Patents by Inventor Makoto Fukushima

Makoto Fukushima 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: 10293455
    Abstract: A polishing apparatus has a polishing pad, a top ring for holding a semiconductor wafer, and a vertical movement mechanism operable to move the top ring in a vertical direction. The polishing apparatus also has a distance measuring sensor operable to detect a position of the top ring when a lower surface of the top ring is brought into contact with the polishing pad, and a controller operable to calculate an optimal position of the top ring to polish the semiconductor wafer based on the position detected by the distance measuring sensor. The vertical movement mechanism includes a ball screw mechanism operable to move the top ring to the optimal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Osamu Nabeya, Tetsuji Togawa, Makoto Fukushima, Hozumi Yasuda
  • Publication number: 20190126427
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus includes a substrate polishing unit that includes a polishing pad and a top ring that holds and presses a wafer against the polishing pad. The top ring includes an annular retainer ring that supports the outer periphery of the wafer, a deflection detector that detects a pressing force with which the wafer presses the retainer ring, and a controller that determines that a polishing processing on the wafer has ended when the amount of change in the pressing force exceeds a predetermined value. The deflection detector includes a pressing target that undergoes deflection by being pressed by the wafer during a polishing process, a pressure detector that detects an amount of deflection of the pressing target as the pressing force, and a support that supports the pressing target and the pressure detector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Inventors: Yoshikazu Kato, Makoto Fukushima
  • Patent number: 10213896
    Abstract: An elastic membrane capable of precisely controlling a polishing profile in a narrow area of a wafer edge portion is disclosed. The elastic membrane includes a contact portion to be brought into contact with a substrate; a first edge circumferential wall extending upwardly from a peripheral edge of the contact portion; and a second edge circumferential wall having a horizontal portion connected to an inner circumferential surface of the first edge circumferential wall. The inner circumferential surface of the first edge circumferential wall includes an upper inner circumferential surface and a lower inner circumferential surface, both of which are perpendicular to the contact portion. The upper inner circumferential surface extends upwardly from the horizontal portion of the second edge circumferential wall, and the lower inner circumferential surface extends downwardly from the horizontal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Makoto Fukushima, Hozumi Yasuda, Keisuke Namiki, Osamu Nabeya, Shingo Togashi, Satoru Yamaki, Shintaro Isono
  • Publication number: 20180301367
    Abstract: An elastic membrane to be used for a polishing head includes a contact portion configured to come into contact with a wafer, an annular side wall provided to stand on an outer peripheral end of the contact portion, a first partition wall linearly extending inward in a radial direction in sectional view from the side wall, and a second partition wall linearly extending inward and upward in the radial direction in sectional view from an outer peripheral end portion of the contact portion, wherein the first partition wall, the second partition wall, and the side wall constitute an edge pressure chamber for pressing an edge of the wafer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Inventors: Satoru YAMAKI, Makoto FUKUSHIMA, Keisuke NAMIKI, Osamu NABEYA, Shingo TOGASHI, Tomoko OWADA, Yoshikazu KATO
  • Patent number: 10092992
    Abstract: A polishing apparatus which can allow easy replacement of a retainer ring and can allow the retainer ring to be secured to a drive ring without causing deformation of the retainer ring is disclosed. The polishing head includes a head body having a substrate contact surface, a drive ring coupled to the head body, and a retainer ring surrounding the substrate contact surface and coupled to the drive ring. A first screw thread is formed on the drive ring, a second screw thread, which engages with the first screw thread, is formed on the retainer ring. The second screw thread extends in a circumferential direction of the retainer ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hozumi Yasuda, Makoto Fukushima, Osamu Nabeya
  • Patent number: 10040166
    Abstract: A polishing apparatus has a polishing pad, a top ring for holding a semiconductor wafer, and a vertical movement mechanism operable to move the top ring in a vertical direction. The polishing apparatus also has a distance measuring sensor operable to detect a position of the top ring when a lower surface of the top ring is brought into contact with the polishing pad, and a controller operable to calculate an optimal position of the top ring to polish the semiconductor wafer based on the position detected by the distance measuring sensor. The vertical movement mechanism includes a ball screw mechanism operable to move the top ring to the optimal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Osamu Nabeya, Tetsuji Togawa, Makoto Fukushima, Hozumi Yasuda
  • Patent number: 10035239
    Abstract: A polishing apparatus which can allow easy replacement of a retainer ring and can allow the retainer ring to be secured to a drive ring without causing deformation of the retainer ring is disclosed. The polishing head includes a head body having a substrate contact surface, a drive ring coupled to the head body, and a retainer ring surrounding the substrate contact surface and coupled to the drive ring. A first screw thread is formed on the drive ring, a second screw thread, which engages with the first screw thread, is formed on the retainer ring. The second screw thread extends in a circumferential direction of the retainer ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hozumi Yasuda, Makoto Fukushima, Osamu Nabeya
  • Patent number: 9999956
    Abstract: A polishing device is provided to suppress deterioration in reproducibility of a polishing profile due to a variation or change with time of a shape of a retaining ring of a substrate holding member for each of retaining rings. The polishing device includes: a polishing head configured to press a substrate against a polishing pad and have a retainer ring surrounding the substrate pressed against the polishing pad; a measurement sensor configured to measure a surface shape of the retainer ring; and a controller configured to determine a polishing condition of the substrate based on the surface shape of the retainer ring measured by the measurement sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Ebara Corporation
    Inventors: Keisuke Namiki, Hozumi Yasuda, Osamu Nabeya, Makoto Fukushima, Shingo Togashi, Satoru Yamaki, Shintaro Isono
  • Publication number: 20180117730
    Abstract: A substrate holding apparatus which can adjust polishing profile precisely is disclosed. The substrate holding apparatus includes an elastic membrane that forms a plurality of pressure chambers for pressing a substrate, and a head body to which the elastic membrane is coupled. The elastic membrane includes a contact portion to be brought into contact with the substrate for pressing the substrate against a polishing pad, an edge circumferential wall extending upwardly from a peripheral edge of the contact portion, and a plurality of inner circumferential walls arranged radially inwardly of the edge circumferential wall and extending upwardly from the contact portion. At least two adjacent inner circumferential walls of the plurality of inner circumferential walls include slope circumferential walls inclined radially inwardly. The slope circumferential walls are inclined radially inwardly in their entirety from their lower ends to upper ends, and extend upwardly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Inventors: Osamu NABEYA, Makoto FUKUSHIMA, Keisuke NAMIKI, Shingo TOGASHI, Satoru YAMAKI, Masahiko KISHIMOTO, Tomoko OWADA
  • Patent number: 9884401
    Abstract: An elastic membrane is used in a substrate holding apparatus for holding a substrate such as a semiconductor wafer and pressing the substrate against a polishing surface. The elastic membrane includes a plurality of concentrically circumferential walls configured to define a plurality of pressurizing areas for pressing the substrate. The pressurizing areas includes a central pressurizing area located at a central part of the elastic membrane, an annular edge pressurizing area located at the outermost part of the elastic membrane, and a plurality of intermediate pressurizing areas located between the central pressurizing area and the annular edge pressurizing area. The area width of at least one of the intermediate pressurizing areas is set in a range to allow a polishing rate responsive width not to vary even when the area width is varied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Makoto Fukushima, Hozumi Yasuda, Osamu Nabeya, Shingo Togashi
  • Patent number: 9815171
    Abstract: A substrate holder capable of preventing an increase in a polishing rate of an edge portion of a substrate, even when polishing a plurality of substrates successively, is disclosed. The substrate holder includes: a top ring body configured to hold the substrate; and a retaining ring disposed so as to surround the substrate held by the top ring body. The retaining ring includes a pad pressing structure in an annular shape which is to be brought into contact with the polishing pad, and the pad pressing structure has a width in a range of 3 mm to 7.5 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoru Yamaki, Hozumi Yasuda, Keisuke Namiki, Osamu Nabeya, Makoto Fukushima, Shingo Togashi
  • Publication number: 20170266779
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a substrate polishing method includes: conveying a substrate to a position above a polishing pad by sucking the substrate by a first region of an elastic film; polishing the substrate while bringing the substrate into contact with the polishing pad; and lifting off the substrate by sucking the substrate by a second region of the elastic film, the second region being larger than the first region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Inventors: Shintaro ISONO, Hozumi YASUDA, Keisuke NAMIKI, Osamu NABEYA, Makoto FUKUSHIMA, Shingo TOGASHI, Satoru YAMAKI
  • Patent number: 9724797
    Abstract: A polishing apparatus has a polishing pad, a top ring for holding a semiconductor wafer, and a vertical movement mechanism operable to move the top ring in a vertical direction. The polishing apparatus also has a distance measuring sensor operable to detect a position of the top ring when a lower surface of the top ring is brought into contact with the polishing pad, and a controller operable to calculate an optimal position of the top ring to polish the semiconductor wafer based on the position detected by the distance measuring sensor. The vertical movement mechanism includes a ball screw mechanism operable to move the top ring to the optimal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Osamu Nabeya, Tetsuji Togawa, Makoto Fukushima, Hozumi Yasuda
  • Publication number: 20170173756
    Abstract: A polishing object is prevented from slipping out without depending on the process type or the polishing condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Inventors: Satoru YAMAKI, Hozumi YASUDA, Keisuke NAMIKI, Osamu NABEYA, Makoto FUKUSHIMA, Shingo TOGASHI, Shintaro ISONO
  • Patent number: D793976
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Makoto Fukushima, Hozumi Yasuda, Keisuke Namiki, Osamu Nabeya, Shingo Togashi, Satoru Yamaki
  • Patent number: D794585
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Osamu Nabeya, Hozumi Yasuda, Makoto Fukushima, Keisuke Namiki, Shingo Togashi, Satoru Yamaki
  • Patent number: D799437
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Osamu Nabeya, Hozumi Yasuda, Makoto Fukushima, Shingo Togashi, Keisuke Namiki, Satoru Yamaki
  • Patent number: D808349
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Makoto Fukushima, Hozumi Yasuda, Keisuke Namiki, Osamu Nabeya, Shingo Togashi, Satoru Yamaki
  • Patent number: D813180
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Makoto Fukushima, Hozumi Yasuda, Keisuke Namiki, Osamu Nabeya, Shingo Togashi, Satoru Yamaki
  • Patent number: D839224
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoru Yamaki, Makoto Fukushima, Keisuke Namiki, Osamu Nabeya, Shingo Togashi, Tomoko Owada, Masahiko Kishimoto