Patents by Inventor Justin B. Dorhout

Justin B. Dorhout 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: 11417673
    Abstract: A microelectronic device comprises a stack structure comprising alternating conductive structures and insulative structures arranged in tiers, the tiers individually comprising one of the conductive structures and one of the insulative structures, first support pillar structures extending through the stack structure within a first region of the microelectronic device, the first support pillar structures electrically isolated from a source structure underlying the stack structure, second support pillar structures extending through the stack structure within a second region of the microelectronic device, the second support pillar structures comprising an electrically conductive material in electrical communication with the source structure, and bridge structures extending between at least some neighboring first support pillar structures of the first support pillar structures. Related memory devices, electronic systems, and methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Shuangqiang Luo, Indra V. Chary, Justin B. Dorhout
  • Publication number: 20220181352
    Abstract: A method of forming a microelectronic device comprises forming a microelectronic device structure. The microelectronic device structure comprises a stack structure comprising insulative structures and additional insulative structures vertically alternating with the insulative structures, a dielectric structure vertically extending partially through the stack structure, and a dielectric material vertically overlying and horizontally extending across the stack structure and the dielectric structure. Portions of at least the dielectric material and the dielectric structure are removed to form a trench vertically overlying and at least partially horizontally overlapping a remaining portion of the dielectric structure. The trench is substantially filled with additional dielectric material. Microelectronic devices, memory devices, and electronic systems are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2022
    Publication date: June 9, 2022
    Inventors: Shuangqiang Luo, Indra V. Chary, Justin B. Dorhout
  • Patent number: 11348933
    Abstract: Some embodiments include an assembly having channel material structures extending upwardly from a conductive structure. Anchor structures are laterally offset from the channel material structures and penetrate into the conductive structure to a depth sufficient to provide mechanical stability to at least a portion of the assembly. The conductive structure may include a first conductive material over a second conductive material, and may be a source line of a three-dimensional NAND configuration. Some embodiments include methods of forming assemblies to have channel material structures and anchor structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Kunal R. Parekh, Justin B. Dorhout, Nancy M. Lomeli
  • Patent number: 11329062
    Abstract: A method used in forming a memory array comprises forming a stack comprising vertically-alternating insulative tiers and wordline tiers. The stack comprises an insulator tier above the wordline tiers. The insulator tier comprises first insulator material comprising silicon, nitrogen, and one or more of carbon, oxygen, boron, and phosphorus. The first insulator material is patterned to form first horizontally-elongated trenches in the insulator tier. Second insulator material is formed in the first trenches along sidewalls of the first insulator material. The second insulator material is of different composition from that of the first insulator material and narrows the first trenches. After forming the second insulator material, second horizontally-elongated trenches are formed through the insulative tiers and the wordline tiers. The second trenches are horizontally along the narrowed first trenches laterally between and below the second insulator material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin B. Dorhout, Erik Byers, Merri L. Carlson, Indra V. Chary, Damir Fazil, John D. Hopkins, Nancy M. Lomeli, Eldon Nelson, Joel D. Peterson, Dimitrios Pavlopoulos, Paolo Tessariol, Lifang Xu
  • Publication number: 20220130857
    Abstract: A memory array comprising strings of memory cells comprises laterally-spaced memory blocks individually comprising a vertical stack comprising alternating insulative tiers and conductive tiers. Operative channel-material strings of memory cells extend through the insulative tiers and the conductive tiers. Insulative pillars are laterally-between and longitudinally-spaced-along immediately-laterally-adjacent of the memory blocks. The pillars are directly against conducting material of conductive lines in the conductive tiers. Other arrays, and methods, are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2022
    Publication date: April 28, 2022
    Applicant: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Paolo Tessariol, Justin B. Dorhout, Jian Li, Ryan L. Meyer
  • Patent number: 11309328
    Abstract: A method of forming a microelectronic device comprises forming a microelectronic device structure. The microelectronic device structure comprises a stack structure comprising insulative structures and additional insulative structures vertically alternating with the insulative structures, a dielectric structure vertically extending partially through the stack structure, and a dielectric material vertically overlying and horizontally extending across the stack structure and the dielectric structure. Portions of at least the dielectric material and the dielectric structure are removed to form a trench vertically overlying and at least partially horizontally overlapping a remaining portion of the dielectric structure. The trench is substantially filled with additional dielectric material. Microelectronic devices, memory devices, and electronic systems are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Shuangqiang Luo, Indra V. Chary, Justin B. Dorhout
  • Publication number: 20220115401
    Abstract: Some embodiments include an integrated structure having vertically-stacked conductive levels alternating with dielectric levels. A layer over the conductive levels includes silicon, nitrogen, and one or more of carbon, oxygen, boron and phosphorus. In some embodiments the vertically-stacked conductive levels are wordline levels within a NAND memory array. Some embodiments include an integrated structure having vertically-stacked conductive levels alternating with dielectric levels. Vertically-stacked NAND memory cells are along the conductive levels within a memory array region. A staircase region is proximate the memory array region. The staircase region has electrical contacts in one-to-one correspondence with the conductive levels. A layer is over the memory array region and over the staircase region. The layer includes silicon, nitrogen, and one or more of carbon, oxygen, boron and phosphorus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2021
    Publication date: April 14, 2022
    Applicant: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin B. Dorhout, Fei Wang, Chet E. Carter, Ian Laboriante, John D. Hopkins, Kunal Shrotri, Ryan Meyer, Vinayak Shamanna, Kunal R. Parekh, Martin C. Roberts, Matthew Park
  • Publication number: 20220109001
    Abstract: A microelectronic device may include a stack structure comprising a vertically alternating sequence of insulative structures and conductive structures, the stack structure divided into block portions. The microelectronic device may additionally include slit structures horizontally interposed between the block portions of the stack structure. Each of the slit structures may include a dielectric liner covering side surfaces of the stack structure and an upper surface of an additional structure underlying the stack structure, and a plug structure comprising at least one metal surrounded by the dielectric liner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2020
    Publication date: April 7, 2022
    Inventors: Shuangqiang Luo, Indra V. Chary, Justin B. Dorhout
  • Patent number: 11244955
    Abstract: A memory array comprising strings of memory cells comprises laterally-spaced memory blocks individually comprising a vertical stack comprising alternating insulative tiers and conductive tiers. Operative channel-material strings of memory cells extend through the insulative tiers and the conductive tiers. Insulative pillars are laterally-between and longitudinally-spaced-along immediately-laterally-adjacent of the memory blocks. The pillars are directly against conducting material of conductive lines in the conductive tiers. Other arrays, and methods, are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Paolo Tessariol, Justin B. Dorhout, Jian Li, Ryan L. Meyer
  • Publication number: 20220037360
    Abstract: A device comprises an array of elevationally-extending transistors and a circuit structure adjacent and electrically coupled to the elevationally-extending transistors of the array. The circuit structure comprises a stair step structure comprising vertically-alternating tiers comprising conductive steps that are at least partially elevationally separated from one another by insulative material. Operative conductive vias individually extend elevationally through one of the conductive steps at least to a bottom of the vertically-alternating tiers and individually electrically couple to an electronic component below the vertically-alternating tiers. Dummy structures individually extend elevationally through one of the conductive steps at least to the bottom of the vertically-alternating tiers. Methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2021
    Publication date: February 3, 2022
    Applicant: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Paolo Tessariol, Justin B. Dorhout, Indra V. Chary, Jun Fang, Matthew Park, Zhiqiang Xie, Scott D. Stull, Daniel Osterberg, Jason Reece, Jian Li
  • Patent number: 11239252
    Abstract: Some embodiments include an integrated structure having vertically-stacked conductive levels alternating with dielectric levels. A layer over the conductive levels includes silicon, nitrogen, and one or more of carbon, oxygen, boron and phosphorus. In some embodiments the vertically-stacked conductive levels are wordline levels within a NAND memory array. Some embodiments include an integrated structure having vertically-stacked conductive levels alternating with dielectric levels. Vertically-stacked NAND memory cells are along the conductive levels within a memory array region. A staircase region is proximate the memory array region. The staircase region has electrical contacts in one-to-one correspondence with the conductive levels. A layer is over the memory array region and over the staircase region. The layer includes silicon, nitrogen, and one or more of carbon, oxygen, boron and phosphorus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin B. Dorhout, Fei Wang, Chet E. Carter, Ian Laboriante, John D. Hopkins, Kunal Shrotri, Ryan Meyer, Vinayak Shamanna, Kunal R. Parekh, Martin C. Roberts, Matthew Park
  • Publication number: 20210398997
    Abstract: A microelectronic device comprises a stack structure comprising alternating conductive structures and insulative structures arranged in tiers, the tiers individually comprising one of the conductive structures and one of the insulative structures, first support pillar structures extending through the stack structure within a first region of the microelectronic device, the first support pillar structures electrically isolated from a source structure underlying the stack structure, second support pillar structures extending through the stack structure within a second region of the microelectronic device, the second support pillar structures comprising an electrically conductive material in electrical communication with the source structure, and bridge structures extending between at least some neighboring first support pillar structures of the first support pillar structures. Related memory devices, electronic systems, and methods are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Publication date: December 23, 2021
    Inventors: Shuangqiang Luo, Indra V. Chary, Justin B. Dorhout
  • Publication number: 20210375894
    Abstract: Some embodiments include an integrated assembly having a conductive expanse over conductive nodes. The conductive nodes include a first composition. A bottom surface of the conductive expanse includes a second composition which is different composition than the first composition. A stack is over the conductive expanse. The stack includes alternating first and second levels. Pillar structures extend vertically through the stack. Each of the pillar structures includes a post of conductive material laterally surrounded by an insulative liner. At least one of the posts extends through the conductive expanse to directly contact one of the conductive nodes. Some embodiments include methods of forming integrated assemblies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2021
    Publication date: December 2, 2021
    Applicant: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Shuangqiang Luo, Indra V. Chary, Justin B. Dorhout, Rita J. Klein
  • 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
  • Patent number: 11177271
    Abstract: A device comprises an array of elevationally-extending transistors and a circuit structure adjacent and electrically coupled to the elevationally-extending transistors of the array. The circuit structure comprises a stair step structure comprising vertically-alternating tiers comprising conductive steps that are at least partially elevationally separated from one another by insulative material. Operative conductive vias individually extend elevationally through one of the conductive steps at least to a bottom of the vertically-alternating tiers and individually electrically couple to an electronic component below the vertically-alternating tiers. Dummy structures individually extend elevationally through one of the conductive steps at least to the bottom of the vertically-alternating tiers. Methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Paolo Tessariol, Justin B. Dorhout, Indra V. Chary, Jun Fang, Matthew Park, Zhiqiang Xie, Scott D. Stull, Daniel Osterberg, Jason Reece, Jian Li
  • Publication number: 20210343743
    Abstract: Some embodiments include an integrated structure having a conductive material, a select device gate material over the conductive material, and vertically-stacked conductive levels over the select device gate material. Vertically-extending monolithic channel material is adjacent the select device gate material and the conductive levels. The monolithic channel material contains a lower segment adjacent the select device gate material and an upper segment adjacent the conductive levels. A first vertically-extending region is between the lower segment of the monolithic channel material and the select device gate material. The first vertically-extending region contains a first material. A second vertically-extending region is between the upper segment of the monolithic channel material and the conductive levels. The second vertically-extending region contains a material which is different in composition from the first material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2021
    Publication date: November 4, 2021
    Applicant: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin B. Dorhout, David Daycock, Kunal R. Parekh, Martin C. Roberts, Yushi Hu
  • Publication number: 20210343624
    Abstract: A method used in forming a memory array and conductive through-array-vias (TAVs) comprises forming a stack comprising vertically-alternating insulative tiers and wordline tiers. A mask is formed comprising horizontally-elongated trench openings and operative TAV openings above the stack. Etching is conducted of unmasked portions of the stack through the trench and operative TAV openings in the mask to form horizontally-elongated trench openings in the stack and to form operative TAV openings in the stack. Conductive material is formed in the operative TAV openings in the stack to form individual operative TAVs in individual of the operative TAV openings in the stack. A wordline-intervening structure is formed in individual of the trench openings in the stack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2021
    Publication date: November 4, 2021
    Applicant: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Indra V. Chary, Chet E. Carter, Anilkumar Chandolu, Justin B. Dorhout, Jun Fang, Matthew J. King, Brett D. Lowe, Matthew Park, Justin D. Shepherdson
  • Publication number: 20210343640
    Abstract: A memory array comprising strings of memory cells comprises laterally-spaced memory blocks individually comprising a vertical stack comprising alternating insulative tiers and conductive tiers. Operative channel-material strings of memory cells extend through the insulative tiers and the conductive tiers. First dummy pillars in the memory blocks extend through at least a majority of the insulative tiers and the conductive tiers through which the channel-material strings extend. Second dummy pillars are laterally-between and longitudinally-spaced-along immediately-laterally-adjacent of the memory blocks. The second dummy pillars extend through at least a majority of the insulative tiers and the conductive tiers through which the operative channel-material strings extend laterally-between the immediately-laterally-adjacent memory blocks. Other embodiments, including method, are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2021
    Publication date: November 4, 2021
    Applicant: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Machkaoutsan, Pieter Blomme, Emilio Camerlenghi, Justin B. Dorhout, Jian Li, Ryan L. Meyer, Paolo Tessariol
  • Patent number: 11121143
    Abstract: Some embodiments include an integrated assembly having a conductive expanse over conductive nodes. The conductive nodes include a first composition. A bottom surface of the conductive expanse includes a second composition which is different composition than the first composition. A stack is over the conductive expanse. The stack includes alternating first and second levels. Pillar structures extend vertically through the stack. Each of the pillar structures includes a post of conductive material laterally surrounded by an insulative liner. At least one of the posts extends through the conductive expanse to directly contact one of the conductive nodes. Some embodiments include methods of forming integrated assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Shuangqiang Luo, Indra V. Chary, Justin B. Dorhout, Rita J. Klein
  • 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