Patents by Inventor Chih-Jie Lee

Chih-Jie Lee 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: 20210286274
    Abstract: A method of performing a lithography process includes providing a test pattern. The test pattern includes a first set of lines arranged at a first pitch, a second set of lines arranged at the first pitch, and further includes at least one reference line between the first set of lines and the second set of lines. The test pattern is exposed with a radiation source providing an asymmetric, monopole illumination profile to form a test pattern structure on a substrate. The test pattern structure is then measured and a measured distance correlated to an offset of a lithography parameter. A lithography process is adjusted based on the offset of the lithography parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Publication date: September 16, 2021
    Inventors: Chih-Jie LEE, Shih-Chun HUANG, Shih-Ming CHANG, Ken-Hsien HSIEH, Yung-Sung YEN, Ru-Gun LIU
  • Patent number: 10962892
    Abstract: A method of performing a lithography process includes providing a test pattern. The test pattern includes a first set of lines arranged at a first pitch, a second set of lines arranged at the first pitch, and further includes at least one reference line between the first set of lines and the second set of lines. The test pattern is exposed with a radiation source providing an asymmetric, monopole illumination profile to form a test pattern structure on a substrate. The test pattern structure is then measured and a measured distance correlated to an offset of a lithography parameter. A lithography process is adjusted based on the offset of the lithography parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Jie Lee, Shih-Chun Huang, Shih-Ming Chang, Ken-Hsien Hsieh, Yung-Sung Yen, Ru-Gun Liu
  • Publication number: 20200301289
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a layout that includes a shape to be formed on a photomask and determining a plurality of target lithographic contours for the shape, wherein the plurality of target lithographic contours includes a first target lithographic contour for a first set of process conditions and a second target lithographic contour for a second set of process conditions, performing a lithographic simulation of the layout to produce a first simulated contour at the first set of process conditions and a second simulated contour at the second set of process conditions, determining a first edge placement error between the first simulated contour and the first target lithographic contour and a second edge placement error between the second simulated contour and the second target lithographic contour, and determining a modification to the layout based on the first edge placement error and the second edge placement error.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Inventors: Dong-Yo Jheng, Ken-Hsien Hsieh, Shih-Ming Chang, Chih-Jie Lee, Shuo-Yen Chou, Ru-Gun Liu
  • Patent number: 10678142
    Abstract: Various examples of a technique for performing optical proximity correction and for forming a photomask are provided herein. In some examples, a layout is received that includes a shape to be formed on a photomask. A plurality of target lithographic contours are determined for the shape that includes a first target contour for a first set of process conditions and a second target contour that is different from the first target contour for a second set of process conditions. A lithographic simulation of the layout is performed to produce a first simulated contour at the first set of process conditions and a second simulated contour at the second set of process conditions. A modification to the layout is determined based on edge placement errors between the first simulated contour and the first target contour and between the second simulated contour and the second target contour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dong-Yo Jheng, Ken-Hsien Hsieh, Shih-Ming Chang, Chih-Jie Lee, Shuo-Yen Chou, Ru-Gun Liu
  • Publication number: 20200103766
    Abstract: A method of performing a lithography process includes providing a test pattern. The test pattern includes a first set of lines arranged at a first pitch, a second set of lines arranged at the first pitch, and further includes at least one reference line between the first set of lines and the second set of lines. The test pattern is exposed with a radiation source providing an asymmetric, monopole illumination profile to form a test pattern structure on a substrate. The test pattern structure is then measured and a measured distance correlated to an offset of a lithography parameter. A lithography process is adjusted based on the offset of the lithography parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: Chih-Jie LEE, Shih-Chun HUANG, Shih-Ming CHANG, Ken-Hsien HSIEH, Yung-Sung YEN, Ru-Gun LIU
  • Patent number: 10488766
    Abstract: A lithography system is provided. The lithography system includes a mask and an optical module. The optical module is configured to optically form an invisible pellicle over the mask to protect the mask from contaminant particles. As a solid pellicle used in the prior arts is omitted, the critical dimension (CD) error from the boarder effect due to reflection of some light by the solid pellicle and the exposure radiation energy consumption caused by the solid pellicle can be avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chiu-Hsiang Chen, Shih-Ming Chang, Chih-Jie Lee, Han-Wei Wu, Yung-Sung Yen, Ru-Gun Liu
  • Patent number: 10418245
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a first target pattern of an integrated circuit (IC) that includes two first target features and two second target features. The method further includes deriving a second target pattern based on the first target pattern and a directed self-assembly (DSA) process, wherein the first target pattern is to be produced by a process that includes performing the DSA process with a guide pattern derived from the second target pattern. The second target pattern includes a third feature and a fourth feature. The third feature is designed for producing the two first target features with the DSA process, and the fourth feature is designed for producing the two second target features with the DSA process. The method further includes inserting one or more sub-DSA-resolution assistant features (SDRAF) into the second target pattern, the one or more SDRAF connecting the third and fourth features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chih-Jie Lee, Joy Cheng
  • Publication number: 20190146362
    Abstract: A lithography system is provided. The lithography system includes a mask and an optical module. The optical module is configured to optically form an invisible pellicle over the mask to protect the mask from contaminant particles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chiu-Hsiang CHEN, Shih-Ming CHANG, Chih-Jie LEE, Han-Wei WU, Yung-Sung YEN, Ru-Gun LIU
  • Publication number: 20190146355
    Abstract: Various examples of a technique for performing optical proximity correction and for forming a photomask are provided herein. In some examples, a layout is received that includes a shape to be formed on a photomask. A plurality of target lithographic contours are determined for the shape that includes a first target contour for a first set of process conditions and a second target contour that is different from the first target contour for a second set of process conditions. A lithographic simulation of the layout is performed to produce a first simulated contour at the first set of process conditions and a second simulated contour at the second set of process conditions. A modification to the layout is determined based on edge placement errors between the first simulated contour and the first target contour and between the second simulated contour and the second target contour.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Dong-Yo Jheng, Ken-Hsien Hsieh, Shih-Ming Chang, Chih-Jie Lee, Shuo-Yen Chou, Ru-Gun Liu
  • Publication number: 20190035630
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a first target pattern of an integrated circuit (IC) that includes two first target features and two second target features. The method further includes deriving a second target pattern based on the first target pattern and a directed self-assembly (DSA) process, wherein the first target pattern is to be produced by a process that includes performing the DSA process with a guide pattern derived from the second target pattern. The second target pattern includes a third feature and a fourth feature. The third feature is designed for producing the two first target features with the DSA process, and the fourth feature is designed for producing the two second target features with the DSA process. The method further includes inserting one or more sub-DSA-resolution assistant features (SDRAF) into the second target pattern, the one or more SDRAF connecting the third and fourth features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventors: Chih-Jie Lee, Joy Cheng