Patents by Inventor Chia-Jen Chen

Chia-Jen Chen 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: 11031290
    Abstract: A semiconductor structure with cutting depth control and method for fabricating the same are provided. In the method for fabricating the semiconductor device, at first, fins protruding from a substrate are formed. Next, source/drain devices are grown on both ends of the fins. Then, an inter-layer dielectric layer crossing the fins and enclosing the source/drain devices is deposited. A metal gate structure enclosed by the inter-layer dielectric layer is formed between the source/drain devices. And then, a replacement operation is performed to replace a portion of the inter-layer dielectric layer with an isolation material, thereby forming an isolation portion that adjoins the metal gate structure and is located between the adjacent source/drain devices. Thereafter, a metal gate cut operation is performed, thereby forming an opening in the metal gate structure and an opening in the isolation portion, and an insulating material is deposited in the openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chih-Chang Hung, Shu-Yuan Ku, I-Wei Yang, Yi-Hsuan Hsiao, Ming-Ching Chang, Ryan Chia-Jen Chen
  • Patent number: 11029593
    Abstract: A lithography mask includes a substrate, a reflective structure disposed over a first side of the substrate, and a patterned absorber layer disposed over the reflective structure. The lithography mask includes a first region and a second region that surrounds the first region in a top view. The patterned absorber layer is located in the first region. A substantially non-reflective material is located in the second region. The lithography mask is formed by forming a reflective structure over a substrate, forming an absorber layer over the reflective structure, defining a first region of the lithography mask, and defining a second region of the lithography mask. The defining of the first region includes patterning the absorber layer. The second region is defined to surround the first region in a top view. The defining of the second region includes forming a substantially non-reflective material in the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chin-Hsiang Lin, Chien-Cheng Chen, Hsin-Chang Lee, Chia-Jen Chen, Pei-Cheng Hsu, Yih-Chen Su, Gaston Lee, Tran-Hui Shen
  • Publication number: 20210159123
    Abstract: A method of forming a semiconductor device includes forming a first fin and a second fin protruding above a substrate; forming isolation regions on opposing sides of the first fin and the second fin; forming a metal gate over the first fin and over the second fin, the metal gate being surrounded by a first dielectric layer; and forming a recess in the metal gate between the first fin and the second fin, where the recess extends from an upper surface of the metal gate distal the substrate into the metal gate, where the recess has an upper portion distal the substrate and a lower portion between the upper portion and the substrate, where the upper portion has a first width, and the lower portion has a second width larger than the first width, the first width and the second width measured along a longitudinal direction of the metal gate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2021
    Publication date: May 27, 2021
    Inventors: Chih-Chang Hung, Chieh-Ning Feng, Chun-Liang Lai, Yih-Ann Lin, Ryan Chia-Jen Chen
  • Publication number: 20210151580
    Abstract: A method for fabricating semiconductor device includes the steps of: forming a gate structure on a substrate; forming a first spacer and a second spacer around the gate structure; forming a recess adjacent to two sides of the second spacer; performing a cleaning process to trim the second spacer for forming a void between the first spacer and the substrate; and forming an epitaxial layer in the recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2021
    Publication date: May 20, 2021
    Inventors: Wei-Chih Chuang, Chia-Jong Liu, Kuang-Hsiu Chen, Chung-Ting Huang, Chi-Hsuan Tang, Kai-Hsiang Wang, Bing-Yang Jiang, Yu-Lin Cheng, Chun-Jen Chen, Yu-Shu Lin, Jhong-Yi Huang, Chao-Nan Chen, Guan-Ying Wu
  • Patent number: 11002927
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a package structure including an electro-optical circuit board, a fanout package disposed over the electro-optical circuit board is provided. The electro-optical circuit board includes an optical waveguide. The fanout package includes a first optical input/output portion, a second optical input/output portion and a plurality of electrical input/output terminals electrically connected to the electro-optical circuit board. The first optical input/output portion is optically coupled to the second optical input/output portion through the optical waveguide of the electro-optical circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Chia-Lun Chang, Ching-Hua Hsieh, Cheng-Ting Chen, Hsiu-Jen Lin, Hsuan-Ting Kuo, Chia-Shen Cheng, Chih-Chiang Tsao
  • Patent number: 11004709
    Abstract: A method for monitoring gas in a wafer processing system is provided. The method includes producing an exhaust flow in an exhausting conduit from a processing chamber. The method further includes placing a gas sensor in fluid communication with a detection point located in the exhausting conduit via a sampling tube that passes through a through hole formed on the exhausting conduit. The detection point is located away from the through hole. The method also includes detecting a gas condition at the detection point with the gas sensor. In addition, the method also includes analyzing the gas condition detected by the gas sensor to determine if the gas condition in the exhausting conduit is in a range of values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wen-Chieh Hsieh, Su-Yu Yeh, Ko-Bin Kao, Chia-Hung Chung, Li-Jen Wu, Chun-Yu Chen, Hung-Ming Chen, Yong-Ting Wu
  • Patent number: 10996553
    Abstract: A reticle and a method for manufacturing the same are provided. The reticle includes a mask substrate, a reflective multilayer (ML), a capping layer and an absorption composite structure. The reflective ML is positioned over a front-side surface of the mask substrate. The capping layer is positioned over the reflective ML. The absorption composite structure is positioned over the capping layer. The absorption composite structure includes a first absorption layer, a second absorption layer, a third absorption layer and an etch stop layer. The first absorption layer is positioned over the capping layer. The second absorption layer is positioned over the first absorption layer. The third absorption layer is positioned over the second absorption layer. The etch stop layer is positioned between the first absorption layer and the second absorption layer. The first absorption layer and the second absorption layer are made of the same material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wen-Chang Hsueh, Huan-Ling Lee, Chia-Jen Chen, Hsin-Chang Lee
  • Patent number: 10991570
    Abstract: A semiconductor wafer cleaning apparatus is provided. The semiconductor wafer cleaning apparatus includes a spin base having a through hole. The semiconductor wafer cleaning apparatus further includes a spindle extending through the through hole. The semiconductor wafer cleaning apparatus also includes a clamping member. The clamping member covers the through hole and connected to the spindle. A gap that communicates with the through hole is formed between the spin base and the clamping member. In addition, the semiconductor wafer cleaning apparatus includes a sealing ring. The sealing ring is positioned adjacent to the gap and located farther away from the spindle than the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chia-Lun Chen, Po-Jen Shih, Ming-Sung Hung, Wen-Hung Hsu
  • Patent number: 10991627
    Abstract: A method includes forming a patterned etching mask, which includes a plurality of strips, and etching a semiconductor substrate underlying the patterned etching mask to form a first plurality of semiconductor fins and a second plurality of semiconductor fins. The patterned etching mask is used as an etching mask in the etching. The method further includes etching the second plurality of semiconductor fins without etching the first plurality of semiconductor fins. An isolation region is then formed, and the first plurality of semiconductor fins has top portions protruding higher than a top surface of the isolation region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryan Chia-Jen Chen, Yih-Ann Lin, Chia Tai Lin, Chao-Cheng Chen
  • Publication number: 20210118171
    Abstract: An object characteristic locating device is provided, which includes a camera module and a processing module. The camera module is configured to capture an image from a front scene. The processing module is configured to perform the following operations: locating a position of an image object in the captured image, and determining a framing range with the image object from the captured image; and preforming image processing on the framing range according to a characteristic of the image object, so as to locate the position of an image characteristic portion of the image object in the captured image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Publication date: April 22, 2021
    Inventors: Chun-Yu LIN, Feng-Chun HSU, Sumesh NAIR, Jing-Jie SU, Chia-Ying CHANG, Shean-Jen CHEN
  • Publication number: 20210111280
    Abstract: A semiconductor device and method of forming thereof includes a first fin and a second fin each extending from a substrate. A first gate segment is disposed over the first fin and a second gate segment is disposed over the second fin. An interlayer dielectric (ILD) layer is adjacent the first gate segment and the second gate segment. A cut region (e.g., opening or gap between first gate structure and the second gate structure) extends between the first and second gate segments. The cut region has a first portion has a first width and a second portion has a second width, the second width is greater than the first width. The second portion interposes the first and second gate segments and the first portion is defined within the ILD layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2020
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Inventors: I-Wei YANG, Chih-Chang HUNG, Shu-Yuan KU, Ryan Chia-Jen CHEN, Ming-Ching CHANG
  • Publication number: 20210090958
    Abstract: A conductive gate over a semiconductor fin is cut into a first conductive gate and a second conductive gate. An oxide is removed from sidewalls of the first conductive gate and a dielectric material is applied to the sidewalls. Spacers adjacent to the conductive gate are removed to form voids, and the voids are capped with a dielectric material to form air spacers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Publication date: March 25, 2021
    Inventors: Shu-Uei Jang, Chen-Huang Huang, Ryan Chia-Jen Chen, Shiang-Bau Wang, Shu-Yuan Ku
  • Patent number: 10957600
    Abstract: A method includes forming a patterned etching mask, which includes a plurality of strips, and etching a semiconductor substrate underlying the patterned etching mask to form a first plurality of semiconductor fins and a second plurality of semiconductor fins. The patterned etching mask is used as an etching mask in the etching. The method further includes etching the second plurality of semiconductor fins without etching the first plurality of semiconductor fins. An isolation region is then formed, and the first plurality of semiconductor fins has top portions protruding higher than a top surface of the isolation region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryan Chia-Jen Chen, Yih-Ann Lin, Chia Tai Lin, Chao-Cheng Chen
  • Patent number: 10943828
    Abstract: Metal gate cutting techniques for fin-like field effect transistors (FinFETs) are disclosed herein. An exemplary method includes receiving an integrated circuit (IC) device structure that includes a substrate, one or more fins disposed over the substrate, a plurality of gate structures disposed over the fins, a dielectric layer disposed between and adjacent to the gate structures, and a patterning layer disposed over the gate structures. The gate structures traverses the fins and includes first and second gate structures. The method further includes: forming an opening in the patterning layer to expose a portion of the first gate structure, a portion of the second gate structure, and a portion of the dielectric layer; and removing the exposed portion of the first gate structure, the exposed portion of the second gate structure, and the exposed portion of the dielectric layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ya-Yi Tsai, Yi-Hsuan Hsiao, Shu-Yuan Ku, Ryan Chia-Jen Chen, Ming-Ching Chang
  • Publication number: 20210055646
    Abstract: In a method of manufacturing a photo mask for lithography, circuit pattern data are acquired. A pattern density, which is a total pattern area per predetermined area, is calculated from the circuit pattern data. Dummy pattern data for areas having pattern density less than a threshold density are generated. Mask drawing data is generated from the circuit pattern data and the dummy pattern data. By using an electron beam from an electron beam lithography apparatus, patterns are drawn according to the mask drawing data on a resist layer formed on a mask blank substrate. The drawn resist layer is developed using a developing solution. Dummy patterns included in the dummy pattern data are not printed as a photo mask pattern when the resist layer is exposed with the electron beam and is developed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2020
    Publication date: February 25, 2021
    Inventors: Chien-Cheng CHEN, Chia-Jen CHEN, Hsin-Chang LEE, Shih-Ming CHANG, Tran-Hui SHEN, Yen-Cheng HO, Chen-Shao HSU
  • Publication number: 20210050350
    Abstract: Methods of cutting gate structures, and structures formed, are described. In an embodiment, a structure includes first and second gate structures over an active area, and a gate cut-fill structure. The first and second gate structures extend parallel. The active area includes a source/drain region disposed laterally between the first and second gate structures. The gate cut-fill structure has first and second primary portions and an intermediate portion. The first and second primary portions abut the first and second gate structures, respectively. The intermediate portion extends laterally between the first and second primary portions. First and second widths of the first and second primary portions along longitudinal midlines of the first and second gate structures, respectively, are each greater than a third width of the intermediate portion midway between the first and second gate structures and parallel to the longitudinal midline of the first gate structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2020
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Inventors: Chih-Chang Hung, Chia-Jen Chen, Ming-Ching Chang, Shu-Yuan Ku, Yi-Hsuan Hsiao, I-Wei Yang
  • Patent number: 10916477
    Abstract: A method of forming a semiconductor device includes forming a first fin and a second fin protruding above a substrate; forming isolation regions on opposing sides of the first fin and the second fin; forming a metal gate over the first fin and over the second fin, the metal gate being surrounded by a first dielectric layer; and forming a recess in the metal gate between the first fin and the second fin, where the recess extends from an upper surface of the metal gate distal the substrate into the metal gate, where the recess has an upper portion distal the substrate and a lower portion between the upper portion and the substrate, where the upper portion has a first width, and the lower portion has a second width larger than the first width, the first width and the second width measured along a longitudinal direction of the metal gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Chang Hung, Chieh-Ning Feng, Chun-Liang Lai, Yih-Ann Lin, Ryan Chia-Jen Chen
  • Patent number: 10879074
    Abstract: A method of forming a semiconductor device includes removing a top portion of a dielectric layer surrounding a metal gate to form a recess in the dielectric layer; filling the recess with a capping structure; forming a patterned hard mask over the capping structure and over the metal gate, wherein a portion of the metal gate, a portion of the capping structure, and a portion of the dielectric layer are aligned vertically with an opening of the patterned hard mask; and performing an etch process on said portions of the metal gate, the capping structure, and the dielectric layer that are aligned vertically with the opening of the patterned hard mask, wherein the capping structure has an etch resistance higher than an etch resistance of the dielectric layer during the etch process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shu-Uei Jang, Chien-Hua Tseng, Chung-Shu Wu, Ya-Yi Tsai, Ryan Chia-Jen Chen, An-Chyi Wei
  • Patent number: 10872978
    Abstract: A semiconductor device and method of forming thereof includes a first fin and a second fin each extending from a substrate. A first gate segment is disposed over the first fin and a second gate segment is disposed over the second fin. An interlayer dielectric (ILD) layer is adjacent the first gate segment and the second gate segment. A cut region (e.g., opening or gap between first gate structure and the second gate structure) extends between the first and second gate segments. The cut region has a first portion has a first width and a second portion has a second width, the second width is greater than the first width. The second portion interposes the first and second gate segments and the first portion is defined within the ILD layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: I-Wei Yang, Chih-Chang Hung, Shu-Yuan Ku, Ryan Chia-Jen Chen, Ming-Ching Chang
  • Patent number: 10866504
    Abstract: A lithography mask includes a substrate, a reflective structure disposed over a first side of the substrate, and a patterned absorber layer disposed over the reflective structure. The lithography mask includes a first region and a second region that surrounds the first region in a top view. The patterned absorber layer is located in the first region. A substantially non-reflective material is located in the second region. The lithography mask is formed by forming a reflective structure over a substrate, forming an absorber layer over the reflective structure, defining a first region of the lithography mask, and defining a second region of the lithography mask. The defining of the first region includes patterning the absorber layer. The second region is defined to surround the first region in a top view. The defining of the second region includes forming a substantially non-reflective material in the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chin-Hsiang Lin, Chien-Cheng Chen, Hsin-Chang Lee, Chia-Jen Chen, Pei-Cheng Hsu, Yih-Chen Su, Gaston Lee, Tran-Hui Shen