Patents by Inventor Jeng-Ya David Yeh

Jeng-Ya David Yeh 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: 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
  • Patent number: 10854607
    Abstract: An impurity source film is formed along a portion of a non-planar semiconductor fin structure. The impurity source film may serve as source of an impurity that becomes electrically active subsequent to diffusing from the source film into the semiconductor fin. In one embodiment, an impurity source film is disposed adjacent to a sidewall surface of a portion of a sub-fin region disposed between an active region of the fin and the substrate and is more proximate to the substrate than to the active area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Chia-Hong Jan, Walid M Hafez, Jeng-Ya David Yeh, Hsu-Yu Chang, Neville L Dias, Chanaka D Munasinghe
  • Patent number: 10825907
    Abstract: A semiconductor device and a method of forming the semiconductor device is disclosed. A sacrificial film is used to pattern a contact to a semiconductor structure, such as a contact to a source/drain region of a transistor. The contact may include a tapered profile along an axis parallel to the gate electrode such that an outermost width of the contact decreases as the contact extends away from the source/drain region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tung Ying Lee, Chih Chieh Yeh, Jeng-Ya David Yeh, Yuan-Hung Chiu, Chi-Wen Liu, Yee-Chia Yeo
  • Patent number: 10797048
    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 side wall spacers is different from a second depth of the first space above the first gate electrode layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hsiang-Ku Shen, Chih Wei Lu, Janet Chen, Jeng-Ya David Yeh
  • Patent number: 10755970
    Abstract: In one exemplary aspect, a method for semiconductor manufacturing comprises forming first and second silicon nitride features on sidewall surfaces of a contact hole, where the contact hole is disposed in a dielectric layer and above a source/drain (S/D) feature. The method further comprises forming a contact plug in the contact hole, the contact plug being electrically coupled to the S/D feature, removing a top portion of the contact plug to create a recess in the contact hole, forming a hard mask layer in the recess, and removing the first and second silicon nitride features via selective etching to form first and second air gaps, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hsin-Che Chiang, Ju-Li Huang, Chun-Sheng Liang, Jeng-Ya David Yeh
  • Publication number: 20200251471
    Abstract: An impurity source film is formed along a portion of a non-planar semiconductor fin structure. The impurity source film may serve as source of an impurity that becomes electrically active subsequent to diffusing from the source film into the semiconductor fin. In one embodiment, an impurity source film is disposed adjacent to a sidewall surface of a portion of a sub-fin region disposed between an active region of the fin and the substrate and is more proximate to the substrate than to the active area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Applicant: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Chia-Hong Jan, Walid M. Hafez, Jeng-Ya David Yeh, Hsu-Yu Chang, Neville L. Dias, Chanaka D. Munasinghe
  • Publication number: 20200251470
    Abstract: Two or more types of fin-based transistors having different gate structures and formed on a single integrated circuit are described. The gate structures for each type of transistor are distinguished at least by the thickness or composition of the gate dielectric layer(s) or the composition of the work function metal layer(s) in the gate electrode. Methods are also provided for fabricating an integrated circuit having at least two different types of fin-based transistors, where the transistor types are distinguished by the thickness and composition of the gate dielectric layer(s) and/or the thickness and composition of the work function metal in the gate electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Inventors: Curtis TSAI, Chia-Hong JAN, Jeng-Ya David YEH, Joodong PARK, Walid M. HAFEZ
  • 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: 10658361
    Abstract: Two or more types of fin-based transistors having different gate structures and formed on a single integrated circuit are described. The gate structures for each type of transistor are distinguished at least by the thickness or composition of the gate dielectric layer(s) or the composition of the work function metal layer(s) in the gate electrode. Methods are also provided for fabricating an integrated circuit having at least two different types of fin-based transistors, where the transistor types are distinguished by the thickness and composition of the gate dielectric layer(s) and/or the thickness and composition of the work function metal in the gate electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Curtis Tsai, Chia-Hong Jan, Jeng-Ya David Yeh, Joodong Park, Walid M. Hafez
  • Patent number: 10643999
    Abstract: An impurity source film is formed along a portion of a non-planar semiconductor fin structure. The impurity source film may serve as source of an impurity that becomes electrically active subsequent to diffusing from the source film into the semiconductor fin. In one embodiment, an impurity source film is disposed adjacent to a sidewall surface of a portion of a sub-fin region disposed between an active region of the fin and the substrate and is more proximate to the substrate than to the active area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Chia-Hong Jan, Walid M Hafez, Jeng-Ya David Yeh, Hsu-Yu Chang, Neville L Dias, Chanaka D Munasinghe
  • Publication number: 20200075741
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a substrate, a first gate structure, a plurality of first gate spacers, a second gate structure, and a plurality of second gate spacers. The substrate has a first fin structure and a second fin structure. The first gate structure is over the first fin structure, in which the first gate structure includes a first high dielectric constant material and a first metal. A bottom surface of the first high dielectric constant material is higher than bottom surfaces of the first gate spacers. The second gate structure is narrower than the first gate structure and over the second fin structure, in which the second gate structure includes a second high dielectric constant material and a second metal. A bottom surface of the second high dielectric constant material is lower than bottom surfaces of the second gate spacers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Applicant: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hsin-Che CHIANG, Ju-Yuan TZENG, Chun-Sheng LIANG, Shu-Hui WANG, Chih-Yang YEH, Jeng-Ya David YEH
  • Publication number: 20200066718
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a substrate, a first active fin, a second active fin, a dummy fin and a first gate structure. The first and the second active fin are on the substrate and extend along a first direction. The dummy fin is disposed between the first active fin and the second active fin, and extends in the first direction. The dummy fin includes a plurality of layers, and each of the layers includes a material different from another layer. The first gate structure crosses over the dummy fin, the first and the second active fins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventors: Hou-Ju LI, Chur-Shyang FU, Chun-Sheng LIANG, Jeng-Ya David YEH
  • Publication number: 20190385896
    Abstract: In one exemplary aspect, a method for semiconductor manufacturing comprises forming first and second silicon nitride features on sidewall surfaces of a contact hole, where the contact hole is disposed in a dielectric layer and above a source/drain (S/D) feature. The method further comprises forming a contact plug in the contact hole, the contact plug being electrically coupled to the S/D feature, removing a top portion of the contact plug to create a recess in the contact hole, forming a hard mask layer in the recess, and removing the first and second silicon nitride features via selective etching to form first and second air gaps, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Publication date: December 19, 2019
    Inventors: Hsin-Che Chiang, Ju-Li Huang, Chun-Sheng Liang, Jeng-Ya David Yeh
  • Patent number: 10475895
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a substrate, a first dielectric layer, a first device and a second device. The first dielectric layer is disposed on the substrate. The first device is disposed on the first dielectric layer on a first region of the substrate, and includes two first spacers, a second dielectric layer and a first gate structure. The first spacers are separated to form a first trench. The second dielectric layer is disposed on side surfaces and a bottom surface of the first trench. The first gate structure is disposed on the second dielectric layer. The second device is disposed on a second region of the substrate, and includes two second spacers and a second gate structure. The second spacers are disposed on the first dielectric layer and are separated to form a second trench. The second gate structure is disposed on the substrate within the second trench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hsin-Che Chiang, Ju-Yuan Tzeng, Chun-Sheng Liang, Shu-Hui Wang, Chih-Yang Yeh, Jeng-ya David Yeh
  • Publication number: 20190287973
    Abstract: An impurity source film is formed along a portion of a non-planar semiconductor fin structure. The impurity source film may serve as source of an impurity that becomes electrically active subsequent to diffusing from the source film into the semiconductor fin. In one embodiment, an impurity source film is disposed adjacent to a sidewall surface of a portion of a sub-fin region disposed between an active region of the fin and the substrate and is more proximate to the substrate than to the active area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Applicant: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Chia-Hong Jan, Walid M. Hafez, Jeng-Ya David Yeh, Hsu-Yu Chang, Neville L. Dias, Chanaka D. Munasinghe
  • Patent number: 10373963
    Abstract: A semiconductor device comprises a first gate electrode disposed on a substrate, a first source/drain region, and a local interconnect connecting the first gate electrode and the first source/drain region. The local interconnect is disposed between the substrate and a first metal wiring layer in which a power supply line is disposed. The local interconnect has a key hole shape in a plan view, and has a head portion, a neck portion and a body portion connected to the head portion via the neck portion. The neck portion is disposed over the first gate electrode and the body portion is disposed over the first source/drain region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jui-Yao Lai, Sai-Hooi Yeong, Yen-Ming Chen, Ying-Yan Chen, Jeng-Ya David Yeh
  • Patent number: 10340273
    Abstract: An impurity source film is formed along a portion of a non-planar semiconductor fin structure. The impurity source film may serve as source of an impurity that becomes electrically active subsequent to diffusing from the source film into the semiconductor fin. In one embodiment, an impurity source film is disposed adjacent to a sidewall surface of a portion of a sub-fin region disposed between an active region of the fin and the substrate and is more proximate to the substrate than to the active area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Chia-Hong Jan, Walid M Hafez, Jeng-Ya David Yeh, Hsu-Yu Chang, Neville L Dias, Chanaka D Munasinghe
  • Publication number: 20190165117
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a substrate, a gate stack. The substrate includes a semiconductor fin. The gate stack is disposed on the semiconductor fin. The gate stack includes a dielectric layer disposed over the semiconductor fin, and a metal stack disposed over the dielectric layer and having a first metallic layer and a second metallic layer over the first metallic layer, and a gate electrode disposed over the metal stack. The first metallic layer and the second metallic layer have a first element, and a percentage of the first element in the first metallic layer is greater than that in the second metallic layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Applicant: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hsin-Che CHIANG, Ju-Yuan TZENG, Chun-Sheng LIANG, Chih-Yang YEH, Shu-Hui WANG, Jeng-Ya David YEH
  • Patent number: 10164032
    Abstract: A semiconductor device and a method of forming the semiconductor device is disclosed. A sacrificial film is used to pattern a contact to a semiconductor structure, such as a contact to a source/drain region of a transistor. The contact may include a tapered profile along an axis parallel to the gate electrode such that an outermost width of the contact decreases as the contact extends away from the source/drain region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tung Ying Lee, Chih Chieh Yeh, Jeng-Ya David Yeh, Yuan-Hung Chiu, Chi-Wen Liu, Yee-Chia Yeo
  • Patent number: 10163704
    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: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hui-Chi Chen, Hsiang-ku Shen, Jeng-Ya David Yeh