Patents by Inventor Kun-Yuan Liao

Kun-Yuan Liao 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: 20210151666
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a first magnetic tunneling junction (MTJ) and a second MTJ on a substrate, a passivation layer on the first MTJ and the second MTJ, and an ultra low-k (ULK) dielectric layer on the passivation layer. Preferably, a top surface of the passivation layer between the first MTJ and the second MTJ is lower than a top surface of the passivation layer directly on top of the first MTJ.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2021
    Publication date: May 20, 2021
    Inventors: Hui-Lin Wang, Tai-Cheng Hou, Wei-Xin Gao, Fu-Yu Tsai, Chin-Yang Hsieh, Chen-Yi Weng, Jing-Yin Jhang, Bin-Siang Tsai, Kun-Ju Li, Chih-Yueh Li, Chia-Lin Lu, Chun-Lung Chen, Kun-Yuan Liao, Yu-Tsung Lai, Wei-Hao Huang
  • Publication number: 20210119115
    Abstract: A method for fabricating semiconductor device includes the steps of: forming a first magnetic tunneling junction (MTJ) on a substrate; forming a first ultra low-k (ULK) dielectric layer on the first MTJ; performing a first etching process to remove part of the first ULK dielectric layer and forming a damaged layer on the first ULK dielectric layer; and forming a second ULK dielectric layer on the damaged layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2020
    Publication date: April 22, 2021
    Inventors: Hui-Lin Wang, Tai-Cheng Hou, Wei-Xin Gao, Fu-Yu Tsai, Chin-Yang Hsieh, Chen-Yi Weng, Jing-Yin Jhang, Bin-Siang Tsai, Kun-Ju Li, Chih-Yueh Li, Chia-Lin Lu, Chun-Lung Chen, Kun-Yuan Liao, Yu-Tsung Lai, Wei-Hao Huang
  • Patent number: 10916694
    Abstract: A method for fabricating semiconductor device includes the steps of: forming a first magnetic tunneling junction (MTJ) on a substrate; forming a first ultra low-k (ULK) dielectric layer on the first MTJ; performing a first etching process to remove part of the first ULK dielectric layer and forming a damaged layer on the first ULK dielectric layer; and forming a second ULK dielectric layer on the damaged layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: UNITED MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Hui-Lin Wang, Tai-Cheng Hou, Wei-Xin Gao, Fu-Yu Tsai, Chin-Yang Hsieh, Chen-Yi Weng, Jing-Yin Jhang, Bin-Siang Tsai, Kun-Ju Li, Chih-Yueh Li, Chia-Lin Lu, Chun-Lung Chen, Kun-Yuan Liao, Yu-Tsung Lai, Wei-Hao Huang
  • Patent number: 10854520
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for forming a semiconductor structure. The method including: Firstly, a substrate is provided, a first region and a second region are defined thereon, next, a gate dielectric layer and a work function metal layer are sequentially formed on the substrate within the first region and within the second region. Afterwards, a dielectric layer is formed on the work function metal layer within the second region, a hydrogen gas treatment is then performed on the substrate, and the work function metal layer is removed within the first region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: UNITED MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Chia-Lin Lu, Chun-Lung Chen, Kun-Yuan Liao, Chun-Hsien Lin, Wei-Hao Huang, Kai-Teng Cheng
  • Publication number: 20200212290
    Abstract: A method for fabricating semiconductor device includes the steps of: forming a first magnetic tunneling junction (MTJ) on a substrate; forming a first ultra low-k (ULK) dielectric layer on the first MTJ; performing a first etching process to remove part of the first ULK dielectric layer and forming a damaged layer on the first ULK dielectric layer; and forming a second ULK dielectric layer on the damaged layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Hui-Lin Wang, Tai-Cheng Hou, Wei-Xin Gao, Fu-Yu Tsai, Chin-Yang Hsieh, Chen-Yi Weng, Jing-Yin Jhang, Bin-Siang Tsai, Kun-Ju Li, Chih-Yueh Li, Chia-Lin Lu, Chun-Lung Chen, Kun-Yuan Liao, Yu-Tsung Lai, Wei-Hao Huang
  • Publication number: 20190279909
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for forming a semiconductor structure. The method including: Firstly, a substrate is provided, a first region and a second region are defined thereon, next, a gate dielectric layer and a work function metal layer are sequentially formed on the substrate within the first region and within the second region. Afterwards, a dielectric layer is formed on the work function metal layer within the second region, a hydrogen gas treatment is then performed on the substrate, and the work function metal layer is removed within the first region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: Chia-Lin Lu, Chun-Lung Chen, Kun-Yuan Liao, Chun-Hsien Lin, Wei-Hao Huang, Kai-Teng Cheng
  • Publication number: 20190252259
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for forming a semiconductor structure. The method including: Firstly, a substrate is provided, a first region and a second region are defined thereon, next, a gate dielectric layer and a work function metal layer are sequentially formed on the substrate within the first region and within the second region. Afterwards, a dielectric layer is formed on the work function metal layer within the second region, a hydrogen gas treatment is then performed on the substrate, and the work function metal layer is removed within the first region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2018
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventors: Chia-Lin Lu, Chun-Lung Chen, Kun-Yuan Liao, Chun-Hsien Lin, Wei-Hao Huang, Kai-Teng Cheng
  • Patent number: 10332978
    Abstract: A semiconductor device with reinforced gate spacers and a method of fabricating the same. The semiconductor device includes low-k dielectric gate spacers adjacent to a gate structure. A high-k dielectric material is disposed over an upper surface of the low-k dielectric gate spacers to prevent unnecessary contact between the gate structure and a self-aligned contact structure. The high-k dielectric material may be disposed, if desired, over an upper surface of the gate structure to provide additional isolation of the gate structure from the self-aligned contact structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Chia-Lin Lu, Yu-Cheng Tung, Chun-Lung Chen, Kun-Yuan Liao, Feng-Yi Chang
  • Patent number: 10199374
    Abstract: A method for fabricating semiconductor device is disclosed. A substrate having a first transistor on a first region, a second transistor on a second region, a trench isolation region, a resistor-forming region is provided. A first ILD layer covers the first region, the second region, and the resistor-forming region. A resistor material layer and a capping layer are formed over the first region, the second region, and the resistor-forming region. The capping layer and the resistor material layer are patterned to form a first hard mask pattern above the first and second regions and a second hard mask pattern above the resistor-forming region. The resistor material layer is isotropically etched. A second ILD layer is formed over the substrate. The second ILD layer and the first ILD layer are patterned with a mask and the first hard mask pattern to form a contact opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Chia-Lin Lu, Chun-Lung Chen, Kun-Yuan Liao, Hsiang-Hung Peng, Wei-Hao Huang, Ching-Wen Hung, Chih-Sen Huang
  • Patent number: 10192825
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a first gate line, a second gate line and a first bar-shaped contact structure. The first gate line has a first long axis extending along a first direction. The second gate line is parallel to the first gate line. The first bar-shaped contact structure has a second axis forming an angle substantially greater than 0° and less than 90° with the first long axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Wei-Hao Huang, Chun-Lung Chen, Kun-Yuan Liao, Ying-Chih Lin, Chia-Lin Lu
  • Patent number: 10109525
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a semiconductor device is provided including providing a substrate, on which a plurality of elements is formed. A first inter-dielectric layer is formed over the substrate, covering the elements. A first plug structure is formed in the first inter-dielectric layer, including performing a polishing process over the first inter-dielectric layer to have a dishing on top and extending from a sidewall of the first plug structure. A hard mask layer is formed to fill the dishing. A second inter-dielectric layer is formed over the hard mask layer. A second plug structure is formed in the second inter-dielectric layer to electrically contact the first plug structure, wherein the second plug structure has at least an edge portion extending on the hard mask layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: United Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventors: Chia-Lin Lu, Chun-Lung Chen, Kun-Yuan Liao, Jiunn-Hsiung Liao, Wei-Hao Huang, Kai-Teng Cheng
  • Patent number: 10103250
    Abstract: A semiconductor device and a method of forming the same, the semiconductor device includes a fin shaped structure, a gate structure, an epitaxial layer, an interlayer dielectric layer, a first plug and a protection layer. The fin shaped structure is disposed on a substrate, and the gate structure is across the fin shaped structure. The epitaxial layer is disposed in the fin shaped structure, adjacent to the gate structure. The interlayer dielectric layer covers the substrate and the fin shaped structure. The first plug is formed in the interlayer dielectric layer, wherein the first plug is electrically connected to the epitaxial layer. The protection layer is disposed between the first plug and the gate structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: UNITED MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Chia-Lin Lu, Chun-Lung Chen, Kun-Yuan Liao, Feng-Yi Chang, Wei-Hao Huang
  • Patent number: 10062584
    Abstract: A method for forming a semiconductor structure is disclosed. The method includes the following steps. A first pattern structure and a second pattern structure are formed on a substrate. The second pattern structure is wider than the first pattern structure. Spacers are formed on sidewall surfaces of the first pattern structure and the second pattern structure. An oxidizing treatment step is performed to the spacers having a width gradually increased from tops of the spacers. A pattern defined with the spacers is transferred into the substrate after the oxidizing treatment step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: UNITED MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Kuan-Lin Chen, An-Chi Liu, Kun-Yuan Liao, Cheng-Pu Chiu
  • Publication number: 20180166441
    Abstract: A method for fabricating semiconductor device is disclosed. A substrate having a first transistor on a first region, a second transistor on a second region, a trench isolation region, a resistor-forming region is provided. A first ILD layer covers the first region, the second region, and the resistor-forming region. A resistor material layer and a capping layer are formed over the first region, the second region, and the resistor-forming region. The capping layer and the resistor material layer are patterned to form a first hard mask pattern above the first and second regions and a second hard mask pattern above the resistor-forming region. The resistor material layer is isotropically etched. A second ILD layer is formed over the substrate. The second ILD layer and the first ILD layer are patterned with a mask and the first hard mask pattern to form a contact opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Inventors: Chia-Lin Lu, Chun-Lung Chen, Kun-Yuan Liao, Hsiang-Hung Peng, Wei-Hao Huang, Ching-Wen Hung, Chih-Sen Huang
  • Patent number: 9985123
    Abstract: A method for fabricating semiconductor device includes the steps of: providing a substrate having at least a gate structure thereon and an interlayer dielectric (ILD) layer surrounding the gate structure, wherein the gate structure comprises a hard mask thereon; forming a dielectric layer on the gate structure and the ILD layer; removing part of the dielectric layer to expose the hard mask and the ILD layer; and performing a surface treatment to form a doped region in the hard mask and the ILD layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: UNITED MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Chia-Lin Lu, Chun-Lung Chen, Kun-Yuan Liao, Feng-Yi Chang, Chih-Sen Huang, Ching-Wen Hung, Wei-Hao Huang
  • Publication number: 20180012975
    Abstract: A semiconductor device and a method of forming the same, the semiconductor device includes a fin shaped structure, agate structure, an epitaxial layer, an interlayer dielectric layer, a first plug and a protection layer. The fin shaped structure is disposed on a substrate, and the gate structure is across the fin shaped structure. The epitaxial layer is disposed in the fin shaped structure, adjacent to the gate structure. The interlayer dielectric layer covers the substrate and the fin shaped structure. The first plug is formed in the interlayer dielectric layer, wherein the first plug is electrically connected to the epitaxial layer. The protection layer is disposed between the first plug and the gate structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Inventors: Chia-Lin Lu, Chun-Lung Chen, Kun-Yuan Liao, Feng-Yi Chang, Wei-Hao Huang
  • Patent number: 9865593
    Abstract: A method for fabricating semiconductor device is disclosed. A substrate having a first transistor on a first region, a second transistor on a second region, a trench isolation region, a resistor-forming region is provided. A first ILD layer covers the first region, the second region, and the resistor-forming region. A resistor material layer and a capping layer are formed over the first region, the second region, and the resistor-forming region. The capping layer and the resistor material layer are patterned to form a first hard mask pattern above the first and second regions and a second hard mask pattern above the resistor-forming region. The resistor material layer is isotropically etched. A second ILD layer is formed over the substrate. The second ILD layer and the first ILD layer are patterned with a mask and the first hard mask pattern to form a contact opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: UNITED MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Chia-Lin Lu, Chun-Lung Chen, Kun-Yuan Liao, Hsiang-Hung Peng, Wei-Hao Huang, Ching-Wen Hung, Chih-Sen Huang
  • Publication number: 20180006133
    Abstract: A semiconductor device with reinforced gate spacers and a method of fabricating the same. The semiconductor device includes low-k dielectric gate spacers adjacent to a gate structure. A high-k dielectric material is disposed over an upper surface of the low-k dielectric gate spacers to prevent unnecessary contact between the gate structure and a self-aligned contact structure. The high-k dielectric material may be disposed, if desired, over an upper surface of the gate structure to provide additional isolation of the gate structure from the self-aligned contact structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Inventors: Chia-Lin Liu, Yu-Cheng Tung, Chun-Lung Chen, Kun-Yuan Liao, Feng-Yi Chang
  • Patent number: 9799550
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for forming an opening, including: first, a hard mask material layer is formed on a target layer, next, a tri-layer hard mask is formed on the hard mask material layer, where the tri-layer hard mask includes an bottom organic layer (ODL), a middle silicon-containing hard mask bottom anti-reflection coating (SHB) layer and a top photoresist layer, and an etching process is then performed, to remove parts of the tri-layer hard mask, parts of the hard mask material layer and parts of the target layer in sequence, so as to form at least one opening in the target layer, where during the step for removing parts of the hard mask material layer, a lateral etching rate of the hard mask material layer is smaller than a lateral etching rate of the ODL.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: UNITED MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Wei-Hao Huang, Chia-Lin Lu, Chun-Lung Chen, Kun-Yuan Liao, Feng-Yi Chang, Chieh-Te Chen, Shang-Yuan Tsai
  • Patent number: 9793382
    Abstract: A semiconductor device and a method of manufacturing the same, the semiconductor device includes a fin shaped structure, a gate structure, an epitaxial layer, a germanium layer, an interlayer dielectric layer and a first plug. The fin shaped structure is disposed on a substrate. The gate structure is formed across the fin shaped structure. The epitaxial layer is disposed in the fin shaped structure adjacent to the gate structure. The germanium layer is disposed on the epitaxial layer. The interlayer dielectric layer covers the substrate and the fin shaped structure. The first plug is disposed in the interlayer dielectric layer to contact the germanium layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: UNITED MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Chia-Lin Lu, Chun-Hsien Lin, Chun-Lung Chen, Kun-Yuan Liao, Feng-Yi Chang