Patents by Inventor Keng-Yu Chou

Keng-Yu Chou 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: 10651220
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present application are directed to a narrow band filter with high transmission and an image sensor comprising the narrow band filter. In some embodiments, the filter comprises a first distributed Bragg reflector (DBR), a second DBR, a defect layer between the first and second DBRs, and a plurality of columnar structures. The columnar structures extend through the defect layer and have a refractive index different than a refractive index of the defect layer. The first and second DBRs define a low transmission band, and the defect layer defines a high transmission band dividing the low transmission band. The columnar structures shift the high transmission band towards lower or higher wavelengths depending upon a refractive index of the columnar structures and a fill factor of the columnar structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Cheng Yu Huang, Chun-Hao Chuang, Chien-Hsien Tseng, Kazuaki Hashimoto, Keng-Yu Chou, Wei-Chieh Chiang, Wen-Hau Wu
  • Publication number: 20200119076
    Abstract: A BSI image sensor includes a substrate including a front side and a back side opposite to the front side, a pixel sensor disposed in the substrate, and a color filter disposed over the pixel sensor. The pixel sensor includes a plurality of first micro structures disposed over the back side of the substrate. The color filter includes a plurality of second micro structures disposed over the back side of the substrate. Each of the first micro structures has a first height, and each of the second micro structures has a second height. The second height is less than the first height.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: WEI-CHIEH CHIANG, KENG-YU CHOU, CHUN-HAO CHUANG, WEN-HAU WU, JHY-JYI SZE, CHIEN-HSIEN TSENG, KAZUAKI HASHIMOTO
  • Publication number: 20200111822
    Abstract: A BSI image sensor includes a substrate including a front side and a back side opposite to the front side, a plurality of pixel sensors arranged in an array, an isolation grid disposed in the substrate and separating the plurality of pixel sensors from each other, a reflective grid disposed over the isolation grid on the back side of the substrate, an a low-n grid disposed over the back side of the substrate and overlapping the reflective grid from a top view. A depth of the reflective grid is less than a depth of the isolation grid. A width of the low-n grid is greater than a width of the reflective grid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Publication date: April 9, 2020
    Inventors: Keng-Yu Chou, Wei-Chieh Chiang, Chen-Jong Wang, Chien-Hsien Tseng, Kazuaki Hashimoto
  • Publication number: 20200105815
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the present disclosure relates to a three-dimensional integrated chip. The three-dimensional integrated chip includes a first integrated chip (IC) die and a second IC die. The first IC die has a first image sensor element configured to generate electrical signals from electromagnetic radiation within a first range of wavelengths. The second IC die has a second image sensor element configured to generate electrical signals from electromagnetic radiation within a second range of wavelengths that is different than the first range of wavelengths. A first band-pass filter is arranged between the first IC die and the second IC die and is configured to reflect electromagnetic radiation that is within the first range of wavelengths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: Cheng Yu Huang, Chun-Hao Chuang, Chien-Hsien Tseng, Kazuaki Hashimoto, Keng-Yu Chou, Wei-Chieh Chiang, Wen-Hau Wu
  • Publication number: 20200098813
    Abstract: In some embodiments, an image sensor is provided. The image sensor includes a photodetector disposed in a semiconductor substrate. A wave guide filter having a substantially planar upper surface is disposed over the photodetector. The wave guide filter includes a light filter disposed in a light filter grid structure. The light filter includes a first material that is translucent and has a first refractive index. The light filter grid structure includes a second material that is translucent and has a second refractive index less than the first refractive index.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: Cheng Yu Huang, Chun-Hao Chuang, Chien-Hsien Tseng, Kazuaki Hashimoto, Keng-Yu Chou, Wei-Chieh Chiang, Wen-Chien Yu, Ting-Cheng Chang, Wen-Hau Wu, Chih-Kung Chang
  • Publication number: 20200098801
    Abstract: The present disclosure, in some embodiments, relates to an integrated chip. The integrated chip has an image sensor within a substrate. A first dielectric has an upper surface that extends over a first side of the substrate and over one or more trenches within the first side of the substrate. The one or more trenches laterally surround the image sensor. An internal reflection structure arranged over the upper surface of the first dielectric. The internal reflection structure is configured to reflect radiation exiting from the substrate back into the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: Keng-Yu Chou, Chun-Hao Chuang, Chien-Hsien Tseng, Kazuaki Hashimoto, Wei-Chieh Chiang, Cheng Yu Huang, Wen-Hau Wu, Chih-Kung Chang, Jhy-Jyi Sze
  • Publication number: 20200098808
    Abstract: An image sensor package is provided. The image sensor package comprises a package substrate, and an image sensor chip arranged over the package substrate. The integrated circuit device further comprises a protection layer overlying the image sensor chip having a planar top surface and a bottom surface lining and contacting structures under the protection layer, and an on-wafer shield structure spaced around a periphery of the image sensor chip. The height of the image sensor package can be reduced since a discrete cover glass or an infrared filter and corresponding intervening materials are no longer needed since being replaced by the build in protection layer. The size of the image sensor package can be reduced since a discrete light shield and corresponding intervening materials are no longer needed since being replaced by the build in on wafer light shield structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: Wen-Hau Wu, Chun-Hao Chuang, Kazuaki Hashimoto, Keng-Yu Chou, Wei-Chieh Chiang, Cheng Yu Huang
  • Publication number: 20200091210
    Abstract: A BSI image sensor includes a substrate including a front side and a back side opposite to the front side, a pixel sensor disposed in the substrate, an isolation structure surrounding the pixel sensor and disposed in the substrate, a dielectric layer disposed over the pixel sensor on the front side of the substrate, and a plurality of conductive structures disposed in the dielectric layer and arranged to align with the isolation structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: WEN-HAU WU, KENG-YU CHOU, CHUN-HAO CHUANG, WEI-CHIEH CHIANG, CHIEN-HSIEN TSENG, KAZUAKI HASHIMOTO
  • Publication number: 20200058684
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present application are directed towards image sensors including composite backside illuminated (CBSI) structures to enhance performance. In some embodiments, a first trench isolation structure extends into a backside of a substrate to a first depth and comprises a pair of first trench isolation segments. A photodetector is in the substrate, between and bordering the first trench isolation segments. A second trench isolation structure is between the first trench isolation segments and extends into the backside of the substrate to a second depth less than the first depth. The second trench isolation structure comprises a pair of second trench isolation segments. An absorption enhancement structure overlies the photodetector, between the second trench isolation segments, and is recessed into the backside of the semiconductor substrate. The absorption enhancement structure and the second trench isolation structure collectively define a CBSI structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Publication date: February 20, 2020
    Inventors: Wei Chuang Wu, Dun-Nian Yaung, Feng-Chi Hung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Jhy-Jyi Sze, Keng-Yu Chou, Yen-Ting Chiang, Ming-Hsien Yang, Chun-Yuan Chen
  • Publication number: 20200035733
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present application are directed to a narrow band filter with high transmission and an image sensor comprising the narrow band filter. In some embodiments, the filter comprises a first distributed Bragg reflector (DBR), a second DBR, a defect layer between the first and second DBRs, and a plurality of columnar structures. The columnar structures extend through the defect layer and have a refractive index different than a refractive index of the defect layer. The first and second DBRs define a low transmission band, and the defect layer defines a high transmission band dividing the low transmission band. The columnar structures shift the high transmission band towards lower or higher wavelengths depending upon a refractive index of the columnar structures and a fill factor of the columnar structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Inventors: Cheng Yu Huang, Chun-Hao Chuang, Chien-Hsien Tseng, Kazuaki Hashimoto, Keng-Yu Chou, Wei-Chieh Chiang, Wen-Hau Wu
  • Publication number: 20200020729
    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: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Inventors: Tzu-Jui Wang, Keng-Yu Chou, Chun-Hao Chuang, Ming-Chieh Hsu, Ren-Jie Lin, Jen-Cheng Liu, Dun-Nian Yaung
  • Patent number: 10510797
    Abstract: A BSI image sensor includes a substrate including a front side and a back side opposite to the front side, a pixel sensor disposed in the substrate, and a color filter disposed over the pixel sensor. The pixel sensor includes a plurality of first micro structures disposed over the back side of the substrate, and the color filter includes a plurality of second micro structures disposed over the back side of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: Wei-Chieh Chiang, Keng-Yu Chou, Chun-Hao Chuang, Wen-Hau Wu, Jhy-Jyi Sze, Chien-Hsien Tseng, Kazuaki Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10510795
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the present disclosure relates to an image sensor integrated chip. The integrated chip has an image sensing element arranged within a substrate. A first dielectric is disposed in one or more trenches within a first side of the substrate. The one or more trenches laterally surround the image sensing element. The substrate includes a recessed portion arranged along the first side of the substrate and defined by second sidewalls of the substrate directly over the image sensing element. The second sidewalls of the substrate are angled to meet at a point disposed along a horizontal plane that intersects the first dielectric within the one or more trenches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keng-Yu Chou, Chun-Hao Chuang, Chien-Hsien Tseng, Kazuaki Hashimoto, Wei-Chieh Chiang, Cheng Yu Huang, Wen-Hau Wu, Chih-Kung Chang, Jhy-Jyi Sze
  • Patent number: 10510788
    Abstract: A BSI image sensor includes a substrate including a front side and a back side opposite to the front side, a plurality of pixel sensors arranged in an array, an isolation grid disposed in the substrate and separating the plurality of pixel sensors from each other, and a reflective grid disposed over the isolation grid on the back side of the substrate. A depth of the reflective grid is less than a depth of the isolation grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: Keng-Yu Chou, Wei-Chieh Chiang, Chen-Jong Wang, Chien-Hsien Tseng, Kazuaki Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10510794
    Abstract: A BSI image sensor includes a substrate including a front side and a back side opposite to the front side, a pixel sensor disposed in the substrate, an isolation structure surrounding the pixel sensor and disposed in the substrate, a dielectric layer disposed over the pixel sensor on the front side of the substrate, and a plurality of conductive structures disposed in the dielectric layer and arranged to aligned with the isolation structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: Wen-Hau Wu, Keng-Yu Chou, Chun-Hao Chuang, Wei-Chieh Chiang, Chien-Hsien Tseng, Kazuaki Hashimoto
  • Publication number: 20190378863
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the present disclosure relates to an image sensor integrated chip. The integrated chip has an image sensing element arranged within a substrate. A first dielectric is disposed in one or more trenches within a first side of the substrate. The one or more trenches laterally surround the image sensing element. The substrate includes a recessed portion arranged along the first side of the substrate and defined by second sidewalls of the substrate directly over the image sensing element. The second sidewalls of the substrate are angled to meet at a point disposed along a horizontal plane that intersects the first dielectric within the one or more trenches.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Inventors: Keng-Yu Chou, Chun-Hao Chuang, Chien-Hsien Tseng, Kazuaki Hashimoto, Wei-Chieh Chiang, Cheng Yu Huang, Wen-Hau Wu, Chih-Kung Chang, Jhy-Jyi Sze
  • Patent number: 10468443
    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: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    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: 20190333950
    Abstract: An image sensor includes a color filter array and a light receiving element. The color filter array includes plural repeating unit cells including first, second, and third unit cells. The first and second unit cells are adjacent to each other in a first direction, the second and third unit cells are adjacent to each other in a second direction transverse to the first direction. Each of the first, second, and third unit cells includes at least one first yellow filter configured to transmit a green component and a red component of incident light, and each of the first, second, and third unit cells does not comprise a red filter configured to transmit the red component of the incident light. The light receiving element is configured to convert the incident light transmitted by the color filter array into electric signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Applicant: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wei-Chieh CHIANG, Keng-Yu CHOU, Chun-Hao CHUANG, Chien-Hsien TSENG, Kazuaki HASHIMOTO
  • Publication number: 20190259797
    Abstract: The present disclosure, in some embodiments, relates to an image sensor integrated chip. The image sensor integrated chip includes an image sensing element arranged within a substrate. One or more isolation structures are arranged within one or more trenches disposed on opposing sides of the image sensing element. The one or more isolation structures extend from a first surface of the substrate to within the substrate. The one or more isolation structures respectively include a reflective element configured to reflect electromagnetic radiation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: Sheng-Chan Li, Cheng-Hsien Chou, Cheng-Yuan Tsai, Keng-Yu Chou, Yeur-Luen Tu
  • Patent number: 10367023
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the present disclosure relates to an image sensor integrated chip. The integrated chip has an image sensing element arranged within a pixel region of a substrate. A first dielectric is disposed in trenches within a first side of the substrate. The trenches are defined by first sidewalls disposed on opposing sides of the pixel region. An internal reflection enhancement structure is arranged along the first side of the substrate and is configured to reflect radiation exiting from the substrate back into the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keng-Yu Chou, Chun-Hao Chuang, Chien-Hsien Tseng, Kazuaki Hashimoto, Wei-Chieh Chiang, Cheng Yu Huang, Wen-Hau Wu, Chih-Kung Chang, Jhy-Jyi Sze