Patents by Inventor Sheng-Chau Chen

Sheng-Chau Chen 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: 10978345
    Abstract: A stacked integrated circuit (IC) device and a method are disclosed. The stacked IC device includes a first semiconductor element. The first substrate includes a dielectric block in the first substrate; and a plurality of first conductive features formed in first inter-metal dielectric layers over the first substrate. The stacked IC device also includes a second semiconductor element bonded on the first semiconductor element. The second semiconductor element includes a second substrate and a plurality of second conductive features formed in second inter-metal dielectric layers over the second substrate. The stacked IC device also includes a conductive deep-interconnection-plug coupled between the first conductive features and the second conductive features. The conductive deep-interconnection-plug is isolated by dielectric block, the first inter-metal-dielectric layers and the second inter-metal-dielectric layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Shu-Ting Tsai, Jeng-Shyan Lin, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Feng-Chi Hung, Chih-Hui Huang, Sheng-Chau Chen, Shih Pei Chou, Chia-Chieh Lin
  • Patent number: 10964746
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present disclosure relate to a method in which a functional layer is formed over an upper semiconductor surface of a semiconductor substrate, and a capping layer is formed over the functional layer. A first etchant is used to form a recess through the capping layer and through the functional layer. The recess has a first depth and exposes a portion of the semiconductor substrate there through. A protective layer is formed along a lower surface and inner sidewalls of the recess. A second etchant is used to remove the protective layer from the lower surface of the recess and to extend the recess below the upper semiconductor surface to a second depth to form a deep trench. To prevent etching of the functional layer, the protective layer remains in place along the inner sidewalls of the recess while the second etchant is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Cheng-Hsien Chou, Shih Pei Chou, Chih-Yu Lai, Sheng-Chau Chen, Chih-Ta Chen, Yeur-Luen Tu, Chia-Shiung Tsai
  • Publication number: 20210050220
    Abstract: A method of forming a memory device is provided. In some embodiments, a memory cell is formed over a substrate, and a sidewall spacer layer is formed along the memory cell. A lower etch stop layer is formed on the sidewall spacer layer, and an upper dielectric layer is formed on the lower etch stop layer. A first etching process is performed to etch back the upper dielectric layer using the lower etch stop layer as an etch endpoint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2020
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Inventors: Sheng-Chau Chen, Cheng-Tai Hsiao, Cheng-Yuan Tsai, Hsun-Chung Kuang, Yao-Wen Chang
  • Publication number: 20210043443
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the present disclosure relates to a wafer trimming and cleaning apparatus, which includes a blade that is configured to trim a damaged edge portion of a wafer, thereby defining a new sidewall of the wafer. The wafer trimming and cleaning apparatus further includes water nozzles and an air jet nozzle. The water nozzles are configured to apply deionized water to the new sidewall of the wafer to remove contaminant particles generated by the blade. The air jet nozzle is configured to apply pressurized gas to a first top surface area of the wafer to remove the contaminant particles generated by the blade. The first top surface area overlies the new sidewall of the wafer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Inventors: Tung-He Chou, Sheng-Chau Chen, Ming-Tung Wu, Hsun-Chung Kuang
  • Patent number: 10857651
    Abstract: An apparatus for chemical mechanical polishing includes a pad conditioner. The pad conditioner includes a first disk having a first surface and a second disk having a second surface. The first surface has a first plurality of abrasives with a first mean size and the second surface has a second plurality of abrasives with a second mean size greater than the first mean size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: Chun-Kai Lan, Tung-He Chou, Ming-Tung Wu, Sheng-Chau Chen, Hsun-Chung Kuang
  • Publication number: 20200335353
    Abstract: A memory cell with an etch stop layer is provided. The memory cell comprises a bottom electrode disposed over a substrate. A switching dielectric is disposed over the bottom electrode and having a variable resistance. A top electrode is disposed over the switching dielectric. A sidewall spacer layer extends along sidewalls of the bottom electrode, the switching dielectric, and the top electrode and an upper surface of a lower dielectric layer. A lower etch stop layer is disposed over the lower dielectric layer and lining an outer sidewall of the sidewall spacer layer. The the sidewall spacer layer separates the lower etch stop layer from the lower dielectric layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Inventors: Sheng-Chau Chen, Cheng-Tai Hsiao, Cheng-Yuan Tsai, Hsun-Chung Kuang, Yao-Wen Chang
  • 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: 10727077
    Abstract: A memory cell with an etch stop layer is provided. The memory cell comprises a bottom electrode disposed over a substrate. A switching dielectric is disposed over the bottom electrode and having a variable resistance. A top electrode is disposed over the switching dielectric. A sidewall spacer layer extends upwardly along sidewalls of the bottom electrode, the switching dielectric, and the top electrode. A lower etch stop layer is disposed over the lower dielectric layer and lining an outer sidewall of the sidewall spacer layer. The lower etch stop layer is made of a material different from the sidewall spacer layer and protects the top electrode from damaging during manufacturing processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sheng-Chau Chen, Cheng-Tai Hsiao, Cheng-Yuan Tsai, Hsun-Chung Kuang, Yao-Wen Chang
  • Patent number: 10727097
    Abstract: The mechanisms for cleaning a surface of a semiconductor wafer for a hybrid bonding are provided. The method for cleaning a surface of a semiconductor wafer for a hybrid bonding includes providing a semiconductor wafer, and the semiconductor wafer has a conductive pad embedded in an insulating layer. The method also includes performing a plasma process to a surface of the semiconductor wafer, and metal oxide is formed on a surface of the conductive structure. The method further includes performing a cleaning process using a cleaning solution to perform a reduction reaction with the metal oxide, such that metal-hydrogen bonds are formed on the surface of the conductive structure. The method further includes transferring the semiconductor wafer to a bonding chamber under vacuum for hybrid bonding. The mechanisms for a hybrid bonding and a integrated system are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sheng-Chau Chen, Chih-Hui Huang, Yeur-Luen Tu, Cheng-Ta Wu, Chia-Shiung Tsai, Xiao-Meng Chen
  • Publication number: 20200152728
    Abstract: A semiconductor structure includes: a substrate; a first passivation layer over the substrate; a second passivation layer over the first passivation layer; and a magnetic core in the second passivation layer; wherein the magnetic core includes a first magnetic material layer and a second magnetic material layer over the first magnetic material layer, the first magnetic material layer and the second magnetic material layer are separated by a high resistance isolation layer, and the high resistance isolation layer has a resistivity greater than about 1.3 ohm-cm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: MING-CHE LEE, I-NAN CHEN, SHENG-CHAU CHEN, CHENG-HSIEN CHOU, CHENG-YUAN TSAI
  • Publication number: 20200144484
    Abstract: Some embodiments relate to a memory device. The memory device includes a memory cell overlying a substrate, the memory cell includes a data storage structure disposed between a lower electrode and an upper electrode. An upper interconnect wire overlying the upper electrode. A first inter-level dielectric (ILD) layer surrounding the memory cell and the upper interconnect wire. A second ILD layer overlying the first ILD layer and surrounding the upper interconnect wire. A sidewall spacer laterally surrounding the memory cell. The sidewall spacer has a first sidewall abutting the first ILD layer and a second sidewall abutting the second ILD layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2020
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: Sheng-Chau Chen, Cheng-Tai Hsiao, Cheng-Yuan Tsai, Hsun-Chung Kuang
  • Publication number: 20200144207
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a semiconductor structure. The semiconductor structure comprises a semiconductive substrate and an interconnect structure over the semiconductive substrate. The semiconductor structure also comprises a bond pad in the semiconductive substrate and coupled to the metal layer. The bond pad comprises two conductive layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: Sheng-Chau CHEN, Shih-Pei CHOU, Ming-Che LEE, Kuo-Ming WU, Cheng-Hsien CHOU, Cheng-Yuan TSAI, Yeur-Luen TU
  • Publication number: 20200135538
    Abstract: In a method of manufacturing a semiconductor device, a first interlayer dielectric (ILD) layer is formed over a substrate, a chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) stop layer is formed over the first ILD layer, a trench is formed by patterning the CMP stop layer and the first ILD layer, a metal layer is formed over the CMP stop layer and in the trench, a sacrificial layer is formed over the metal layer, a CMP operation is performed on the sacrificial layer and the metal layer to remove a portion of the metal layer over the CMP stop layer, and a remaining portion of the sacrificial layer over the trench is removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Inventors: Tsai-Ming HUANG, Wei-Chieh HUANG, Hsun-Chung KUANG, Yen-Chang CHU, Cheng-Che CHUNG, Chin-Wei LIANG, Ching-Sen KUO, Jieh-Jang CHEN, Feng-Jia SHIU, Sheng-Chau CHEN
  • 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: 20200105548
    Abstract: An apparatus for and a method of bonding a first substrate and a second substrate are provided. In an embodiment a first wafer chuck has a first curved surface and a second wafer chuck has a second curved surface. A first wafer is placed on the first wafer chuck and a second wafer is placed on a second wafer chuck, such that both the first wafer and the second wafer are pre-warped prior to bonding. Once the first wafer and the second wafer have been pre-warped, the first wafer and the second wafer are bonded together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: Chih-Hui Huang, Chun-Han Tsao, Sheng-Chau Chen, Yeur-Luen Tu, Chia-Shiung Tsai, Xiaomeng Chen
  • Publication number: 20200091115
    Abstract: A structure and a method of forming are provided. The structure includes a first dielectric layer overlying a first substrate. A first connection pad is disposed in a top surface of the first dielectric layer and contacts a first redistribution line. A first dummy pad is disposed in the top surface of the first dielectric layer, the first dummy pad contacting the first redistribution line. A second dielectric layer overlies a second substrate. A second connection pad and a second dummy pad are disposed in the top surface of the second dielectric layer, the second connection pad bonded to the first connection pad, and the first dummy pad positioned in a manner that is offset from the second dummy pad so that the first dummy pad and the second dummy pad do not contact each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Kuo-Ming Wu, Yung-Lung Lin, Zhi-Yang Wang, Sheng-Chau Chen, Cheng-Hsien Chou
  • Patent number: 10541297
    Abstract: A semiconductor structure includes: a substrate; a first passivation layer over the substrate; a second passivation layer over the first passivation layer; and a magnetic core in the second passivation layer; wherein the magnetic core includes a first magnetic material layer and a second magnetic material layer over the first magnetic material layer, the first magnetic material layer and the second magnetic material layer are separated by a high resistance isolation layer, and the high resistance isolation layer has a resistivity greater than about 1.3 ohm-cm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: Ming-Che Lee, I-Nan Chen, Sheng-Chau Chen, Cheng-Hsien Chou, Cheng-Yuan Tsai
  • Patent number: 10529913
    Abstract: Some embodiments relate to a memory device. The memory device includes a magnetoresistive random-access memory (MRAM) cell disposed on a substrate, the MRAM cell comprises a magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) disposed between a lower electrode and an upper electrode. A sidewall spacer arranged along opposite sidewalls of the MRAM cell. An upper interconnect wire directly contacting an upper surface of the upper electrode along an interface continuously extending from a first outer edge of the sidewall spacer to a second outer edge of the sidewall spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sheng-Chau Chen, Cheng-Tai Hsiao, Cheng-Yuan Tsai, Hsun-Chung Kuang
  • Publication number: 20200006638
    Abstract: Some embodiments relate to a memory device. The memory device includes a magnetoresistive random-access memory (MRAM) cell disposed on a substrate, the MRAM cell comprises a magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) disposed between a lower electrode and an upper electrode. A sidewall spacer arranged along opposite sidewalls of the MRAM cell. An upper interconnect wire directly contacting an upper surface of the upper electrode along an interface continuously extending from a first outer edge of the sidewall spacer to a second outer edge of the sidewall spacer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventors: Sheng-Chau Chen, Cheng-Tai Hsiao, Cheng-Yuan Tsai, Hsun-Chung Kuang
  • Patent number: 10522514
    Abstract: A structure and a method of forming are provided. The structure includes a first dielectric layer overlying a first substrate. A first connection pad is disposed in a top surface of the first dielectric layer and contacts a first redistribution line. A first dummy pad is disposed in the top surface of the first dielectric layer, the first dummy pad contacting the first redistribution line. A second dielectric layer overlies a second substrate. A second connection pad and a second dummy pad are disposed in the top surface of the second dielectric layer, the second connection pad bonded to the first connection pad, and the first dummy pad positioned in a manner that is offset from the second dummy pad so that the first dummy pad and the second dummy pad do not contact each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kuo-Ming Wu, Yung-Lung Lin, Zhi-Yang Wang, Sheng-Chau Chen, Cheng-Hsien Chou