Patents by Inventor Chun-Hsiung Lin

Chun-Hsiung Lin 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: 20200365712
    Abstract: Various transistors, such as horizontal gate-all-around transistors, and methods of fabricating such are disclosed herein. An exemplary transistor includes a first nanowire and a second nanowire that include a first semiconductor material, a gate that wraps a channel region of the first nanowire and the second nanowire, and source/drain feature that wraps source/drain regions of the first nanowire and the second nanowire. The source/drain feature includes a second semiconductor material that is configured differently than the first semiconductor material. In some implementations, the transistor further includes a fin-like semiconductor layer disposed over a substrate. The first nanowire and the second nanowire are disposed over the fin-like semiconductor layer, such that the first nanowire, the second nanowire, and the fin-like semiconductor layer extend substantially parallel to one another along the same length-wise direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Inventors: Chun-Hsiung Lin, Chung-Cheng Wu, Carlos H. Diaz, Chih-Hao Wang, Wen-Hsing Hsieh, Yi-Ming Sheu
  • Patent number: 10825919
    Abstract: A method of fabricating semiconductor devices is provided. The method includes forming a fin structure on a substrate, in which the fin structure includes a fin stack of alternating first and second semiconductor layers and forming recesses in the fin stack at source and drain regions. The method also includes etching the second semiconductor layers to form recessed second semiconductor layers, and forming third semiconductor layers on sidewalls of the recessed second semiconductor layers. The method further includes epitaxially growing source and drain structures in the recesses, removing the recessed second semiconductor layers to form spaces between the first semiconductor layers, and oxidizing the third semiconductor layers to form inner spacers. In addition, the method includes forming a gate structure to fill the spaces and to surround the first semiconductor layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chun-Hsiung Lin, Pei-Hsun Wang, Chih-Hao Wang, Kuo-Cheng Ching, Jui-Chien Huang
  • Publication number: 20200343140
    Abstract: Semiconductor structures and methods for forming the same are provided. The method includes forming a fin protruding from a substrate and forming an isolation structure surrounding the fin. The method also includes epitaxially growing channel fins on sidewalls of the fin over the isolation structure and etching the fin to form a space between the channel fins. The method further includes forming a gate structure to fill the space between the channel fins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2020
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Applicant: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Pei-Hsun WANG, Chun-Hsiung LIN, Chih-Hao WANG, Chih-Chao CHOU
  • Patent number: 10811515
    Abstract: Methods of fabricating semiconductor devices are provided. The method includes forming a gate structure over a substrate, forming a disposable spacer on a sidewall of the gate structure, and forming a source region and a drain region at opposite sides of the gate structure. The method also includes depositing an interlayer dielectric layer around the disposable spacer, and forming a first hard mask on the interlayer dielectric layer. The method further includes removing an upper portion of the gate structure, and removing the disposable spacer to form a trench between the gate structure and the interlayer dielectric layer. In addition, the method includes sealing the trench to form an air-gap spacer, and forming a second hard mask on the gate structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chun-Hsiung Lin, Pei-Hsun Wang, Chih-Chao Chou, Chia-Hao Chang, Chih-Hao Wang
  • Patent number: 10804162
    Abstract: A method that includes forming first semiconductor layers and second semiconductor layers disposed over a substrate, wherein the first and second semiconductor layers have different material compositions, are alternatingly disposed, and extend over first and second regions of the substrate; patterning the first and the second semiconductor layers to form a first fin in the first region and a second fin in the second region; removing the first semiconductor layers from the first and second fins such that a first portion of the patterned second semiconductor layers becomes first suspended nanostructures in the first fin and that a second portion of the patterned second semiconductor layers becomes second suspended nanostructures in the second fin; forming third semiconductor layers on the second suspended nanostructures in the second fin; and performing an anneal process to drive materials contained in the third semiconductor layers into corresponding second suspended nanostructures in the second fin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chih-Hao Wang, Jui-Chien Huang, Chun-Hsiung Lin, Kuo-Cheng Chiang, Chih-Chao Chou, Pei-Hsun Wang
  • Publication number: 20200273964
    Abstract: A method of fabricating semiconductor devices is provided. The method includes forming a fin structure on a substrate, in which the fin structure includes a fin stack of alternating first and second semiconductor layers and forming recesses in the fin stack at source and drain regions. The method also includes etching the second semiconductor layers to form recessed second semiconductor layers, and forming third semiconductor layers on sidewalls of the recessed second semiconductor layers. The method further includes epitaxially growing source and drain structures in the recesses, removing the recessed second semiconductor layers to form spaces between the first semiconductor layers, and oxidizing the third semiconductor layers to form inner spacers. In addition, the method includes forming a gate structure to fill the spaces and to surround the first semiconductor layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chun-Hsiung LIN, Pei-Hsun WANG, Chih-Hao WANG, Kuo-Cheng CHING, Jui-Chien HUANG
  • Patent number: 10756197
    Abstract: In a method for manufacturing a semiconductor device, a gate structure is formed over a channel layer and an isolation insulating layer. A first sidewall spacer layer is formed on a side surface of the gate structure. A sacrificial layer is formed so that an upper portion of the gate structure with the first sidewall spacer layer is exposed from the sacrificial layer and a bottom portion of the gate structure with the first sidewall spacer layer is embedded in the first sacrificial layer. A space is formed between the bottom portion of the gate structure and the sacrificial layer by removing at least part of the first sidewall spacer layer. After the first sidewall spacer layer is removed, an air gap is formed between the bottom portion of the gate structure and the sacrificial layer by forming a second sidewall spacer layer over the gate structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chun-Hsiung Lin, Chia-Hao Chang, Chih-Hao Wang, Wai-Yi Lien, Chih-Chao Chou, Pei-Yu Wang
  • Patent number: 10756196
    Abstract: In a method for manufacturing a semiconductor device, a gate structure is formed over a channel layer and an isolation insulating layer. A first sidewall spacer layer is formed on a side surface of the gate structure. A sacrificial layer is formed so that an upper portion of the gate structure with the first sidewall spacer layer is exposed from the sacrificial layer and a bottom portion of the gate structure with the first sidewall spacer layer is embedded in the first sacrificial layer. A space is formed between the bottom portion of the gate structure and the sacrificial layer by removing at least part of the first sidewall spacer layer. After the first sidewall spacer layer is removed, an air gap is formed between the bottom portion of the gate structure and the sacrificial layer by forming a second sidewall spacer layer over the gate structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chun-Hsiung Lin, Chia-Hao Chang, Chih-Hao Wang, Wai-Yi Lien, Chih-Chao Chou, Pei-Yu Wang
  • Patent number: 10748775
    Abstract: A method for forming a semiconductor device structure is provided. The method includes providing a substrate. The method includes forming a first dielectric layer over the base portion and a first sidewall of the fin portion. The method includes forming a first spacer layer over the first dielectric layer. The method includes forming a first dielectric fin over the first spacer layer. The method includes forming an epitaxial structure over the fin portion, wherein a void is surrounded by the epitaxial structure, the first dielectric layer, and the first spacer layer. The method includes removing the first spacer layer between the epitaxial structure and the first dielectric fin. The method includes forming a silicide layer over the epitaxial structure, wherein a first lower portion of the silicide layer covers a lower surface of the epitaxial structure and is in the void.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chun-Hsiung Lin, Jung-Hung Chang, Shih-Cheng Chen, Kuo-Cheng Chiang, Chih-Hao Wang
  • Patent number: 10741667
    Abstract: A method includes forming a semiconductor fin over a substrate; forming a helmet stack on a top surface of the semiconductor fin; forming a spacer layer over the helmet stack and on opposite sidewalls of the semiconductor fin; and etching the helmet layer and the spacer layer to expose the top surface and the sidewalls of the semiconductor fin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yi-Lun Chen, Bau-Ming Wang, Chun-Hsiung Lin
  • Patent number: 10734500
    Abstract: Various transistors, such as horizontal gate-all-around transistors, and methods of fabricating such are disclosed herein. An exemplary transistor includes a first nanowire and a second nanowire that include a first semiconductor material, a gate that wraps a channel region of the first nanowire and the second nanowire, and source/drain feature that wraps source/drain regions of the first nanowire and the second nanowire. The source/drain feature includes a second semiconductor material that is configured differently than the first semiconductor material. In some implementations, the transistor further includes a fin-like semiconductor layer disposed over a substrate. The first nanowire and the second nanowire are disposed over the fin-like semiconductor layer, such that the first nanowire, the second nanowire, and the fin-like semiconductor layer extend substantially parallel to one another along the same length-wise direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Chun-Hsiung Lin, Chung-Cheng Wu, Carlos H. Diaz, Chih-Hao Wang, Wen-Hsing Hsieh, Yi-Ming Sheu
  • Patent number: 10727134
    Abstract: A method of fabricating semiconductor devices is provided. The method includes forming a fin protruding from a substrate, and forming a disposable mandrel fin on the fin. The method also includes epitaxially growing channel fins on sidewalls of the disposable mandrel fin. The method further includes removing the disposable mandrel fin to form a space between the channel fins, and forming a gate structure to fill the space between the channel fins and to wrap the channel fins. In addition, the method includes forming source and drain structures on opposite sides of the gate structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Pei-Hsun Wang, Chun-Hsiung Lin, Chih-Hao Wang, Chih-Chao Chou
  • Publication number: 20200168742
    Abstract: Semiconductor device and the manufacturing method thereof are disclosed herein. An exemplary method comprises forming a fin over a substrate, wherein the fin comprises a first semiconductor layer and a second semiconductor layer including different semiconductor materials, and the fin comprises a channel region and a source/drain region; forming a dummy gate structure over the channel region of the fin and over the substrate; etching a portion of the fin in the source/drain region to form a trench therein, wherein a bottom surface of the trench is below a bottom surface of the second semiconductor layer; selectively removing an edge portion of the second semiconductor layer in the channel region such that the second semiconductor layer is recessed; forming a sacrificial structure around the recessed second semiconductor layer and over the bottom surface of the trench; and epitaxially growing a source/drain feature in the source/drain region of the fin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Inventors: Pei-Hsun Wang, Chun-Hsiung Lin, Chih-Hao Wang
  • Publication number: 20200144133
    Abstract: A semiconductor structure includes a fin disposed on a substrate, the fin including a channel region comprising a plurality of channels vertically stacked over one another, the channels comprising germanium distributed therein. The semiconductor structure further includes a gate stack engaging the channel region of the fin and gate spacers disposed between the gate stack and the source and drain regions of the fin, wherein each channel of the channels includes a middle section wrapped around by the gate stack and two end sections engaged by the gate spacers, wherein a concentration of germanium in the middle section of the channel is higher than a concentration of germanium in the two end sections of the channel, and wherein the middle section of the channel further includes a core portion and an outer portion surrounding the core portion with a germanium concentration profile from the core portion to the outer portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: Chih-Hao Wang, Jui-Chien Huang, Chun-Hsiung Lin, Kuo-Cheng Chiang, Chih-Chao Chou, Pei-Hsun Wang
  • Publication number: 20200135932
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a semiconductor device that includes a semiconductor fin disposed over a substrate; an isolation structure at least partially surrounding the fin; an epitaxial source/drain (S/D) feature disposed over the semiconductor fin, wherein an extended portion of the epitaxial S/D feature extends over the isolation structure; and a silicide layer disposed on the epitaxial S/D feature, the silicide layer continuously surrounding the extended portion of the epitaxial S/D feature over the isolation structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Inventors: Pei-Hsun Wang, Chih-Chao Chou, Shih-Cheng Chen, Jung-Hung Chang, Jui-Chien Huang, Chun-Hsiung Lin, Chih-Hao Wang
  • Publication number: 20200135571
    Abstract: A method of fabricating semiconductor devices is provided. The method includes forming a fin protruding from a substrate, and forming a disposable mandrel fin on the fin. The method also includes epitaxially growing channel fins on sidewalls of the disposable mandrel fin. The method further includes removing the disposable mandrel fin to form a space between the channel fins, and forming a gate structure to fill the space between the channel fins and to wrap the channel fins. In addition, the method includes forming source and drain structures on opposite sides of the gate structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Pei-Hsun WANG, Chun-Hsiung LIN, Chih-Hao WANG, Chih-Chao CHOU
  • Publication number: 20200135584
    Abstract: Provided are FinFET devices and methods of forming the same. A FinFET device includes a substrate, a first gate strip and a second gate strip. The substrate has at least one first fin in a first region, at least one second fin in a second region and an isolation layer covering lower portions of the first and second fins. The first fin includes a first material layer and a second material layer over the first material layer, and the interface between the first material layer and the second material layer is uneven. The first gate strip is disposed across the first fin. The second gate strip is disposed across the second fin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2018
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Hao Wang, Jui-Chien Huang, Kuo-Cheng Ching, Chun-Hsiung Lin, Pei-Hsun Wang
  • Publication number: 20200126798
    Abstract: A method includes forming a first dielectric layer over a semiconductor fin protruding from a substrate, forming a second dielectric layer over the first dielectric layer, then removing a portion of the semiconductor fin to form a first recess defined by portions of the first dielectric layer, followed by removing that portions of the first dielectric layer that define the first recess. Thereafter, the method proceeds to forming an epitaxial source/drain (S/D) feature in the first recess, removing the second dielectric layer to form a second recess that is disposed between the epitaxial S/D feature and remaining portions of the first dielectric layer, and subsequently forming a silicide layer over the epitaxial S/D feature, such that the silicide layer wraps around the epitaxial S/D feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Inventors: Chun-Hsiung Lin, Shih-Cheng Chen, Chih-Hao Wang, Jung-Hung Chang, Jui-Chien Huang
  • Publication number: 20200105617
    Abstract: A method that includes forming first semiconductor layers and second semiconductor layers disposed over a substrate, wherein the first and second semiconductor layers have different material compositions, are alternatingly disposed, and extend over first and second regions of the substrate; patterning the first and the second semiconductor layers to form a first fin in the first region and a second fin in the second region; removing the first semiconductor layers from the first and second fins such that a first portion of the patterned second semiconductor layers becomes first suspended nanostructures in the first fin and that a second portion of the patterned second semiconductor layers becomes second suspended nanostructures in the second fin; forming third semiconductor layers on the second suspended nanostructures in the second fin; and performing an anneal process to drive materials contained in the third semiconductor layers into corresponding second suspended nanostructures in the second fin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: Chih-Hao Wang, Jui-Chien Huang, Chun-Hsiung Lin, Kuo-Cheng Chiang, Chih-Chao Chou, Pei-Hsun Wang
  • Publication number: 20200105535
    Abstract: A method for forming a semiconductor device structure is provided. The method includes providing a substrate. The method includes forming a first dielectric layer over the base portion and a first sidewall of the fin portion. The method includes forming a first spacer layer over the first dielectric layer. The method includes forming a first dielectric fin over the first spacer layer. The method includes forming an epitaxial structure over the fin portion, wherein a void is surrounded by the epitaxial structure, the first dielectric layer, and the first spacer layer. The method includes removing the first spacer layer between the epitaxial structure and the first dielectric fin. The method includes forming a silicide layer over the epitaxial structure, wherein a first lower portion of the silicide layer covers a lower surface of the epitaxial structure and is in the void.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chun-Hsiung LIN, Jung-Hung CHANG, Shih-Cheng CHEN, Kuo-Cheng CHIANG, Chih-Hao WANG