Ru-Gun Liu 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).
Abstract: Examples of an integrated circuit a having an advanced two-dimensional (2D) metal connection with metal cut and methods of fabricating the same are provided. An example method for fabricating a conductive interconnection layer of an integrated circuit may include: patterning a conductive connector portion on the conductive interconnection layer of the integrated circuit using extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography, wherein the conductive connector portion is patterned to extend across multiple semiconductor structures in a different layer of the integrated circuit; and cutting the conductive connector portion into a plurality of conductive connector sections, wherein the conductive connector portion is cut by removing conductive material from the metal connector portion at one or more locations between the semiconductor structures.
November 16, 2020
March 4, 2021
Chih-Liang Chen, Cheng-Chi Chuang, Chih-Ming Lai, Chia-Tien Wu, Charles Chew-Yuen Young, Hui-Ting Yang, Jiann-Tyng Tzeng, Kam-Tou Sio, Ru-Gun Liu, Shun Li Chen, Shih-Wei Peng, Tien-Lu Lin
Abstract: A four signal line unit cell is formed on a substrate using a combination of an extreme ultraviolet photolithography process and one or more self aligned deposition processes. The photolithography process and the self aligned deposition processes result in spacers on a hard mask above the substrate. The spacers define a pattern of signal lines to be formed on the substrate for a unit cell. The photolithography process and self aligned deposition processes result in signal lines having a critical dimension much smaller than features that can be defined by the extreme ultraviolet photolithography process.
Abstract: A method includes forming a material layer over a substrate, forming a first hard mask (HM) layer over the material layer, forming a first trench, along a first direction, in the first HM layer. The method also includes forming first spacers along sidewalls of the first trench, forming a second trench in the first HM layer parallel to the first trench, by using the first spacers to guard the first trench. The method also includes etching the material layer through the first trench and the second trench, removing the first HM layer and the first spacers, forming a second HM layer over the material layer, forming a third trench in the second HM layer. The third trench extends along a second direction that is perpendicular to the first direction and overlaps with the first trench. The method also includes etching the material layer through the third trench.
Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method of patterning a target material layer over a semiconductor substrate. The method includes steps of forming a spacer feature over the target material layer using a first sub-layout and performing a photolithographic patterning process using a second sub-layout to form a first feature. A portion of the first feature extends over the spacer feature. The method further includes steps of removing the portion of the first feature extending over the spacer feature and removing the spacer feature. Other methods and associated patterned semiconductor wafers are also provided herein.
Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a first gate structure, a second gate structure, a first source/drain structure and a second source/drain structure. The first gate structure includes a first gate electrode and a first cap insulating layer disposed on the first gate electrode. The second gate structure includes a second gate electrode and a first conductive contact layer disposed on the first gate electrode. The first source/drain structure includes a first source/drain conductive layer and a second cap insulating layer disposed over the first source/drain conductive layer. The second source/drain structure includes a second source/drain conductive layer and a second conductive contact layer disposed over the second source/drain conductive layer.
Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method for forming interconnect structures. The method includes providing a semiconductor structure including a substrate and a conductive feature formed in a top portion of the substrate; depositing a resist layer over the substrate, wherein the resist layer has an exposure threshold; providing a radiation with an incident exposure dose to the resist layer, wherein the incident exposure dose is configured to be less than the exposure threshold of the resist layer while a sum of the incident exposure dose and a reflected exposure dose from a top surface of the conductive feature is larger than the exposure threshold of the resist layer, thereby forming a latent pattern above the conductive feature; and developing the resist layer to form a patterned resist layer.
June 4, 2020
February 4, 2021
Ru-Gun Liu, Shih-Ming Chang, Hoi-Tou Ng
Abstract: Implementations of the present disclosure provide coloring methods that sort and pre-color nodes of G0-linked networks in a multiple-patterning technology (MPT)-compliant layout design by coordinate. In one embodiment, a method includes identifying target networks in a circuit layout, each target network having two or more linked nodes representing circuit patterns, and each target network being presented in an imaginary X-Y coordinate plane, assigning a first feature to a first node in each target network, the first node is determined using a coordinate-based method, and assigning the first feature and a second feature to remaining nodes in each target network in an alternating manner so that any two immediately adjacent linked nodes in each target network have different features.
Abstract: A method for taking heat away from the photomask includes driving a working fluid to flow between a photomask and a fluid retaining structure and through a first slit of the fluid retaining structure, such that a boundary of the working fluid is confined between the photomask and the fluid retaining structure; and generating a light to irradiate the photomask through a light transmission region of the fluid retaining structure.
July 16, 2019
January 21, 2021
Shih-Ming Chang, Chiu-Hsiang Chen, Ru-Gun Liu
Abstract: In a method of forming a groove pattern extending in a first axis in an underlying layer over a semiconductor substrate, a first opening is formed in the underlying layer, and the first opening is extended in the first axis by directional etching to form the groove pattern.
Abstract: A self aligned via and a method for fabricated a semiconductor device using a double-trench constrained self alignment process to form the via. The method includes forming a first trench and depositing a first metal into the first trench. Afterwards, the process includes depositing a dielectric layer over the first metal such that a top surface of the dielectric layer is at substantially the same level as the top surface of the first trench. Next, a second trench is formed and a via is formed by etching the portion of the dielectric layer exposed by the overlapping region between the first trench and the second trench. The via exposes a portion of the first metal and a second metal is deposited into the second trench such that the second metal is electrically coupled to the first metal.
June 2, 2017
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December 29, 2020
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, Company Limited
Abstract: A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device includes dividing a number of dies along an x axis in a die matrix in each exposure field in an exposure field matrix delineated on the semiconductor substrate, wherein the x axis is parallel to one edge of a smallest rectangle enclosing the exposure field matrix. A number of dies is divided along a y axis in the die matrix, wherein the y axis is perpendicular to the x axis. Sequences SNx0, SNx1, SNx, SNxr, SNy0, SNy1, SNy, and SNyr are formed. p*(Nbx+1)?2 stepping operations are performed in a third direction and first sequence exposure/stepping/exposure operations and second sequence exposure/stepping/exposure operations are performed alternately between any two adjacent stepping operations as well as before a first stepping operation and after a last stepping operation. A distance of each stepping operation in order follows the sequence SNx.
Abstract: A method for manufacturing a photo mask for a semiconductor device includes receiving a plurality of hotspot regions of a mask layout corresponding to the semiconductor device. The method further includes classifying the plurality of hotspot regions into two or more hotspot groups such that same or similar hotspot regions are classified into same hotspot groups. The hotspot groups includes a first hotspot group that has at least two hotspot regions. The method also includes correcting a first hotspot region of the first hotspot group to generate an enhancement of the first hotspot region and correcting other hotspot regions of the first hotspot group using the enhancement of the first hotspot region to generate enhancements of other hotspot regions of the first hotspot group.
Abstract: A method includes depositing a second dielectric layer over a first dielectric layer, depositing a third dielectric layer over the second dielectric layer, patterning a plurality of first openings in the third dielectric layer, etching the second dielectric layer through the first openings to form second openings in the second dielectric layer, performing a plasma etching process directed at the second dielectric layer from a first direction, the plasma etching process extending the second openings in the first direction, and etching the first dielectric layer through the second openings to form third openings in the first dielectric layer.
Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a buried metal line disposed in a semiconductor substrate, a first dielectric material on a first sidewall of the buried metal line and a second dielectric material on a second sidewall of the buried metal line, a first multiple fins disposed proximate the first sidewall of the buried metal line, a second multiple fins disposed proximate the second sidewall of the buried metal line, a first metal gate structure over the first multiple fins and over the buried metal line, wherein the first metal gate structure extends through the first dielectric material to contact the buried metal line, and a second metal gate structure over the second multiple fins and over the buried metal line.
Abstract: Provided is a method for fabricating a semiconductor device including performing an OPC process to an IC layout pattern to generate a post-OPC layout pattern. In some embodiments, the method further includes applying an MPC model to the post-OPC layout pattern to generate a simulated mask pattern. By way of example, the simulated mask pattern is compared to a mask pattern calculated from a target wafer pattern. Thereafter, and based on the comparing, an outcome of an MPC process is determined.
Abstract: A method of making a mask includes computing a transmission cross coefficient (TCC) matrix for an optical system for performing a lithography process, wherein computing includes decomposing the transmission cross coefficient matrix into an ideal transmission cross coefficient (TCC) kernel set for a corresponding ideal optical system and at least one perturbation kernel set with coefficients corresponding to optical defects in the optical system, calibrating a lithography model by iteratively adjusting the lithography model based on a comparison between simulated wafer patterns and measured printed wafer patterns, and providing the calibrated lithography model, which includes an ideal TCC kernel set and the at least two perturbation kernels sets and a resist model, to a mask layout synthesis tool to obtain a synthesized mask layout corresponding to a target mask layout for manufacturing the mask using the synthesized mask layout.
Abstract: The present disclosure describes various non-planar semiconductor devices, such as fin field-effect transistors (finFETs) to provide an example, having one or more metal rail conductors and various methods for fabricating these non-planar semiconductor devices. In some situations, the one or more metal rail conductors can be electrically connected to gate, source, and/or drain regions of these various non-planar semiconductor devices. In these situations, the one or more metal rail conductors can be utilized to electrically connect the gate, the source, and/or the drain regions of various non-planar semiconductor devices to other gate, source, and/or drain regions of various non-planar semiconductor devices and/or other semiconductor devices. However, in other situations, the one or more metal rail conductors can be isolated from the gate, the source, and/or the drain regions these various non-planar semiconductor devices.
Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method of data preparation. The method, in some embodiments, performs a first data preparation process using a data preparation element. The first data preparation process modifies a plurality of shapes of an integrated chip (IC) design that comprises a graphical representation of a layout used to fabricate an integrated chip. A plurality of additional shapes are added to the IC design using an additional shape insertion element. The plurality of additional shapes are separated from the plurality of shapes by one or more non-zero distances. A second data preparation process is performed using the data preparation element, after performing the first data preparation process. The second data preparation process modifies the plurality of additional shapes.
Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method for semiconductor manufacturing in accordance with some embodiments. The method includes providing a substrate and a patterning layer over the substrate, wherein the substrate includes a plurality of features to receive a treatment process; forming at least one opening in the patterning layer, wherein the plurality of features is partially exposed in the at least one opening; applying a directional etching to expand the at least one opening in a first direction, thereby forming at least one expanded opening; and performing the treatment process to the plurality of features through the at least one expanded opening.
Abstract: The present disclosure, in some embodiments, relates to an integrated chip. The integrated chip includes a source region and a drain region separated by a channel region within a substrate. A middle-end-of-the-line (MEOL) structure is over the drain region and a gate structure is over the channel region. The MEOL structure is vertically disposed between the drain region and a plane extending along an upper surface of the gate structure. A first interconnect wire is connected to the MEOL structure by a first conductive contact that is directly over the drain region and that extends between the first interconnect wire and the MEOL structure. A conductive strap is located over the first interconnect wire. The conductive strap connects the first interconnect wire to a power rail having a larger width than the first interconnect wire.