Patents by Inventor Hui-Chi CHEN

Hui-Chi CHEN 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: 11031458
    Abstract: A metal-insulator-metal (MIM) capacitor structure and a method for forming the same are provided. The MIM capacitor structure includes a substrate, and the substrate includes a capacitor region and a non-capacitor region. The MIM capacitor structure includes a first electrode layer formed over the substrate, and a first spacer formed on a sidewall of the first electrode layer. The MIM capacitor structure includes a first dielectric layer formed on the first spacers, and a second electrode layer formed on the first dielectric layer. The second electrode layer extends from the capacitor region to the non-capacitor region, and the second electrode layer extends beyond an outer sidewall of the first spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD
    Inventors: Chih-Fan Huang, Chih-Yang Pai, Yuan-Yang Hsiao, Tsung-Chieh Hsiao, Hui-Chi Chen, Dian-Hau Chen, Yen-Ming Chen
  • Patent number: 11018157
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes an apparatus with a local interconnect structure. The apparatus can include a first transistor, a second transistor, a first interconnect structure, a second interconnect structure, and a third interconnect structure. The local interconnect structure can be coupled to gate terminals of the first and second transistors and routed at a same interconnect level as reference metal lines coupled to ground and a power supply voltage. The first interconnect structure can be coupled to a source/drain terminal of the first transistor and routed above the local interconnect structure. The second interconnect structure can be coupled to a source/drain terminal of the second transistor and routed above the local interconnect structure. The third interconnect structure can be routed above the local interconnect structure and at a same interconnect level as the first and second interconnect structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Liang Chen, Cheng-Chi Chuang, Chih-Ming Lai, Chia-Tien Wu, Charles Chew-Yuen Young, Hui-Ting Yang, Jiann-Tyng Tzeng, Ru-Gun Liu, Wei-Cheng Lin, Lei-Chun Chou, Wei-An Lai
  • Publication number: 20210118782
    Abstract: A package structure and method for forming the same are provided. The package structure includes a conductive layer formed over a first substrate, and a dielectric layer formed over the conductive layer. The package structure includes a metal-insulator-metal (MIM) capacitor embedded in the dielectric layer, and a shielding layer formed over the MIM capacitor. The shielding layer is insulated from the MIM capacitor by the dielectric layer. The package structure also includes a first through via formed through the MIM capacitor, and the first through via is connected to the conductive layer, and the first through via is insulated from the shielding layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Publication date: April 22, 2021
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Fan HUANG, Hsiang-Ku SHEN, Hui-Chi CHEN, Tien-I BAO, Dian-Hau CHEN, Yen-Ming CHEN
  • Publication number: 20210118829
    Abstract: A chip structure is provided. The chip structure includes a semiconductor substrate. The chip structure includes a first dielectric layer over the semiconductor substrate. The chip structure includes a first conductive layer over the first dielectric layer. The chip structure includes a second dielectric layer over the first conductive layer and the first dielectric layer. The chip structure includes a first conductive via passing through the second dielectric layer, the first conductive layer, and the first dielectric layer and electrically connected to the first conductive layer. The chip structure includes a second conductive via passing through the second dielectric layer and the first dielectric layer. The chip structure includes a first conductive pad over and in direct contact with the first conductive via. The chip structure includes a second conductive pad over and in direct contact with the second conductive via.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Publication date: April 22, 2021
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Fan HUANG, Mao-Nan WANG, Hui-Chi CHEN, Dian-Hau CHEN, Yen-Ming CHEN
  • Publication number: 20210098399
    Abstract: Semiconductor devices, integrated circuits and methods of forming the same are provided. In one embodiment, a method includes depositing a first dielectric layer over a metal pad disposed over a workpiece, forming a first opening in the first dielectric layer to expose a portion of the metal pad, after the forming of the first opening, forming a second dielectric layer over the exposed portion of the metal pad, depositing a first polymeric material over the second dielectric layer, forming a second opening through the first polymeric material and the second dielectric layer to expose the metal pad, and forming a bump feature over the exposed metal pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2020
    Publication date: April 1, 2021
    Inventors: Chih-Fan Huang, Hui-Chi Chen, Chih-Sheng Li, Chih-Hung Lu, Dian-Hau Chen, Yen-Ming Chen
  • Publication number: 20210091029
    Abstract: Semiconductor device packages and method are provided. A semiconductor device package according to the present disclosure includes a substrate including a first region, a passive device disposed over the first region of the substrate, a contact pad disposed over the passive device, a passivation layer disposed over the contact pad, a recess through the passivation layer, and an under-bump metallization (UBM) layer. The recess exposes the contact pad and the UBM layer includes an upper portion disposed over the passivation layer and a lower portion disposed over a sidewall of the recess. A projection of the upper portion of the UBM layer along a direction perpendicular to the substrate falls within an area of the contact pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Publication date: March 25, 2021
    Inventors: Chih-Fan Huang, Hui-Chi Chen, Kuo-Chin Chang, Chien-Huang Yeh, Hong-Seng Shue, Dian-Hau Chen, Yen-Ming Chen
  • Publication number: 20210020633
    Abstract: In a method of manufacturing a semiconductor device, first and second gate structures are formed. The first (second) gate structure includes a first (second) gate electrode layer and first (second) sidewall spacers disposed on both side faces of the first (second) gate electrode layer. The first and second gate electrode layers are recessed and the first and second sidewall spacers are recessed, thereby forming a first space and a second space over the recessed first and second gate electrode layers and first and second sidewall spacers, respectively. First and second protective layers are formed in the first and second spaces, respectively. First and second etch-stop layers are formed on the first and second protective layers, respectively. A first depth of the first space above the first sidewall spacers is different from a second depth of the first space above the first gate electrode layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2020
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Inventors: Hsiang-Ku SHEN, Chih Wei LU, Hui-Chi CHEN, Jeng-Ya David YEH
  • Publication number: 20210013301
    Abstract: A metal-insulator-metal (MIM) capacitor structure and a method for forming the same are provided. The MIM capacitor structure includes a substrate, and the substrate includes a capacitor region and a non-capacitor region. The MIM capacitor structure includes a first electrode layer formed over the substrate, and a first spacer formed on a sidewall of the first electrode layer. The MIM capacitor structure includes a second electrode layer formed over the first electrode layer, and a second spacer formed on a sidewall of the second electrode layer. The second spacer is in direct contact with an interface between the second electrode layer and a first dielectric layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Inventors: Chih-Fan HUANG, Chih-Yang PAI, Yuan-Yang HSIAO, Tsung-Chieh HSIAO, Hui-Chi CHEN, Dian-Hau CHEN, Yen-Ming CHEN
  • Publication number: 20200411377
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a first gate structure disposed on a substrate and extending in a first direction. The first gate structure includes a first gate electrode, a first cap insulating layer disposed over the first gate electrode, first sidewall spacers disposed on opposing side faces of the first gate electrode and the first cap insulating layer and second sidewall spacers disposed over the first sidewall spacers. The semiconductor device further includes a first protective layer formed over the first cap insulating layer, the first sidewall spacers and the second sidewall spacers. The first protective layer has a n-shape having a head portion and two leg portions in a cross section along a second direction perpendicular to the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2020
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Inventors: Hui-Chi CHEN, HSIANG-KU SHEN, JENG-YA YEH
  • Patent number: 10861810
    Abstract: Semiconductor device packages and method are provided. A semiconductor device package according to the present disclosure includes a substrate including a first region, a passive device disposed over the first region of the substrate, a contact pad disposed over the passive device, a passivation layer disposed over the contact pad, a recess through the passivation layer, and an under-bump metallization (UBM) layer. The recess exposes the contact pad and the UBM layer includes an upper portion disposed over the passivation layer and a lower portion disposed over a sidewall of the recess. A projection of the upper portion of the UBM layer along a direction perpendicular to the substrate falls within an area of the contact pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chih-Fan Huang, Hui-Chi Chen, Kuo-Chin Chang, Chien-Huang Yeh, Hong-Seng Shue, Dian-Hau Chen, Yen-Ming Chen
  • Publication number: 20200365683
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a method of fabrication a semiconductor structure. The method includes providing a substrate and forming a bottom electrode over the substrate, wherein a terminal end of the bottom electrode has a tapered sidewall. The method also includes depositing an insulating layer over the bottom electrode and forming a top electrode over the insulating layer, wherein a terminal end of the top electrode has a vertical sidewall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Inventors: Chih-Fan Huang, Hung-Chao Kao, Yuan-Yang Hsiao, Tsung-Chieh Hsiao, Hsiang-Ku Shen, Hui-Chi Chen, Dian-Hau Chen, Yen-Ming Chen
  • Patent number: 10734283
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a first gate structure disposed on a substrate and extending in a first direction. The first gate structure includes a first gate electrode, a first cap insulating layer disposed over the first gate electrode, first sidewall spacers disposed on opposing side faces of the first gate electrode and the first cap insulating layer and second sidewall spacers disposed over the first sidewall spacers. The semiconductor device further includes a first protective layer formed over the first cap insulating layer, the first sidewall spacers and the second sidewall spacers. The first protective layer has a ?-shape having a head portion and two leg portions in a cross section along a second direction perpendicular to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hui-Chi Chen, Hsiang-Ku Shen, Jeng-Ya David Yeh
  • Patent number: 10734474
    Abstract: A metal-insulator-metal (MIM) capacitor structure includes a semiconductor substrate and a bottom conductive layer above the semiconductor substrate. The bottom conductive layer has a slanted sidewall with respect to a top surface of the semiconductor substrate. The MIM capacitor structure further includes a top conductive layer above the bottom conductive layer. The top conductive layer has a vertical sidewall with respect to the top surface of the semiconductor substrate. The MIM capacitor structure further includes an insulating layer interposed between the bottom conductive layer and the top conductive layer. The insulating layer covers the slanted sidewall of the bottom conductive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chih-Fan Huang, Hung-Chao Kao, Yuan-Yang Hsiao, Tsung-Chieh Hsiao, Hsiang-Ku Shen, Hui-Chi Chen, Dian-Hau Chen, Yen-Ming Chen
  • Publication number: 20200235225
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a first field effect transistor (FET) including a first gate dielectric layer and a first gate electrode. The first gate electrode includes a first lower metal layer and a first upper metal layer. The first lower metal layer includes a first underlying metal layer in contact with the first gate dielectric layer and a first bulk metal layer. A bottom of the first upper metal layer is in contact with an upper surface of the first underlying metal layer and an upper surface of the first bulk metal layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Inventors: Yao-De CHIOU, Hui-Chi CHEN, Jeng-Ya YEH
  • Publication number: 20200176557
    Abstract: Methods of forming a 3-dimensional metal-insulator-metal super high density (3D-MIM-SHD) capacitor and semiconductor device are disclosed herein. A method includes depositing a base layer of a first dielectric material over a semiconductor substrate and etching a series of recesses in the base layer. Once the series of recesses have been etched into the base layer, a series of conductive layers and dielectric layers may be deposited within the series of recesses to form a three dimensional corrugated stack of conductive layers separated by the dielectric layers. A first contact plug may be formed through a middle conductive layer of the corrugated stack and a second contact plug may be formed through a top conductive layer and a bottom conductive layer of the corrugated stack. The contact plugs electrically couple the conductive layers to one or more active devices of the semiconductor substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Inventors: Jin-Mu Yin, Hung-Chao Kao, Dian-Hau Chen, Hui-Chi Chen, Hsiang-Ku Shen, Yen-Ming Chen
  • Publication number: 20200168574
    Abstract: Semiconductor device packages and method are provided. A semiconductor device package according to the present disclosure includes a substrate including a first region, a passive device disposed over the first region of the substrate, a contact pad disposed over the passive device, a passivation layer disposed over the contact pad, a recess through the passivation layer, and an under-bump metallization (UBM) layer. The recess exposes the contact pad and the UBM layer includes an upper portion disposed over the passivation layer and a lower portion disposed over a sidewall of the recess. A projection of the upper portion of the UBM layer along a direction perpendicular to the substrate falls within an area of the contact pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Inventors: Chih-Fan Huang, Hui-Chi Chen, Kuo-Chin Chang, Chien-Huang Yeh, Hong-Seng Shue, Dian-Hau Chen, Yen-Ming Chen
  • Publication number: 20200105634
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method that includes providing an integrated circuit (IC) substrate having various devices and an interconnection structure that couples the devices to an integrated circuit; forming a first passivation layer on the IC substrate; forming a redistribution layer on the first passivation layer, the redistribution layer being electrically connected to the interconnection structure; forming a second passivation layer on the redistribution layer and the first passivation layer; forming a polyimide layer on the second passivation layer; patterning the polyimide layer, resulting in a polyimide opening in the polyimide layer; and etching the second passivation layer through the polyimide opening using the polyimide layer as an etch mask.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: Chih-Fan Huang, Mao-Nan Wang, Kuo-Chin Chang, Hui-Chi Chen, Dian-Hau Chen, Yen-Ming Chen
  • Publication number: 20200105863
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a metal-insulator-metal (MIM) capacitor structure includes forming a bottom electrode, forming a first oxide layer adjacent the bottom electrode, and depositing a first high-k dielectric layer over the bottom electrode and the first oxide layer. A middle electrode is then formed over the first high-k dielectric layer and a second oxide layer is formed adjacent the middle electrode. A second high-k dielectric layer may be deposited over the middle electrode and the second oxide layer and a top electrode over the second high-k dielectric layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: Hsiang-Ku SHEN, Ming-Hong KAO, Hui-Chi CHEN, Dian-Hau CHEN, Yen-Ming CHEN
  • Publication number: 20200035780
    Abstract: A metal-insulator-metal (MIM) capacitor structure and a method for forming the same are provided. The MIM capacitor structure includes a substrate, and the substrate includes a capacitor region and a non-capacitor region. The MIM capacitor structure includes a first electrode layer formed over the substrate, and a first spacer formed on a sidewall of the first electrode layer. The MIM capacitor structure includes a first dielectric layer formed on the first spacers, and a second electrode layer formed on the first dielectric layer. The second electrode layer extends from the capacitor region to the non-capacitor region, and the second electrode layer extends beyond an outer sidewall of the first spacer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Inventors: Chih-Fan HUANG, Chih-Yang PAI, Yuan-Yang HSIAO, Tsung-Chieh HSIAO, Hui-Chi CHEN, Dian-Hau CHEN, Yen-Ming CHEN
  • Publication number: 20200035779
    Abstract: A metal-insulator-metal (MIM) capacitor structure includes a semiconductor substrate and a bottom conductive layer above the semiconductor substrate. The bottom conductive layer has a slanted sidewall with respect to a top surface of the semiconductor substrate. The MIM capacitor structure further includes a top conductive layer above the bottom conductive layer. The top conductive layer has a vertical sidewall with respect to the top surface of the semiconductor substrate. The MIM capacitor structure further includes an insulating layer interposed between the bottom conductive layer and the top conductive layer. The insulating layer covers the slanted sidewall of the bottom conductive layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Inventors: Chih-Fan Huang, Hung-Chao Kao, Yuan-Yang Hsiao, Tsung-Chieh Hsiao, Hsiang-Ku Shen, Hui-Chi Chen, Dian-Hau Chen, Yen-Ming Chen