Patents by Inventor Hajime Watakabe

Hajime Watakabe 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: 20240113228
    Abstract: A semiconductor device according to an embodiment includes: an oxide insulating layer; an oxide semiconductor layer; a gate electrode; a gate insulating layer; and a first insulating layer, wherein the semiconductor device is divided into a first to a third regions, a thickness of the gate insulating layer in the first region is 200 nm or more, the gate electrode contacts the first insulating layer in the first region, the oxide semiconductor layer contacts the first insulating layer in the second region, an amount of impurities contained in the oxide semiconductor layer in the second region is greater than an amount of impurities contained in the oxide semiconductor layer in the first region, and an amount of impurities contained in the oxide insulating layer in the third region is greater than an amount of impurities contained in the oxide insulating layer in the second region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2023
    Publication date: April 4, 2024
    Applicant: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Hajime WATAKABE, Masashi TSUBUKU, Toshinari SASAKI, Akihiro HANADA, Takaya TAMARU
  • Publication number: 20240113227
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing semiconductor device according to an embodiment includes: forming an oxide semiconductor layer above a substrate; forming a gate insulating layer above the oxide semiconductor layer; forming a metal oxide layer containing aluminum as a main component above the gate insulating layer; performing a heat treatment in a state where the metal oxide layer is formed above the gate insulating layer; removing the metal oxide layer after the heat treatment; and forming a gate electrode above the gate insulating layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2023
    Publication date: April 4, 2024
    Applicant: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Hajime WATAKABE, Masashi TSUBUKU, Toshinari SASAKI, Akihiro HANADA, Takaya TAMARU
  • Publication number: 20240105819
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a semiconductor device includes depositing a first metal oxide film with aluminum as a major component on a substrate, depositing an amorphous oxide semiconductor film on the first metal oxide film under an oxygen partial pressure of 3% to 5%, processing the oxide semiconductor film into a patterned oxide semiconductor layer, crystallizing the oxide semiconductor layer by performing a first heat treatment on the patterned oxide semiconductor layer, processing the first metal oxide film using the crystallized oxide semiconductor layer as a mask, depositing a gate insulating film on the oxide semiconductor layer, and forming a gate electrode on the gate insulating film, wherein a thickness of the oxide semiconductor film is more than 10 nm and 30 nm or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2023
    Publication date: March 28, 2024
    Applicant: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Hajime WATAKABE, Masashi TSUBUKU, Toshinari SASAKI, Takaya TAMARU
  • Patent number: 11942484
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes an insulating substrate, a first semiconductor layer formed of silicon and positioned above the insulating substrate, a second semiconductor layer formed of a metal oxide and positioned above the first semiconductor layer, a first insulating film formed of a silicon nitride and positioned between the first semiconductor layer and the second semiconductor layer, and a block layer positioned between the first semiconductor film and the second semiconductor layer, the block layer hydrogen diffusion of which is lower than that of the first insulating film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Akihiro Hanada, Hajime Watakabe, Kazufumi Watabe
  • Publication number: 20240097043
    Abstract: A semiconductor device according to an embodiment of the present invention includes an oxide insulating layer, an oxide semiconductor layer, a gate insulating layer, a gate electrode, and a protective insulating layer. The gate insulating layer includes a first region overlapping the gate electrode and a second region not overlapping the gate electrode. The second region is in contact with the protective insulating layer. The oxide insulating layer includes a third region overlapping the gate electrode and a fourth region not overlapping the gate electrode and the oxide semiconductor layer. The fourth region is in contact with the gate insulating layer. The oxide semiconductor layer includes a channel region, a source region, and a drain region. Each of the source region, the drain region, and the second region contains an impurity. A hydrogen concentration of the second region is greater than a hydrogen concentration of the first region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2023
    Publication date: March 21, 2024
    Applicant: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Hajime WATAKABE, Masashi TSUBUKU, Toshinari SASAKI, Takay TAMARU
  • Publication number: 20240088192
    Abstract: The present invention provides a technology which realizes a reliable semiconductor device including a photosensor device by preventing pent roofs of edges of a P+ layer from being generated and a metal wiring installed over the P+ layer from coming down while securing the electrical conductivity of the P+ layer. The semiconductor device includes a photosensor including a photodiode formed on a substrate. The photodiode includes: a cathode electrode; a laminated structure that is formed on the cathode electrode and in which an N+ layer, an I layer, and a P+ layer are laminated in this order; an anode electrode formed on the P+ layer; a first insulating film formed so as to cover a portion of the anode electrode and edges of the laminated structure; and a metal wiring connected to the anode electrode. The edges of the laminated structure are formed in forward tapered shapes in a cross-sectional view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2023
    Publication date: March 14, 2024
    Applicant: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Hajime WATAKABE, Akihiro HANADA, Marina MOCHIZUKI, Ryo ONODERA, Fumiya KIMURA, Isao SUZUMURA
  • Publication number: 20240088302
    Abstract: A semiconductor device according to an embodiment includes: a substrate; a metal oxide layer arranged above the substrate and having aluminum as the main component of the metal oxide layer; an oxide semiconductor layer arranged above the metal oxide layer; a gate electrode facing the oxide semiconductor layer; and a gate insulating layer between the oxide semiconductor layer and the gate electrode, wherein a thickness of the metal oxide layer is 1 nm or more and 4 nm or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2023
    Publication date: March 14, 2024
    Applicant: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Takaya TAMARU, Masashi TSUBUKU, Hajime WATAKABE, Toshinari SASAKI
  • Publication number: 20240069400
    Abstract: A display device including: a substrate; a first thin film transistor of polysilicon semiconductor, a second thin film transistor of oxide semiconductor; a first light shading film opposing to the polysilicon semiconductor, and a second light shading film opposing to the oxide semiconductor; a first insulating film, a second insulating film which is constituted from plural insulating films, and a third insulating film superposed in this order; a first through hole penetrating the second insulating film and not penetrating the first insulating film and the third insulating film; a second through hole penetrating the first insulating film and the third insulating film; the first light shading film connects with a first conductive component, a part of the first conductive component exists on the third insulating film, through the second through hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2023
    Publication date: February 29, 2024
    Applicant: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Akihiro HANADA, Toshihide JINNAI, Isao SUZUMURA, Hajime WATAKABE, Ryo ONODERA
  • Publication number: 20240057413
    Abstract: A display device includes a display panel including a display portion having a plurality of pixels; and a sensor element disposed on a rear side of the display portion. The display portion has a first region overlapping the sensor element and a second region other than the first region in a plan view. Each of the plurality of pixels has a semiconductor device including a channel portion and a conductive portion made of an oxide semiconductor having a polycrystalline structure. Each of the plurality of pixels in the first region is connected by a first signal line comprising the same layer as the conductive portion, and each of the plurality of pixels in the second region is connected by a second signal line comprising a metal layer connected to the conductive portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2023
    Publication date: February 15, 2024
    Applicant: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Hajime WATAKABE, Masashi TSUBUKU, Toshinari SASAKI, Takaya TAMARU
  • Patent number: 11894387
    Abstract: There is provided a technique that enables a reduction in the display failure of a display device and the improvement of the yields of the display device in a display device that adopts a semiconductor device including a thin film transistor using an oxide semiconductor. A semiconductor device according to an embodiment includes a thin film transistor having an oxide semiconductor. The oxide semiconductor has a drain region, a source region, and a channel region provided between the drain region and the source region. The thin film transistor includes a gate insulating film provided on the channel region, an aluminum oxide film provided on the gate insulating film, an insulating film provided on the aluminum oxide film, and a gate electrode provided on the insulating film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Hajime Watakabe, Toshihide Jinnai, Ryo Onodera, Akihiro Hanada
  • Publication number: 20240021695
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a oxide semiconductor layer provided on an insulating surface and having a channel area, a source area and a drain area sandwiching the channel area, a gate electrode opposite the channel area, and a gate insulating layer provided between the oxide semiconductor layer and the gate electrode, wherein the gate electrode is an oxide conductive layer having the same composition as the oxide semiconductor layer, and the oxide conductive layer includes the same impurity element as the source area and the drain area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2023
    Publication date: January 18, 2024
    Applicant: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Hajime WATAKABE, Masashi TSUBUKU, Toshinari SASAKI, Takaya TAMARU
  • Publication number: 20240021668
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes an oxide semiconductor layer having a polycrystalline structure on an insulating surface, a gate electrode over the oxide semiconductor layer, and a gate insulating layer between the oxide semiconductor layer and the gate electrode. The oxide semiconductor layer includes a first region having a first crystal structure overlapping the gate electrode and a second region having a second crystal structure not overlapping the gate electrode. An electrical conductivity of the second region is larger than an electrical conductivity of the first region. The second crystal structure is identical to the first crystal structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2023
    Publication date: January 18, 2024
    Applicant: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Hajime WATAKABE, Masashi TSUBUKU, Toshinari SASAKI, Takaya TAMARU
  • Patent number: 11855117
    Abstract: The present invention provides a technology which realizes a reliable semiconductor device including a photosensor device by preventing pent roofs of edges of a P+ layer from being generated and a metal wiring installed over the P+ layer from coming down while securing the electrical conductivity of the P+ layer. The semiconductor device includes a photosensor including a photodiode formed on a substrate. The photodiode includes: a cathode electrode; a laminated structure that is formed on the cathode electrode and in which an N+ layer, an I layer, and a P+ layer are laminated in this order; an anode electrode formed on the P+ layer; a first insulating film formed so as to cover a portion of the anode electrode and edges of the laminated structure; and a metal wiring connected to the anode electrode. The edges of the laminated structure are formed in forward tapered shapes in a cross-sectional view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: JAPAN DISPLAY INC.
    Inventors: Hajime Watakabe, Akihiro Hanada, Marina Mochizuki, Ryo Onodera, Fumiya Kimura, Isao Suzumura
  • Patent number: 11846860
    Abstract: A display device including: a substrate; a first thin film transistor of polysilicon semiconductor, a second thin film transistor of oxide semiconductor; a first light shading film opposing to the polysilicon semiconductor, and a second light shading film opposing to the oxide semiconductor; a first insulating film, a second insulating film which is constituted from plural insulating films, and a third insulating film superposed in this order; a first through hole penetrating the second insulating film and not penetrating the first insulating film and the third insulating film; a second through hole penetrating the first insulating film and the third insulating film; the first light shading film connects with a first conductive component, a part of the first conductive component exists on the third insulating film, through the second through hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2023
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Akihiro Hanada, Toshihide Jinnai, Isao Suzumura, Hajime Watakabe, Ryo Onodera
  • Publication number: 20230387320
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a first conductive layer, a first insulating layer on the first conductive layer, an oxide semiconductor layer on the first insulating layer, and second and third conductive layers on the oxide semiconductive layer. The oxide semiconductor layer includes a first region, a second region in contact with the second conductive layer, a third region in contact with the third conductive layer, a first impurity region between the first region and the second region, and a second impurity region between the first region and the third region. The first impurity region is in contact with the second conductive layer. The second impurity region is in contact with the third conductive layer. An electrical conductivity of each of the first impurity region and the second impurity region is greater than an electrical conductivity of each of the second region and the third region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2023
    Publication date: November 30, 2023
    Applicant: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Akihiro HANADA, Hajime WATAKABE, Ryo ONODERA
  • Publication number: 20230387146
    Abstract: A display device including a substrate having thin film transistors (TFT) comprising: the TFT including an oxide semiconductor film, a gate electrode and an insulating film formed between the oxide semiconductor film and the gate electrode, wherein a first aluminum oxide film and a second aluminum oxide film, which is formed on the first aluminum oxide film, are formed between the insulating film and the gate electrode, an oxygen concentration in the first aluminum oxide film is bigger than an oxygen concentration in the second aluminum oxide film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2023
    Publication date: November 30, 2023
    Inventors: Hajime WATAKABE, Isao SUZUMURA, Akihiro HANADA, Yohei YAMAGUCHI
  • Publication number: 20230387322
    Abstract: A semiconductor device including: an oxide semiconductor layer including a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface; a gate electrode facing the oxide semiconductor layer; a gate insulating layer between the oxide semiconductor layer and the gate electrode; and a pair of first electrode being in contact with the first surface of the oxide semiconductor layer, respectively, wherein the oxide semiconductor layer including a region in which composition ratio of nitrogen is 2 percent or more within a depth range of 2 nanometers from the first surface in a region vicinity of an edge of at least one of the first electrode of the pair of first electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2023
    Publication date: November 30, 2023
    Applicant: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Takaya TAMARU, Masashi TSUBUKU, Toshinari SASAKI, Hajime WATAKABE
  • Publication number: 20230317834
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing semiconductor device according to an embodiment includes: forming a first metal oxide layer containing aluminum as a main component above a substrate; forming an oxide semiconductor layer above the first metal oxide layer; forming a gate insulating layer above the oxide semiconductor layer; forming a second metal oxide layer containing aluminum as a main component above the gate insulating layer; performing a heat treatment in a state where the second metal oxide layer is formed above the gate insulating layer; removing the second metal oxide layer after the heat treatment; and forming a gate electrode above the gate insulating layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2023
    Publication date: October 5, 2023
    Applicant: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Hajime WATAKABE, Masashi TSUBUKU, Toshinari SASAKI, Takaya TAMARU
  • Publication number: 20230317853
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes thin film transistors each having an oxide semiconductor. The oxide semiconductor has a channel region, a drain region, a source region, and low concentration regions which are lower in impurity concentration than the drain region and the source region. The low concentration regions are located between the channel region and the drain region, and between the channel region and the source region. Each of the thin film transistors has a gate insulating film on the channel region and the low concentration regions, an aluminum oxide film on a first part of the gate insulating film, the first part being located on the channel region, and a gate electrode on the aluminum oxide film and a second part of the gate insulating film, the second part being located on the low concentration regions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2023
    Publication date: October 5, 2023
    Applicant: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Hajime WATAKABE, Tomoyuki ITO, Toshihide JINNAI, lsao SUZUMURA, Akihiro HANADA, Ryo ONODERA
  • Publication number: 20230317833
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing semiconductor device according to an embodiment includes; forming an oxide semiconductor layer above a substrate; forming a gate insulating layer above the oxide semiconductor layer; forming a metal oxide layer containing aluminum as a main component above the gate insulating layer; performing a heat treatment in a state where the metal oxide layer is formed above the gate insulating layer; removing the metal oxide layer after the heat treatment; and forming a gate electrode above the gate insulating layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2023
    Publication date: October 5, 2023
    Applicant: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Hajime WATAKABE, Masashi TSUBUKU, Toshinari SASAKI, Takaya TAMARU