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: 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
  • Patent number: 10522487
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Sheng-Chau Chen, Shih-Pei Chou, Ming-Che Lee, Kuo-Ming Wu, Cheng-Hsien Chou, Cheng-Yuan Tsai, Yeur-Luen Tu
  • Patent number: 10504756
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Chih-Hui Huang, Chun-Han Tsao, Sheng-Chau Chen, Yeur-Luen Tu, Chia-Shiung Tsai, Xiaomeng Chen
  • Publication number: 20190259789
    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: May 6, 2019
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: SHENG-CHAU CHEN, CHENG-HSIEN CHOU, MIN-FENG KAO
  • Publication number: 20190259804
    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: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: Cheng-Hsien Chou, Shih Pei Chou, Chih-Yu Lai, Sheng-Chau Chen, Chih-Ta Chen, Yeur-Luen Tu, Chia-Shiung Tsai
  • Publication number: 20190221548
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the present disclosure relates to a method of forming a multi-dimensional integrated chip. The method includes forming a first plurality of interconnect layers within a first dielectric structure on a front-side of a first substrate and forming a second plurality of interconnect layers within a second dielectric structure on a front-side of a second substrate. A first redistribution layer coupled to the first plurality of interconnect layers is bonded to a second redistribution layer coupled to the second plurality of interconnect layers along an interface. A recess is formed within a back-side of the second substrate and over the second plurality of interconnect layers. A bond pad is formed within the recess. The bond pad is laterally separated from the first redistribution layer by a non-zero distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Sin-Yao Huang, Chun-Chieh Chuang, Ching-Chun Wang, Sheng-Chau Chen, Dun-Nian Yaung, Feng-Chi Hung, Yung-Lung Lin
  • Patent number: 10325956
    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 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    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: 20190157170
    Abstract: A method for estimating film thickness in CMP includes the following operations. A substrate with a film formed thereon is disposed over a polishing pad with a slurry dispensed between the film and the polishing pad. A CMP operation is performed to reduce a thickness of the film. An in-situ electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurement is performed during the CMP operation by an EIS device to estimate the thickness of the film real-time. The CMP operation is ended when the estimated thickness of the film obtained from the fit parameters of the first equivalent electrical circuit model reaches a target thickness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: YU-MIN CHEN, CHIN-WEI LIANG, SHENG-CHAU CHEN, HSUN-CHUNG KUANG
  • Publication number: 20190157099
    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: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Sheng-Chau Chen, Cheng-Tai Hsiao, Cheng-Yuan Tsai, Hsun-Chung Kuang, Yao-Wen Chang
  • Publication number: 20190152020
    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: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: CHUN-KAI LAN, TUNG-HE CHOU, MING-TUNG WU, SHENG-CHAU CHEN, HSUN-CHUNG KUANG
  • Patent number: 10283550
    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: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: Sheng-Chau Chen, Cheng-Hsien Chou, Min-Feng Kao
  • Patent number: 10269770
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the present disclosure relates to a multi-dimensional integrated chip having a redistribution structure vertically extending between integrated chip die at a location laterally offset from a bond pad. The integrated chip structure has a first die and a second die. The first die has a first plurality of interconnect layers arranged within a first dielectric structure disposed on a first substrate. The second die has a second plurality of interconnect layers arranged within a second dielectric structure disposed between the first dielectric structure and a second substrate. A bond pad is disposed within a recess extending through the second substrate. A redistribution structure electrically couples the first die to the second die at a position that is laterally offset from the bond pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sin-Yao Huang, Chun-Chieh Chuang, Ching-Chun Wang, Sheng-Chau Chen, Dun-Nian Yaung, Feng-Chi Hung, Yung-Lung Lin
  • Publication number: 20190109185
    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: November 29, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Inventors: MING-CHE LEE, I-NAN CHEN, SHENG-CHAU CHEN, CHENG-HSIEN CHOU, CHENG-YUAN TSAI
  • Publication number: 20190051559
    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: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    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
  • Publication number: 20190013295
    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: August 13, 2018
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Inventors: Kuo-Ming Wu, Yung-Lung Lin, Zhi-Yang Wang, Sheng-Chau Chen, Cheng-Hsien Chou
  • Patent number: 10177106
    Abstract: A representative device includes a patterned opening through a layer at a surface of a device die. A liner is disposed on sidewalls of the opening and the device die is patterned to extend the opening further into the device die. After patterning, the liner is removed. A conductive pad is formed in the device die by filling the opening with a conductive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Sheng-Chau Chen, Shih Pei Chou, Yen-Chang Chu, Cheng-Hsien Chou, Chih-Hui Huang, Yeur-Luen Tu
  • Patent number: 10164001
    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: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: Ming-Che Lee, I-Nan Chen, Sheng-Chau Chen, Cheng-Hsien Chou, Cheng-Yuan Tsai
  • Patent number: 10163651
    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. A method for manufacturing the memory cell is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sheng-Chau Chen, Cheng-Tai Hsiao, Cheng-Yuan Tsai, Hsun-Chung Kuang, Yao-Wen Chang
  • Patent number: 10096515
    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: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    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
  • Publication number: 20180286900
    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: March 28, 2017
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: SHENG-CHAU CHEN, CHENG-HSIEN CHOU, MIN-FENG KAO