Patents by Inventor Hsun-Chung Kuang

Hsun-Chung Kuang 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: 10350726
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) system, and an associated method to perform a CMP process. In some embodiments, the CMP system has a rotatable wafer carrier configured to hold a wafer face down to be processed. The CMP system also has a polishing layer attached to a polishing platen and having a front surface configured to interact with the wafer to be processed, and a CMP dispenser configured to dispense a slurry between an interface of the polishing layer and the wafer. The slurry contains charged abrasive particles therein. The CMP system also has a film electrode attached to a back surface of the polishing layer opposite to the front surface. The film electrode is configured to affect movements of the charged abrasive particles through applying an electrical field during the operation of the CMP system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chin-Wei Liang, Hsun-Chung Kuang, Yen-Chang Chu
  • Patent number: 10304903
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a semiconductor structure. The semiconductor structure includes a bottom electrode via (BEVA), a recap layer on the BEVA, and a magnetic tunneling junction (MTJ) layer over the recap layer. The BEVA includes a lining layer over a bottom and a sidewall of a trench of the BEVA, and electroplated copper over the lining layer, filling the trench of the BEVA. The recap layer overlaps a top surface of the lining layer and a top surface of the electroplated copper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: Harry-Hak-Lay Chuang, Kuei-Hung Shen, Hsun-Chung Kuang, Cheng-Yuan Tsai, Ru-Liang Lee
  • Publication number: 20190157099
    Abstract: A memory cell with an etch stop layer is provided. The memory cell comprises a bottom electrode disposed over a substrate. A switching dielectric is disposed over the bottom electrode and having a variable resistance. A top electrode is disposed over the switching dielectric. A sidewall spacer layer extends upwardly along sidewalls of the bottom electrode, the switching dielectric, and the top electrode. A lower etch stop layer is disposed over the lower dielectric layer and lining an outer sidewall of the sidewall spacer layer. The lower etch stop layer is made of a material different from the sidewall spacer layer and protects the top electrode from damaging during manufacturing processes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Sheng-Chau Chen, Cheng-Tai Hsiao, Cheng-Yuan Tsai, Hsun-Chung Kuang, Yao-Wen Chang
  • Publication number: 20190157170
    Abstract: A method for estimating film thickness in CMP includes the following operations. A substrate with a film formed thereon is disposed over a polishing pad with a slurry dispensed between the film and the polishing pad. A CMP operation is performed to reduce a thickness of the film. An in-situ electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurement is performed during the CMP operation by an EIS device to estimate the thickness of the film real-time. The CMP operation is ended when the estimated thickness of the film obtained from the fit parameters of the first equivalent electrical circuit model reaches a target thickness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: YU-MIN CHEN, CHIN-WEI LIANG, SHENG-CHAU CHEN, HSUN-CHUNG KUANG
  • Publication number: 20190152020
    Abstract: An apparatus for chemical mechanical polishing includes a pad conditioner. The pad conditioner includes a first disk having a first surface and a second disk having a second surface. The first surface has a first plurality of abrasives with a first mean size and the second surface has a second plurality of abrasives with a second mean size greater than the first mean size.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: CHUN-KAI LAN, TUNG-HE CHOU, MING-TUNG WU, SHENG-CHAU CHEN, HSUN-CHUNG KUANG
  • Publication number: 20190131148
    Abstract: A planarization apparatus is provided. The planarization apparatus includes a platen, and a grinding wheel. The platen is configured to support a wafer. The grinding wheel is over the platen and configured to grind the wafer. The grinding wheel includes a base ring, and a plurality of grinding teeth mounted on the base ring. The plurality of grinding teeth includes a plurality of grinding abrasives, and the plurality of grinding abrasives is ball type.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2018
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Inventors: MING-TUNG WU, CHUN-KAI LAN, TUNG-HE CHOU, HSUN-CHUNG KUANG
  • Publication number: 20190035681
    Abstract: An integrated circuit structure includes a package component, which further includes a non-porous dielectric layer having a first porosity, and a porous dielectric layer over and contacting the non-porous dielectric layer, wherein the porous dielectric layer has a second porosity higher than the first porosity. A bond pad penetrates through the non-porous dielectric layer and the porous dielectric layer. A dielectric barrier layer is overlying, and in contact with, the porous dielectric layer. The bond pad is exposed through the dielectric barrier layer. The dielectric barrier layer has a planar top surface. The bond pad has a planar top surface higher than a bottom surface of the dielectric barrier layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventors: Hsun-Chung Kuang, Yen-Chang Chu, Cheng-Tai Hsiao, Ping-Yin Liu, Lan-Lin Chao, Yeur-Luen Tu, Chia-Shiung Tsai, Xiaomeng Chen
  • Patent number: 10181441
    Abstract: A through via structure includes a conductive wiring, at least one dielectric layer over the conductive wiring, a via hole in the at least one dielectric layer and exposing the conductive wiring, and a conductive via in the via hole. The conductive via includes a conductive barrier layer in a bottom portion of the via hole, and a conductive layer in a top portion of the via hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: Cheng-Tai Hsiao, Hsun-Chung Kuang
  • Patent number: 10163651
    Abstract: A memory cell with an etch stop layer is provided. The memory cell comprises a bottom electrode disposed over a substrate. A switching dielectric is disposed over the bottom electrode and having a variable resistance. A top electrode is disposed over the switching dielectric. A sidewall spacer layer extends upwardly along sidewalls of the bottom electrode, the switching dielectric, and the top electrode. A lower etch stop layer is disposed over the lower dielectric layer and lining an outer sidewall of the sidewall spacer layer. The lower etch stop layer is made of a material different from the sidewall spacer layer and protects the top electrode from damaging during manufacturing processes. A method for manufacturing the memory cell is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sheng-Chau Chen, Cheng-Tai Hsiao, Cheng-Yuan Tsai, Hsun-Chung Kuang, Yao-Wen Chang
  • Publication number: 20180361529
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) system, and an associated method to perform a CMP process. In some embodiments, the CMP system has a rotatable wafer carrier configured to hold a wafer face down to be processed. The CMP system also has a polishing layer attached to a polishing platen and having a front surface configured to interact with the wafer to be processed, and a CMP dispenser configured to dispense a slurry between an interface of the polishing layer and the wafer. The slurry contains charged abrasive particles therein. The CMP system also has a film electrode attached to a back surface of the polishing layer opposite to the front surface. The film electrode is configured to affect movements of the charged abrasive particles through applying an electrical field during the operation of the CMP system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventors: Chin-Wei Liang, Hsun-Chung Kuang, Yen-Chang Chu
  • Publication number: 20180361525
    Abstract: Present disclosure provides chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) apparatus, including a counterface configured to support a semiconductor wafer at a first surface, a first electromagnet array under the first surface, a polishing head over the counterface and configured to hold the semiconductor wafer at a second surface, and a controller connects to the first electromagnet array. The first electromagnet array comprises a plurality of electromagnets, a polarity of each of the plurality of electromagnets is capable of being individually controlled by the controller. Present disclosure also provides a CMP slurry and a method for using a chemical mechanical polishing apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventors: TUNG-HE CHOU, HSUN-CHUNG KUANG
  • Patent number: 10128209
    Abstract: A semiconductor device and a method of fabricating the same are introduced. In an embodiment, one or more passivation layers are formed over a first substrate. Recesses are formed in the passivation layers and one or more conductive pads are formed in the recesses. One or more barrier layers are formed between the passivation layers and the conductive pads. The conductive pads of the first substrate are aligned to the conductive pads of a second substrate and are bonded using a direct bonding method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Ping-Yin Liu, Lan-Lin Chao, Cheng-Tai Hsiao, Xin-Hua Huang, Hsun-Chung Kuang
  • Patent number: 10090196
    Abstract: An integrated circuit structure includes a package component, which further includes a non-porous dielectric layer having a first porosity, and a porous dielectric layer over and contacting the non-porous dielectric layer, wherein the porous dielectric layer has a second porosity higher than the first porosity. A bond pad penetrates through the non-porous dielectric layer and the porous dielectric layer. A dielectric barrier layer is overlying, and in contact with, the porous dielectric layer. The bond pad is exposed through the dielectric barrier layer. The dielectric barrier layer has a planar top surface. The bond pad has a planar top surface higher than a bottom surface of the dielectric barrier layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hsun-Chung Kuang, Yen-Chang Chu, Cheng-Tai Hsiao, Ping-Yin Liu, Lan-Lin Chao, Yeur-Luen Tu, Chia-Shiung Tsai, Xiaomeng Chen
  • Publication number: 20180158869
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a semiconductor structure. The semiconductor structure includes a bottom electrode via (BEVA), a recap layer on the BEVA, and a magnetic tunneling junction (MTJ) layer over the recap layer. The BEVA includes a lining layer over a bottom and a sidewall of a trench of the BEVA, and electroplated copper over the lining layer, filling the trench of the BEVA. The recap layer overlaps a top surface of the lining layer and a top surface of the electroplated copper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Inventors: HARRY-HAK-LAY CHUANG, KUEI-HUNG SHEN, HSUN-CHUNG KUANG, CHENG-YUAN TSAI, RU-LIANG LEE
  • Publication number: 20180145021
    Abstract: A through via structure includes a conductive wiring, at least one dielectric layer over the conductive wiring, a via hole in the at least one dielectric layer and exposing the conductive wiring, and a conductive via in the via hole. The conductive via includes a conductive barrier layer in a bottom portion of the via hole, and a conductive layer in a top portion of the via hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Inventors: CHENG-TAI HSIAO, HSUN-CHUNG KUANG
  • Patent number: 9893120
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a semiconductor structure and a method for manufacturing the same. The semiconductor structure includes a bottom electrode via (BEVA), a recap layer on the BEVA, and a magnetic tunneling junction (MTJ) layer over the recap layer. The BEVA includes a lining layer over a bottom and a sidewall of a trench of the BEVA, and electroplated copper over the lining layer, filling the trench of the BEVA. The recap layer overlaps a top surface of the lining layer and a top surface of the electroplated copper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: Harry-Hak-Lay Chuang, Kuei-Hung Shen, Hsun-Chung Kuang, Cheng-Yuan Tsai, Ru-Liang Lee
  • Publication number: 20170301563
    Abstract: A wafer carrier assembly includes a wafer carrier and a fluid passage. The wafer carrier comprises a retainer ring confining a wafer accommodation space. The fluid passage is inside the wafer carrier. The fluid passage includes an inlet and at least an outlet to dispense fluid into the wafer accommodation space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Inventors: MING-TUNG WU, HSUN-CHUNG KUANG
  • Publication number: 20170301728
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a semiconductor structure and a method for manufacturing the same. The semiconductor structure includes a bottom electrode via (BEVA), a recap layer on the BEVA, and a magnetic tunneling junction (MTJ) layer over the recap layer. The BEVA includes a lining layer over a bottom and a sidewall of a trench of the BEVA, and electroplated copper over the lining layer, filling the trench of the BEVA. The recap layer overlaps a top surface of the lining layer and a top surface of the electroplated copper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Inventors: HARRY-HAK-LAY CHUANG, KUEI-HUNG SHEN, HSUN-CHUNG KUANG, CHENG-YUAN TSAI, RU-LIANG LEE
  • Patent number: 9786628
    Abstract: A package component includes a surface dielectric layer including a planar top surface, a metal pad in the surface dielectric layer and including a second planar top surface level with the planar top surface, and an air trench on a side of the metal pad. The sidewall of the metal pad is exposed to the air trench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Bruce C. S. Chou, Chen-Jong Wang, Ping-Yin Liu, Jung-Kuo Tu, Tsung-Te Chou, Xin-Hua Huang, Hsun-Chung Kuang, Lan-Lin Chao, Chia-Shiung Tsai, Xiaomeng Chen
  • Publication number: 20170069593
    Abstract: A package component includes a surface dielectric layer including a planar top surface, a metal pad in the surface dielectric layer and including a second planar top surface level with the planar top surface, and an air trench on a side of the metal pad. The sidewall of the metal pad is exposed to the air trench.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Inventors: Bruce C.S. Chou, Chen-Jong Wang, Ping-Yin Liu, Jung-Kuo Tu, Tsung-Te Chou, Xin-Hua Huang, Hsun-Chung Kuang, Lan-Lin Chao, Chia-Shiung Tsai, Xiaomeng Chen