Patents by Inventor Huan-Just Lin

Huan-Just Lin 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: 20180019133
    Abstract: An integrated circuit includes a semiconductor substrate, a gate dielectric over the substrate, and a metal gate structure over the semiconductor substrate and the gate dielectric. The metal gate structure includes a first metal material. The integrated circuit further includes a seal formed on sidewalls of the metal gate structure. The integrated circuit further includes a dielectric film on the metal gate structure, the dielectric film including a first metal oxynitride comprising the first metal material and directly on the metal gate structure without extending over the seal formed on sidewalls of the metal gate structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Inventors: Jin-Aun Ng, Bao-Ru Young, Harry-Hak-Lay Chuang, Maxi Chang, Chih-Tang Peng, Chih-Yang Yeh, Ta-Wei Lin, Huan-Just Lin, Hui-Wen Lin, Jen-Sheng Yang, Pei-Ren Jeng, Jung-Hui Kao, Shih-Hao Lo, Yuan-Tien Tu
  • Publication number: 20170365524
    Abstract: A method includes depositing a sacrificial layer on a first dielectric layer over a substrate; applying a first patterning process, a second patterning process, a third patterning process to the sacrificial layer to form a first group of openings, a second group of openings and a third group of openings, respectively, in the sacrificial layer, wherein three first openings from three different patterning processes form a first side, a second side and a first angle between the first side and the second side, and three second openings from the three different patterning processes form a third side, a fourth side and a second angle between the third side and the fourth side, wherein the first angle is approximately equal to the second angle and forming nanowires based on the first group of openings, the second group of openings and the third group of openings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Inventors: Ching-Feng Fu, De-Fang Chen, Yu-Chan Yen, Chia-Ying Lee, Chun-Hung Lee, Huan-Just Lin
  • Publication number: 20170317180
    Abstract: An integrated circuit having an improved gate contact and a method of making the circuit are provided. In an exemplary embodiment, the method includes receiving a substrate. The substrate includes a gate stack disposed on the substrate and an interlayer dielectric disposed on the gate stack. The interlayer dielectric is first etched to expose a portion of the gate electrode, and then the exposed portion of the gate electrode is etched to form a cavity. The cavity is shaped such that a portion of the gate electrode overhangs the electrode. A conductive material is deposited within the cavity and in electrical contact with the gate electrode. In some such embodiments, the etching of the gate electrode forms a curvilinear surface of the gate electrode that defines the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Inventors: Harry-Hak-Lay Chuang, Huan-Just Lin
  • Patent number: 9805968
    Abstract: According to an exemplary embodiment, a method of forming a semiconductor device is provided. The method includes: providing a vertical structure over a substrate; forming an etch stop layer over the vertical structure; forming an oxide layer over the etch stop layer; performing chemical mechanical polishing on the oxide layer and stopping on the etch stop layer; etching back the oxide layer and the etch stop layer to expose a sidewall of the vertical structure and to form an isolation layer; oxidizing the sidewall of the vertical structure and doping oxygen into the isolation layer by using a cluster oxygen doping treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited
    Inventors: Cheng-Tung Lin, Teng-Chun Tsai, Li-Ting Wang, De-Fang Chen, Bing-Hung Chen, Huang-Yi Huang, Hui-Cheng Chang, Huan-Just Lin, Ming-Hsing Tsai
  • Patent number: 9779947
    Abstract: An integrated circuit includes a semiconductor substrate, a gate dielectric over the substrate, a metal gate structure over the semiconductor substrate and the gate dielectric, a dielectric film on the metal gate structure, the dielectric film comprising oxynitride combined with metal from the metal gate, and an interlayer dielectric (ILD) on either side of the metal gate structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Jin-Aun Ng, Jen-Sheng Yang, Pei-Ren Jeng, Jung-Hui Kao, Shih-Hao Lo, Yuan-Tien Tu, Bao-Ru Young, Harry-Hak-Lay Chuang, Maxi Chang, Chih-Tang Peng, Chih-Yang Yeh, Ta-Wei Lin, Huan-Just Lin, Hui-Wen Lin
  • Patent number: 9741621
    Abstract: A method comprises depositing a sacrificial layer on a first dielectric layer over a substrate, applying a first patterning process, a second patterning process, a third patterning process and a fourth patterning process to the sacrificial layer to form a first group of openings, a second group of openings, a third group of openings and a fourth group of openings, respectively, in the sacrificial layer, wherein openings from different patterning processes are arranged in an alternating manner and four openings of the opening from the different patterning processes form a diamond shape and forming nanowires based on the first group of openings, the second group of openings, the third group of openings and the fourth group of openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ching-Feng Fu, De-Fang Chen, Yu-Chan Yen, Chia-Ying Lee, Chun-Hung Lee, Huan-Just Lin
  • Publication number: 20170229349
    Abstract: A method includes forming a pattern-reservation layer over a semiconductor substrate. The semiconductor substrate has a major surface. A first self-aligned multi-patterning process is performed to pattern a pattern-reservation layer. The remaining portions of the pattern-reservation layer include pattern-reservation strips extending in a first direction that is parallel to the major surface of the semiconductor substrate. A second self-aligned multi-patterning process is performed to pattern the pattern-reservation layer in a second direction parallel to the major surface of the semiconductor substrate. The remaining portions of the pattern-reservation layer include patterned features. The patterned features are used as an etching mask to form semiconductor nanowires by etching the semiconductor substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Publication date: August 10, 2017
    Inventors: Ching-Feng Fu, De-Fang Chen, Yu-Chan Yen, Chia-Ying Lee, Chun-Hung Lee, Huan-Just Lin
  • Patent number: 9711605
    Abstract: An integrated circuit having an improved gate contact and a method of making the circuit are provided. In an exemplary embodiment, the method includes receiving a substrate. The substrate includes a gate stack disposed on the substrate and an interlayer dielectric disposed on the gate stack. The interlayer dielectric is first etched to expose a portion of the gate electrode, and then the exposed portion of the gate electrode is etched to form a cavity. The cavity is shaped such that a portion of the gate electrode overhangs the electrode. A conductive material is deposited within the cavity and in electrical contact with the gate electrode. In some such embodiments, the etching of the gate electrode forms a curvilinear surface of the gate electrode that defines the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Harry-Hak-Lay Chuang, Huan-Just Lin
  • Publication number: 20170200804
    Abstract: According to an exemplary embodiment, a method of forming a vertical device is provided. The method includes: providing a protrusion over a substrate; forming an etch stop layer over the protrusion; laterally etching a sidewall of the etch stop layer; forming an insulating layer over the etch stop layer; forming a film layer over the insulating layer and the etch stop layer; performing chemical mechanical polishing on the film layer and exposing the etch stop layer; etching a portion of the etch stop layer to expose a top surface of the protrusion; forming an oxide layer over the protrusion and the film layer; and performing chemical mechanical polishing on the oxide layer and exposing the film layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Publication date: July 13, 2017
    Inventors: DE-FANG CHEN, TENG-CHUN TSAI, CHENG-TUNG LIN, LI-TING WANG, CHUN-HUNG LEE, MING-CHING CHANG, HUAN-JUST LIN
  • Patent number: 9685332
    Abstract: A method for self-aligned patterning includes providing a substrate, forming a patterned mandrel layer that includes a plurality of mandrel features, the patterned mandrel layer being formed on the substrate, depositing a first spacer layer over the mandrel layer, the first spacer layer comprising a first type of material, anisotropically etching the first spacer layer to leave a first set of spacers on sidewalls of the mandrel features, removing the mandrel layer, depositing a second spacer layer over remaining portions of the first set of spacers, and anisotropically etching the second spacer layer to form a second set of spacers on sidewalls of the first set of spacers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: De-Fang Chen, Huan-Just Lin, Chun-Hung Lee, Chao-Cheng Chen
  • Publication number: 20170162720
    Abstract: A method of forming a channel of a gate structure is provided. A first epitaxial channel layer is formed within a first trench of the gate structure. A dry etching process is performed on the first epitaxial channel layer to form a second trench. A second epitaxial channel layer is formed within the second trench.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Inventors: Ching-Feng Fu, De-Fang Chen, Chun-Hung Lee, Huan-Just Lin, Hui-Cheng Chang
  • Publication number: 20170154824
    Abstract: A method comprises depositing a sacrificial layer on a first dielectric layer over a substrate, applying a first patterning process, a second patterning process, a third patterning process and a fourth patterning process to the sacrificial layer to form a first group of openings, a second group of openings, a third group of openings and a fourth group of openings, respectively, in the sacrificial layer, wherein openings from different patterning processes are arranged in an alternating manner and four openings of the opening from the different patterning processes form a diamond shape and forming nanowires based on the first group of openings, the second group of openings, the third group of openings and the fourth group of openings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Publication date: June 1, 2017
    Inventors: Ching-Feng Fu, De-Fang Chen, Yu-Chan Yen, Chia-Ying Lee, Chun-Hung Lee, Huan-Just Lin
  • Publication number: 20170154807
    Abstract: According to an exemplary embodiment, a method of forming a semiconductor device is provided. The method includes: providing a vertical structure over a substrate; forming an etch stop layer over the vertical structure; forming an oxide layer over the etch stop layer; performing chemical mechanical polishing on the oxide layer and stopping on the etch stop layer; etching back the oxide layer and the etch stop layer to expose a sidewall of the vertical structure and to form an isolation layer; oxidizing the sidewall of the vertical structure and doping oxygen into the isolation layer by using a cluster oxygen doping treatment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Publication date: June 1, 2017
    Inventors: Cheng-Tung Lin, Teng-Chun Tsai, Li-Ting Wang, De-Fang Chen, Bing-Hung Chen, Huang-Yi Huang, Hui-Cheng Chang, Huan-Just Lin, Ming-Hsing Tsai
  • Patent number: 9633907
    Abstract: A method includes forming a pattern-reservation layer over a semiconductor substrate. The semiconductor substrate has a major surface. A first self-aligned multi-patterning process is performed to pattern a pattern-reservation layer. The remaining portions of the pattern-reservation layer include pattern-reservation strips extending in a first direction that is parallel to the major surface of the semiconductor substrate. A second self-aligned multi-patterning process is performed to pattern the pattern-reservation layer in a second direction parallel to the major surface of the semiconductor substrate. The remaining portions of the pattern-reservation layer include patterned features. The patterned features are used as an etching mask to form semiconductor nanowires by etching the semiconductor substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ching-Feng Fu, De-Fang Chen, Yu-Chan Yen, Chia-Ying Lee, Chun-Hung Lee, Huan-Just Lin
  • Patent number: 9614054
    Abstract: According to an exemplary embodiment, a method of forming a vertical device is provided. The method includes: providing a protrusion over a substrate; forming an etch stop layer over the protrusion; laterally etching a sidewall of the etch stop layer; forming an insulating layer over the etch stop layer; forming a film layer over the insulating layer and the etch stop layer; performing chemical mechanical polishing on the film layer and exposing the etch stop layer; etching a portion of the etch stop layer to expose a top surface of the protrusion; forming an oxide layer over the protrusion and the film layer; and performing chemical mechanical polishing on the oxide layer and exposing the film layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited
    Inventors: De-Fang Chen, Teng-Chun Tsai, Cheng-Tung Lin, Li-Ting Wang, Chun-Hung Lee, Ming-Ching Chang, Huan-Just Lin
  • Patent number: 9590090
    Abstract: A method of forming a channel of a gate structure is provided. A first epitaxial channel layer is formed within a first trench of the gate structure. A dry etching process is performed on the first epitaxial channel layer to form a second trench. A second epitaxial channel layer is formed within the second trench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited
    Inventors: Ching-Feng Fu, De-Fang Chen, Chun-Hung Lee, Huan-Just Lin, Hui-Cheng Chang
  • Patent number: 9577093
    Abstract: According to an exemplary embodiment, a method of forming a semiconductor device is provided. The method includes: providing a vertical structure over a substrate; forming an etch stop layer over the vertical structure; forming an oxide layer over the etch stop layer; performing chemical mechanical polishing on the oxide layer and stopping on the etch stop layer; etching back the oxide layer and the etch stop layer to expose a sidewall of the vertical structure and to form an isolation layer; oxidizing the sidewall of the vertical structure and doping oxygen into the isolation layer by using a cluster oxygen doping treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited
    Inventors: Cheng-Tung Lin, Teng-Chun Tsai, Li-Ting Wang, De-Fang Chen, Bing-Hung Chen, Huang-Yi Huang, Hui-Cheng Chang, Huan-Just Lin, Ming-Hsing Tsai
  • Patent number: 9570358
    Abstract: A method comprises applying a first patterning process to a first photoresist layer to form a first opening, a second opening, a third opening and a fourth opening in the sacrificial layer, applying a second patterning process to a second photoresist layer to form a fifth opening, a sixth opening, a seventh opening and an eighth opening in the sacrificial layer, wherein distances between two adjacent openings formed from the first and second patterning processes are substantially equal to each other, applying a third patterning process to a third photoresist layer to form a ninth opening, a tenth opening, an eleventh opening and a twelfth opening in the sacrificial layer, wherein distances between two adjacent openings formed from the second and third patterning processes are substantially equal to each other and forming a plurality of nanowires based on the openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ching-Feng Fu, De-Fang Chen, Yu-Chan Yen, Chia-Ying Lee, Chun-Hung Lee, Huan-Just Lin
  • Patent number: 9508817
    Abstract: A semiconductor structure, a semiconductor device, and a method for forming the semiconductor device are provided. In various embodiments, the method for forming the semiconductor device includes forming transistors on a substrate. Forming each transistor includes forming a doped region on the substrate. A nanowire is formed protruding from the doped region. An interlayer dielectric layer is deposited over the doped region. A dielectric layer is deposited over the interlayer dielectric layer and surrounding each of the nanowires. A first gate layer is deposited over the dielectric layer. The dielectric layer and first gate layer are etched to expose portions of the nanowires and the interlayer dielectric layer. A second gate layer is formed over the exposed interlayer dielectric layer and surrounding the first gate layer. Then, the second gate layer was patterned to remove the second gate layer on the interlayer dielectric layer between the transistors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yung-Sung Yen, Huan-Just Lin, Chun-Hsiung Lin, Chi-Cheng Hung
  • Publication number: 20160343620
    Abstract: A method comprises applying a first patterning process to a first photoresist layer to form a first opening, a second opening, a third opening and a fourth opening in the sacrificial layer, applying a second patterning process to a second photoresist layer to form a fifth opening, a sixth opening, a seventh opening and an eighth opening in the sacrificial layer, wherein distances between two adjacent openings formed from the first and second patterning processes are substantially equal to each other, applying a third patterning process to a third photoresist layer to form a ninth opening, a tenth opening, an eleventh opening and a twelfth opening in the sacrificial layer, wherein distances between two adjacent openings formed from the second and third patterning processes are substantially equal to each other and forming a plurality of nanowires based on the openings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Publication date: November 24, 2016
    Inventors: Ching-Feng Fu, De-Fang Chen, Yu-Chan Yen, Chia-Ying Lee, Chun-Hung Lee, Huan-Just Lin