Patents by Inventor Jivaan Kishore Jhothiraman

Jivaan Kishore Jhothiraman 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: 20220271051
    Abstract: A microelectronic device comprises a stack structure comprising a stack structure comprising alternating conductive structures and insulating structures arranged in tiers, each of the tiers individually comprising one of the conductive structures and one of the insulating structures, staircase structures within the stack structure and having steps comprising edges of the tiers, and a doped dielectric material adjacent the steps of the staircase structures and comprising silicon dioxide doped with one or more of boron, phosphorus, carbon, and fluorine, the doped dielectric material having a greater ratio of Si—O—Si bonds to water than borophosphosilicate glass. Related methods of forming a microelectronic device and related electronic systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2022
    Publication date: August 25, 2022
    Inventors: Jivaan Kishore Jhothiraman, Kunal Shrotri, Matthew J. King
  • Patent number: 11411013
    Abstract: A microelectronic device comprises a stack structure comprising a stack structure comprising alternating conductive structures and insulating structures arranged in tiers, each of the tiers individually comprising one of the conductive structures and one of the insulating structures, staircase structures within the stack structure and having steps comprising edges of the tiers, and a doped dielectric material adjacent the steps of the staircase structures and comprising silicon dioxide doped with one or more of boron, phosphorus, carbon, and fluorine, the doped dielectric material having a greater ratio of Si—O—Si bonds to water than borophosphosilicate glass. Related methods of forming a microelectronic device and related electronic systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jivaan Kishore Jhothiraman, Kunal Shrotri, Matthew J. King
  • Patent number: 11302712
    Abstract: A method used in forming integrated circuitry comprises forming a stack comprising vertically-alternating first tiers and second tiers. The stack comprises a cavity therein that comprises a stair-step structure. At least a portion of sidewalls of the cavity is lined with sacrificial material. Insulative material is formed in the cavity radially inward of the sacrificial material. At least some of the sacrificial material is removed from being between the cavity sidewalls and the insulative material to form a void space there-between. Insulator material is formed in at least some of the void space. Other embodiments, including structure independent of method, are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Chandra Tiwari, Jivaan Kishore Jhothiraman
  • Publication number: 20220013530
    Abstract: A method used in forming integrated circuitry comprises forming a stack comprising vertically-alternating first tiers and second tiers. The stack comprises a cavity therein that comprises a stair-step structure. Sidewalls of the cavity and steps of the stair-step structure are lined with an insulator material. Insulative material is formed in the cavity radially inward of the insulator material. An upper portion of the insulative material is removed from the cavity to leave the insulative material in a bottom of the cavity over the stair-step structure. After the removing, insulating material is formed in the cavity above the insulative material. Other embodiments, including structure independent of method, are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2020
    Publication date: January 13, 2022
    Applicant: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jivaan Kishore Jhothiraman, John Mark Meldrim
  • Publication number: 20210358951
    Abstract: Some embodiments include an integrated assembly having a first deck which has first memory cells, and having a second deck which has second memory cells. The first memory cells have first control gate regions which include a first conductive material vertically between horizontally-extending bars of a second conductive material. The second memory cells have second control gate regions which include a fourth conductive material along an outer surface of a third conductive material. A pillar passes through the first and second decks. The pillar includes a dielectric-barrier material laterally surrounding a channel material. The first and fourth materials are directly against the dielectric-barrier material. Some embodiments include methods of forming integrated assemblies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2021
    Publication date: November 18, 2021
    Applicant: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: John D. Hopkins, Justin B. Dorhout, Nirup Bandaru, Damir Fazil, Nancy M. Lomeli, Jivaan Kishore Jhothiraman, Purnima Narayanan
  • Publication number: 20210358868
    Abstract: Microelectronic devices include a stack structure of insulative structures vertically alternating with conductive structures and arranged in tiers forming opposing staircase structures. A polysilicon fill material substantially fills an opening (e.g., a high-aspect-ratio opening) between the opposing staircase structures. The polysilicon fill material may have non-compressive stress such that the stack structure may be partitioned into blocks without the blocks bending and without contacts—formed in at least one of the polysilicon fill material and the stack structure—deforming, misaligning, or forming electrical shorts with neighboring contacts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2021
    Publication date: November 18, 2021
    Inventors: Jivaan Kishore Jhothiraman, John M. Meldrim, Lifang Xu
  • Publication number: 20210335803
    Abstract: A method used in forming integrated circuitry comprises forming a stack comprising vertically-alternating first tiers and second tiers. The stack comprises a cavity therein that comprises a stair-step structure. At least a portion of sidewalls of the cavity is lined with sacrificial material. Insulative material is formed in the cavity radially inward of the sacrificial material. At least some of the sacrificial material is removed from being between the cavity sidewalls and the insulative material to form a void space there-between. Insulator material is formed in at least some of the void space. Other embodiments, including structure independent of method, are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Publication date: October 28, 2021
    Applicant: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Chandra Tiwari, Jivaan Kishore Jhothiraman
  • Patent number: 11107831
    Abstract: Some embodiments include an integrated assembly having a first deck which has first memory cells, and having a second deck which has second memory cells. The first memory cells have first control gate regions which include a first conductive material vertically between horizontally-extending bars of a second conductive material. The second memory cells have second control gate regions which include a fourth conductive material along an outer surface of a third conductive material. A pillar passes through the first and second decks. The pillar includes a dielectric-barrier material laterally surrounding a channel material. The first and fourth materials are directly against the dielectric-barrier material. Some embodiments include methods of forming integrated assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: John D. Hopkins, Justin B. Dorhout, Nirup Bandaru, Damir Fazil, Nancy M. Lomeli, Jivaan Kishore Jhothiraman, Purnima Narayanan
  • Patent number: 11088017
    Abstract: A method of forming a semiconductor structure includes forming a sacrificial material over a stack comprising alternating levels of a dielectric material and another material, forming an opening through the sacrificial material and at least some of the alternating levels of the dielectric material and the another material, forming at least one oxide material in the opening and overlying surfaces of the sacrificial material, an uppermost surface of the at least one oxide material extending more distal from a surface of a substrate than an uppermost level of the dielectric material and the another material, planarizing at least a portion of the at least one oxide material to expose a portion of the sacrificial material, and removing the sacrificial material while the uppermost surface of the at least one oxide material remains more distal from the surface of the substrate than the uppermost level of the alternating levels of the dielectric material and the another material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: John B. Matovu, David S. Meyaard, Gowrisankar Damarla, Sri Sai Sivakumar Vegunta, Kunal Shrotri, Shashank Saraf, Kevin R. Gast, Jivaan Kishore Jhothiraman, Suresh Ramarajan, Lifang Xu, Rithu K. Bhonsle, Rutuparna Narulkar, Matthew J. King
  • Patent number: 11088088
    Abstract: Microelectronic devices include a stack structure of insulative structures vertically alternating with conductive structures and arranged in tiers forming opposing staircase structures. A polysilicon fill material substantially fills an opening (e.g., a high-aspect-ratio opening) between the opposing staircase structures. The polysilicon fill material may have non-compressive stress such that the stack structure may be partitioned into blocks without the blocks bending and without contacts—formed in at least one of the polysilicon fill material and the stack structure—deforming, misaligning, or forming electrical shorts with neighboring contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jivaan Kishore Jhothiraman, John M. Meldrim, Lifang Xu
  • Publication number: 20210210499
    Abstract: A microelectronic device comprises a stack structure comprising a stack structure comprising alternating conductive structures and insulating structures arranged in tiers, each of the tiers individually comprising one of the conductive structures and one of the insulating structures, staircase structures within the stack structure and having steps comprising edges of the tiers, and a doped dielectric material adjacent the steps of the staircase structures and comprising silicon dioxide doped with one or more of boron, phosphorus, carbon, and fluorine, the doped dielectric material having a greater ratio of Si—O—Si bonds to water than borophosphosilicate glass. Related methods of forming a microelectronic device and related electronic systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Publication date: July 8, 2021
    Inventors: Jivaan Kishore Jhothiraman, Kunal Shrotri, Matthew J. King
  • Publication number: 20210167081
    Abstract: Some embodiments include an integrated assembly having a first deck which has first memory cells, and having a second deck which has second memory cells. The first memory cells have first control gate regions which include a first conductive material vertically between horizontally-extending bars of a second conductive material. The second memory cells have second control gate regions which include a fourth conductive material along an outer surface of a third conductive material. A pillar passes through the first and second decks. The pillar includes a dielectric-barrier material laterally surrounding a channel material. The first and fourth materials are directly against the dielectric-barrier material. Some embodiments include methods of forming integrated assemblies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Publication date: June 3, 2021
    Applicant: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: John D. Hopkins, Justin B. Dorhout, Nirup Bandaru, Damir Fazil, Nancy M. Lomeli, Jivaan Kishore Jhothiraman, Purnima Narayanan
  • Publication number: 20210134736
    Abstract: Microelectronic devices include a stack structure of insulative structures vertically alternating with conductive structures and arranged in tiers forming opposing staircase structures. A polysilicon fill material substantially fills an opening (e.g., a high-aspect-ratio opening) between the opposing staircase structures. The polysilicon fill material may have non-compressive stress such that the stack structure may be partitioned into blocks without the blocks bending and without contacts—formed in at least one of the polysilicon fill material and the stack structure—deforming, misaligning, or forming electrical shorts with neighboring contacts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2019
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Inventors: Jivaan Kishore Jhothiraman, John M. Meldrim, Lifang Xu
  • Publication number: 20200203220
    Abstract: A method of forming a semiconductor structure includes forming a sacrificial material over a stack comprising alternating levels of a dielectric material and another material, forming an opening through the sacrificial material and at least some of the alternating levels of the dielectric material and the another material, forming at least one oxide material in the opening and overlying surfaces of the sacrificial material, an uppermost surface of the at least one oxide material extending more distal from a surface of a substrate than an uppermost level of the dielectric material and the another material, planarizing at least a portion of the at least one oxide material to expose a portion of the sacrificial material, and removing the sacrificial material while the uppermost surface of the at least one oxide material remains more distal from the surface of the substrate than the uppermost level of the alternating levels of the dielectric material and the another material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventors: John B. Matovu, David S. Meyaard, Gowrisankar Damarla, Sri Sai Sivakumar Vegunta, Kunal Shrotri, Shashank Saraf, Kevin R. Gast, Jivaan Kishore Jhothiraman, Suresh Ramarajan, Lifang Xu, Rithu K. Bhonsle, Rutuparna Narulkar, Matthew J. King
  • Patent number: 10600682
    Abstract: A method of forming a semiconductor structure includes forming a sacrificial material over a stack comprising alternating levels of a dielectric material and another material, forming an opening through the sacrificial material and at least some of the alternating levels of the dielectric material and the another material, forming at least one oxide material in the opening and overlying surfaces of the sacrificial material, an uppermost surface of the at least one oxide material extending more distal from a surface of a substrate than an uppermost level of the dielectric material and the another material, planarizing at least a portion of the at least one oxide material to expose a portion of the sacrificial material, and removing the sacrificial material while the uppermost surface of the at least one oxide material remains more distal from the surface of the substrate than the uppermost level of the alternating levels of the dielectric material and the another material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: John B. Matovu, David S. Meyaard, Gowrisankar Damarla, Sri Sai Sivakumar Vegunta, Kunal Shrotri, Shashank Saraf, Kevin R. Gast, Jivaan Kishore Jhothiraman, Suresh Ramarajan, Lifang Xu, Rithu K. Bhonsle, Rutuparna Narulkar, Matthew J. King
  • Publication number: 20190206727
    Abstract: A method of forming a semiconductor structure includes forming a sacrificial material over a stack comprising alternating levels of a dielectric material and another material, forming an opening through the sacrificial material and at least some of the alternating levels of the dielectric material and the another material, forming at least one oxide material in the opening and overlying surfaces of the sacrificial material, an uppermost surface of the at least one oxide material extending more distal from a surface of a substrate than an uppermost level of the dielectric material and the another material, planarizing at least a portion of the at least one oxide material to expose a portion of the sacrificial material, and removing the sacrificial material while the uppermost surface of the at least one oxide material remains more distal from the surface of the substrate than the uppermost level of the alternating levels of the dielectric material and the another material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: John B. Matovu, David S. Meyaard, Gowrisankar Damarla, Sri Sai Sivakumar Vegunta, Kunal Shrotri, Shashank Saraf, Kevin R. Gast, Jivaan Kishore Jhothiraman, Suresh Ramarajan, Lifang Xu, Rithu K. Bhonsle, Rutuparna Narulkar, Matthew J. King
  • Patent number: 10269625
    Abstract: A method of forming a semiconductor structure includes forming a sacrificial material over a stack comprising alternating levels of a dielectric material and another material, forming an opening through the sacrificial material and at least some of the alternating levels of the dielectric material and the another material, forming at least one oxide material in the opening and overlying surfaces of the sacrificial material, an uppermost surface of the at least one oxide material extending more distal from a surface of a substrate than an uppermost level of the dielectric material and the another material, planarizing at least a portion of the at least one oxide material to expose a portion of the sacrificial material, and removing the sacrificial material while the uppermost surface of the at least one oxide material remains more distal from the surface of the substrate than the uppermost level of the alternating levels of the dielectric material and the another material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: John B. Matovu, David S. Meyaard, Gowrisankar Damarla, Sri Sai Sivakumar Vegunta, Kunal Shrotri, Shashank Saraf, Kevin R. Gast, Jivaan Kishore Jhothiraman, Suresh Ramarajan, Lifang Xu, Rithu K. Bhonsle, Rutuparna Narulkar, Matthew J. King