Patents by Inventor Hideomi Suzawa

Hideomi Suzawa 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: 10374094
    Abstract: A transistor that is to be provided has such a structure that a source electrode layer and a drain electrode layer between which a channel formation region is sandwiched has regions projecting in a channel length direction at lower end portions, and an insulating layer is provided, in addition to a gate insulating layer, between the source and drain electrode layers and a gate electrode layer. In the transistor, the width of the source and drain electrode layers is smaller than that of an oxide semiconductor layer in the channel width direction, so that an area where the gate electrode layer overlaps with the source and drain electrode layers can be made small. Further, the source and drain electrode layers have regions projecting in the channel length direction at lower end portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shunpei Yamazaki, Hideomi Suzawa
  • Patent number: 10374097
    Abstract: To provide a transistor having a high on-state current. A semiconductor device includes a first insulator containing excess oxygen, a first oxide semiconductor over the first insulator, a second oxide semiconductor over the first oxide semiconductor, a first conductor and a second conductor which are over the second oxide semiconductor and are separated from each other, a third oxide semiconductor in contact with side surfaces of the first oxide semiconductor, a top surface and side surfaces of the second oxide semiconductor, a top surface of the first conductor, and a top surface of the second conductor, a second insulator over the third oxide semiconductor, and a third conductor facing a top surface and side surfaces of the second oxide semiconductor with the second insulator and the third oxide semiconductor therebetween. The first oxide semiconductor has a higher oxygen-transmitting property than the third oxide semiconductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shunpei Yamazaki, Akihisa Shimomura, Yuhei Sato, Yasumasa Yamane, Yoshitaka Yamamoto, Hideomi Suzawa, Tetsuhiro Tanaka, Yutaka Okazaki, Naoki Okuno, Takahisa Ishiyama
  • Publication number: 20190237586
    Abstract: A miniaturized transistor is provided. A first layer is formed over a third insulator over a semiconductor; a second layer is formed over the first layer; an etching mask is formed over the second layer; the second layer is etched using the etching mask until the first layer is exposed to form a third layer; a selective growth layer is formed on a top surface and a side surface of the third layer; the first layer is etched using the third layer and the selective growth layer until the third insulator is exposed to form a fourth layer; and the third insulator is etched using the third layer, the selective growth layer, and the fourth layer until the semiconductor is exposed to form a first insulator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Yuta ENDO, Hideomi SUZAWA, Sachiaki TEZUKA, Tetsuhiro TANAKA, Toshiya ENDO, Mitsuhiro ICHIJO
  • Publication number: 20190181159
    Abstract: A semiconductor device with reduced parasitic capacitance is provided. The semiconductor device includes a first insulating layer; a first oxide layer over the first insulating layer; a semiconductor layer over the first oxide layer; a source electrode layer and a drain electrode layer over the semiconductor layer; a second insulating layer over the first insulating layer; a third insulating layer over the second insulating layer, the source electrode layer, and the drain electrode layer; a second oxide layer over the semiconductor layer; a gate insulating layer over the second oxide layer; a gate electrode layer over the gate insulating layer; and a fourth insulating layer over the third insulating layer, the second oxide layer, the gate insulating layer, and the gate electrode layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Applicant: SEMICONDUCTOR ENERGY LABORATORY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideomi SUZAWA, Yuta ENDO, Kazuya HANAOKA
  • Patent number: 10290720
    Abstract: The reliability of a semiconductor device is increased by suppression of a variation in electric characteristics of a transistor as much as possible. As a cause of a variation in electric characteristics of a transistor including an oxide semiconductor, the concentration of hydrogen in the oxide semiconductor, the density of oxygen vacancies in the oxide semiconductor, or the like can be given. A source electrode and a drain electrode are formed using a conductive material which is easily bonded to oxygen. A channel formation region is formed using an oxide layer formed by a sputtering method or the like under an atmosphere containing oxygen. Thus, the concentration of hydrogen in a stack, in particular, the concentration of hydrogen in a channel formation region can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shunpei Yamazaki, Hideomi Suzawa, Hiroshi Fujiki, Hiromichi Godo, Yasumasa Yamane
  • Publication number: 20190123208
    Abstract: A highly reliable semiconductor device including an oxide semiconductor is provided. Oxygen is supplied from a base insulating layer provided below an oxide semiconductor layer to a channel formation region, whereby oxygen vacancies which might be generated in the channel formation region are filled. Further, a protective insulating layer containing a small amount of hydrogen and functioning as a barrier layer having a low permeability to oxygen is formed over the gate electrode layer so as to cover side surfaces of an oxide layer and a gate insulating layer that are provided over the oxide semiconductor layer, whereby release of oxygen from the gate insulating layer and/or the oxide layer is prevented and generation of oxygen vacancies in a channel formation region is prevented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Inventors: Sachiaki TEZUKA, Hideomi Suzawa, Akihisa Shimomura, Tetsuhiro Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10256348
    Abstract: A semiconductor device in which parasitic capacitance is reduced is provided. A first oxide insulating layer and a first oxide semiconductor layer are sequentially formed over a first insulating layer. A first conductive layer is formed over the first oxide semiconductor layer and etched to form a second conductive layer. The first oxide insulating layer and the first oxide semiconductor layer are etched with the second conductive layer as a mask to form a second oxide insulating layer and a second oxide semiconductor layer. A planarized insulating layer is formed over the first insulating layer and the second conductive layer. A second insulating layer, a source electrode layer, and a drain electrode layer are formed by etching the planarized insulating layer and the second conductive layer. A third oxide insulating layer, a gate insulating layer, and a gate electrode layer are formed over the second oxide semiconductor layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuta Endo, Hideomi Suzawa, Kazuya Hanaoka, Shinya Sasagawa, Satoru Okamoto
  • Publication number: 20190103478
    Abstract: The on-state characteristics of a transistor are improved and thus, a semiconductor device capable of high-speed response and high-speed operation is provided. A highly reliable semiconductor device showing stable electric characteristics is made. The semiconductor device includes a transistor including a first oxide layer; an oxide semiconductor layer over the first oxide layer; a source electrode layer and a drain electrode layer in contact with the oxide semiconductor layer; a second oxide layer over the oxide semiconductor layer; a gate insulating layer over the second oxide layer; and a gate electrode layer over the gate insulating layer. An end portion of the second oxide layer and an end portion of the gate insulating layer overlap with the source electrode layer and the drain electrode layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Inventors: Shunpei YAMAZAKI, Hideomi SUZAWA, Shinya SASAGAWA, Motomu KURATA, Masashi TSUBUKU
  • Patent number: 10236389
    Abstract: A miniaturized transistor is provided. A first layer is formed over a third insulator over a semiconductor; a second layer is formed over the first layer; an etching mask is formed over the second layer; the second layer is etched using the etching mask until the first layer is exposed to form a third layer; a selective growth layer is formed on a top surface and a side surface of the third layer; the first layer is etched using the third layer and the selective growth layer until the third insulator is exposed to form a fourth layer; and the third insulator is etched using the third layer, the selective growth layer, and the fourth layer until the semiconductor is exposed to form a first insulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuta Endo, Hideomi Suzawa, Sachiaki Tezuka, Tetsuhiro Tanaka, Toshiya Endo, Mitsuhiro Ichijo
  • Patent number: 10224433
    Abstract: In a semiconductor device including a transistor in which an oxide semiconductor layer, a gate insulating layer, and a gate electrode layer on side surfaces of which sidewall insulating layers are provided are stacked in this order, a source electrode layer and a drain electrode layer are provided in contact with the oxide semiconductor layer and the sidewall insulating layers. In a process for manufacturing the semiconductor device, a conductive layer and an interlayer insulating layer are stacked to cover the oxide semiconductor layer, the sidewall insulating layers, and the gate electrode layer. Then, parts of the interlayer insulating layer and the conductive layer over the gate electrode layer are removed by a chemical mechanical polishing method, so that a source electrode layer and a drain electrode layer are formed. Before formation of the gate insulating layer, cleaning treatment is performed on the oxide semiconductor layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Egi, Hideomi Suzawa, Shinya Sasagawa
  • Patent number: 10217870
    Abstract: A highly reliable semiconductor device including an oxide semiconductor is provided. Oxygen is supplied from a base insulating layer provided below an oxide semiconductor layer to a channel formation region, whereby oxygen vacancies which might be generated in the channel formation region are filled. Further, a protective insulating layer containing a small amount of hydrogen and functioning as a barrier layer having a low permeability to oxygen is formed over the gate electrode layer so as to cover side surfaces of an oxide layer and a gate insulating layer that are provided over the oxide semiconductor layer, whereby release of oxygen from the gate insulating layer and/or the oxide layer is prevented and generation of oxygen vacancies in a channel formation region is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sachiaki Tezuka, Hideomi Suzawa, Akihisa Shimomura, Tetsuhiro Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10211240
    Abstract: An object is to establish a processing technique in manufacture of a semiconductor device in which an oxide semiconductor is used. A gate electrode is formed over a substrate, a gate insulating layer is formed over the gate electrode, an oxide semiconductor layer is formed over the gate insulating layer, the oxide semiconductor layer is processed by wet etching to form an island-shaped oxide semiconductor layer, a conductive layer is formed to cover the island-shaped oxide semiconductor layer, the conductive layer is processed by dry etching to form a source electrode, and a drain electrode and part of the island-shaped oxide semiconductor layer is removed by dry etching to form a recessed portion in the island-shaped oxide semiconductor layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideomi Suzawa, Shinya Sasagawa, Taiga Muraoka
  • Patent number: 10199508
    Abstract: A miniaturized transistor, a transistor with low parasitic capacitance, a transistor with high frequency characteristics, or a semiconductor device including the transistor is provided. The semiconductor device includes a first insulator, an oxide semiconductor over the first insulator, a first conductor and a second conductor that are in contact with the oxide semiconductor, a second insulator that is over the first and second conductors and has an opening reaching the oxide semiconductor, a third insulator over the oxide semiconductor and the second insulator, and a fourth conductor over the third insulator. The first conductor includes a first region and a second region. The second conductor includes a third region and a fourth region. The second region faces the third region with the first conductor and the first insulator interposed therebetween. The second region is thinner than the first region. The third region is thinner than the fourth region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shunpei Yamazaki, Yoshinobu Asami, Yutaka Okazaki, Motomu Kurata, Katsuaki Tochibayashi, Shinya Sasagawa, Kensuke Yoshizumi, Hideomi Suzawa
  • Publication number: 20190035937
    Abstract: A semiconductor device having a reduced amount of oxygen vacancy in a channel formation region of an oxide semiconductor is provided. Further, a semiconductor device which includes an oxide semiconductor and has improved electric characteristics is provided. Furthermore, a methods for manufacturing the semiconductor device is provided. An oxide semiconductor film is formed; a conductive film is formed over the oxide semiconductor film at the same time as forming a low-resistance region between the oxide semiconductor film and the conductive film; the conductive film is processed to form a source electrode and a drain electrode; and oxygen is added to the low-resistance region between the source electrode and the drain electrode, so that a channel formation region having a higher resistance than the low-resistance region is formed and a first low-resistance region and a second low-resistance region between which the channel formation region is positioned are formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventors: Shunpei YAMAZAKI, Hideomi SUZAWA, Tetsuhiro TANAKA, Hirokazu WATANABE, Yuhei SATO, Yasumasa YAMANE, Daisuke MATSUBAYASHI
  • Publication number: 20190027614
    Abstract: A semiconductor device having a structure which can prevent a decrease in electrical characteristics due to miniaturization is provided. The semiconductor device includes, over an insulating surface, a stack in which a first oxide semiconductor layer and a second oxide semiconductor layer are sequentially formed, and a third oxide semiconductor layer covering part of a surface of the stack. The third oxide semiconductor layer includes a first layer in contact with the stack and a second layer over the first layer. The first layer includes a microcrystalline layer, and the second layer includes a crystalline layer in which c-axes are aligned in a direction perpendicular to a surface of the first layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Inventors: Shunpei YAMAZAKI, Masayuki SAKAKURA, Hideomi SUZAWA
  • Patent number: 10134879
    Abstract: The on-state characteristics of a transistor are improved and thus, a semiconductor device capable of high-speed response and high-speed operation is provided. A highly reliable semiconductor device showing stable electric characteristics is made. The semiconductor device includes a transistor including a first oxide layer; an oxide semiconductor layer over the first oxide layer; a source electrode layer and a drain electrode layer in contact with the oxide semiconductor layer; a second oxide layer over the oxide semiconductor layer; a gate insulating layer over the second oxide layer; and a gate electrode layer over the gate insulating layer. An end portion of the second oxide layer and an end portion of the gate insulating layer overlap with the source electrode layer and the drain electrode layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shunpei Yamazaki, Hideomi Suzawa, Shinya Sasagawa, Motomu Kurata, Masashi Tsubuku
  • Patent number: 10128384
    Abstract: A semiconductor device having a structure which can prevent a decrease in electrical characteristics due to miniaturization is provided. The semiconductor device includes, over an insulating surface, a stack in which a first oxide semiconductor layer and a second oxide semiconductor layer are sequentially formed, and a third oxide semiconductor layer covering part of a surface of the stack. The third oxide semiconductor layer includes a first layer in contact with the stack and a second layer over the first layer. The first layer includes a microcrystalline layer, and the second layer includes a crystalline layer in which c-axes are aligned in a direction perpendicular to a surface of the first layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shunpei Yamazaki, Masayuki Sakakura, Hideomi Suzawa
  • Patent number: 10103271
    Abstract: A transistor having high field-effect mobility is provided. A transistor having stable electrical characteristics is provided. A transistor having small current in an off state (in a non-conductive state) is provided. A semiconductor device including such a transistor is provided. A first electrode is formed over a substrate, a first insulating layer is formed adjacent to a side surface of the first electrode, and a second insulating layer is formed to cover the first insulating layer and be in contact with at least part of a surface of the first electrode. The surface of the first electrode is formed of a conductive material that does not easily transmit an impurity element. The second insulating layer is formed of an insulating material that does not easily transmit an impurity element. An oxide semiconductor layer is formed over the first electrode with a third insulating layer provided therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideomi Suzawa, Tetsuhiro Tanaka, Yuhei Sato, Sachiaki Tezuka, Shunpei Yamazaki
  • Publication number: 20180248010
    Abstract: A semiconductor device in which parasitic capacitance is reduced is provided. A first oxide insulating layer and a first oxide semiconductor layer are sequentially formed over a first insulating layer. A first conductive layer is formed over the first oxide semiconductor layer and etched to form a second conductive layer. The first oxide insulating layer and the first oxide semiconductor layer are etched with the second conductive layer as a mask to form a second oxide insulating layer and a second oxide semiconductor layer. A planarized insulating layer is formed over the first insulating layer and the second conductive layer. A second insulating layer, a source electrode layer, and a drain electrode layer are formed by etching the planarized insulating layer and the second conductive layer. A third oxide insulating layer, a gate insulating layer, and a gate electrode layer are formed over the second oxide semiconductor layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Inventors: Yuta ENDO, Hideomi SUZAWA, Kazuya HANAOKA, Shinya SASAGAWA, Satoru OKAMOTO
  • Publication number: 20180240819
    Abstract: A metal wiring suitable for a substrate of large size is provided. The present invention is characterized in that at least one layer of conductive film is formed on an insulating surface, a resist pattern is formed on the conductive film, and the conductive film having the resist pattern is etched to form a metal wiring while controlling its taper angle ? in accordance with the bias power density, the ICP power density, the temperature of lower electrode, the pressure, the total flow rate of etching gas, or the ratio of oxygen or chlorine in etching gas. The thus formed metal wiring has less fluctuation in width or length and can satisfactorily deal with an increase in size of substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Applicant: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Ono, Hideomi Suzawa