Patents by Inventor Da-Yuan Lee

Da-Yuan 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: 20200335404
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a semiconductor device with a profiled work-function metal gate electrode. The semiconductor structure includes a metal gate structure formed in an opening of an insulating layer. The metal gate structure includes a gate dielectric layer, a barrier layer, a work-function metal layer between the gate dielectric layer and the barrier layer and a work-function adjustment layer over the barrier layer, wherein the work-function metal has an ordered grain orientation. The present disclosure also provides a method of making a semiconductor device with a profiled work-function metal gate electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Inventors: Da-Yuan LEE, Hung-Chin CHUNG, Hsien-Ming LEE, Kuan-Ting LIU, Syun-Ming JANG, Weng CHANG, Wei-Jen LO
  • Publication number: 20200328299
    Abstract: Semiconductor devices and methods of manufacturing semiconductor devices are provided. In embodiments a treatment process is utilized in order to introduce silicon into a p-metal work function layer. By introducing silicon into the p-metal work function layer, subsequently deposited layers which may comprise diffusable materials such as aluminum can be prevented from diffusing through the p-metal work function layer and affect the operation of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Inventors: Hsin-Yi Lee, Da-Yuan Lee, Ching-Hwanq Su
  • Patent number: 10804161
    Abstract: A method includes forming a first transistor, which includes forming a first gate dielectric layer over a first channel region in a substrate and forming a first work-function layer over the first gate dielectric layer, wherein forming the first work-function layer includes depositing a work-function material using first process conditions to form the work-function material having a first proportion of different crystalline orientations and forming a second transistor, which includes forming a second gate dielectric layer over a second channel region in the substrate and forming a second work-function layer over the second gate dielectric layer, wherein forming the second work-function layer includes depositing the work-function material using second process conditions to form the work-function material having a second proportion of different crystalline orientations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ya-Wen Chiu, Da-Yuan Lee, Hsien-Ming Lee, Kai-Cyuan Yang, Yu-Sheng Wang, Chih-Hsiang Fan, Kun-Wa Kuok
  • Publication number: 20200321252
    Abstract: Semiconductor device structures having gate structures with tunable threshold voltages are provided. Various geometries of device structure can be varied to tune the threshold voltages. In some examples, distances from tops of fins to tops of gate structures can be varied to tune threshold voltages. In some examples, distances from outermost sidewalls of gate structures to respective nearest sidewalls of nearest fins to the respective outermost sidewalls (which respective gate structure overlies the nearest fin) can be varied to tune threshold voltages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Inventors: Chung-Chiang Wu, Wei-Chin Lee, Shih-Hang Chiu, Chia-Ching Lee, Hsueh Wen Tsau, Cheng-Yen Tsai, Cheng-Lung Hung, Da-Yuan Lee, Ching-Hwanq Su
  • Patent number: 10770405
    Abstract: A package includes a package component, a device die over and bonded to the package component, a metal cap having a top portion over the device die, and a thermal interface material between and contacting the device die and the metal cap. The thermal interface material includes a first portion directly over an inner portion of the device die, and a second portion extending directly over a corner region of the device die. The first portion has a first thickness. The second portion has a second thickness greater than the first thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Sung-Hui Huang, Da-Cyuan Yu, Kuan-Yu Huang, Pai Yuan Li, Hsiang-Fan Lee
  • Patent number: 10756087
    Abstract: A method includes forming a first semiconductor fin in a substrate, forming a metal gate structure over the first semiconductor fin, removing a portion of the metal gate structure to form a first recess in the metal gate structure that is laterally separated from the first semiconductor fin by a first distance, wherein the first distance is determined according to a first desired threshold voltage associated with the first semiconductor fin, and filling the recess with a dielectric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Chung-Chiang Wu, Shih-Hang Chiu, Chih-Chang Hung, I-Wei Yang, Shu-Yuan Ku, Cheng-Lung Hung, Da-Yuan Lee, Ching-Hwanq Su
  • Patent number: 10741400
    Abstract: A semiconductor device structure is provided. The semiconductor device includes a plurality of fins on a substrate, and a metal gate structure disposed on the plurality of fins. The metal gate structure includes a work function metal layer over the plurality of fins, a metal layer on the work function metal layer, and a metal oxide layer on the metal layer. A first portion of the metal oxide layer is formed within an area between adjacent fins from among the plurality of tins. An example benefit includes reduced diffusion of unwanted and/or detrimental elements from the first metal layer into its underlying layers and consequently, the reduction of the negative impact of these unwanted and/or detrimental elements on the semiconductor device performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hsueh Wen Tsau, Chia-Ching Lee, Chung-Chiang Wu, Da-Yuan Lee
  • Patent number: 10741642
    Abstract: Embodiments of mechanisms for forming dislocations in source and drain regions of finFET devices are provided. The mechanisms involve recessing fins and removing the dielectric material in the isolation structures neighboring fins to increase epitaxial regions for dislocation formation. The mechanisms also involve performing a pre-amorphous implantation (PAI) process either before or after the epitaxial growth in the recessed source and drain regions. An anneal process after the PAI process enables consistent growth of the dislocations in the source and drain regions. The dislocations in the source and drain regions (or stressor regions) can form consistently to produce targeted strain in the source and drain regions to improve carrier mobility and device performance for NMOS devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Chun Hsiung Tsai, Wei-Yuan Lu, Chien-Tai Chan, Wei-Yang Lee, Da-Wen Lin
  • Publication number: 20200251567
    Abstract: A method includes forming a trench over a substrate, wherein the trench is surrounded by gate spacers and an inter-layer dielectric layer, depositing a dielectric layer on a bottom and along sidewalls of the trench, depositing a metal layer over the dielectric layer, depositing a protection layer over the metal layer, wherein the protection layer has an uneven thickness, applying an etch-back process to the protection layer and the metal layer, wherein as a result of applying the etch-back process, a portion of the metal layer has been removed and at least a portion of the protection layer remains at the bottom of the trench and removing the protection layer from the trench.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Inventors: Peng-Soon Lim, Da-Yuan Lee, Kuang-Yuan Hsu
  • Patent number: 10707177
    Abstract: A package includes a package component, a device die over and bonded to the package component, a metal cap having a top portion over the device die, and a thermal interface material between and contacting the device die and the metal cap. The thermal interface material includes a first portion directly over an inner portion of the device die, and a second portion extending directly over a corner region of the device die. The first portion has a first thickness. The second portion has a second thickness greater than the first thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Sung-Hui Huang, Da-Cyuan Yu, Kuan-Yu Huang, Pai Yuan Li, Hsiang-Fan Lee
  • Patent number: 10699966
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a semiconductor device with a profiled work-function metal gate electrode. The semiconductor structure includes a metal gate structure formed in an opening of an insulating layer. The metal gate structure includes a gate dielectric layer, a barrier layer, a work-function metal layer between the gate dielectric layer and the barrier layer and a work-function adjustment layer over the barrier layer, wherein the work-function metal has an ordered grain orientation. The present disclosure also provides a method of making a semiconductor device with a profiled work-function metal gate electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited
    Inventors: Da-Yuan Lee, Hung-Chin Chung, Hsien-Ming Lee, Kuan-Ting Liu, Syun-Ming Jang, Weng Chang, Wei-Jen Lo
  • Patent number: 10692770
    Abstract: Semiconductor device structures having gate structures with tunable threshold voltages are provided. Various geometries of device structure can be varied to tune the threshold voltages. In some examples, distances from tops of fins to tops of gate structures can be varied to tune threshold voltages. In some examples, distances from outermost sidewalls of gate structures to respective nearest sidewalls of nearest fins to the respective outermost sidewalls (which respective gate structure overlies the nearest fin) can be varied to tune threshold voltages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Chung-Chiang Wu, Wei-Chin Lee, Shih-Hang Chiu, Chia-Ching Lee, Hsueh Wen Tsau, Cheng-Yen Tsai, Cheng-Lung Hung, Da-Yuan Lee, Ching-Hwanq Su
  • Publication number: 20200161443
    Abstract: A method and structure for providing a pre-deposition treatment (e.g., of a work-function layer) to accomplish work function tuning. In various embodiments, a gate dielectric layer is formed over a substrate, and a work-function metal layer is deposited over the gate dielectric layer. The work-function metal layer has a first thickness. A pre-treatment process of the work-function metal layer may then performed, where the pre-treatment process removes an oxidized layer from a top surface of the work-function metal layer to form a treated work-function metal layer. The treated work-function metal layer has a second thickness less than the first thickness. In various embodiments, after performing the pre-treatment process, another metal layer is deposited over the treated work-function metal layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventors: Hsin-Yi LEE, Cheng-Yen TSAI, Da-Yuan LEE
  • Patent number: 10658488
    Abstract: A method and structure for providing a pre-deposition treatment (e.g., of a work-function layer) to accomplish work function tuning. In various embodiments, a gate dielectric layer is formed over a substrate, and a work-function metal layer is deposited over the gate dielectric layer. The work-function metal layer has a first thickness. A pre-treatment process of the work-function metal layer may then performed, where the pre-treatment process removes an oxidized layer from a top surface of the work-function metal layer to form a treated work-function metal layer. The treated work-function metal layer has a second thickness less than the first thickness. In various embodiments, after performing the pre-treatment process, another metal layer is deposited over the treated work-function metal layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hsin-Yi Lee, Cheng-Yen Tsai, Da-Yuan Lee
  • Patent number: 10651283
    Abstract: A method includes forming a trench over a substrate, wherein the trench is surrounded by gate spacers and an inter-layer dielectric layer, depositing a dielectric layer on a bottom and along sidewalls of the trench, depositing a metal layer over the dielectric layer, depositing a protection layer over the metal layer, wherein the protection layer has an uneven thickness, applying an etch-back process to the protection layer and the metal layer, wherein as a result of applying the etch-back process, a portion of the metal layer has been removed and at least a portion of the protection layer remains at the bottom of the trench and removing the protection layer from the trench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Peng-Soon Lim, Da-Yuan Lee, Kuang-Yuan Hsu
  • Publication number: 20200126985
    Abstract: A semiconductor device with a metal gate is disclosed. An exemplary semiconductor device with a metal gate includes a semiconductor substrate, source and drain features on the semiconductor substrate, a gate stack over the semiconductor substrate and disposed between the source and drain features. The gate stack includes a HK dielectric layer formed over the semiconductor substrate, a plurality of barrier layers of a metal compound formed on top of the HK dielectric layer, wherein each of the barrier layers has a different chemical composition; and a stack of metals gate layers deposited over the plurality of barrier layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Inventors: Xiong-Fei Yu, Chun-Yuan Chou, Kuang-Yuan Hsu, Da-Yuan Lee, Jeff J. Xu
  • Publication number: 20200119019
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a method includes: forming a gate dielectric layer on an interface layer; forming a doping layer on the gate dielectric layer, the doping layer including a dipole-inducing element; annealing the doping layer to drive the dipole-inducing element through the gate dielectric layer to a first side of the gate dielectric layer adjacent the interface layer; removing the doping layer; forming a sacrificial layer on the gate dielectric layer, a material of the sacrificial layer reacting with residual dipole-inducing elements at a second side of the gate dielectric layer adjacent the sacrificial layer; removing the sacrificial layer; forming a capping layer on the gate dielectric layer; and forming a gate electrode layer on the capping layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Cheng-Yen Tsai, Ming-Chi Huang, Zoe Chen, Wei-Chin Lee, Cheng-Lung Hung, Da-Yuan Lee, Weng Chang, Ching-Hwanq Su
  • Publication number: 20200119153
    Abstract: One or more semiconductor devices are provided. The semiconductor device comprises a gate body, a conductive prelayer over the gate body, at least one inhibitor film over the conductive prelayer and a conductive layer over the at least one inhibitor film, where the conductive layer is tapered so as to have a top portion width that is greater than the bottom portion width. One or more methods of forming a semiconductor device are also provided, where an etching process is performed to form a tapered opening such that the tapered conductive layer is formed in the tapered opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Mrunal A. KHADERBAD, Hsueh Wen TSAU, Chia-Ching LEE, Da-Yuan LEE, Hsiao-Kuan WEI, Chih-Chang HUNG, Huicheng CHANG, Weng CHANG
  • Publication number: 20200105602
    Abstract: Semiconductor devices and methods of manufacturing semiconductor devices with differing threshold voltages are provided. In embodiments the threshold voltages of individual semiconductor devices are tuned through the removal and placement of differing materials within each of the individual gate stacks within a replacement gate process, whereby the removal and placement helps keep the overall process window for a fill material large enough to allow for a complete fill.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: Chung-Chiang Wu, Hsin-Han Tsai, Wei-Chin Lee, Chia-Ching Lee, Hung-Chin Chung, Cheng-Lung Hung, Da-Yuan Lee
  • Publication number: 20200091006
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein relate to a pre-deposition treatment of materials utilized in metal gates of different transistors on a semiconductor substrate. In an embodiment, a method includes exposing a first metal-containing layer of a first device and a second metal-containing layer of a second device to a reactant to form respective monolayers on the first and second metal-containing layers. The first and second devices are on a substrate. The first device includes a first gate structure including the first metal-containing layer. The second device includes a second gate structure including the second metal-containing layer different from the second metal-containing layer. The monolayers on the first and second metal-containing layers are exposed to an oxidant to provide a hydroxyl group (—OH) terminated surface for the monolayers. Thereafter, a third metal-containing layer is formed on the —OH terminated surfaces of the monolayers on the first and second metal-containing layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Cheng-Yen Tsai, Chung-Chiang Wu, Tai-Wei Hwang, Hung-Chin Chung, Wei-Chin Lee, Da-Yuan Lee, Ching-Hwanq Su, Yin-Chuan Chuang, Kuan-Ting Liu