, Jeffery B. Hull, Anish A. Khandekar, Duo Mao, Zhixin Xu, Ee Ee Eng, Jie Li, Dong Liang
  • Patent number: 10446578
    Abstract: A method used in forming an array of elevationally-extending strings of memory cells comprises forming a lower stack comprising vertically-alternating insulative tiers and wordline tiers. Lower channel openings are in the lower stack. A bridge is epitaxially grown that covers individual of the lower channel openings. A lower void space is beneath individual of the bridges in the individual lower channel openings. An upper stack is formed above the lower stack. The upper stack comprises vertically-alternating insulative tiers and wordline tiers. Upper channel openings are formed into the upper stack to the individual bridges to form interconnected channel openings individually comprising one of the individual lower channel openings and individual of the upper channel openings. The interconnected channel openings individually have one of the individual bridges there-across. The individual bridges are penetrated through to uncover individual of the lower void spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Collin Howder, Justin B. Dorhout, Anish A. Khandekar, Mark W. Kiehlbauch, Nancy M. Lomeli
  • Publication number: 20190312056
    Abstract: A method comprises forming material to be etched over a substrate. An etch mask comprising a silicon nitride-comprising region is formed elevationally over the material. The etch mask comprises an elevationally-extending mask opening in the silicon nitride-comprising region that has a minimum horizontal open dimension that is greater in an elevationally-innermost portion of the region than in an elevationally-outermost portion of the region. The elevationally-outermost portion has a greater etch rate in at least one of HF and H3PO4 than does the elevationally-innermost portion. The etch mask is used as a mask while etching an elevationally-extending mask opening into the material. The silicon nitride-comprising region is exposed to at least one of HF and H3PO4 to increase the minimum horizontal open dimension in the elevationally-outermost portion to a greater degree than increase, if any, in the minimum horizontal open dimension in the elevationally-innermost portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Applicant: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Fei Wang, Tom J. John, Kunal Shrotri, Anish A. Khandekar, Aaron R. Wilson, John D. Hopkins, Derek F. Lundberg