Patents by Inventor De-Fang Chen

De-Fang 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).

  • Publication number: 20210050430
    Abstract: According to an exemplary embodiment, a method of forming a vertical device is provided. The method includes: providing a protrusion over a substrate; forming an etch stop layer over the protrusion; laterally etching a sidewall of the etch stop layer; forming an insulating layer over the etch stop layer; forming a film layer over the insulating layer and the etch stop layer; performing chemical mechanical polishing on the film layer and exposing the etch stop layer; etching a portion of the etch stop layer to expose a top surface of the protrusion; forming an oxide layer over the protrusion and the film layer; and performing chemical mechanical polishing on the oxide layer and exposing the film layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2020
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Inventors: DE-FANG CHEN, TENG-CHUN TSAI, CHENG-TUNG LIN, LI-TING WANG, CHUN-HUNG LEE, MING-CHING CHANG, HUAN-JUST LIN
  • Patent number: 10879129
    Abstract: A method includes forming a pattern-reservation layer over a semiconductor substrate. The semiconductor substrate has a major surface. A first self-aligned multi-patterning process is performed to pattern a pattern-reservation layer. The remaining portions of the pattern-reservation layer include pattern-reservation strips extending in a first direction that is parallel to the major surface of the semiconductor substrate. A second self-aligned multi-patterning process is performed to pattern the pattern-reservation layer in a second direction parallel to the major surface of the semiconductor substrate. The remaining portions of the pattern-reservation layer include patterned features. The patterned features are used as an etching mask to form semiconductor nanowires by etching the semiconductor substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ching-Feng Fu, De-Fang Chen, Yu-Chan Yen, Chia-Ying Lee, Chun-Hung Lee, Huan-Just Lin
  • Patent number: 10868140
    Abstract: A method includes depositing a silicon layer on a plurality of strips. The silicon layer is etched back to remove top portions of the silicon layer, and to expose some portions of the plurality of strips. Some bottom portions of the silicon layer at bottoms of trenches between the plurality of strips remain after the etching back. A germanium layer is selectively grown from remaining portions of the silicon layer, and exposed portions of the plurality of strips remain exposed after the germanium layer is selectively grown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: De-Wei Yu, Chien-Hao Chen, Ziwei Fang, Yee-Chia Yeo
  • Patent number: 10854728
    Abstract: According to an exemplary embodiment, a method of forming a vertical device is provided. The method includes: providing a protrusion over a substrate; forming an etch stop layer over the protrusion; laterally etching a sidewall of the etch stop layer; forming an insulating layer over the etch stop layer; forming a film layer over the insulating layer and the etch stop layer; performing chemical mechanical polishing on the film layer and exposing the etch stop layer; etching a portion of the etch stop layer to expose a top surface of the protrusion; forming an oxide layer over the protrusion and the film layer; and performing chemical mechanical polishing on the oxide layer and exposing the film layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited
    Inventors: De-Fang Chen, Teng-Chun Tsai, Cheng-Tung Lin, Li-Ting Wang, Chun-Hung Lee, Ming-Ching Chang, Huan-Just Lin
  • Publication number: 20200343097
    Abstract: Exemplary methods of patterning a device layer are described, including operations of patterning a protector layer and forming a first opening in a first patterning layer to expose a first portion of the protector layer and a first portion of the hard mask layer, which are then are exposed to a first etch to form a first opening in the first portion of the hard mask layer. A second opening is formed in a second patterning layer to expose a second portion of the protector layer and a second portion of the hard mask layer. The second portion of the protector layer and the second portion of the hard mask layer are exposed to an etch to form a second opening in the second portion of the hard mask layer. Exposed portions of the device layer are then etched through the first opening and the second opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2020
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Inventors: Chi-Cheng Hung, Chun-Kuang Chen, De-Fang Chen, Wei-Liang Lin, Yu-Tien Shen
  • Publication number: 20200335388
    Abstract: According to an exemplary embodiment, a method of forming an isolation layer is provided. The method includes the following operations: providing a substrate; providing a vertical structure having a first layer over the substrate; providing a first interlayer dielectric over the first layer; performing CMP on the first interlayer dielectric; and etching back the first interlayer dielectric and the first layer to form the isolation layer corresponding to a source of the vertical structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2020
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Inventors: Teng-Chun TSAI, Bing-Hung CHEN, Chien-Hsun WANG, Cheng-Tung LIN, Chih-Tang PENG, De-Fang CHEN, Huan-Just LIN, Li-Ting WANG, Yung-Cheng LU
  • Publication number: 20200312663
    Abstract: A method of forming an integrated circuit includes forming a patterned mask layer on a material layer, wherein the patterned mask layer has a plurality of first features, and a first distance between adjacent first features of the plurality of first features. The method further includes patterning the material layer to form the first features in the material layer. The method further includes increasing the first distance between adjacent first features of the plurality of first features to a second distance. The method further includes treating portions of the material layer exposed by the patterned mask layer. The method further includes removing the patterned mask layer; and removing non-treated portions of the material layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: Tzu-Yen Hsieh, Ming-Ching Chang, Chun-Hung Lee, Yi-Ann Lin, De-Fang Chen, Chao-Cheng Chen
  • Patent number: 10714357
    Abstract: Exemplary methods of patterning a device layer are described, including operations of patterning a protector layer and forming a first opening in a first patterning layer to expose a first portion of the protector layer and a first portion of the hard mask layer, which are then are exposed to a first etch to form a first opening in the first portion of the hard mask layer. A second opening is formed in a second patterning layer to expose a second portion of the protector layer and a second portion of the hard mask layer. The second portion of the protector layer and the second portion of the hard mask layer are exposed to an etch to form a second opening in the second portion of the hard mask layer. Exposed portions of the device layer are then etched through the first opening and the second opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Chi-Cheng Hung, Chun-Kuang Chen, De-Fang Chen, Wei-Liang Lin, Yu-Tien Shen
  • Patent number: 10707114
    Abstract: According to an exemplary embodiment, a method of forming an isolation layer is provided. The method includes the following operations: providing a substrate; providing a vertical structure having a first layer over the substrate; providing a first interlayer dielectric over the first layer; performing CMP on the first interlayer dielectric; and etching back the first interlayer dielectric and the first layer to form the isolation layer corresponding to a source of the vertical structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Teng-Chun Tsai, Bing-Hung Chen, Chien-Hsun Wang, Cheng-Tung Lin, Chih-Tang Peng, De-Fang Chen, Huan-Just Lin, Li-Ting Wang, Yung-Cheng Lu
  • Patent number: 10665457
    Abstract: A method of forming an integrated circuit includes forming a patterned mask layer on a material layer, wherein the patterned mask layer has a plurality of first features, and a first distance between adjacent first features of the plurality of first features. The method further includes patterning the material layer to form the first features in the material layer. The method further includes increasing the first distance between adjacent first features of the plurality of first features to a second distance. The method further includes treating portions of the material layer exposed by the patterned mask layer. The method further includes removing the patterned mask layer; and removing non-treated portions of the material layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Tzu-Yen Hsieh, Ming-Ching Chang, Chun-Hung Lee, Yih-Ann Lin, De-Fang Chen, Chao-Cheng Chen
  • Publication number: 20200111887
    Abstract: According to an exemplary embodiment, a method of forming a vertical device is provided. The method includes: providing a protrusion over a substrate; forming an etch stop layer over the protrusion; laterally etching a sidewall of the etch stop layer; forming an insulating layer over the etch stop layer; forming a film layer over the insulating layer and the etch stop layer; performing chemical mechanical polishing on the film layer and exposing the etch stop layer; etching a portion of the etch stop layer to expose a top surface of the protrusion; forming an oxide layer over the protrusion and the film layer; and performing chemical mechanical polishing on the oxide layer and exposing the film layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Publication date: April 9, 2020
    Inventors: DE-FANG CHEN, TENG-CHUN TSAI, CHENG-TUNG LIN, LI-TING WANG, CHUN-HUNG LEE, MING-CHING CHANG, HUAN-JUST LIN
  • Publication number: 20200083110
    Abstract: A method includes forming a pattern-reservation layer over a semiconductor substrate. The semiconductor substrate has a major surface. A first self-aligned multi-patterning process is performed to pattern a pattern-reservation layer. The remaining portions of the pattern-reservation layer include pattern-reservation strips extending in a first direction that is parallel to the major surface of the semiconductor substrate. A second self-aligned multi-patterning process is performed to pattern the pattern-reservation layer in a second direction parallel to the major surface of the semiconductor substrate. The remaining portions of the pattern-reservation layer include patterned features. The patterned features are used as an etching mask to form semiconductor nanowires by etching the semiconductor substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Inventors: Ching-Feng Fu, De-Fang Chen, Yu-Chan Yen, Chia-Ying Lee, Chun-Hung Lee, Huan-Just Lin
  • Publication number: 20200052089
    Abstract: A method includes depositing a silicon layer on a plurality of strips. The silicon layer is etched back to remove top portions of the silicon layer, and to expose some portions of the plurality of strips. Some bottom portions of the silicon layer at bottoms of trenches between the plurality of strips remain after the etching back. A germanium layer is selectively grown from remaining portions of the silicon layer, and exposed portions of the plurality of strips remain exposed after the germanium layer is selectively grown.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventors: De-Wei Yu, Chien-Hao Chen, Ziwei Fang, Yee-Chia Yeo
  • Patent number: 10535557
    Abstract: A method of forming a semiconductor device includes depositing a flowable dielectric layer on a substrate and annealing the flowable dielectric layer. The method further includes performing a high temperature (HT) doping process on the flowable dielectric layer. The HT doping process may include implanting dopant ions into the flowable dielectric layer and heating the substrate during the implanting of the dopant ions. The heating of the substrate may include heating a substrate holder upon which the substrate is disposed and maintaining the substrate at a temperature above 100° C. An example benefit reduced the wet etch rate (WER) of the flowable dielectric layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsan-Chun Wang, De-Wei Yu, Ziwei Fang, Yi-Fan Chen
  • Patent number: 10504792
    Abstract: A method includes forming a pattern-reservation layer over a semiconductor substrate. The semiconductor substrate has a major surface. A first self-aligned multi-patterning process is performed to pattern a pattern-reservation layer. The remaining portions of the pattern-reservation layer include pattern-reservation strips extending in a first direction that is parallel to the major surface of the semiconductor substrate. A second self-aligned multi-patterning process is performed to pattern the pattern-reservation layer in a second direction parallel to the major surface of the semiconductor substrate. The remaining portions of the pattern-reservation layer include patterned features. The patterned features are used as an etching mask to form semiconductor nanowires by etching the semiconductor substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ching-Feng Fu, De-Fang Chen, Yu-Chan Yen, Chia-Ying Lee, Chun-Hung Lee, Huan-Just Lin
  • Patent number: 10505014
    Abstract: According to an exemplary embodiment, a method of forming a vertical device is provided. The method includes: providing a protrusion over a substrate; forming an etch stop layer over the protrusion; laterally etching a sidewall of the etch stop layer; forming an insulating layer over the etch stop layer; forming a film layer over the insulating layer and the etch stop layer; performing chemical mechanical polishing on the film layer and exposing the etch stop layer; etching a portion of the etch stop layer to expose a top surface of the protrusion; forming an oxide layer over the protrusion and the film layer; and performing chemical mechanical polishing on the oxide layer and exposing the film layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited
    Inventors: De-Fang Chen, Teng-Chun Tsai, Cheng-Tung Lin, Li-Ting Wang, Chun-Hung Lee, Ming-Ching Chang, Huan-Just Lin
  • Patent number: 10468501
    Abstract: A method includes depositing a silicon layer on a plurality of strips. The silicon layer is etched back to remove top portions of the silicon layer, and to expose some portions of the plurality of strips. Some bottom portions of the silicon layer at bottoms of trenches between the plurality of strips remain after the etching back. A germanium layer is selectively grown from remaining portions of the silicon layer, and exposed portions of the plurality of strips remain exposed after the germanium layer is selectively grown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: De-Wei Yu, Chien-Hao Chen, Ziwei Fang, Yee-Chia Yeo
  • Patent number: 10418271
    Abstract: According to an exemplary embodiment, a method of forming an isolation layer is provided. The method includes the following operations: providing a substrate; providing a vertical structure having a first layer over the substrate; providing a first interlayer dielectric over the first layer; performing CMP on the first interlayer dielectric; and etching back the first interlayer dielectric and the first layer to form the isolation layer corresponding to a source of the vertical structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Teng-Chun Tsai, Li-Ting Wang, De-Fang Chen, Cheng-Tung Lin, Chih-Tang Peng, Chien-Hsun Wang, Bing-Hung Chen, Huan-Just Lin, Yung-Cheng Lu
  • Patent number: 10411115
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method for forming a semiconductor device, including: forming a mask layer over a substrate, the mask layer containing an opening, exposing a surface portion of the substrate to form an exposed surface portion of the substrate; forming an insulation structure between the mask layer and the substrate, and in the opening; performing a thinning process on the insulation structure exposed by the opening to form a recess region on a top of the insulation structure; and forming a gate electrode over the insulation structure and covering a portion of the recess region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignees: Semiconductor Manufacturing International (Shanghai) Corporation, Semiconductor Manufacturing International (Beijing) Corporation
    Inventors: Dae-Sub Jung, Lei Fang, Guang Li Yang, De Yan Chen
  • Publication number: 20190229012
    Abstract: A method of forming a semiconductor device includes depositing a flowable dielectric layer on a substrate and annealing the flowable dielectric layer. The method further includes performing a high temperature (HT) doping process on the flowable dielectric layer. The HT doping process may include implanting dopant ions into the flowable dielectric layer and heating the substrate during the implanting of the dopant ions. The heating of the substrate may include heating a substrate holder upon which the substrate is disposed and maintaining the substrate at a temperature above 100° C. An example benefit reduced the wet etch rate (WER) of the flowable dielectric layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsan-Chun WANG, De-Wei YU, Ziwei FANG, Yi-Fan CHEN