Patents by Inventor Sean D. Burns

Sean D. Burns 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: 10312103
    Abstract: A method for forming fins includes forming a three-color hardmask fin pattern on a fin base layer. The three-color hardmask fin pattern has hardmask fins of three mutually selectively etchable compositions. A region on the three-color hardmask fin pattern is masked, leaving one or more fins of a first color exposed. All exposed fins of the first color are etched away with a selective etch that does not remove fins of a second color or a third color. The mask and all fins of a second color are etched away. Fins are etched into the fin base layer by anisotropically etching around remaining fins of the first color and fins of the third color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sean D. Burns, Nelson M. Felix, Chi-Chun Liu, Yann A. M. Mignot, Stuart A. Sieg
  • Publication number: 20180350599
    Abstract: A method of forming a structure for etch masking that includes forming first dielectric spacers on sidewalls of a plurality of mandrel structures and forming non-mandrel structures in space between adjacent first dielectric spacers. Second dielectric spacers are formed on sidewalls of an etch mask having a window that exposes a connecting portion of a centralized first dielectric spacer. The connecting portion of the centralized first dielectric spacer is removed. The mandrel structures and non-mandrel structures are removed selectively to the first dielectric spacers to provide an etch mask. The connecting portion removed from the centralized first dielectric spacer provides an opening connecting a first trench corresponding to the mandrel structures and a second trench corresponding to the non-mandrel structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: Sean D. Burns, Lawrence A. Clevenger, Matthew E. Colburn, Nelson M. Felix, Sivananda K. Kanakasabapathy, Christopher J. Penny, Roger A. Quon, Nicole A. Saulnier
  • Patent number: 10121661
    Abstract: A method of forming a structure for etch masking that includes forming first dielectric spacers on sidewalls of a plurality of mandrel structures and forming non-mandrel structures in space between adjacent first dielectric spacers. Second dielectric spacers are formed on sidewalls of an etch mask having a window that exposes a connecting portion of a centralized first dielectric spacer. The connecting portion of the centralized first dielectric spacer is removed. The mandrel structures and non-mandrel structures are removed selectively to the first dielectric spacers to provide an etch mask. The connecting portion removed from the centralized first dielectric spacer provides an opening connecting a first trench corresponding to the mandrel structures and a second trench corresponding to the non-mandrel structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sean D. Burns, Lawrence A. Clevenger, Matthew E. Colburn, Nelson M. Felix, Sivananda K. Kanakasabapathy, Christopher J. Penny, Roger A. Quon, Nicole A. Saulnier
  • Publication number: 20180286682
    Abstract: Selective gas etching for self-aligned pattern transfer uses a first block and a separate second block formed in a sacrificial layer to transfer critical dimensions to a desired final layer using a selective gas etching process. The first block is a first hardmask material that can be plasma etched using a first gas, and the second block is a second hardmask material that can be plasma etched using a second gas separate from the first gas. The first hardmask material is not plasma etched using the second gas, and the second hardmask material is not plasma etched using the first gas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: John Christopher ARNOLD, Sean D. BURNS, Yann Alain Marcel MIGNOT, Yongan XU
  • Patent number: 10083864
    Abstract: A method for forming conductive lines comprises forming a hardmask on an insulator layer, a planarizing layer on the hardmask, and a hardmask on the planarizing layer, removing exposed portions of a layer of sacrificial mandrel material to form first and second sacrificial mandrels on the hardmask, and depositing a layer of spacer material in the gap, and over exposed portions of the first and second sacrificial mandrels and the hardmask. Portions of the layer of spacer material are removed to expose the first and second sacrificial mandrels. A filler material is deposited between the first and second sacrificial mandrels. A portion of the filler material is removed to expose the first and second sacrificial mandrels. Portions of the layer of spacer material are removed to expose portions of the hardmask. A trench is formed in the insulator layer, and the trench is filled with a conductive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sean D. Burns, Lawrence A. Clevenger, Matthew E. Colburn, Sivananda K. Kanakasabapathy, Yann A. M. Mignot, Christopher J. Penny, Roger A. Quon, Nicole A. Saulnier
  • Publication number: 20180247824
    Abstract: A method for forming fins includes forming a three-color hardmask fin pattern on a fin base layer. The three-color hardmask fin pattern has hardmask fins of three mutually selectively etchable compositions. A region on the three-color hardmask fin pattern is masked, leaving one or more fins of a first color exposed. All exposed fins of the first color are etched away with a selective etch that does not remove fins of a second color or a third color. The mask and all fins of a second color are etched away. Fins are etched into the fin base layer by anisotropically etching around remaining fins of the first color and fins of the third color.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Inventors: Sean D. Burns, Nelson M. Felix, Chi-Chun Liu, Yann A.M. Mignot, Stuart A. Sieg
  • Publication number: 20180247864
    Abstract: A method of forming a self-aligned pattern of vias in a semiconductor device comprises forming a first layer of mandrels, then forming a second layer of mandrels orthogonal to the first layer of mandrels. The layout of the first and second layers of mandrels defines a pattern that can be used to create vias in a semiconductor material. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Inventors: Sean D. Burns, Lawrence A. Clevenger, Nelson M. Felix, Sivananda K. Kanakasabapathy, Christopher J. Penny, Nicole Saulnier
  • Publication number: 20180247825
    Abstract: A method for forming fins includes forming a three-color hardmask fin pattern on a fin base layer. The three-color hardmask fin pattern has hardmask fins of three mutually selectively etchable compositions. A region on the three-color hardmask fin pattern is masked, leaving one or more fins of a first color exposed. All exposed fins of the first color are etched away with a selective etch that does not remove fins of a second color or a third color. The mask and all fins of a second color are etched away. Fins are etched into the fin base layer by anisotropically etching around remaining fins of the first color and fins of the third color.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Inventors: Sean D. Burns, Nelson M. Felix, Chi-Chun Liu, Yann A.M. Mignot, Stuart A. Sieg
  • Patent number: 10056290
    Abstract: A method of forming a self-aligned pattern of vias in a semiconductor device comprises forming a first layer of mandrels, then forming a second layer of mandrels orthogonal to the first layer of mandrels. The layout of the first and second layers of mandrels defines a pattern that can be used to create vias in a semiconductor material. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sean D. Burns, Lawrence A. Clevenger, Nelson M. Felix, Sivananda K. Kanakasabapathy, Christopher J. Penny, Nicole Saulnier
  • Publication number: 20180233408
    Abstract: A method for forming conductive lines comprises forming a hardmask on an insulator layer, a planarizing layer on the hardmask, and a hardmask on the planarizing layer, removing exposed portions of a layer of sacrificial mandrel material to form first and second sacrificial mandrels on the hardmask, and depositing a layer of spacer material in the gap, and over exposed portions of the first and second sacrificial mandrels and the hardmask. Portions of the layer of spacer material are removed to expose the first and second sacrificial mandrels. A filler material is deposited between the first and second sacrificial mandrels. A portion of the filler material is removed to expose the first and second sacrificial mandrels. Portions of the layer of spacer material are removed to expose portions of the hardmask. A trench is formed in the insulator layer, and the trench is filled with a conductive material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Inventors: Sean D. Burns, Lawrence A. Clevenger, Matthew E. Colburn, Sivananda K. Kanakasabapathy, Yann A.M. Mignot, Christopher J. Penny, Roger A. Quon, Nicole A. Saulnier
  • Publication number: 20180233403
    Abstract: An interconnect structure having a pitch of less than 40 nanometers and a self-aligned quadruple patterning process for forming the interconnect structure includes three types of lines: a ? line defined by a patterned bottom mandrel formed in the self-aligned quadruple patterning process; a ? line defined by location underneath a top mandrel formed in the self-aligned quadruple patterning process; and an ? line defined by elimination located underneath neither the top mandrel or the bottom mandrel formed in the self-aligned quadruple patterning process. The interconnect structure further includes multi-track jogs selected from a group consisting of a ??? jog; a ??? jog; and ??? jog; a ??? jog, and combinations thereof. The first and third positions refer to the uncut line and the second position refers to the cut line in the self-aligned quadruple patterning process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Inventors: Sean D. Burns, Lawrence A. Clevenger, Matthew E. Colburn, Sivananda K. Kanakasabapathy, Yann A.M. Mignot, Christopher J. Penny, Roger A. Quon, Nicole A. Saulnier
  • Patent number: 10032632
    Abstract: Selective gas etching for self-aligned pattern transfer uses a first block and a separate second block formed in a sacrificial layer to transfer critical dimensions to a desired final layer using a selective gas etching process. The first block is a first hardmask material that can be plasma etched using a first gas, and the second block is a second hardmask material that can be plasma etched using a second gas separate from the first gas. The first hardmask material is not plasma etched using the second gas, and the second hardmask material is not plasma etched using the first gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: John Christopher Arnold, Sean D. Burns, Yann Alain Marcel Mignot, Yongan Xu
  • Publication number: 20180197738
    Abstract: A method of forming a structure for etch masking that includes forming first dielectric spacers on sidewalls of a plurality of mandrel structures and forming non-mandrel structures in space between adjacent first dielectric spacers. Second dielectric spacers are formed on sidewalls of an etch mask having a window that exposes a connecting portion of a centralized first dielectric spacer. The connecting portion of the centralized first dielectric spacer is removed. The mandrel structures and non-mandrel structures are removed selectively to the first dielectric spacers to provide an etch mask. The connecting portion removed from the centralized first dielectric spacer provides an opening connecting a first trench corresponding to the mandrel structures and a second trench corresponding to the non-mandrel structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Inventors: Sean D. Burns, Lawrence A. Clevenger, Matthew E. Colburn, Nelson M. Felix, Sivananda K. Kanakasabapathy, Christopher J. Penny, Roger A. Quon, Nicole A. Saulnier
  • Patent number: 10002762
    Abstract: Multi-angled deposition and masking techniques are provided to enable custom trimming and selective removal of spacers that are used for patterning features at sub-lithographic dimensions. For example, a method includes forming a sacrificial mandrel on a substrate, and forming first and second spacers on opposing sidewalls of the sacrificial mandrel. The first and second spacers are formed with an initial thickness TS. A first angle deposition process is performed to deposit a material (e.g., insulating material or metallic material) at a first deposition angle A1 to form a first trim mask layer on an upper portion of the first spacer and the sacrificial mandrel while preventing the material from being deposited on the second spacer. A spacer etch process is performed to trim the first spacer to a first thickness T1, which is less than TS, using the first trim mask layer as an etch mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Marc A. Bergendahl, Sean D. Burns, Lawrence A. Clevenger, Christopher J. Penny, Michael Rizzolo
  • Patent number: 9991156
    Abstract: An interconnect structure having a pitch of less than 40 nanometers and a self-aligned quadruple patterning process for forming the interconnect structure includes three types of lines: a ? line defined by a patterned bottom mandrel formed in the self-aligned quadruple patterning process; a ? line defined by location underneath a top mandrel formed in the self-aligned quadruple patterning process; and an ? line defined by elimination located underneath neither the top mandrel or the bottom mandrel formed in the self-aligned quadruple patterning process. The interconnect structure further includes multi-track jogs selected from a group consisting of a ??? jog; a ??? jog; an ??? jog; a ??? jog, and combinations thereof. The first and third positions refer to the uncut line and the second position refers to the cut line in the self-aligned quadruple patterning process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sean D. Burns, Lawrence A. Clevenger, Matthew E. Colburn, Sivananda K. Kanakasabapathy, Yann A. M. Mignot, Christopher J. Penny, Roger A. Quon, Nicole A. Saulnier
  • Patent number: 9972533
    Abstract: A method for forming conductive contacts on a wafer comprises forming a first hardmask, planarizing layer, second hardmask, and a layer of sacrificial mandrel material, and removing portions of the layer of sacrificial mandrel material to expose portions of the second hardmask and form a first and second sacrificial mandrel. Spacers are formed adjacent to the sacrificial mandrels. A filler material is deposited on the second hardmask, and a first mask is formed on the filler material. An exposed portion of the second sacrificial mandrel is removed to form a first cavity. The depth of the first cavity is increased. The first mask, portions of the first and second sacrificial mandrels, the filler material, portions of the second hardmask, the spacers, portions of the planarization layer and the first hardmask are removed. A second cavity is formed and the first and second cavities are filled with a conductive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sean D. Burns, Lawrence A. Clevenger, Matthew E. Colburn, Sivananda K. Kanakasabapathy, Yann A. M. Mignot, Christopher J. Penny, Roger A. Quon, Nicole Saulnier
  • Publication number: 20180096846
    Abstract: Selective gas etching for self-aligned pattern transfer uses a first block and a separate second block formed in a sacrificial layer to transfer critical dimensions to a desired final layer using a selective gas etching process. The first block is a first hardmask material that can be plasma etched using a first gas, and the second block is a second hardmask material that can be plasma etched using a second gas separate from the first gas. The first hardmask material is not plasma etched using the second gas, and the second hardmask material is not plasma etched using the first gas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Inventors: John Christopher ARNOLD, Sean D. BURNS, Yann Alain Marcel MIGNOT, Yongan XU
  • Patent number: 9934970
    Abstract: A method of forming a structure for etch masking that includes forming first dielectric spacers on sidewalls of a plurality of mandrel structures and forming non-mandrel structures in space between adjacent first dielectric spacers. Second dielectric spacers are formed on sidewalls of an etch mask having a window that exposes a connecting portion of a centralized first dielectric spacer. The connecting portion of the centralized first dielectric spacer is removed. The mandrel structures and non-mandrel structures are removed selectively to the first dielectric spacers to provide an etch mask. The connecting portion removed from the centralized first dielectric spacer provides an opening connecting a first trench corresponding to the mandrel structures and a second trench corresponding to the non-mandrel structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sean D. Burns, Lawrence A. Clevenger, Matthew E. Colburn, Nelson M. Felix, Sivananda K. Kanakasabapathy, Christopher J. Penny, Roger A. Quon, Nicole A. Saulnier
  • Publication number: 20180076033
    Abstract: Multi-angled deposition and masking techniques are provided to enable custom trimming and selective removal of spacers that are used for patterning features at sub-lithographic dimensions. For example, a method includes forming a sacrificial mandrel on a substrate, and forming first and second spacers on opposing sidewalls of the sacrificial mandrel. The first and second spacers are formed with an initial thickness TS. A first angle deposition process is performed to deposit a material (e.g., insulating material or metallic material) at a first deposition angle A1 to form a first trim mask layer on an upper portion of the first spacer and the sacrificial mandrel while preventing the material from being deposited on the second spacer. A spacer etch process is performed to trim the first spacer to a first thickness T1, which is less than TS, using the first trim mask layer as an etch mask.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Inventors: Marc A. Bergendahl, Sean D. Burns, Lawrence A. Clevenger, Christopher J. Penny, Michael Rizzolo
  • Publication number: 20180076035
    Abstract: Multi-angled deposition and masking techniques are provided to enable custom trimming and selective removal of spacers that are used for patterning features at sub-lithographic dimensions. For example, a method includes forming a sacrificial mandrel on a substrate, and forming first and second spacers on opposing sidewalls of the sacrificial mandrel. The first and second spacers are formed with an initial thickness TS. A first angle deposition process is performed to deposit a material (e.g., insulating material or metallic material) at a first deposition angle A1 to form a first trim mask layer on an upper portion of the first spacer and the sacrificial mandrel while preventing the material from being deposited on the second spacer. A spacer etch process is performed to trim the first spacer to a first thickness T1, which is less than TS, using the first trim mask layer as an etch mask.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Inventors: Marc A. Bergendahl, Sean D. Burns, Lawrence A. Clevenger, Christopher J. Penny, Michael Rizzolo