Patents by Inventor Gordon A. Haller

Gordon A. Haller 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).

  • Patent number: 10784273
    Abstract: A method used in forming a memory array comprises forming a substrate comprising a conductive tier, a first insulator tier above the conductive tier, a sacrificial material tier above the first insulator tier, and a second insulator tier above the sacrificial material tier. A stack comprising vertically-alternating insulative tiers and wordline tiers is formed above the second insulator tier. Channel material is formed through the insulative tiers and the wordline tier. Horizontally-elongated trenches are formed through the stack to the sacrificial material tier. Sacrificial material is etched through the horizontally-elongated trenches selectively relative to material of the first insulator tier and selectively relative to material of the second insulator tier. A laterally-outer sidewall of the channel material is exposed in the sacrificial material tier. A conductive structure is formed directly against the laterally-outer sidewall of the channel material in the sacrificial material tier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Collin Howder, Gordon A. Haller
  • Publication number: 20200279867
    Abstract: In an example, a method of forming a stacked memory array includes forming a stack of alternating first and second dielectrics, forming a termination structure through the stack, the termination structure comprising a dielectric liner around a conductor, forming a set of contacts concurrently with forming the termination structure, forming a third dielectric over an upper surface of the stack and an upper surface of the termination structure, forming a first opening through the third dielectric and the stack between first and second groups of semiconductor structures so that the first opening exposes an upper surface of the conductor, and removing the conductor from the termination structure to form a second opening lined with the dielectric liner. In some examples, the dielectric liner can include a rectangular or a triangular tab or a pair of prongs that can have a rectangular profile or that can be tapered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2020
    Publication date: September 3, 2020
    Inventors: Matthew J. King, Anilkumar Chandolu, Indra V. Chary, Darwin A. Clampitt, Gordon Haller, Thomas George, Brett D. Lowe, David A. Daycock
  • Publication number: 20200266204
    Abstract: A method used in forming a memory array comprises forming a substrate comprising a conductive tier, a first insulator tier above the conductive tier, a sacrificial material tier above the first insulator tier, and a second insulator tier above the sacrificial material tier. A stack comprising vertically-alternating insulative tiers and wordline tiers is formed above the second insulator tier. Channel material is formed through the insulative tiers and the wordline tier. Horizontally-elongated trenches are formed through the stack to the sacrificial material tier. Sacrificial material is etched through the horizontally-elongated trenches selectively relative to material of the first insulator tier and selectively relative to material of the second insulator tier. A laterally-outer sidewall of the channel material is exposed in the sacrificial material tier. A conductive structure is formed directly against the laterally-outer sidewall of the channel material in the sacrificial material tier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Applicant: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Collin Howder, Gordon A. Haller
  • Publication number: 20200251347
    Abstract: A method used in forming an array of elevationally-extending strings of memory cells comprises forming a stack comprising vertically-alternating insulative tiers and wordline tiers. The stack comprises an etch-stop tier between a first tier and a second tier of the stack. The etch-stop tier is of different composition from those of the insulative tiers and the wordline tiers. Etching is conducted into the insulative tiers and the wordline tiers that are above the etch-stop tier to the etch-stop tier to form channel openings that have individual bases comprising the etch-stop tier. The etch-stop tier is penetrated through to extend individual of the channel openings there-through. After extending the individual channel openings through the etch-stop tier, etching is conducted into and through the insulative tiers and the wordline tiers that are below the etch-stop tier to extend the individual channel openings deeper into the stack below the etch-stop tier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Applicant: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: John D. Hopkins, Gordon A. Haller, Tom J. John, Anish A. Khandekar, Christopher Larsen, Kunal Shrotri
  • Publication number: 20200243677
    Abstract: A method to fabricate a three dimensional memory structure may include creating a stack of layers including a conductive source layer, a first insulating layer, a select gate source layer, and a second insulating layer, and an array stack. A hole through the stack of layers may then be created using the conductive source layer as a stop-etch layer. The source material may have an etch rate no faster than 33% as fast as an etch rate of the insulating material for the etch process used to create the hole. A pillar of semiconductor material may then fill the hole, so that the pillar of semiconductor material is in electrical contact with the conductive source layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Applicant: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhenyu Lu, Hongbin Zhu, Gordon A. Haller, Roger W. Lindsay, Andrew Bicksler, Brian J. Cleereman, Minsoo Lee
  • Publication number: 20200235112
    Abstract: A method used in forming a memory array comprises forming a substrate comprising a conductive tier, a first insulator tier above the conductive tier, a sacrificial material tier above the first insulator tier, and a second insulator tier above the sacrificial material tier. A stack comprising vertically-alternating insulative tiers and wordline tiers is formed above the second insulator tier. Channel material is formed through the insulative tiers and the wordline tier. Horizontally-elongated trenches are formed through the stack to the sacrificial material tier. Sacrificial material is etched through the horizontally-elongated trenches selectively relative to material of the first insulator tier and selectively relative to material of the second insulator tier. A laterally-outer sidewall of the channel material is exposed in the sacrificial material tier. A conductive structure is formed directly against the laterally-outer sidewall of the channel material in the sacrificial material tier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Applicant: Micron Technoloogy, Inc.
    Inventors: Collin Howder, Gordon A. Haller
  • Publication number: 20200227427
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a semiconductor device having a stack structure including a source comprising polysilicon, an etch stop of oxide on the source, a select gate source on the etch stop, a charge storage structure over the select gate source, and a select gate drain over the charge storage structure. The semiconductor device may further include an opening extending vertically into the stack structure to a level adjacent to the source. A channel comprising polysilicon may be formed on a side surface and a bottom surface of the opening. The channel may contact the source at a lower portion of the opening, and may be laterally separated from the charge storage structure by a tunnel oxide. A width of the channel adjacent to the select gate source is greater than a width of the channel adjacent to the select gate drain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Inventors: Hongbin Zhu, Zhenyu Lu, Gordon Haller, Jie Sun, Randy J. Koval, John Hopkins
  • Patent number: 10707121
    Abstract: Conductive structure technology is disclosed. In one example, a conductive structure can include an interconnect and a plurality of conductive layers overlying the interconnect. Each conductive layer can be separated from an adjacent conductive layer by an insulative layer. In addition, the conductive structure can include a contact extending through the plurality of conductive layers to the interconnect. The contact can be electrically coupled to the interconnect and insulated from the plurality of conductive layers. Associated systems and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporatino
    Inventors: Jun Liu, Mark A. Levan, Gordon A. Haller, Fei Wang, Wei Yeeng Ng, Wesley O. McKinsey, Zhiqiang Xie, Jeremy F. Adams, Hongbin Zhu, Jun Zhao
  • Publication number: 20200212065
    Abstract: A method of forming a vertical string of memory cells comprises forming a lower stack comprising first alternating tiers comprising vertically-alternating control gate material and insulating material. An upper stack is formed over the lower stack, and comprises second alternating tiers comprising vertically-alternating control gate material and insulating material having an upper opening extending elevationally through multiple of the second alternating tiers. The lower stack comprises a lower opening extending elevationally through multiple of the first alternating tiers and that is occluded by occluding material. At least a portion of the upper opening is elevationally over the occluded lower opening. The occluding material that occludes the lower opening is removed to form an interconnected opening comprising the unoccluded lower opening and the upper opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Applicant: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Hongbin Zhu, Charles H. Dennison, Gordon A. Haller, Merri L. Carlson, John D. Hopkins, Jia Hui Ng, Jie Sun
  • Publication number: 20200194385
    Abstract: Guard ring technology is disclosed. In one example, an electronic component guard ring can include a barrier having a first barrier portion and a second barrier portion oriented end to end to block ion diffusion and crack propagation in an electronic component. The guard ring can also include an opening in the barrier between the first and second barrier portions extending between a first side and a second side of the barrier. Associated systems and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Applicant: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Hongbin Zhu, Minsoo Lee, Gordon A. Haller, Philip J. Ireland
  • Publication number: 20200176471
    Abstract: Some embodiments include an integrated structure having a first opening extending through a stack of alternating insulative levels and conductive levels. A nitride structure is within the first opening and narrows the first opening to form a second opening. Detectable oxide is between the nitride structure and one or more of the conductive levels. Some embodiments include an integrated structure having a conductive material, a select device gate material over the conductive material, and vertically-stacked conductive levels over the select device gate material. A first opening extends through the vertically-stacked levels to the conductive material and has opposing sidewalls along a cross-section. Nitride liners are along the sidewalls of the first opening. Detectable oxide is between at least one of the nitride liners and one or more of the vertically-stacked conductive levels. Some embodiments include methods for forming integrated structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2020
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Applicant: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jie Li, James Mathew, Kunal Shrotri, Luan C. Tran, Gordon A. Haller, Yangda Zhang, Hongpeng Yu, Minsoo Lee
  • Patent number: 10665599
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a method of forming vertically-stacked memory cells. An opening is formed through a stack of alternating insulative and conductive levels. Cavities are formed to extend into the conductive levels along sidewalls of the opening. At least one of the cavities is formed to be shallower than one or more others of the cavities. Charge-blocking dielectric and charge-storage structures are formed within the cavities. Some embodiments include an integrated structure having a stack of alternating insulative and conductive levels. Cavities extend into the conductive levels. At least one of the cavities is shallower than one or more others of the cavities by at least about 2 nanometers. Charge-blocking dielectric is within the cavities. Charge-storage structures are within the cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Hongbin Zhu, Gordon A. Haller, Charles H. Dennison, Anish A. Khandekar, Brett D. Lowe, Lining He, Brian Cleereman
  • Patent number: 10665469
    Abstract: A method used in forming an array of elevationally-extending strings of memory cells comprises forming a stack comprising vertically-alternating insulative tiers and wordline tiers. The stack comprises an etch-stop tier between a first tier and a second tier of the stack. The etch-stop tier is of different composition from those of the insulative tiers and the wordline tiers. Etching is conducted into the insulative tiers and the wordline tiers that are above the etch-stop tier to the etch-stop tier to form channel openings that have individual bases comprising the etch-stop tier. The etch-stop tier is penetrated through to extend individual of the channel openings there-through. After extending the individual channel openings through the etch-stop tier, etching is conducted into and through the insulative tiers and the wordline tiers that are below the etch-stop tier to extend the individual channel openings deeper into the stack below the etch-stop tier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: John D. Hopkins, Gordon A. Haller, Tom J. John, Anish A. Khandekar, Christopher Larsen, Kunal Shrotri
  • Patent number: 10658380
    Abstract: In an example, a method of forming a stacked memory array includes forming a stack of alternating first and second dielectrics, forming a termination structure through the stack, the termination structure comprising a dielectric liner around a conductor, forming a set of contacts concurrently with forming the termination structure, forming a third dielectric over an upper surface of the stack and an upper surface of the termination structure, forming a first opening through the third dielectric and the stack between first and second groups of semiconductor structures so that the first opening exposes an upper surface of the conductor, and removing the conductor from the termination structure to form a second opening lined with the dielectric liner. In some examples, the dielectric liner can include a rectangular or a triangular tab or a pair of prongs that can have a rectangular profile or that can be tapered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. King, Anilkumar Chandolu, Indra V. Chary, Darwin A. Clampitt, Gordon Haller, Thomas George, Brett D. Lowe, David A. Daycock
  • Publication number: 20200152658
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a memory array which has a stack of alternating first and second levels. Channel material pillars extend through the stack, and vertically-stacked memory cell strings are along the channel material pillars. A common source is under the stack and electrically coupled to the channel material pillars. The common source has conductive protective material over and directly against metal silicide, with the conductive protective material being a composition other than metal silicide. Some embodiments include methods of fabricating integrated structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: John M. Meldrim, Yushi Hu, Rita J. Klein, John D. Hopkins, Hongbin Zhu, Gordon A. Haller, Luan C. Tran
  • Patent number: 10651315
    Abstract: A method to fabricate a three dimensional memory structure may include creating a stack of layers including a conductive source layer, a first insulating layer, a select gate source layer, and a second insulating layer, and an array stack. A hole through the stack of layers may then be created using the conductive source layer as a stop-etch layer. The source material may have an etch rate no faster than 33% as fast as an etch rate of the insulating material for the etch process used to create the hole. A pillar of semiconductor material may then fill the hole, so that the pillar of semiconductor material is in electrical contact with the conductive source layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhenyu Lu, Hongbin Zhu, Gordon A Haller, Roger W. Lindsay, Andrew Bicksler, Brian J. Cleereman, Minsoo Lee
  • Publication number: 20200119040
    Abstract: In an example, a method of forming a stacked memory array includes forming a stack of alternating first and second dielectrics, forming a termination structure through the stack, the termination structure comprising a dielectric liner around a conductor, forming a set of contacts concurrently with forming the termination structure, forming a third dielectric over an upper surface of the stack and an upper surface of the termination structure, forming a first opening through the third dielectric and the stack between first and second groups of semiconductor structures so that the first opening exposes an upper surface of the conductor, and removing the conductor from the termination structure to form a second opening lined with the dielectric liner. In some examples, the dielectric liner can include a rectangular or a triangular tab or a pair of prongs that can have a rectangular profile or that can be tapered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Matthew J. King, Anilkumar Chandolu, Indra V. Chary, Darwin A. Clampitt, Gordon Haller, Thomas George, Brett D. Lowe, David A. Daycock
  • Publication number: 20200119036
    Abstract: A termination opening can be formed through the stack alternating dielectrics concurrently with forming contact openings through the stack. A termination structure can be formed in the termination opening. An additional opening can be formed through the termination structure and through the stack between groups of semiconductor structures that pass through the stack. In another example, an opening can be formed through the stack so that a first segment of the opening is between groups of semiconductor structures in a first region of the stack and a second segment of the opening is in a second region of the stack that does not include the groups of semiconductor structures. A material can be formed in the second segment so that the first segment terminates at the material. In some instances, the material can be implanted in the dielectrics in the second region through the second segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Matthew J. King, Anilkumar Chandolu, Indra V. Chary, Darwin A. Clampitt, Gordon Haller, Thomas George, Brett D. Lowe, David A. Daycock
  • Patent number: 10622374
    Abstract: A method of forming a vertical string of memory cells comprises forming a lower stack comprising first alternating tiers comprising vertically-alternating control gate material and insulating material. An upper stack is formed over the lower stack, and comprises second alternating tiers comprising vertically-alternating control gate material and insulating material having an upper opening extending elevationally through multiple of the second alternating tiers. The lower stack comprises a lower opening extending elevationally through multiple of the first alternating tiers and that is occluded by occluding material. At least a portion of the upper opening is elevationally over the occluded lower opening. The occluding material that occludes the lower opening is removed to form an interconnected opening comprising the unoccluded lower opening and the upper opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Hongbin Zhu, Charles H. Dennison, Gordon A. Haller, Merri L. Carlson, John D. Hopkins, Jia Hui Ng, Jie Sun
  • Patent number: 10608004
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a semiconductor device having a stack structure including a source comprising polysilicon, an etch stop of oxide on the source, a select gate source on the etch stop, a charge storage structure over the select gate source, and a select gate drain over the charge storage structure. The semiconductor device may further include an opening extending vertically into the stack structure to a level adjacent to the source. A channel comprising polysilicon may be formed on a side surface and a bottom surface of the opening. The channel may contact the source at a lower portion of the opening, and may be laterally separated from the charge storage structure by a tunnel oxide. A width of the channel adjacent to the select gate source is greater than a width of the channel adjacent to the select gate drain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Hongbin Zhu, Zhenyu Lu, Gordon Haller, Jie Sun, Randy J. Koval, John Hopkins