Patents by Inventor Paul R. McHugh

Paul R. McHugh 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: 20240160117
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for substrate processing are described herein. More specifically, the apparatus and method are directed towards apparatus and method for performing a field guided post exposure bake operation on a semiconductor substrate. The apparatus is a processing module (100) and includes an upper portion (102) with an electrode (400) and a base portion (104) which is configured to support a substrate (500) on a substrate support surface (159). The upper portion (102) and the base portion (104) are actuated toward and away from one another using one or more arms (112) and form a process volume (404). The process volume (404) is filled with a process fluid and the processing module (100) is rotated about an axis (A). An electric field is applied to the substrate (500) by the electrode (400) before the process fluid is drained from the process volume (404).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2021
    Publication date: May 16, 2024
    Applicant: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Dmitry LUBOMIRSKY, Kyle M. HANSON, Douglas A. BUCHBERGER, Jr., Alan L. TSO, Rahul KOZHIKKALKANDI, Paul R. MCHUGH, Jiayi SUN, Qiwei LIANG, Nithin Thomas ALEX, Lancelot HUANG, Ellie Y. YIEH
  • Patent number: 11982008
    Abstract: An electroplating system has a vessel assembly holding an electrolyte. A weir thief electrode assembly in the vessel assembly includes a plenum inside of a weir frame. The plenum divided into at least a first, a second and a third virtual thief electrode segment. A plurality of spaced apart openings through the weir frame lead out of the plenum. A weir ring is attached to the weir frame and guides flow of current during electroplating. The electroplating system provides process determined radial and circumferential current density control and does not require changing hardware components during set up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: APPLIED Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul R. McHugh, Gregory J. Wilson, Kyle M. Hanson, John L. Klocke, Paul Van Valkenburg, Eric J. Bergman, Adam Marc McClure, Deepak Saagar Kalaikadal, Nolan Layne Zimmerman, Michael Windham, Mikael R. Borjesson
  • Publication number: 20230411222
    Abstract: A system may include a first semiconductor processing station configured to deposit a material on a first semiconductor wafer and a chemical tank that provides liquid to the processing station during a deposition process. The chemical tank may provide measurements of characteristics of the liquid to a controller. The controller may be configured to receive the measurements from the chemical tank; provide an input based on the measurements to a trained model that is configured to generate an output that adjusts an operating parameter of the first station such that the thickness uniformity of the material is closer to a target thickness uniformity; and cause the first station to deposit the material on a second wafer using the operating parameter as adjusted by the output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2022
    Publication date: December 21, 2023
    Applicant: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Sam K. Lee, Paul R. McHugh
  • Publication number: 20230313406
    Abstract: Electroplating methods may include providing an electrolyte feedstock comprising copper to a first compartment of an electrochemical cell. The methods may include providing an acidic solution to a second compartment of the electrochemical cell. The first compartment and second compartment may be separated by a membrane. The methods may include applying a current to an anode of the electrochemical cell. The anode of the electrochemical cell may be disposed proximate the first compartment and across from the membrane. The methods may include forming an anolyte and catholyte precursor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2023
    Publication date: October 5, 2023
    Applicant: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul R. McHugh, Forrest G. Reinhart, Gregory J. Wilson, Kwan Wook Roh, Kyle M. Hanson, James E. Brown, David J. Reis
  • Publication number: 20230313405
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present technology include electroplating methods that include providing a first portion of an electrolyte feedstock to a first compartment of an electrochemical cell. The first portion of an electrolyte feedstock may be characterized by an initial metal ion concentration and an initial acid concentration. The methods may include providing a second portion of an electrolyte feedstock to a second compartment of the electrochemical cell. The second compartment and first compartment may be separated by a first membrane. The methods may include providing an acidic solution to a third compartment of the electrochemical cell. The third compartment and second compartment may be separated by a second membrane. The acidic solution may be characterized by an initial acid concentration. The methods may include applying a current to an anode of the electrochemical cell. The anode of the electrochemical cell may be disposed proximate the first compartment and across from the first membrane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2023
    Publication date: October 5, 2023
    Applicant: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul R. McHugh, Gregory J. Wilson, Kwan Wook Roh, Kyle M. Hanson, Forrest G. Reinhart, David J. Reis, James E. Brown, Nolan L. Zimmerman
  • Publication number: 20230279576
    Abstract: A method of plating substrates may include placing a substrate in a plating chamber comprising a liquid, and applying a current to the liquid in the plating chamber to deposit a metal on exposed portions of the substrate, where the current may include alternating cycles of a forward plating current and a reverse deplating current. To determine the current characteristics, a model of a substrate may be simulated during the plating process to generate data points that relate characteristics of the plating process and a pattern on the substrate to a range nonuniformity of material formed on the substrate during the plating process. Using information from the data points, values for the forward and reverse currents may be derived and provided to the plating chamber to execute the plating process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2022
    Publication date: September 7, 2023
    Applicant: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul R. McHugh, Charles Sharbono, Jing Xu, John L. Klocke, Sam K. Lee, Keith Edward Ypma
  • Publication number: 20230257900
    Abstract: A system may include a first semiconductor processing station configured to deposit a material on a first semiconductor wafer, a second semiconductor processing station configured perform measurements indicative of a thickness of the material after the material has been deposited on the first semiconductor wafer, and a controller. The controller may be configured to receive the measurements from the second station; provide an input based on the measurements to a trained model that is configured to generate an output that adjusts an operating parameter of the first station such that the thickness of the material is closer to a target thickness; and causing the first station to deposit the material on a second wafer using the operating parameter as adjusted by the output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2022
    Publication date: August 17, 2023
    Applicant: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric J. Bergman, Adam Marc McClure, Paul R. McHugh, Gregory J. Wilson, John L. Klocke
  • Patent number: 11697887
    Abstract: Electroplating systems may include an electroplating chamber. The systems may also include a replenish assembly fluidly coupled with the electroplating chamber. The replenish assembly may include a first compartment housing anode material. The first compartment may include a first compartment section in which the anode material is housed and a second compartment section separated from the first compartment section by a divider. The replenish assembly may include a second compartment fluidly coupled with the electroplating chamber and electrically coupled with the first compartment. The replenish assembly may also include a third compartment electrically coupled with the second compartment, the third compartment including an inert cathode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2023
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Nolan L. Zimmerman, Charles Sharbono, Gregory J. Wilson, Paul R. McHugh, Paul Van Valkenburg, Deepak Saagar Kalaikadal, Kyle M. Hanson
  • Publication number: 20230193504
    Abstract: Systems and methods for electroplating are described. The electroplating system may include a vessel configured to hold a first portion of a liquid electrolyte. The system may also include a substrate holder configured for holding a substrate in the vessel. The system may further include a first reservoir in fluid communication with the vessel. In addition, the system may include a second reservoir in fluid communication with the vessel. Furthermore, the system may include a first mechanism configured to expel a second portion of the liquid electrolyte from the first reservoir into the vessel. The system may also include a second mechanism configured to take in a third potion of the liquid electrolyte from the vessel into the second reservoir when the second portion of the liquid electrolyte is expelled from the first reservoir. Methods may include oscillating flow of the electrolyte within the vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2023
    Publication date: June 22, 2023
    Applicant: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul R. McHugh, Gregory J. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20230167573
    Abstract: An electroplating system has a vessel assembly holding an electrolyte. A weir thief electrode assembly in the vessel assembly includes a plenum inside of a weir frame. The plenum divided into at least a first, a second and a third virtual thief electrode segment. A plurality of spaced apart openings through the weir frame lead out of the plenum. A weir ring is attached to the weir frame and guides flow of current during electroplating. The electroplating system provides process determined radial and circumferential current density control and does not require changing hardware components during set up.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2023
    Publication date: June 1, 2023
    Inventors: Paul R. McHugh, Gregory J. Wilson, Kyle M. Hanson, John L. Klocke, Paul Van Valkenburg, Eric J. Bergman, Adam Marc McClure, Deepak Saagar Kalaikadal, Nolan Layne Zimmerman, Michael Windham, Mikael R. Borjesson
  • Publication number: 20230092346
    Abstract: Exemplary electroplating systems may include a vessel. The systems may include a paddle disposed within the vessel. The paddle may be characterized by a first surface and a second surface. The first surface of the paddle may be include a plurality of ribs that extend upward from the first surface. The plurality of ribs may be arranged in a generally parallel manner about the first surface. The paddle may define a plurality of apertures through a thickness of the paddle. Each of the plurality of apertures may have a diameter of less than about 5 mm. The paddle may have an open area of less than about 15%.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2021
    Publication date: March 23, 2023
    Applicant: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Sharbono, Paul R. McHugh, Gregory J. Wilson, John L. Klocke, Nolan L. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 11585009
    Abstract: Systems and methods for electroplating are described. The electroplating system may include a vessel configured to hold a first portion of a liquid electrolyte. The system may also include a substrate holder configured for holding a substrate in the vessel. The system may further include a first reservoir in fluid communication with the vessel. In addition, the system may include a second reservoir in fluid communication with the vessel. Furthermore, the system may include a first mechanism configured to expel a second portion of the liquid electrolyte from the first reservoir into the vessel. The system may also include a second mechanism configured to take in a third potion of the liquid electrolyte from the vessel into the second reservoir when the second portion of the liquid electrolyte is expelled from the first reservoir. Methods may include oscillating flow of the electrolyte within the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul R. McHugh, Gregory J. Wilson
  • Patent number: 11578422
    Abstract: An electroplating system has a vessel assembly holding an electrolyte. A weir thief electrode assembly in the vessel assembly includes a plenum inside of a weir frame. The plenum divided into at least a first, a second and a third virtual thief electrode segment. A plurality of spaced apart openings through the weir frame lead out of the plenum. A weir ring is attached to the weir frame and guides flow of current during electroplating. The electroplating system provides process determined radial and circumferential current density control and does not require changing hardware components during set up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Paul R. McHugh, Gregory J. Wilson, Kyle M. Hanson, John L. Klocke, Paul Van Valkenburg, Eric J. Bergman, Adam Marc McClure, Deepak Saagar Kalaikadal, Nolan Layne Zimmerman, Michael Windham, Mikael R. Borjesson
  • Publication number: 20220145489
    Abstract: An electroplating system has a vessel assembly holding an electrolyte. A weir thief electrode assembly in the vessel assembly includes a plenum inside of a weir frame. The plenum divided into at least a first, a second and a third virtual thief electrode segment. A plurality of spaced apart openings through the weir frame lead out of the plenum. A weir ring is attached to the weir frame and guides flow of current during electroplating. The electroplating system provides process determined radial and circumferential current density control and does not require changing hardware components during set up.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2022
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Inventors: Paul R. McHugh, Gregory J. Wilson, Kyle M. Hanson, John L. Klocke, Paul Van Valkenburg, Eric J. Bergman, Adam Marc McClure, Deepak Saagar Kalaikadal, Nolan Layne Zimmerman, Michael Windham, Mikael R. Borjesson
  • Publication number: 20220145485
    Abstract: Systems and methods for electroplating are described. The electroplating system may include a vessel configured to hold a first portion of a liquid electrolyte. The system may also include a substrate holder configured for holding a substrate in the vessel. The system may further include a first reservoir in fluid communication with the vessel. In addition, the system may include a second reservoir in fluid communication with the vessel. Furthermore, the system may include a first mechanism configured to expel a second portion of the liquid electrolyte from the first reservoir into the vessel. The system may also include a second mechanism configured to take in a third potion of the liquid electrolyte from the vessel into the second reservoir when the second portion of the liquid electrolyte is expelled from the first reservoir. Methods may include oscillating flow of the electrolyte within the vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2022
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Applicant: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul R. McHugh, Gregory J. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20220127747
    Abstract: Electroplating systems may include an electroplating chamber. The systems may also include a replenish assembly fluidly coupled with the electroplating chamber. The replenish assembly may include a first compartment housing anode material. The first compartment may include a first compartment section in which the anode material is housed and a second compartment section separated from the first compartment section by a divider. The replenish assembly may include a second compartment fluidly coupled with the electroplating chamber and electrically coupled with the first compartment. The replenish assembly may also include a third compartment electrically coupled with the second compartment, the third compartment including an inert cathode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Publication date: April 28, 2022
    Applicant: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Nolan L. Zimmerman, Charles Sharbono, Gregory J. Wilson, Paul R. McHugh, Paul Van Valkenburg, Deepak Saagar Kalaikadal, Kyle M. Hanson
  • Patent number: 11268208
    Abstract: An electroplating system has a vessel assembly holding an electrolyte. A weir thief electrode assembly in the vessel assembly includes a plenum inside of a weir frame. The plenum divided into at least a first, a second and a third virtual thief electrode segment. A plurality of spaced apart openings through the weir frame lead out of the plenum. A weir ring is attached to the weir frame and guides flow of current during electroplating. The electroplating system provides process determined radial and circumferential current density control and does not require changing hardware components during set up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Paul R McHugh, Gregory J Wilson, Kyle M Hanson, John L Klocke, Paul Van Valkenburg, Eric J Bergman, Adam Marc McClure, Deepak Saagar Kalaikadal, Nolan Layne Zimmerman, Michael Windham, Mikael R Borjesson
  • Patent number: 11230793
    Abstract: Systems and methods for electroplating are described. The electroplating system may include a vessel configured to hold a first portion of a liquid electrolyte. The system may also include a substrate holder configured for holding a substrate in the vessel. The system may further include a first reservoir in fluid communication with the vessel. In addition, the system may include a second reservoir in fluid communication with the vessel. Furthermore, the system may include a first mechanism configured to expel a second portion of the liquid electrolyte from the first reservoir into the vessel. The system may also include a second mechanism configured to take in a third potion of the liquid electrolyte from the vessel into the second reservoir when the second portion of the liquid electrolyte is expelled from the first reservoir. Methods may include oscillating flow of the electrolyte within the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul R. McHugh, Gregory J. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20210348296
    Abstract: An electroplating system has a vessel assembly holding an electrolyte. A weir thief electrode assembly in the vessel assembly includes a plenum inside of a weir frame. The plenum divided into at least a first, a second and a third virtual thief electrode segment. A plurality of spaced apart openings through the weir frame lead out of the plenum. A weir ring is attached to the weir frame and guides flow of current during electroplating. The electroplating system provides process determined radial and circumferential current density control and does not require changing hardware components during set up.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Publication date: November 11, 2021
    Inventors: Paul R McHugh, Gregory J Wilson, Kyle M Hanson, John L Klocke, Paul Van Valkenburg, Eric J Bergman, Adam Marc McClure, Deepak Saagar Kalaikadal, Nolan Layne Zimmerman, Michael Windham, Mikael R Borjesson
  • Publication number: 20210102307
    Abstract: Systems and methods for electroplating are described. The electroplating system may include a vessel configured to hold a first portion of a liquid electrolyte. The system may also include a substrate holder configured for holding a substrate in the vessel. The system may further include a first reservoir in fluid communication with the vessel. In addition, the system may include a second reservoir in fluid communication with the vessel. Furthermore, the system may include a first mechanism configured to expel a second portion of the liquid electrolyte from the first reservoir into the vessel. The system may also include a second mechanism configured to take in a third potion of the liquid electrolyte from the vessel into the second reservoir when the second portion of the liquid electrolyte is expelled from the first reservoir. Methods may include oscillating flow of the electrolyte within the vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2020
    Publication date: April 8, 2021
    Applicant: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul R. McHugh, Gregory J. Wilson