Patents by Inventor Chia-Lin Hsu

Chia-Lin Hsu 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: 10978350
    Abstract: Metal gate formation methods are disclosed herein for providing metal gates with low work function to enhance semiconductor field effect transistor performance. An exemplary method includes forming a gate dielectric layer on a substrate and a barrier layer over the gate dielectric layer. An outer surface of the barrier layer is treated to increase its roughness. After the outer surface of the barrier layer is roughened, a metal layer is deposited over the barrier layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yen-Ting Chen, Chia-Lin Hsu
  • Publication number: 20200266297
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a substrate, a first transistor, and a second transistor. The first transistor is disposed on the substrate within a first region and includes a first gate electrode. The first gate electrode includes a first filter layer between and in contact with a first conductive layer and a second conductive layer. The second transistor is disposed on the substrate within a second region and includes a second gate electrode. The second gate electrode includes a second filter layer between and in contact with a third conductive layer and a fourth conductive layer. The first transistor and the second transistor have a same conductive type, a first threshold voltage of the first transistor is lower than a second threshold voltage of the second transistor, and a first thickness of the first filter layer is larger than a second thickness of the second filter layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Cheng-Chang Wei, Chia-Lin Hsu, Hsien-Ming Lee, Ji-Cheng Chen
  • Patent number: 10644153
    Abstract: A fin field effect transistor (FinFET) is provided. The FinFET includes a substrate, a gate stack, and a filter layer, and strain layers. The substrate has a semiconductor fin. The gate stack is disposed across the semiconductor fin. The gate stack includes a gate dielectric layer, a work function layer and a metal filling layer. The gate dielectric layer is disposed on the semiconductor fin. The work function layer is disposed on the gate dielectric layer. The metal filling layer is over the work function layer. The filter layer is disposed between the work function layer and the metal filling layer to prevent or decrease penetration of diffusion atoms. The strain layers are beside the gate stack. A material of the filter layer is different from a material of the work function layer and a material of the metal filling layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Cheng-Chang Wei, Chia-Lin Hsu, Hsien-Ming Lee, Ji-Cheng Chen
  • Publication number: 20200098641
    Abstract: A method of forming a semiconductor device includes forming a gate dielectric layer on a substrate; forming a barrier layer over the gate dielectric layer; treating the barrier layer to roughen an outer surface of the barrier layer, resulting in a treated barrier layer; and forming a metal layer over the treated barrier layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: Yen-Ting Chen, Chia-Lin Hsu
  • Patent number: 10504778
    Abstract: An embodiment contact plug includes a bilayer structure and a diffusion barrier layer on a sidewall and a bottom surface of the bilayer structure. The bilayer structure includes a conductive core and a conductive liner on a sidewall and a bottom surface of the conductive core. In the embodiment contact plug, the conductive liner comprises cobalt or ruthenium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu-Hung Lin, Sheng-Hsuan Lin, Chih-Wei Chang, You-Hua Chou, Chia-Lin Hsu
  • Patent number: 10497626
    Abstract: A method of forming a semiconductor device includes forming a gate dielectric layer on a substrate; forming a barrier layer over the gate dielectric layer; treating the barrier layer to roughen an outer surface of the barrier layer, resulting in a treated barrier layer; and forming a metal layer over the treated barrier layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yen-Ting Chen, Chia-Lin Hsu
  • Patent number: 10276432
    Abstract: An embodiment contact plug includes a bilayer structure and a diffusion barrier layer on a sidewall and a bottom surface of the bilayer structure. The bilayer structure includes a conductive core and a conductive liner on a sidewall and a bottom surface of the conductive core. In the embodiment contact plug, the conductive liner comprises cobalt or ruthenium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu-Hung Lin, Sheng-Hsuan Lin, Chih-Wei Chang, You-Hua Chou, Chia-Lin Hsu
  • Patent number: 10263088
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure include contact structures and methods of forming the same. An embodiment is a method of forming a semiconductor device, the method including forming a contact region over a substrate, forming a dielectric layer over the contact region and the substrate, and forming an opening through the dielectric layer to expose a portion of the contact region. The method further includes forming a metal-silicide layer on the exposed portion of the contact region and along sidewalls of the opening; and filling the opening with a conductive material to form a conductive plug in the dielectric layer, the conductive plug being electrically coupled to the contact region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu-Hung Lin, Sheng-Hsuan Lin, Chih-Wei Chang, You-Hua Chou, Chia-Lin Hsu
  • Publication number: 20190109044
    Abstract: An embodiment contact plug includes a bilayer structure and a diffusion barrier layer on a sidewall and a bottom surface of the bilayer structure. The bilayer structure includes a conductive core and a conductive liner on a sidewall and a bottom surface of the conductive core. In the embodiment contact plug, the conductive liner comprises cobalt or ruthenium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Inventors: Yu-Hung Lin, Sheng-Hsuan Lin, Chih-Wei Chang, You-Hua Chou, Chia-Lin Hsu
  • Publication number: 20190067117
    Abstract: A method of forming a semiconductor device includes forming a gate dielectric layer on a substrate; forming a barrier layer over the gate dielectric layer; treating the barrier layer to roughen an outer surface of the barrier layer, resulting in a treated barrier layer; and forming a metal layer over the treated barrier layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Inventors: Yen-Ting Chen, Chia-Lin Hsu
  • Patent number: 10079174
    Abstract: An embodiment contact plug includes a bilayer structure and a diffusion barrier layer on a sidewall and a bottom surface of the bilayer structure. The bilayer structure includes a conductive core and a conductive liner on a sidewall and a bottom surface of the conductive core. In the embodiment contact plug, the conductive liner comprises cobalt or ruthenium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu-Hung Lin, Sheng-Hsuan Lin, Chih-Wei Chang, You-Hua Chou, Chia-Lin Hsu
  • Patent number: 10049940
    Abstract: A method of forming a semiconductor device includes receiving a structure having a substrate, a gate trench over the substrate, and a dielectric layer over the substrate and surrounding the gate trench. The method further includes forming a gate dielectric layer in the gate trench, forming a barrier layer in the gate trench and over the gate dielectric layer, and treating the barrier layer to roughen an outer surface of the barrier layer, resulting in a treated barrier layer. The method further includes forming an n-type work function metal layer over the treated barrier layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yen-Ting Chen, Chia-Lin Hsu
  • Publication number: 20180145140
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure include contact structures and methods of forming the same. An embodiment is a method of forming a semiconductor device, the method including forming a contact region over a substrate, forming a dielectric layer over the contact region and the substrate, and forming an opening through the dielectric layer to expose a portion of the contact region. The method further includes forming a metal-silicide layer on the exposed portion of the contact region and along sidewalls of the opening; and filling the opening with a conductive material to form a conductive plug in the dielectric layer, the conductive plug being electrically coupled to the contact region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Inventors: Yu-Hung Lin, Sheng-Hsuan Lin, Chih-Wei Chang, You-Hua Chou, Chia-Lin Hsu
  • Publication number: 20180144978
    Abstract: An embodiment contact plug includes a bilayer structure and a diffusion barrier layer on a sidewall and a bottom surface of the bilayer structure. The bilayer structure includes a conductive core and a conductive liner on a sidewall and a bottom surface of the conductive core. In the embodiment contact plug, the conductive liner comprises cobalt or ruthenium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Inventors: Yu-Hung Lin, Sheng-Hsuan Lin, Chih-Wei Chang, You-Hua Chou, Chia-Lin Hsu
  • Patent number: 9923095
    Abstract: The present invention provides a non-planar FET and a method of manufacturing the same. The non-planar FET includes a substrate, a fin structure, a gate and a gate dielectric layer. The fin structure is disposed on the substrate. The fin structure includes a first portion adjacent to the substrate wherein the first portion shrinks towards a side of the substrate. The gate is disposed on the fin structure. The gate dielectric layer is disposed between the fin structure and the gate. The present invention further provides a method of manufacturing the non-planar FET.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: UNITED MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Chin-Cheng Chien, Chun-Yuan Wu, Chih-Chien Liu, Chin-Fu Lin, Chia-Lin Hsu
  • Patent number: 9859390
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure include contact structures and methods of forming the same. An embodiment is a method of forming a semiconductor device, the method including forming a contact region over a substrate, forming a dielectric layer over the contact region and the substrate, and forming an opening through the dielectric layer to expose a portion of the contact region. The method further includes forming a metal-silicide layer on the exposed portion of the contact region and along sidewalls of the opening; and filling the opening with a conductive material to form a conductive plug in the dielectric layer, the conductive plug being electrically coupled to the contact region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu-Hung Lin, Sheng-Hsuan Lin, Chih-Wei Chang, You-Hua Chou, Chia-Lin Hsu
  • Publication number: 20170338318
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure include contact structures and methods of forming the same. An embodiment is a method of forming a semiconductor device, the method including forming a contact region over a substrate, forming a dielectric layer over the contact region and the substrate, and forming an opening through the dielectric layer to expose a portion of the contact region. The method further includes forming a metal-silicide layer on the exposed portion of the contact region and along sidewalls of the opening; and filling the opening with a conductive material to form a conductive plug in the dielectric layer, the conductive plug being electrically coupled to the contact region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Inventors: Yu-Hung Lin, Sheng-Hsuan Lin, Chih-Wei Chang, You-Hua Chou, Chia-Lin Hsu
  • Publication number: 20170250279
    Abstract: A fin field effect transistor (FinFET) is provided. The FinFET includes a substrate, a gate stack, and a filter layer, and strain layers. The substrate has a semiconductor fin. The gate stack is disposed across the semiconductor fin. The gate stack includes a gate dielectric layer, a work function layer and a metal filling layer. The gate dielectric layer is disposed on the semiconductor fin. The work function layer is disposed on the gate dielectric layer. The metal filling layer is over the work function layer. The filter layer is disposed between the work function layer and the metal filling layer to prevent or decrease penetration of diffusion atoms. The strain layers are beside the gate stack. A material of the filter layer is different from a material of the work function layer and a material of the metal filling layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Inventors: Cheng-Chang Wei, Chia-Lin Hsu, Hsien-Ming Lee, Ji-Cheng Chen
  • Patent number: 9735050
    Abstract: An embodiment contact plug includes a bilayer structure and a diffusion barrier layer on a sidewall and a bottom surface of the bilayer structure. The bilayer structure includes a conductive core and a conductive liner on a sidewall and a bottom surface of the conductive core. In the embodiment contact plug, the conductive liner comprises cobalt or ruthenium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu-Hung Lin, Sheng-Hsuan Lin, Chih-wei Chang, You-Hua Chou, Chia-Lin Hsu
  • Patent number: 9620601
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure include contact structures and methods of forming the same. An embodiment is a method of forming a semiconductor device, the method including forming a contact region over a substrate, forming a dielectric layer over the contact region and the substrate, and forming an opening through the dielectric layer to expose a portion of the contact region. The method further includes forming a metal-silicide layer on the exposed portion of the contact region and along sidewalls of the opening; and filling the opening with a conductive material to form a conductive plug in the dielectric layer, the conductive plug being electrically coupled to the contact region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu-Hung Lin, Sheng-Hsuan Lin, Chih-Wei Chang, You-Hua Chou, Chia-Lin Hsu