Patents by Inventor Huicheng Chang

Huicheng Chang 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: 20190312143
    Abstract: An embodiment is a method of manufacturing a semiconductor device. The method includes forming a fin on a substrate. A gate structure is formed over the fin. A recess is formed in the fin proximate the gate structure. A gradient doped region is formed in the fin with a p-type dopant. The gradient doped region extends from a bottom surface of the recess to a vertical depth below the recess in the fin. A source/drain region is formed in the recess and on the gradient doped regions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jyun-Hao LIN, Chun-Feng NIEH, Huicheng CHANG, Yu-Chang LIN
  • Publication number: 20190305107
    Abstract: A semiconductor structure and a method for forming the same are provided. The semiconductor structure includes a gate structure, a source/drain structure, a dielectric layer, a contact plug. The gate structure is positioned over a fin structure. The source/drain structure is positioned in the fin structure and adjacent to the gate structure. The dielectric layer is positioned over the gate structure and the source/drain structure. The contact plug is positioned passing through the dielectric layer. The contact plug includes a first metal compound including one of group III elements, group IV elements, group V elements or a combination thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Kuo-Ju CHEN, Su-Hao LIU, Chun-Hao KUNG, Liang-Yin CHEN, Huicheng CHANG, Kei-Wei CHEN, Hui-Chi HUANG, Kao-Feng LIAO, Chih-Hung CHEN, Jie-Huang HUANG, Lun-Kuang TAN, Wei-Ming YOU
  • Publication number: 20190304846
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein relate to a method for patterning a doping layer, such as a lanthanum containing layer, used to dope a high-k dielectric layer in a gate stack of a FinFET device for threshold voltage tuning. A blocking layer may be formed between the doping layer and a hard mask layer used to pattern the doping layer. In an embodiment, the blocking layer may include or be aluminum oxide (AlOx). The blocking layer can prevent elements from the hard mask layer from diffusing into the doping layer, and thus, can improve reliability of the devices formed. The blocking layer can also improve a patterning process by reducing patterning induced defects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kun-Yu LEE, Huicheng CHANG, Che-Hao CHANG, Ching-Hwanq SU, Weng CHANG, Xiong-Fei YU
  • Publication number: 20190288068
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to doping for conductive features in a semiconductor device. In an example, a structure includes an active region of a transistor. The active region includes a source/drain region, and the source/drain region is defined at least in part by a first dopant having a first dopant concentration. The source/drain region further includes a second dopant with a concentration profile having a consistent concentration from a surface of the source/drain region into a depth of the source/drain region. The consistent concentration is greater than the first dopant concentration. The structure further includes a conductive feature contacting the source/drain region at the surface of the source/drain region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventors: Su-Hao Liu, Huicheng Chang, Chia-Cheng Chen, Liang-Yin Chen, Kuo-Ju Chen, Chun-Hung Wu, Chang-Maio Liu, Huai-Tei Yang, Lun-Kuang Tan, Wei-Ming You
  • Patent number: 10361094
    Abstract: In a gate last metal gate process for forming a transistor, a dielectric layer is formed over an intermediate transistor structure, the intermediate structure including a dummy gate electrode, typically formed of polysilicon. Various processes, such as patterning the polysilicon, planarizing top layers of the structure, and the like can remove top portions of the dielectric layer, which can result in decreased control of gate height when a metal gate is formed in place of the dummy gate electrode, decreased control of fin height for finFETs, and the like. Increasing the resistance of the dielectric layer to attack from these processes, such as by implanting silicon or the like into the dielectric layer before such other processes are performed, results in less removal of the top surface, and hence improved control of the resulting structure dimensions and performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Su-Hao Liu, Tsan-Chun Wang, Liang-Yin Chen, Jing-Huei Huang, Lun-Kuang Tan, Huicheng Chang
  • Patent number: 10347720
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to doping for conductive features in a semiconductor device. In an example, a structure includes an active region of a transistor. The active region includes a source/drain region, and the source/drain region is defined at least in part by a first dopant having a first dopant concentration. The source/drain region further includes a second dopant with a concentration profile having a consistent concentration from a surface of the source/drain region into a depth of the source/drain region. The consistent concentration is greater than the first dopant concentration. The structure further includes a conductive feature contacting the source/drain region at the surface of the source/drain region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Su-Hao Liu, Huicheng Chang, Chia-Cheng Chen, Liang-Yin Chen, Kuo-Ju Chen, Chun-Hung Wu, Chang-Miao Liu, Huai-Tei Yang, Lun-Kuang Tan, Wei-Ming You
  • Patent number: 10347762
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein relate generally to forming an ultra-shallow junction having high dopant concentration and low contact resistance in a p-type source/drain region. In an embodiment, a method includes forming a source/drain region in an active area on a substrate, the source/drain region comprising germanium, performing an ion implantation process using gallium (Ga) to form an amorphous region in the source/drain region, performing an ion implantation process using a dopant into the amorphous region, and subjecting the amorphous region to a thermal process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Su-Hao Liu, Kuo-Ju Chen, Chun-Hung Wu, Chia-Cheng Chen, Liang-Yin Chen, Huicheng Chang, Ying-Lang Wang
  • Patent number: 10326003
    Abstract: A finFET device and methods of forming a finFET device are provided. The method includes forming a first gate spacer is formed over a dummy gate of a fin field effect transistor (finFET). The method also includes performing a carbon plasma doping of the first gate spacer. The method also includes forming a plurality of source/drain regions, where a source/drain region is disposed on opposite sides of the dummy gate. The method also includes removing dummy gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Chia-Cheng Chen, Huicheng Chang, Liang-Yin Chen, Chun-Feng Nieh, Li-Ting Wang, Wan-Yi Kao, Chia-Ling Chan
  • Publication number: 20190157163
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method for manufacturing a semiconductor structure. The method includes following operations. A plurality of fin structures and a plurality of trenches are formed over a semiconductor substrate, wherein the fin structures are spaced apart by the trenches, and the fin structures are covered by a mask layer. A dielectric layer is formed over the substrate, wherein the dielectric layer is in the plurality of trenches. The dielectric layer is annealed. A plurality of dopants in the dielectric layer are formed when the fin structures are covered by the mask layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: YU-CHANG LIN, SHIH-HSIANG CHIU, TIEN-SHUN CHANG, CHUN-FENG NIEH, HUICHENG CHANG
  • Publication number: 20190157148
    Abstract: A semiconductor structure and a method for forming the same are provided. The semiconductor structure includes a gate structure, a source/drain structure, a first contact plug and a first via plug. The gate structure is positioned over a fin structure. The source/drain structure is positioned in the fin structure and adjacent to the gate structure. The first contact plug is positioned over the source/drain structure. The first via plug is positioned over the first contact plug. The first via plug includes a first group IV element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tung-Po HSIEH, Su-Hao LIU, Hong-Chih LIU, Jing-Huei HUANG, Jie-Huang HUANG, Lun-Kuang TAN, Huicheng CHANG, Liang-Yin CHEN, Kuo-Ju CHEN
  • Publication number: 20190157156
    Abstract: Methods of fabricating semiconductor devices are provided. The method includes forming a first fin and a second fin over a substrate, and conformally forming a silicon oxide layer over the first fin using a first atomic layer deposition (ALD) process. The method also includes conformally forming a silicon nitride layer over the silicon oxide layer using a second ALD process, and forming an insulating layer to fill the trench between the first fin and the second fin over the substrate. The method further includes recessing the insulating layer, the silicon oxide layer, and the silicon nitride layer to form an isolation structure with a liner. In addition, the method includes forming a gate structure over the first fin, and forming a source region and a drain region in the first fin and on opposite sides of the gate structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hsueh-Ju CHEN, Xiong-Fei YU, Chi-On CHUI, Yee-Chia YEO, Huicheng CHANG
  • Publication number: 20190131399
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to doping for conductive features in a semiconductor device. In an example, a structure includes an active region of a transistor. The active region includes a source/drain region, and the source/drain region is defined at least in part by a first dopant having a first dopant concentration. The source/drain region further includes a second dopant with a concentration profile having a consistent concentration from a surface of the source/drain region into a depth of the source/drain region. The consistent concentration is greater than the first dopant concentration. The structure further includes a conductive feature contacting the source/drain region at the surface of the source/drain region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Su-Hao LIU, Huicheng CHANG, Chia-Cheng CHEN, Liang-Yin CHEN, Kuo-Ju CHEN, Chun-Hung WU, Chang-Miao Liu, Huai-Tei Yang, Lun-Kuang Tan, Wei-Ming You
  • Publication number: 20190123181
    Abstract: A finFET device and methods of forming a finFET device are provided. The method includes forming a capping layer over a fin of a fin field effect transistor (finFET), where the fin is formed of a material comprising germanium. The method also includes forming a dummy dielectric layer over the capping layer. The method also includes forming a dummy gate over the dummy dielectric layer. The method also includes removing the dummy gate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Inventors: Chia-Cheng Chen, Huicheng Chang, Liang-Yin Chen
  • Patent number: 10269799
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method that includes providing a semiconductor substrate having a first region and a second region; forming a first gate within the first region and a second gate within the second region on the semiconductor substrate; forming first source/drain features of a first semiconductor material with an n-type dopant in the semiconductor substrate within the first region; forming second source/drain features of a second semiconductor material with a p-type dopant in the semiconductor substrate within the second region. The second semiconductor material is different from the first semiconductor material in composition. The method further includes forming first silicide features to the first source/drain features and second silicide features to the second source/drain features; and performing an ion implantation process of a species to both the first and second regions, thereby introducing the species to first silicide features and the second source/drain features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Su-Hao Liu, Yan-Ming Tsai, Chung-Ting Wei, Ziwei Fang, Chih-Wei Chang, Chien-Hao Chen, Huicheng Chang
  • Publication number: 20190103277
    Abstract: Embodiment described herein provide a thermal treatment process following a high-pressure anneal process to keep hydrogen at an interface between a channel region and a gate dielectric layer in a field effect transistor while removing hydrogen from the bulk portion of the gate dielectric layer. The thermal treatment process can reduce the amount of threshold voltage shift caused by a high-pressure anneal. The high-pressure anneal and the thermal treatment process may be performed any time after formation of the gate dielectric layer, thus, causing no disruption to the existing process flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hongfa LUAN, Huicheng CHANG, Cheng-Po CHAU, Wen-Yu KU, Yi-Fan CHEN, Chun-Yen PENG
  • Publication number: 20190067458
    Abstract: A finFET device and methods of forming a finFET device are provided. The method includes depositing a dummy gate over and along sidewalls of a fin extending upwards from a semiconductor substrate, forming a first gate spacer along a sidewall of the dummy gate, and plasma-doping the first gate spacer with carbon to form a carbon-doped gate spacer. The method further includes forming a source/drain region adjacent a channel region of the fin and diffusing carbon from the carbon-doped gate spacer into a first region of the fin to provide a first carbon-doped region. The first carbon-doped region is disposed between at least a portion of the source/drain region and the channel region of the fin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Inventors: Yu-Chang Lin, Chun-Feng Nieh, Huicheng Chang, Wei-Ting Chien, Chih-Pin Tsao, Hou-Ju Li, Tien-Shun Chang
  • Publication number: 20190027473
    Abstract: A semiconductor device and a method for forming the same are provided. The semiconductor device includes a gate structure and a source/drain feature. The gate structure is positioned over a fin structure. The source/drain feature is positioned adjacent to the gate structure. A portion of the source/drain feature embedded in the fin structure has an upper sidewall portion adjacent to a top surface of the fin structure and a lower sidewall portion below the upper sidewall portion. A first curve radius of the upper sidewall portion is different from a second curve radius of the lower sidewall portion in a cross-sectional view substantially along the longitudinal direction of the fin structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chia-Cheng CHEN, Chia-Ling CHAN, Liang-Yin CHEN, Huicheng CHANG
  • Patent number: 10177006
    Abstract: In a gate last metal gate process for forming a transistor, a dielectric layer is formed over an intermediate transistor structure, the intermediate structure including a dummy gate electrode, typically formed of polysilicon. Various processes, such as patterning the polysilicon, planarizing top layers of the structure, and the like can remove top portions of the dielectric layer, which can result in decreased control of gate height when a metal gate is formed in place of the dummy gate electrode, decreased control of fin height for finFETs, and the like. Increasing the resistance of the dielectric layer to attack from these processes, such as by implanting silicon or the like into the dielectric layer before such other processes are performed, results in less removal of the top surface, and hence improved control of the resulting structure dimensions and performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Su-Hao Liu, Tsan-Chun Wang, Liang-Yin Chen, Jing-Huei Huang, Lun-Kuang Tan, Huicheng Chang
  • Publication number: 20190006363
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a substrate, a fin structure and an isolation layer formed on the substrate and adjacent to the fin structure. The semiconductor device includes a gate structure formed on at least a portion of the fin structure and the isolation layer. The semiconductor device includes an epitaxial layer including a strained material that provides stress to a channel region of the fin structure. The epitaxial layer has a first region and a second region, in which the first region has a first doping concentration of a first doping agent and the second region has a second doping concentration of a second doping agent. The first doping concentration is greater than the second doping concentration. The epitaxial layer is doped by ion implantation using phosphorous dimer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventors: Yu-Chang LIN, Chun-Feng NIEH, Huicheng CHANG, Hou-Yu CHEN, Yong-Yan LU
  • Patent number: 10164066
    Abstract: A finFET device and methods of forming a finFET device are provided. The method includes forming a capping layer over a fin of a fin field effect transistor (finFET), where the fin is formed of a material comprising germanium. The method also includes forming a dummy dielectric layer over the capping layer. The method also includes forming a dummy gate over the dummy dielectric layer. The method also includes removing the dummy gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Chia-Cheng Chen, Huicheng Chang, Liang-Yin Chen