Patents by Inventor Dun-Nian Yaung

Dun-Nian Yaung 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: 20240072090
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure are directed towards a stacked complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor in which a pixel sensor spans multiple integrated circuit (IC) chips and is devoid of a shallow trench isolation (STI) structure at a photodetector of the pixel sensor. The photodetector and a first transistor form a first portion of the pixel sensor at a first IC chip. A plurality of second transistors forms a second portion of the pixel sensor at a second IC chip. By omitting the STI structure at the photodetector, a doped well surrounding and demarcating the pixel sensor may have a lesser width than it would otherwise have. Hence, the doped well may consume less area of the photodetector. This, in turn, allows enhanced scaling down of the pixel sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2023
    Publication date: February 29, 2024
    Inventors: Chi-Hsien Chung, Tzu-Jui Wang, Tzu-Hsuan Hsu, Chen-Jong Wang, Dun-Nian Yaung
  • Patent number: 11915977
    Abstract: A stacked integrated circuit (IC) device and a method are disclosed. The stacked IC device includes a first semiconductor element. The first substrate includes a dielectric block in the first substrate; and a plurality of first conductive features formed in first inter-metal dielectric layers over the first substrate. The stacked IC device also includes a second semiconductor element bonded on the first semiconductor element. The second semiconductor element includes a second substrate and a plurality of second conductive features formed in second inter-metal dielectric layers over the second substrate. The stacked IC device also includes a conductive deep-interconnection-plug coupled between the first conductive features and the second conductive features. The conductive deep-interconnection-plug is isolated by dielectric block, the first inter-metal-dielectric layers and the second inter-metal-dielectric layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Shu-Ting Tsai, Jeng-Shyan Lin, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Feng-Chi Hung, Chih-Hui Huang, Sheng-Chau Chen, Shih Pei Chou, Chia-Chieh Lin
  • Patent number: 11916043
    Abstract: Semiconductor devices and methods of forming the same are provided. A method according to the present disclosure includes forming a first wafer including a plurality of electronic integrated circuits (EICs), forming a second wafer including a plurality of photonic integrated circuits (PICs), bonding the first wafer to the second wafer to form a first stacked wafer. The bonding of the first wafer to the second wafer includes vertically aligning each of the plurality of the EICs with one of the plurality of the PICs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Chin-Min Lin, Hung-Jen Hsu, Dun-Nian Yaung
  • Patent number: 11908878
    Abstract: An image sensor includes a pixel and an isolation structure. The pixel includes a photosensitive region and a circuitry region next to the photosensitive region. The isolation structure is located over the pixel, where the isolation structure includes a conductive grid and a dielectric structure covering a sidewall of the conductive grid, and the isolation structure includes an opening or recess overlapping the photosensitive region. The isolation structure surrounds a peripheral region of the photosensitive region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Min-Feng Kao, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Wen-Chang Kuo, Sheng-Chau Chen, Feng-Chi Hung, Sheng-Chan Li
  • Patent number: 11901388
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present application are directed towards a semiconductor-on-insulator (SOI) DoP image sensor and a method for forming the SOI DoP image sensor. In some embodiments, a semiconductor substrate comprises a floating node and a collector region. A photodetector is in the semiconductor substrate and is defined in part by a collector region. A transfer transistor is over the semiconductor substrate. The collector region and the floating node respectively define source/drain regions of the transfer transistor. A semiconductor mesa is over and spaced from the semiconductor substrate. A readout transistor is on and partially defined by the semiconductor mesa. The semiconductor mesa is between the readout transistor and the semiconductor substrate. A via extends from the floating node to a gate electrode of the readout transistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jhy-Jyi Sze, Dun-Nian Yaung, Alexander Kalnitsky
  • Patent number: 11901396
    Abstract: Provided is a method of fabricating an image sensor device. An exemplary includes forming a plurality of radiation-sensing regions in a substrate. The substrate has a front surface, a back surface, and a sidewall that extends from the front surface to the back surface. The exemplary method further includes forming an interconnect structure over the front surface of the substrate, removing a portion of the substrate to expose a metal interconnect layer of the interconnect structure, and forming a bonding pad on the interconnect structure in a manner so that the bonding pad is electrically coupled to the exposed metal interconnect layer and separated from the sidewall of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Shuang-Ji Tsai, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Wen-De Wang, Hsiao-Hui Tseng
  • Patent number: 11901387
    Abstract: A semiconductor device according to the present disclosure includes a semiconductor layer, a plurality of metal isolation features disposed in the semiconductor layer, a metal grid disposed directly over the plurality of metal isolation features, and a plurality of microlens features disposed over the metal grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Min-Feng Kao, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Wen-Chang Kuo, Sheng-Chau Chen, Feng-Chi Hung, Sheng-Chan Li
  • Patent number: 11894410
    Abstract: Some embodiments relate an integrated circuit (IC) including a first substrate including a plurality of imaging devices. A second substrate is disposed under the first substrate and includes a plurality of logic devices. A first interconnect structure is disposed between the first substrate and the second substrate and electrically couples imaging devices within the first substrate to one another. A second interconnect structure is disposed between the first interconnect structure and the second substrate, and electrically couples logic devices within the second substrate to one another. A bond pad structure is coupled to a metal layer of the second interconnect structure and extends along inner sidewalls of both the first interconnect structure and the second interconnect structure. An oxide layer extends from above the first substrate to below a plurality of metal layers of the first interconnect structure, and lines inner sidewalls of the bond pad structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Sin-Yao Huang, Ching-Chun Wang, Dun-Nian Yaung, Feng-Chi Hung, Ming-Tsong Wang, Shih Pei Chou
  • Publication number: 20240030261
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure are directed towards an image sensor including a plurality of photodetectors disposed within a substrate. The photodetectors are disposed respectively within a plurality of pixel regions. A floating diffusion node is disposed along a front-side surface of the substrate at a middle region of the plurality of pixel regions. A plurality of well regions is disposed within the substrate at corners of the plurality of pixel regions. An isolation structure extends into a back-side surface of the substrate. The isolation structure comprises a plurality of elongated isolation components disposed between adjacent pixel regions, a middle isolation component aligned with the floating diffusion node, and multiple peripheral isolation components aligned with the plurality of well regions. The elongated isolation components have a first height and the middle and peripheral isolation components have a second height less than the first height.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2023
    Publication date: January 25, 2024
    Inventors: Wen-I Hsu, Hsin-Hung Chen, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Feng-Chi Hung, Wen-Chang Kuo
  • Publication number: 20240021643
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present application are directed towards image sensors including composite backside illuminated (CBSI) structures to enhance performance. In some embodiments, a first trench isolation structure extends into a backside of a substrate to a first depth and comprises a pair of first trench isolation segments. A photodetector is in the substrate, between and bordering the first trench isolation segments. A second trench isolation structure is between the first trench isolation segments and extends into the backside of the substrate to a second depth less than the first depth. The second trench isolation structure comprises a pair of second trench isolation segments. An absorption enhancement structure overlies the photodetector, between the second trench isolation segments, and is recessed into the backside of the semiconductor substrate. The absorption enhancement structure and the second trench isolation structure collectively define a CBSI structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2023
    Publication date: January 18, 2024
    Inventors: Wei Chuang Wu, Dun-Nian Yaung, Feng-Chi Hung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Jhy-Jyi Sze, Keng-Yu Chou, Yen-Ting Chiang, Ming-Hsien Yang, Chun-Yuan Chen
  • Publication number: 20240021641
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure are directed towards an image sensor. The image sensor comprise a substrate having a first region and a second region. A first gate overlies the first region. A second gate overlies the second region. A deep trench isolation (DTI) structure is in the substrate and laterally between the first region and the second region. A first floating diffusion node is in the first region. A second floating diffusion node is in the second region. An interlayer dielectric (ILD) structure is over the substrate. A dielectric structure is between the ILD structure and the substrate. The dielectric structure is laterally between the first and second floating diffusion nodes. The dielectric structure is laterally spaced from the first and second gates. The dielectric structure overlies the DTI structure. A width of the dielectric structure is greater than a width of the DTI structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2023
    Publication date: January 18, 2024
    Inventors: Wei Long Chen, Wen-I Hsu, Feng-Chi Hung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Dun-Nian Yaung
  • Publication number: 20240021645
    Abstract: The present disclosure, in some embodiments, relates to a method of forming an integrated chip structure. The method includes forming a first dielectric bonding layer over a first dielectric structure, which is disposed on a first substrate and surrounds a first plurality of interconnects. The first dielectric bonding layer is patterned to form a first recess exposing one of the first plurality of interconnects. A first conductive bonding segment is formed within the first recess. A second dielectric bonding layer is formed over a TSV extending through a second substrate. The second dielectric bonding layer is patterned to form a second recess exposing the TSV. A second conductive bonding segment is formed within the second recess. The first substrate is bonded to the second substrate along an interface comprising dielectric and conductive regions. The conductive region includes a conductive interface between the first and second conductive bonding segments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2023
    Publication date: January 18, 2024
    Inventors: Jeng-Shyan Lin, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Hsun-Ying Huang, Wei-Chih Weng, Yu-Yang Shen
  • Publication number: 20240021514
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure are directed towards an integrated chip (IC). The IC includes a first inter-metal dielectric (IMD) structure disposed over a semiconductor substrate. A metal-insulator-metal (MIM) device is disposed over the first IMD structure. The MIM device includes at least three metal plates that are spaced from one another. The MIM device further includes a plurality of capacitor insulator structures. Each of the plurality of capacitor insulator structures are disposed between and electrically isolate neighboring metal plates of the at least three metal plates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2023
    Publication date: January 18, 2024
    Inventors: Min-Feng Kao, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Hsing-Chih Lin, Kuan-Hua Lin
  • Publication number: 20240014245
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure are directed towards an image sensor. The image sensor includes a first chip bonded to a second chip. The first chip includes a semiconductor substrate. The first chip includes a first transistor cell and a second transistor cell. The second transistor cell is laterally spaced from the first transistor cell. A first through-substrate via (TSV) extends vertically through the semiconductor substrate. The first transistor cell is electrically coupled to the first TSV. A second TSV extends vertically through the first semiconductor substrate. The second transistor cell is electrically coupled to the second TSV. The second chip comprises a first readout circuit that is electrically coupled to the first TSV and the second TSV. The first readout circuit is disposed laterally between the first TSV and the second TSV. The first readout circuit is configured to receive a first signal from the first transistor cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2023
    Publication date: January 11, 2024
    Inventors: Chi-Hsien Chung, Tzu-Jui Wang, Shang-Fu Yeh, Tzu-Hsuan Hsu, Chen-Jong Wang, Dun-Nian Yaung
  • Publication number: 20230420464
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to semiconductor device with a multi-gate structure. The semiconductor device includes a substrate and a doped region disposed within the substrate. A gate electrode is disposed over the doped region, and a source region and a drain region are disposed within the doped region. A shallow trench isolation (STI) structure is disposed within the substrate and laterally surrounds the source region and the drain region. A first doped liner is disposed along the STI structure, where the first doped liner separates the STI structure from the source region and the drain region. A second doped liner is disposed along the STI structure, where the second doped liner is separated from the first doped liner by the STI structure above a bottom surface of the STI structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2022
    Publication date: December 28, 2023
    Inventors: Chih-Kuan Yu, Shen-Hui Hong, Feng-Chi Hung, Wen-I Hsu, Jen-Cheng Liu, Dun-Nian Yaung
  • Patent number: 11854959
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure are directed towards an integrated chip (IC). The IC comprises a first inter-metal dielectric (IMD) structure disposed over a semiconductor substrate. A metal-insulator-metal (MIM) device is disposed over the first IMD structure. The MIM device comprises at least three metal plates that are spaced from one another. The MIM device further comprises a plurality of capacitor insulator structures, where each of the plurality of capacitor insulator structures are disposed between and electrically isolate neighboring metal plates of the at least three metal plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Min-Feng Kao, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Hsing-Chih Lin, Kuan-Hua Lin
  • Publication number: 20230411431
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure are directed towards a stacked complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor with a high full well capacity (FWC). A first integrated circuit (IC) chip and a second IC chip are stacked with each other. The first IC chip comprises a first semiconductor substrate, and the second IC chip comprises a second semiconductor substrate. A pixel sensor is in and spans the first and second IC chips. The pixel sensor comprises a transfer transistor and a pinned photodiode adjoining the transfer transistor at the first semiconductor substrate, and further comprises a plurality of additional transistors (e.g., a reset transistor, a source-follower transistor, etc.) at the second semiconductor substrate. A bulk of the first semiconductor substrate and a bulk of the second semiconductor substrate are electrically isolated from each other and are configured to be biased with different voltages (e.g., a negative voltage and ground).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2022
    Publication date: December 21, 2023
    Inventors: Chi-Hsien Chung, Tzu-Jui Wang, Chen-Jong Wang, Tzu-Hsuan Hsu, Dun-Nian Yaung
  • Publication number: 20230395631
    Abstract: An image sensor includes a pixel and an isolation structure. The pixel includes a photosensitive region and a circuitry region next to the photosensitive region. The isolation structure is located over the pixel, where the isolation structure includes a conductive grid and a dielectric structure covering a sidewall of the conductive grid, and the isolation structure includes an opening or recess overlapping the photosensitive region. The isolation structure surrounds a peripheral region of the photosensitive region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2023
    Publication date: December 7, 2023
    Inventors: Min-Feng Kao, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Wen-Chang Kuo, Sheng-Chau Chen, Feng-Chi Hung, Sheng-Chan Li
  • Patent number: 11837595
    Abstract: A semiconductor device structure includes a first chip, second chip, a first metal structure, a second metal structure, a first via structure and a second via structure. The first chip includes n inter metal dielectric (IMD) layer, which includes different materials adjacent to generate a number of staggered portions having a zigzag configuration. The second chip bonded to the first chip generates a bonding interface. The first metal structure is disposed in the first chip and between the staggered portions and the bonding interface. The first via structure in the first chip stops at the first metal structure. The first via structure includes a first via metal and a first via dielectric layer. A surface roughness of the staggered portions is substantially greater than a surface roughness of the first via dielectric layer. The second via structure extends from the first via structure to the second metal structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: Cheng-Ying Ho, Wen-De Wang, Jen-Cheng Liu, Dun-Nian Yaung
  • Publication number: 20230387106
    Abstract: A semiconductor device and a method of forming the same are provided. The semiconductor device includes a first substrate, a capacitor within the first substrate, a diode structure within the first substrate adjacent the capacitor, and a first interconnect structure over the capacitor and the diode structure. A first conductive via of the first interconnect structure electrically couples the capacitor to the diode structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2023
    Publication date: November 30, 2023
    Inventors: Min-Feng Kao, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Hsing-Chih Lin