Patents by Inventor Jam-Wem Lee

Jam-Wem Lee 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: 20220293534
    Abstract: An electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection apparatus and method for fabricating the same are disclosed herein. In some embodiments, the ESD protection apparatus comprises: an internal circuit formed in a first wafer; an array of electrostatic discharge (ESD) circuits formed in a second wafer, wherein the ESD circuits include a plurality of ESD protection devices each coupled to a corresponding switch and configured to protect the internal circuit from a transient ESD event; and a switch controller in the second wafer, wherein the switch controller is configured to control, based on a control signal from the first wafer, each of the plurality of ESD protection devices to be activated or deactivated by the corresponding switch, and wherein the first wafer is bonded to the second wafer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2021
    Publication date: September 15, 2022
    Applicant: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tao-Yi Hung, Wun-Jie Lin, Jam-Wem Lee, Kuo-Ji Chen
  • Publication number: 20220294212
    Abstract: A device is disclosed herein. The device includes a bias generator, an ESD driver, and a logic circuit. The bias generator includes a first transistor. The ESD driver includes a second transistor and a third transistor coupled to each other in series. The logic circuit is configured to generate a logic control signal. A first terminal of the first transistor is configured to receive a reference voltage signal, a control terminal of the first transistor is configured to receive a detection signal in response to an ESD event being detected, a second terminal of the first transistor is coupled to a control terminal of the third transistor, and a control terminal of the second transistor is configured to receive the logic control signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2022
    Publication date: September 15, 2022
    Applicant: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Po-Lin PENG, Yu-Ti SU, Chia-Wei HSU, Ming-Fu TSAI, Shu-Yu SU, Li-Wei CHU, Jam-Wem LEE, Chia-Jung CHANG, Hsiang-Hui CHENG
  • Publication number: 20220285336
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a P-doped well having a first concentration of P-type dopants in the substrate; a P-doped region having a second concentration of P-type dopants in the substrate and extending around a perimeter of the P-doped well; a shallow trench isolation structure (STI) between the P-doped well and the P-doped region; an active area on the substrate, the active area including an emitter region and a collector region; a deep trench isolation structure (DTI) extending through the active area and between the emitter region and the collector region; and an electrical connection between the emitter region and the P-doped region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2021
    Publication date: September 8, 2022
    Inventors: Tzu-Hao CHIANG, Wun-Jie LIN, Jam-Wem LEE
  • Publication number: 20220262788
    Abstract: Systems and methods for protecting a device from an electrostatic discharge (ESD) event are provided. A resistor-capacitor (RC) trigger circuit and a driver circuit are provided. The RC trigger circuit is configured to provide an ESD protection signal to the driver circuit. A discharge circuit includes a first metal oxide semiconductor (MOS) transistor and a second MOS transistor connected in series between a first voltage potential and a second voltage potential. The driver circuit provides one or more signals for turning the first and second MOS transistors on and off.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2022
    Publication date: August 18, 2022
    Inventors: Shu-Yu Su, Jam-Wem Lee, Wun-Jie Lin
  • Publication number: 20220231010
    Abstract: An electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection apparatus and method for fabricating the same are disclosed herein. In some embodiments, the ESD protection apparatus, comprises: an internal circuit patterned in a device wafer and electrically coupled between a first node and a second node, an array of electrostatic discharge (ESD) circuits patterned in a carrier wafer, where the ESD circuits are electrically coupled between a first node and a second node and configured to protect the internal circuit from transient ESD events, and where the device wafer is bonded to the carrier wafer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2021
    Publication date: July 21, 2022
    Inventors: Tao-Yi HUNG, Wun-Jie LIN, Jam-Wem LEE, Kuo-Ji CHEN
  • Publication number: 20220208752
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a first diode, a second diode, a clamp circuit and a third diode. The first diode is coupled between an input/output (I/O) pad and a first voltage terminal. The second diode is coupled with the first diode, the I/O pad and a second voltage terminal. The clamp circuit is coupled between the first voltage terminal and the second voltage terminal. The second diode and the clamp circuit are configured to direct a first part of an electrostatic discharge (ESD) current flowing between the I/O pad and the first voltage terminal. The third diode, coupled to the first voltage terminal, and the second diode include a first semiconductor structure configured to direct a second part of the ESD current flowing between the I/O pad and the first voltage terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2022
    Publication date: June 30, 2022
    Applicant: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Po-Lin PENG, Li-Wei CHU, Ming-Fu TSAI, Jam-Wem LEE, Yu-Ti SU
  • Publication number: 20220208753
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a semiconductor device is provided, including a first doped region of a first conductivity type configured as a first terminal of a first diode, a second doped region of a second conductivity type configured as a second terminal of the first diode, wherein the first and second doped regions are coupled to a first voltage terminal; a first well of the first conductivity type surrounding the first and second doped regions in a layout view; a third doped region of the first conductivity type configured as a first terminal, coupled to an input/output pad, of a second diode; and a second well of the second conductivity type surrounding the third doped region in the layout view. The second and third doped regions, the first well, and the second well are configured as a first electrostatic discharge path between the I/O pad and the first voltage terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2022
    Publication date: June 30, 2022
    Applicant: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Po-Lin PENG, Li-Wei CHU, Ming-Fu TSAI, Jam-Wem LEE, Yu-Ti SU
  • Publication number: 20220208751
    Abstract: A semiconductor device is provided, including a first well of a first conductivity type disposed on a substrate, a second well of a second conductivity type, different from the conductivity type, surrounding the first well in a layout view, a third well of the first conductivity type, in which a portion of the second well is interposed between the first well and the third well, a first doped region of the second conductivity type that is in the first well and coupled to an input/output (I/O) pad; and at least one second doped region of the first conductivity type that is in the third well and coupled to a first supply voltage terminal. The first doped region, the at least one second doped region, the first well and the third well discharge a first electrostatic discharge (ESD) current between the I/O pad and the first voltage terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2022
    Publication date: June 30, 2022
    Applicant: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yi-Feng CHANG, Jam-Wem LEE
  • Patent number: 11355927
    Abstract: A device is disclosed herein. The device includes an electrostatic discharge (ESD) detector, a bias generator, and an ESD driver including at least two transistors coupled to each other in series. The ESD detector is configured to detect an input signal and generate a detection signal in response to an ESD event being detected. The bias generator is configured to generate a bias signal according to the detection signal. The at least two transistors are controlled according to the bias signal and a logic control signal, and the input signal is applied across the at least two transistors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Po-Lin Peng, Yu-Ti Su, Chia-Wei Hsu, Ming-Fu Tsai, Shu-Yu Su, Li-Wei Chu, Jam-Wem Lee, Chia-Jung Chang, Hsiang-Hui Cheng
  • Patent number: 11355491
    Abstract: Systems and methods for protecting a device from an electrostatic discharge (ESD) event are provided. A resistor-capacitor (RC) trigger circuit and a driver circuit are provided. The RC trigger circuit is configured to provide an ESD protection signal to the driver circuit. A discharge circuit includes a first metal oxide semiconductor (MOS) transistor and a second MOS transistor connected in series between a first voltage potential and a second voltage potential. The driver circuit provides one or more signals for turning the first and second MOS transistors on and off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited
    Inventors: Shu-Yu Su, Jam-Wem Lee, Wun-Jie Lin
  • Publication number: 20220165725
    Abstract: A device comprises a high voltage n well and a high voltage p well over a buried layer, a first low voltage n well over the high voltage n well, wherein a bottom portion of the first low voltage n well is surrounded by the high voltage n well, an N+ region over the first low voltage n well, a second low voltage n well and a low voltage p well over the high voltage p well, a first P+ region over the second low voltage n well and a second P+ region over the low voltage p well.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2022
    Publication date: May 26, 2022
    Inventors: Yi-Feng Chang, Jam-Wem Lee
  • Publication number: 20220139903
    Abstract: A method for fabricating an integrated circuit is provided. The method includes etching a first recess in a semiconductor structure; forming a first doped epitaxial feature in the first recess; and forming a second doped epitaxial feature over the first doped epitaxial feature, wherein the second doped epitaxial feature has a conductive type opposite to a conductive type of the first doped epitaxial feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2020
    Publication date: May 5, 2022
    Applicant: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tao-Yi HUNG, Wun-Jie LIN, Jam-Wem LEE, Kuo-Ji CHEN, Chia-En HUANG
  • Publication number: 20220130824
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a first to sixth regions, a first gate, a first metal contact and a second metal contact. The second region is disposed opposite to the first region with respect to the first gate. The first metal contact couples the first region to the second region. The fourth region is disposed opposite to the third region with respect to the first gate. The second metal contact is coupling the third region to the fourth region. The fifth region is disposed between the first gate and the second region, and is disconnected from the first metal contact and the second metal contact. The sixth region is disposed between the first gate and the first region, and is disconnected from the first metal contact and the second metal contact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2022
    Publication date: April 28, 2022
    Applicant: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yi-Feng CHANG, Po-Lin PENG, Jam-Wem LEE
  • Publication number: 20220130825
    Abstract: A method includes the following operations: disconnecting at least one of drain regions that are formed on a first active area, of first transistors, from a first voltage; and disconnecting at least one of drain regions that are formed on a second active area, of second transistors coupled to the first transistors from a second voltage. The at least one of drain regions of the second transistors corresponds to the at least one of drain regions of the first transistors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2022
    Publication date: April 28, 2022
    Applicant: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yi-Feng CHANG, Po-Lin PENG, Jam-Wem LEE
  • Patent number: 11282831
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a first diode, a second diode, a clamp circuit and a third diode. The first diode is coupled between an input/output (I/O) pad and a first voltage terminal. The second diode is coupled with the first diode, the I/O pad and a second voltage terminal. The clamp circuit is coupled between the first voltage terminal and the second voltage terminal. The second diode and the clamp circuit are configured to direct a first part of an electrostatic discharge (ESD) current flowing between the I/O pad and the first voltage terminal. The third diode, coupled to the first voltage terminal, and the second diode include a first semiconductor structure configured to direct a second part of the ESD current flowing between the I/O pad and the first voltage terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Po-Lin Peng, Li-Wei Chu, Ming-Fu Tsai, Jam-Wem Lee, Yu-Ti Su
  • Patent number: 11282830
    Abstract: A device comprises a high voltage n well and a high voltage p well over a buried layer, a first low voltage n well over the high voltage n well, wherein a bottom portion of the first low voltage n well is surrounded by the high voltage n well, an N+ region over the first low voltage n well, a second low voltage n well and a low voltage p well over the high voltage p well, a first P+ region over the second low voltage n well and a second P+ region over the low voltage p well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yi-Feng Chang, Jam-Wem Lee
  • Publication number: 20220059524
    Abstract: Electrostatic discharge (ESD) structures are provided. An ESD structure includes a semiconductor substrate, a first epitaxy region with a first type of conductivity over the semiconductor substrate, a second epitaxy region with a second type of conductivity over the semiconductor substrate, and a plurality of first semiconductor layers and a plurality of second semiconductor layers. The first semiconductor layers and the second semiconductor layers are alternatingly stacked over the semiconductor substrate and between the first and second epitaxy regions. Each of the first and second semiconductor layers has a first side contacting the first epitaxy region and a second side contacting the second epitaxy region, and the first side is opposite the second side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2020
    Publication date: February 24, 2022
    Inventors: Chun-Chia HSU, Tung-Heng HSIEH, Yung-Feng CHANG, Bao-Ru YOUNG, Jam-Wem LEE, Chih-Hung WANG
  • Publication number: 20220045052
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides embodiments of semiconductor devices. A semiconductor device according to the present disclosure include an elongated semiconductor member surrounded by an isolation feature and extending lengthwise along a first direction, a first source/drain feature and a second source/drain feature over a top surface of the elongated semiconductor member, a vertical stack of channel members each extending lengthwise between the first source/drain feature and the second source/drain feature along the first direction, a gate structure wrapping around each of the channel members, an epitaxial layer deposited on the bottom surface of the elongated semiconductor member, a silicide layer disposed on the epitaxial layer, and a conductive layer disposed on the silicide layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2021
    Publication date: February 10, 2022
    Inventors: Yu-Xuan Huang, Ching-Wei Tsai, Jam-Wem Lee, Kuo-Ji Chen, Kuan-Lun Cheng
  • Publication number: 20220029414
    Abstract: A device is disclosed herein. The device includes an electrostatic discharge (ESD) detector, a bias generator, and an ESD driver including at least two transistors coupled to each other in series. The ESD detector is configured to detect an input signal and generate a detection signal in response to an ESD event being detected. The bias generator is configured to generate a bias signal according to the detection signal. The at least two transistors are controlled according to the bias signal and a logic control signal, and the input signal is applied across the at least two transistors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2020
    Publication date: January 27, 2022
    Applicant: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Po-Lin PENG, Yu-Ti SU, Chia-Wei HSU, Ming-Fu TSAI, Shu-Yu SU, Li-Wei CHU, Jam-Wem LEE, Chia-Jung CHANG, Hsiang-Hui CHENG
  • Patent number: 11222893
    Abstract: A method includes the following operations: disconnecting at least one of drain regions that are formed on a first active area, of first transistors, from a first voltage; and disconnecting at least one of drain regions that are formed on a second active area, of second transistors coupled to the first transistors from a second voltage. The at least one of drain regions of the second transistors corresponds to the at least one of drain regions of the first transistors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yi-Feng Chang, Po-Lin Peng, Jam-Wem Lee