Shau-Lin Shue 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: A method of forming a semiconductor structure includes removing a top portion of a conductive feature disposed in a first dielectric layer and over a semiconductor substrate to form a first recess, depositing a second dielectric layer over the first dielectric layer, where the second dielectric layer includes a first region disposed vertically above the first recess and a second region disposed adjacent the first region, and forming a third dielectric layer over the second dielectric layer. The method further includes subsequently forming openings in the third dielectric layer that extend to expose the second dielectric layer, depositing a conductive material in the openings, and planarizing the conductive material to form conductive features in the first and the second regions, where the planarizing completely removes portions of the third dielectric layer disposed in the second region.
Abstract: Integrated circuit devices and methods of forming the same are provided. A method according to the present disclosure includes providing a workpiece including a semiconductor substrate, a first ILD layer over the semiconductor substrate, and a first metal feature in the first ILD layer; depositing a second metal feature over the workpiece such that the second metal feature is electrically coupled to the first metal feature; patterning the second metal feature to form a first trench adjacent to the first metal feature; depositing a blocking layer over the workpiece, wherein the blocking layer selectively attaches to the first ILD layer; depositing a barrier layer over the workpiece, wherein the barrier layer selectively forms over the second metal feature relative to the first ILD layer; and depositing a second ILD layer over the workpiece.
Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method for forming semiconductor structures. The method includes providing a device having a substrate, a first dielectric layer over the substrate, and a first conductive feature over the first dielectric layer, the first conductive feature comprising a first metal, the first metal being a noble metal. The method also includes depositing a second dielectric layer over the first dielectric layer and covering at least sidewalls of the first conductive feature; etching the second dielectric layer to form a trench; and forming a second conductive feature in the trench. The second conductive feature comprises a second metal different from the first metal.
Abstract: In a method for manufacturing a semiconductor device, a dielectric layer is formed over a substrate. A first pattern and a second pattern are formed in the first interlayer dielectric layer. The first pattern has a width greater than a width of the second pattern. A first metal layer is formed in the first pattern and the second pattern. A second metal layer is formed in the first pattern. A planarization operation is performed on the first and second metal layers so that a first metal wiring by the first pattern and a second metal wiring by the second pattern are formed. A metal material of the first metal layer is different from a metal material of the second metal layer. The first metal wiring includes the first and second metal layers and the second metal wiring includes the first metal layer but does not include the second metal layer.
Abstract: Interconnect structures and method of forming the same are disclosed herein. An exemplary interconnect structure includes a first contact feature in a first dielectric layer, a second dielectric layer over the first dielectric layer, a second contact feature over the first contact feature, a barrier layer between the second dielectric layer and the second contact feature, and a graphene layer between the second contact feature and the first contact feature.
Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method of forming an integrated circuit structure. The method includes depositing a first metal layer on a semiconductor substrate; forming a hard mask on the first metal layer; patterning the first metal layer to form first metal features using the hard mask as an etch mask; depositing a dielectric layer of a first dielectric material on the first metal features and in gaps among the first metal features; performing a chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) process to both the dielectric layer and the hard mask; removing the hard mask, thereby having portions of the dielectric layer extruded above the metal features; forming an inter-layer dielectric (ILD) layer of the second dielectric material different from the first dielectric material; and patterning the ILD layer to form openings that expose the first metal features and are constrained to be self-aligned with the first metal features by the extruded portions of the first dielectric layer.
Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method for fabricating a semiconductor structure that includes a first dielectric layer over a semiconductor substrate, and a first cap layer over the first dielectric layer. The method includes forming a first metal feature in the first dielectric layer; performing a first CMP process on the first metal feature using a first rotation rate; and performing a second CMP process on the first metal feature using a second rotation rate slower than the first rotation rate. The second CMP process may be time-based. The second CMP process may stop on the first cap layer. After performing the second CMP process, the method includes removing the first cap layer. The first CMP process may have a first polishing rate to the first metal feature. The second CMP process may have a second polishing rate to the first metal feature lower than the first polishing rate.
Abstract: A method includes forming a trench within a dielectric layer, the trench comprising an interconnect portion and a via portion, the via portion exposing an underlying conductive feature. The method further includes depositing a seed layer within the trench, depositing a carbon layer on the seed layer, performing a carbon dissolution process to cause a graphene layer to form between the seed layer and the underlying conductive feature, and filling a remainder of the trench with a conductive material.
Abstract: A method of fabricating a semiconductor interconnect structure includes forming a via in a dielectric layer, depositing a ruthenium-containing conductive layer over a top surface of the via and a top surface of the dielectric layer, and patterning the ruthenium-containing conductive layer to form a conductive line over the top surface of the via, where a thickness of the conductive line is less than a thickness of the via.
Abstract: A method and structure for forming a barrier-free interconnect layer includes patterning a metal layer disposed over a substrate to form a patterned metal layer including one or more trenches. In some embodiments, the method further includes selectively depositing a barrier layer on metal surfaces of the patterned metal layer within the one or more trenches. In some examples, and after selectively depositing the barrier layer, a dielectric layer is deposited within the one or more trenches. Thereafter, the selectively deposited barrier layer may be removed to form air gaps between the patterned metal layer and the dielectric layer.
Abstract: An integrated circuit structure includes a first metal feature formed into a first dielectric layer, a second metal feature formed into a second dielectric layer, the second dielectric layer being disposed on said first dielectric layer, and a via connecting the first metal feature to the second metal feature, wherein a top portion of the via is offset from a bottom portion of the via.
Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a conductive line and a conductive via contacting the conductive line. A first dielectric material contacts a first sidewall surface of the conductive via. A second dielectric material contacts a second sidewall surface of the conductive via. The first dielectric material includes a first material composition, and the second dielectric material includes a second material composition different than the first material composition.
Abstract: A semiconductor structure is provided. The semiconductor structure comprises a first conductive feature embedded within a first dielectric layer, a via disposed over the first conductive feature, a second conductive feature disposed over the via, and a graphene layer disposed over at least a portion of the first conductive feature. The via electrically couples the first conductive feature to the second conductive feature.
Abstract: A structure includes a first substrate having a front side and a back side and a second substrate having a front side and a back side, wherein the back side of the second substrate is attached to the back side of the first substrate. The structure further includes a device layer over the front side of the second substrate; a first conductor going through a semiconductor layer in the second substrate; and a conductive connection that connects the first conductor to a conductive feature in the device layer.
Abstract: A method and structure for forming an enhanced metal capping layer includes forming a portion of a multi-level metal interconnect network over a substrate. In some embodiments, the portion of the multi-level metal interconnect network includes a plurality of metal regions. In some cases, a dielectric region is disposed between each of the plurality of metal regions. By way of example, a metal capping layer may be deposited over each of the plurality of metal regions. Thereafter, in some embodiments, a self-assembled monolayer (SAM) may be deposited, where the SAM forms selectively on the metal capping layer, while the dielectric region is substantially free of the SAM. In various examples, after selectively forming the SAM on the metal capping layer, a thermal process may be performed, where the SAM prevents diffusion of the metal capping layer during the thermal process.
Abstract: A structure is provided that includes a first conductive component and a first interlayer dielectric (ILD) that surrounds the first conductive component. A self-assembly layer is formed on the first conductive component but not on the first ILD. A first dielectric layer is formed over the first ILD but not over the first conductive component. A second ILD is formed over the first conductive component and over the first ILD. An opening is etched in the second ILD. The opening is at least partially aligned with the first conductive component. The first dielectric layer protects portions of the first ILD located therebelow from being etched. The opening is filled with a conductive material to form a second conductive component in the opening.
Abstract: Some embodiments relate to a semiconductor structure including a first inter-level dielectric (ILD) structure overlying a substrate. A conductive contact directly overlies the substrate and is disposed within the first ILD structure. A conductive wire directly overlies the conductive contact. A conductive capping layer overlies the conductive wire such that the conductive capping layer continuously extends along an upper surface of the conductive wire. A second ILD structure overlies the conductive capping layer. The second ILD structure is disposed along opposing sides of the conductive wire. A pair of air-gaps are disposed within the second ILD structure. The conductive wire is spaced laterally between the pair of air-gaps. A dielectric capping layer is disposed along an upper surface of the conductive capping layer. The dielectric capping layer is spaced laterally between the pair of air-gaps and is laterally offset from an upper surface of the first ILD structure.
Abstract: A semiconductor device is provided. The semiconductor device includes a dielectric layer over a substrate and a contact structure embedded in the dielectric layer. The contact structure includes a diffusion barrier contacting the dielectric layer, the diffusion barrier including a titanium (Ti)-containing alloy. The contact structure further includes a liner on the diffusion barrier, the liner including a noble metal. The contact structure further includes a conductive plug on the liner.
Abstract: Some embodiments relate to a semiconductor structure including an inter-level dielectric (ILD) layer overlying a substrate. A conductive via is disposed within the ILD layer. A plurality of conductive wires overlie the ILD layer. The plurality of conductive wires includes a first conductive wire laterally offset a second conductive wire. A dielectric structure is disposed laterally between the first and second conductive wires. The dielectric structure includes a first dielectric liner, a dielectric layer, and an air-gap. The air-gap is disposed between an upper surface of the first dielectric liner and a lower surface of the dielectric layer. A dielectric capping layer is disposed along an upper surface of the dielectric structure. The dielectric capping layer continuously extends between opposing sidewalls of the dielectric structure and is laterally offset from the plurality of conductive wires.
Abstract: Integrated circuit devices and methods of forming the same are provided. A method according to the present disclosure includes providing a workpiece including a first metal feature in a dielectric layer and a capping layer over the first metal feature, selectively depositing a blocking layer over the capping layer, depositing an etch stop layer (ESL) over the workpiece, removing the blocking layer, and depositing a second metal feature over the workpiece such that the first metal feature is electrically coupled to the second metal feature. The blocking layer prevents the ESL from being deposited over the capping layer.