Patents by Inventor Jen-Cheng Liu

Jen-Cheng Liu 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: 11121159
    Abstract: A photo diode includes a pixel unit, a photo conversion layer, and a dielectric layer. The pixel unit includes a pair of pixels. The photo conversion layer is above the pixel unit and has a pair of portions, each of which corresponds to a respective one of the pixels. The dielectric layer is between the portions of the photo conversion layer. A method of manufacturing the photo diode is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited
    Inventors: Tzu-Jui Wang, Keng-Yu Chou, Chun-Hao Chuang, Ming-Chieh Hsu, Ren-Jie Lin, Jen-Cheng Liu, Dun-Nian Yaung
  • Publication number: 20210280620
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a pixel sensor is provided. The pixel sensor includes a first photodetector arranged in a semiconductor substrate. A second photodetector is arranged in the semiconductor substrate, where a first substantially straight line axis intersects a center point of the first photodetector and a center point of the second photodetector. A floating diffusion node is arranged in the semiconductor substrate at a point that is a substantially equal distance from the first photodetector and the second photodetector. A pick-up well contact region is arranged in the semiconductor substrate, where a second substantially straight line axis that is substantially perpendicular to the first substantially straight line axis intersects a center point of the floating diffusion node and a center point of the pick-up well contact region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2021
    Publication date: September 9, 2021
    Inventors: Seiji Takahashi, Chen-Jong Wang, Dun-Nian Yaung, Feng-Chi Hung, Feng-Jia Shiu, Jen-Cheng Liu, Jhy-Jyi Sze, Chun-Wei Chang, Wei-Cheng Hsu, Wei Chuang Wu, Yimin Huang
  • Patent number: 11114486
    Abstract: A device includes a semiconductor substrate and implant isolation region extending from a top surface of the semiconductor substrate into the semiconductor substrate surrounding an active region. A gate dielectric is disposed over an active region of the semiconductor substrate, wherein the gate dielectric extends over the implant isolation region. A gate electrode is disposed over the gate dielectric and an end cap dielectric layer is between the gate dielectric and the gate electrode over the implant isolation region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Min-Feng Kao, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Tzu-Hsuan Hsu, Wen-De Wang, Wen-I Hsu
  • Patent number: 11107767
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the present disclosure relates to an integrated chip. The integrated chip includes a first plurality of interconnect layers within a first inter-level dielectric (ILD) structure disposed along a front-side of a first substrate. A conductive pad is arranged along a back-side of the first substrate and a first through-substrate-via (TSV) extends between an interconnect wire of the first plurality of interconnect layers and the conductive pad. A second plurality of interconnect layers are within a second ILD structure disposed along a front-side of a second substrate that is bonded to the first substrate. A second through substrate via (TSV) extends through the second substrate. The second TSV has a greater width than the first TSV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Min-Feng Kao, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Hsun-Ying Huang
  • Patent number: 11088196
    Abstract: The problem of reducing noise in image sensing devices, especially NIR detectors, is solved by providing ground connections for the reflectors. The reflectors may be grounded through vias that couple the reflectors to grounded areas of the substrate. The grounded areas of the substrate may be P+ doped areas formed proximate the surface of the substrate. In particular, the P+ doped areas may be parts of photodiodes. Alternatively, the reflectors may be grounded through a metal interconnect structure formed over the front side of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yen-Ting Chiang, Ching-Chun Wang, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Jhy-Jyi Sze, Shyh-Fann Ting, Yimin Huang
  • Publication number: 20210233813
    Abstract: A stacked integrated circuit (IC) device and a method are disclosed. The stacked IC device includes a first semiconductor element. The first substrate includes a dielectric block in the first substrate; and a plurality of first conductive features formed in first inter-metal dielectric layers over the first substrate. The stacked IC device also includes a second semiconductor element bonded on the first semiconductor element. The second semiconductor element includes a second substrate and a plurality of second conductive features formed in second inter-metal dielectric layers over the second substrate. The stacked IC device also includes a conductive deep-interconnection-plug coupled between the first conductive features and the second conductive features. The conductive deep-interconnection-plug is isolated by dielectric block, the first inter-metal-dielectric layers and the second inter-metal-dielectric layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2021
    Publication date: July 29, 2021
    Inventors: Shu-Ting Tsai, Jeng-Shyan Lin, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Feng-Chi Hung, Chih-Hui Huang, Sheng-Chau Chen, Shih Pei Chou, Chia-Chieh Lin
  • Patent number: 11062977
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present application are directed towards an integrated circuit (IC) in which a shield structure blocks the migration of charge to a semiconductor device from proximate a through substrate via (TSV). In some embodiments, the IC comprises a substrate, an interconnect structure, the semiconductor device, the TSV, and the shield structure. The interconnect structure is on a frontside of the substrate and comprises a wire. The semiconductor device is on the frontside of the substrate, between the substrate and the interconnect structure. The TSV extends completely through the substrate, from a backside of the substrate to the wire, and comprises metal. The shield structure comprises a PN junction extending completely through the substrate and directly between the semiconductor device and the TSV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Min-Feng Kao, Dun-Nian Yaung, Hsing-Chih Lin, Jen-Cheng Liu, Wei-Tao Tsai
  • Patent number: 11063038
    Abstract: A three-dimensional (3D) integrated circuit (IC) is provided. In some embodiments, a first IC die comprises a first bonding structure and a first interconnect structure over a first semiconductor substrate. A second IC die is disposed over the first IC die and comprises a second bonding structure and a second interconnect structure over a second semiconductor substrate. A seal-ring structure extends from the first semiconductor substrate to the second semiconductor substrate. A plurality of through silicon via (TSV) coupling structures is arranged in the peripheral region of the 3D IC along an inner perimeter of the seal-ring structure and closer to the 3D IC than the seal-ring structure. The plurality of TSV coupling structures respectively comprises a TSV disposed in the second semiconductor substrate and electrically coupling to the 3D IC through a stack of TSV wiring layers and inter-wire vias.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kong-Beng Thei, Dun-Nian Yaung, Fu-Jier Fan, Hsing-Chih Lin, Hsiao-Chin Tuan, Jen-Cheng Liu, Alexander Kalnitsky, Yi-Sheng Chen
  • Publication number: 20210210534
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the present disclosure relates to a device having a semiconductor substrate including a frontside and a backside. On the frontside of the semiconductor substrate are a first source/drain region and a second source/drain region. A gate electrode is arranged on the frontside of the semiconductor substrate and includes a horizontal portion, a first vertical portion, and a second vertical portion. The horizontal portion is arranged over the frontside of the semiconductor substrate and between the first and second source/drain regions. The first vertical portion extends from the frontside towards the backside of the semiconductor substrate and contacts the horizontal portion of the gate electrode structure. The second vertical portion extends from the frontside towards the backside of the semiconductor substrate, contacts the horizontal portion of the gate electrode structure, and is separated from the first vertical portion by a channel region of the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2020
    Publication date: July 8, 2021
    Inventors: Chun-Yuan Chen, Ching-Chun Wang, Hsiao-Hui Tseng, Jen-Cheng Liu, Jhy-Jyi Sze, Shyh-Fann Ting, Wei Chuang Wu, Yen-Ting Chiang, Chia Ching Liao, Yen-Yu Chen
  • Publication number: 20210210532
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed towards an image sensor device. A photodetector is disposed in a semiconductor substrate, and a transfer transistor is disposed over photodetector. The transfer transistor includes a transfer gate having a lateral portion extending over a frontside of the semiconductor substrate and a vertical portion extending to a first depth below the frontside of the semiconductor substrate. A gate dielectric separates the lateral portion and the vertical portion from the semiconductor substrate. A backside trench isolation structure extends from a backside of the semiconductor substrate to a second depth below the frontside of the semiconductor substrate. The backside trench isolation structure laterally surrounds the photodetector, and the second depth is less than the first depth such that a lowermost portion of the vertical portion of the transfer transistor has a vertical overlap with an uppermost portion of the backside trench isolation structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Publication date: July 8, 2021
    Inventors: Feng-Chi Hung, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Wei Chuang Wu, Yen-Yu Chen, Chih-Kuan Yu
  • Patent number: 11043522
    Abstract: The present disclosure, in some embodiments, relates to a multi-dimensional integrated chip structure. The structure includes a first interconnect layer within a first dielectric structure on a first substrate, and a second interconnect layer within a second dielectric structure on a second substrate. A bonding structure is between the first dielectric structure and the second substrate. An inter-tier interconnect structure extends through the second substrate and between a top of the first interconnect layer and a bottom of the second interconnect layer. The inter-tier interconnect structure includes a first region having substantially vertical sidewalls extending through the second substrate and a second region below the first region and having tapered sidewalls surrounded by the bonding structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jeng-Shyan Lin, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Hsun-Ying Huang, Wei-Chih Weng, Yu-Yang Shen
  • Publication number: 20210156026
    Abstract: An atomic layer deposition (ALD) method can include pulsing a first reactant vapor into a reactor assembly. The first reactant vapor is supplied to a first reactant gas line. An inactive gas is supplied to a first inactive gas line at a first flow rate. The first reactant vapor and the inactive gas are fed to the reactor assembly by way of a first feed line. The reactor assembly is purged by supplying the inactive gas to the first inactive gas line at a second flow rate higher than the first flow rate. A first portion of the inactive gas can be fed back along a diffusion barrier portion of the first reactant gas line to provide an inert gas valve (IGV) upstream of the first inactive gas line. A second portion of the inactive gas can be fed to the reactor assembly by way of the first feed line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2021
    Publication date: May 27, 2021
    Inventor: Eric Jen Cheng Liu
  • Publication number: 20210159264
    Abstract: Methods for forming via last through-vias. A method includes providing an active device wafer having a front side including conductive interconnect material disposed in dielectric layers and having an opposing back side; providing a carrier wafer having through vias filled with an oxide extending from a first surface of the carrier wafer to a second surface of the carrier wafer; bonding the front side of the active device wafer to the second surface of the carrier wafer; etching the oxide in the through vias in the carrier wafer to form through oxide vias; and depositing conductor material into the through oxide vias to form conductors that extend to the active carrier wafer and make electrical contact to the conductive interconnect material. An apparatus includes a carrier wafer with through oxide vias extending through the carrier wafer to an active device wafer bonded to the carrier wafer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2021
    Publication date: May 27, 2021
    Inventors: Szu-Ying Chen, Pao-Tung Chen, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu
  • Publication number: 20210159176
    Abstract: A semiconductor structure includes a substrate, a conductive via and a first insulation layer. The conductive via is through the substrate. The first insulation layer is between the substrate and the conductive via. A first surface of the first insulation layer facing the substrate and a second surface of the first insulation layer facing the conductive via are extended along different directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2021
    Publication date: May 27, 2021
    Inventors: HSIN-HUNG CHEN, MIN-FENG KAO, HSING-CHIH LIN, JEN-CHENG LIU, DUN-NIAN YAUNG
  • Publication number: 20210151495
    Abstract: The problem of reducing noise in image sensing devices, especially NIR detectors, is solved by providing ground connections for the reflectors. The reflectors may be grounded through vias that couple the reflectors to grounded areas of the substrate. The grounded areas of the substrate may be P+ doped areas formed proximate the surface of the substrate. In particular, the P+ doped areas may be parts of photodiodes. Alternatively, the reflectors may be grounded through a metal interconnect structure formed over the front side of the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Publication date: May 20, 2021
    Inventors: Yen-Ting Chiang, Ching-Chun Wang, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Jhy-Jyi Sze, Shyh-Fann Ting, Yimin Huang
  • Patent number: 11011567
    Abstract: An image sensor structure that includes a first semiconductor substrate having a plurality of imaging sensors; a first interconnect structure formed on the first semiconductor substrate; a second semiconductor substrate having a logic circuit; a second interconnect structure formed on the second semiconductor substrate, wherein the first and the second semiconductor substrates are bonded together in a configuration that the first and second interconnect structures are sandwiched between the first and second semiconductor substrates; and a backside deep contact (BDCT) feature extended from the first interconnect structure to the second interconnect structure, thereby electrically coupling the logic circuit to the image sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Min-Feng Kao, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Chun-Chieh Chuang, Feng-Chi Hung, Shuang-Ji Tsai, Jeng-Shyan Lin, Shu-Ting Tsai, Wen-I Hsu
  • Publication number: 20210143208
    Abstract: Provided is a method of fabricating an image sensor device. An exemplary includes forming a plurality of radiation-sensing regions in a substrate. The substrate has a front surface, a back surface, and a sidewall that extends from the front surface to the back surface. The exemplary method further includes forming an interconnect structure over the front surface of the substrate, removing a portion of the substrate to expose a metal interconnect layer of the interconnect structure, and forming a bonding pad on the interconnect structure in a manner so that the bonding pad is electrically coupled to the exposed metal interconnect layer and separated from the sidewall of the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2021
    Publication date: May 13, 2021
    Inventors: Shuang-Ji Tsai, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Wen-De Wang, Hsiao-Hui Tseng
  • Patent number: 11004880
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a pixel sensor is provided. The pixel sensor includes a first photodetector arranged in a semiconductor substrate. A second photodetector is arranged in the semiconductor substrate, where a first substantially straight line axis intersects a center point of the first photodetector and a center point of the second photodetector. A floating diffusion node is arranged in the semiconductor substrate at a point that is a substantially equal distance from the first photodetector and the second photodetector. A pick-up well contact region is arranged in the semiconductor substrate, where a second substantially straight line axis that is substantially perpendicular to the first substantially straight line axis intersects a center point of the floating diffusion node and a center point of the pick-up well contact region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seiji Takahashi, Chen-Jong Wang, Dun-Nian Yaung, Feng-Chi Hung, Feng-Jia Shiu, Jen-Cheng Liu, Jhy-Jyi Sze, Chun-Wei Chang, Wei-Cheng Hsu, Wei Chuang Wu, Yimin Huang
  • Patent number: 10991752
    Abstract: A method includes bonding a Backside Illumination (BSI) image sensor chip to a device chip, forming a first via in the BSI image sensor chip to connect to a first integrated circuit device in the BSI image sensor chip, forming a second via penetrating through the BSI image sensor chip to connect to a second integrated circuit device in the device chip, and forming a metal pad to connect the first via to the second via.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jeng-Shyan Lin, Feng-Chi Hung, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Szu-Ying Chen, Wen-De Wang, Tzu-Hsuan Hsu
  • Patent number: 10978345
    Abstract: A stacked integrated circuit (IC) device and a method are disclosed. The stacked IC device includes a first semiconductor element. The first substrate includes a dielectric block in the first substrate; and a plurality of first conductive features formed in first inter-metal dielectric layers over the first substrate. The stacked IC device also includes a second semiconductor element bonded on the first semiconductor element. The second semiconductor element includes a second substrate and a plurality of second conductive features formed in second inter-metal dielectric layers over the second substrate. The stacked IC device also includes a conductive deep-interconnection-plug coupled between the first conductive features and the second conductive features. The conductive deep-interconnection-plug is isolated by dielectric block, the first inter-metal-dielectric layers and the second inter-metal-dielectric layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Shu-Ting Tsai, Jeng-Shyan Lin, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Feng-Chi Hung, Chih-Hui Huang, Sheng-Chau Chen, Shih Pei Chou, Chia-Chieh Lin