Patents by Inventor Min-Feng Kao

Min-Feng Kao 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: 20200365634
    Abstract: A device including a gate structure formed over a semiconductor substrate, the gate structure having extensions, a device isolation structure formed into the semiconductor substrate adjacent the gate structure, wherein the extensions are over a portion of the device isolation structure, and source/drain regions on both sides of the gate structure, the source/drain regions being formed in a gap in the device isolation structure and being partially enclosed by the extensions of the gate structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Inventors: Min-Feng Kao, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Tzu-Hsuan Hsu, Szu-Ying Chen, Wei-Cheng Hsu, Hsiao-Hui Tseng
  • Publication number: 20200335427
    Abstract: Present disclosure provides a semiconductor structure, including a semiconductor substrate, a first metal layer, and a through substrate via (TSV). The semiconductor substrate has an active side. The first metal layer is closest to the active side of the semiconductor substrate, and the first metal layer has a first continuous metal feature. The TSV is extending from the semiconductor substrate to the first continuous metal feature. A width of the TSV at the first metal layer is wider than a width of the first continuous metal feature. Present disclosure also provides a method for manufacturing the semiconductor structure described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2020
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Inventors: MIN-FENG KAO, DUN-NIAN YAUNG, JEN-CHENG LIU, CHING-CHUN WANG, KUAN-CHIEH HUANG, HSING-CHIH LIN, YI-SHIN CHU
  • Patent number: 10811398
    Abstract: A semiconductor structure is disclosed. The semiconductor structure includes: a semiconductor substrate including a front surface and a back surface; a backside metallization layer formed over the semiconductor substrate, the backside metallization layer being closer to the back surface than to the front surface of the semiconductor substrate, at least a portion of the backside metallization layer forming an inductor structure; and an electrically non-conductive material formed in the semiconductor substrate, the electrically non-conductive material at least partially overlapping the inductor structure from a top view, and the electrically non-conductive material including a top surface, a bottom surface, and sidewalls, the top surface being adjacent to the back surface of the semiconductor substrate. A method for manufacturing a semiconductor structure is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: Min-Feng Kao, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Hsing-Chih Lin, Ching-Chun Wang
  • Patent number: 10804155
    Abstract: The present disclosure, in some embodiments, relates to a method of forming an integrated chip. The method may be performed by forming a first conductive wire within a first dielectric structure formed on a first surface of a first substrate. A through-substrate-via (TSV) is formed to extend though the first substrate. A second conductive wire is formed within a second dielectric structure formed on a second surface of the first substrate opposing the first surface. The TSV electrically couples the first conductive wire and the second conductive wire. The first conductive wire, the second conductive wire, and the TSV define an inductor that wraps around an axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shih-Han Huang, Ching-Chun Wang, Dun-Nian Yaung, Hsing-Chih Lin, Jen-Cheng Liu, Min-Feng Kao
  • Publication number: 20200321373
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a semiconductor device. The semiconductor device includes a gate structure arranged on a first surface of a substrate. A doped isolation region is arranged within the substrate along opposing sides of the gate structure. The substrate includes a first region between sides of the doped isolation region and a second region having a different doping characteristic than the first region. The second region contacts a bottom of the first region and a bottom of the doped isolation region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2020
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Inventors: Szu-Ying Chen, Min-Feng Kao, Jen-Cheng Liu, Feng-Chi Hung, Dun-Nian Yaung
  • Publication number: 20200312817
    Abstract: A three-dimensional (3D) integrated circuit (IC) is provided. In some embodiments, a second IC die is bonded to a first IC die by a first bonding structure. A third IC die is bonded to the second IC die by a second bonding structure. The second bonding structure is arranged between back sides of the second IC die and the third IC die opposite to corresponding interconnect structures and comprises a first TSV (through substrate via) disposed through a second substrate of the second IC die and a second TSV disposed through a third substrate of the third IC die. The second bonding structure further comprises conductive features with oppositely titled sidewalls disposed between the first TSV and the second TSV.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: Kuo-Ming Wu, Ching-Chun Wang, Dun-Nian Yaung, Hsing-Chih Lin, Jen-Cheng Liu, Min-Feng Kao, Yung-Lung Lin, Shih-Han Huang, I-Nan Chen
  • Patent number: 10790194
    Abstract: The present disclosure, in some embodiments, relates to an integrated chip. The integrated chip includes a first plurality of conductive interconnect layers arranged within a first inter-level dielectric (ILD) structure disposed on a first surface of a first substrate. A second plurality of conductive interconnect layers are arranged within a second ILD structure disposed on a first surface of a second substrate. The second substrate is separated from the first substrate by the first ILD structure. The first plurality of conductive interconnect layers and the second plurality of conductive interconnect layers define an inductor having one or more turns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shih-Han Huang, Ching-Chun Wang, Dun-Nian Yaung, Hsing-Chih Lin, Jen-Cheng Liu, Min-Feng Kao
  • Patent number: 10790265
    Abstract: A semiconductor device structure is provided. The semiconductor device structure has a first surface and a second surface. A first charged layer is disposed over the second surface. A dielectric layer separates a surface of the first charged layer that is closest to the semiconductor substrate from the second surface of the semiconductor substrate. A second charged layer is over the first charged layer. The first charged layer and the second charged layer are different materials and have a same charge polarity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Min-Feng Kao, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Jeng-Shyan Lin, Hsun-Ying Huang
  • Patent number: 10790327
    Abstract: A semiconductor device structure is provided. The semiconductor device structure includes a first semiconductor die, and a second semiconductor die bonded on the first semiconductor die. A through-substrate via penetrates through a semiconductor substrate of the second semiconductor die. A passivation layer is disposed between the first semiconductor die and the second semiconductor die, wherein the passivation layer is directly bonded to the semiconductor substrate of the second semiconductor die. A conductive feature passes through the passivation layer, wherein the conductive feature is bonded to the through-substrate via. A barrier layer is disposed between the conductive feature and the passivation layer. The barrier layer covers sidewalls of the conductive feature and separates the surface of the conductive feature from a nearest neighboring surface of the first or second semiconductor die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Min-Feng Kao, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Hsun-Ying Huang
  • Publication number: 20200303351
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing three-dimensional (3D) integrated circuit (IC) is provided. In some embodiments, a second IC die is formed and bonded to a first IC die by a first bonding structure. A third IC die is formed and bonded to the second IC die by a second bonding structure. The second bonding structure is formed between back sides of the second IC die and the third IC die opposite to corresponding interconnect structures and comprises a first TSV (through substrate via) disposed through a second substrate of the second IC die and a second TSV disposed through a third substrate of the third IC die. In some further embodiments, the second bonding structure is formed by forming conductive features with oppositely titled sidewalls disposed between the first TSV and the second TSV.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Inventors: Kuo-Ming Wu, Ching-Chun Wang, Dun-Nian Yaung, Hsing-Chih Lin, Jen-Cheng Liu, Min-Feng Kao, Yung-Lung Lin, Shih-Han Huang, I-Nan Chen
  • Publication number: 20200258931
    Abstract: A semiconductor device structure is provided. The semiconductor device structure includes a first semiconductor die, and a second semiconductor die bonded on the first semiconductor die. A through-substrate via penetrates through a semiconductor substrate of the second semiconductor die. A passivation layer is disposed between the first semiconductor die and the second semiconductor die, wherein the passivation layer is directly bonded to the semiconductor substrate of the second semiconductor die. A conductive feature passes through the passivation layer, wherein the conductive feature is bonded to the through-substrate via. A barrier layer is disposed between the conductive feature and the passivation layer. The barrier layer covers sidewalls of the conductive feature and separates the surface of the conductive feature from a nearest neighboring surface of the first or second semiconductor die.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Inventors: Min-Feng Kao, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Hsun-Ying Huang
  • Patent number: 10734423
    Abstract: A device including a gate structure formed over a semiconductor substrate, the gate structure having extensions, a device isolation structure formed into the semiconductor substrate adjacent the gate structure, wherein the extensions are over a portion of the device isolation structure, and source/drain regions on both sides of the gate structure, the source/drain regions being formed in a gap in the device isolation structure and being partially enclosed by the extensions of the gate structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Min-Feng Kao, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Tzu-Hsuan Hsu, Szu-Ying Chen, Wei-Cheng Hsu, Hsiao-Hui Tseng
  • Patent number: 10734428
    Abstract: The present disclosure, in some embodiments, relates to a semiconductor device. The semiconductor device has a gate stack arranged over a first surface of a substrate. A doped isolation feature is arranged within the substrate along opposing sides of the gate stack. A photodetector is also arranged within the substrate. An isolation well region extends below the gate stack and contacts the doped isolation feature along a horizontal plane that is parallel to the first surface and that intersects sides of the photodetector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Szu-Ying Chen, Min-Feng Kao, Jen-Cheng Liu, Feng-Chi Hung, Dun-Nian Yaung
  • Publication number: 20200243583
    Abstract: A semiconductor structure includes: a semiconductor substrate arranged over a back end of line (BEOL) metallization stack, and including a scribe line opening; a conductive pad having an upper surface that is substantially flush with an upper surface of the semiconductor substrate, the conductive pad including an upper conductive region and a lower conductive region, the upper conductive region being confined to the scribe line opening substantially from the upper surface of the semiconductor substrate to a bottom of the scribe line opening, and the lower conductive region protruding downward from the upper conductive region, through the BEOL metallization stack; a passivation layer arranged over the semiconductor substrate; and an array of pixel sensors arranged in the semiconductor substrate adjacent to the conductive pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Inventors: SHENG-CHAU CHEN, CHENG-HSIEN CHOU, MIN-FENG KAO
  • Patent number: 10727205
    Abstract: A three-dimensional (3D) integrated circuit (IC) is provided. In some embodiments, a second IC die is bonded to a first IC die by a first bonding structure. The first bonding structure contacts a first interconnect structure of the first IC die and a second interconnection structure of the second IC die, and has a first portion and a second portion hybrid bonded together. A third IC die is bonded to the second IC die by a third bonding structure. The third bonding structure comprises a second TSV (through substrate via) disposed through the second substrate of the second IC die and includes varies bonding structures according to varies embodiments of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kuo-Ming Wu, Ching-Chun Wang, Dun-Nian Yaung, Hsing-Chih Lin, Jen-Cheng Liu, Min-Feng Kao, Yung-Lung Lin, Shih-Han Huang, I-Nan Chen
  • Patent number: 10727164
    Abstract: Present disclosure provides a semiconductor structure, including a semiconductor substrate having an active side, an interconnect layer in proximity to the active side of the semiconductor substrate, and a through substrate via extending from the semiconductor substrate to a first metal layer of the interconnect layer. The TSV being wider than the continuous metal feature. Present disclosure also provides a method for manufacturing the semiconductor structure described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: Min-Feng Kao, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Ching-Chun Wang, Kuan-Chieh Huang, Hsing-Chih Lin, Yi-Shin Chu
  • Patent number: 10680027
    Abstract: A semiconductor device structure is provided. The semiconductor device structure includes a first semiconductor die, and a second semiconductor die bonded on the first semiconductor die. A through-substrate via penetrates through a semiconductor substrate of the second semiconductor die. A passivation layer is disposed between the first semiconductor die and the second semiconductor die, wherein the passivation layer is directly bonded to the semiconductor substrate of the second semiconductor die. A conductive feature passes through the passivation layer, wherein the conductive feature is bonded to the through-substrate via. A barrier layer is disposed between the conductive feature and the passivation layer. The barrier layer covers sidewalls of the conductive feature and separates the surface of the conductive feature from a nearest neighboring surface of the first or second semiconductor die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Min-Feng Kao, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Hsun-Ying Huang
  • Publication number: 20200161244
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the present disclosure relates to an integrated chip. The integrated chip includes a first plurality of interconnect layers within a first inter-level dielectric (ILD) structure disposed along a front-side of a first substrate. A conductive pad is arranged along a back-side of the first substrate and a first through-substrate-via (TSV) extends between an interconnect wire of the first plurality of interconnect layers and the conductive pad. A second plurality of interconnect layers are within a second ILD structure disposed along a front-side of a second substrate that is bonded to the first substrate. A second through substrate via (TSV) extends through the second substrate. The second TSV has a greater width than the first TSV.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventors: Min-Feng Kao, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Hsun-Ying Huang
  • Patent number: 10622401
    Abstract: A semiconductor structure includes: a semiconductor substrate arranged over a back end of line (BEOL) metallization stack, and including a scribe line opening; a conductive pad having an upper surface that is substantially flush with an upper surface of the semiconductor substrate, the conductive pad including an upper conductive region and a lower conductive region, the upper conductive region being confined to the scribe line opening substantially from the upper surface of the semiconductor substrate to a bottom of the scribe line opening, and the lower conductive region protruding downward from the upper conductive region, through the BEOL metallization stack; a passivation layer arranged over the semiconductor substrate; and an array of pixel sensors arranged in the semiconductor substrate adjacent to the conductive pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: Sheng-Chau Chen, Cheng-Hsien Chou, Min-Feng Kao
  • Publication number: 20200083049
    Abstract: A device includes a semiconductor substrate, a gate dielectric over the semiconductor substrate, and a gate electrode over the gate dielectric. The gate electrode has a first portion having a first thickness, and a second portion having a second thickness smaller than the first thickness. The device further includes a source/drain region on a side of the gate electrode with the source/drain region extending into the semiconductor substrate, and a device isolation region. The device isolation region has a part having a sidewall contacting a second sidewall of the source/drain region to form an interface. The interface is overlapped by a joining line of the firs portion and the second portion of the gate electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Inventors: Min-Feng Kao, Szu-Ying Chen, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Tzu-Hsuan Hsu, Feng-Chi Hung