Patents by Inventor Shih-Ming Chang

Shih-Ming Chang 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: 9911623
    Abstract: A method includes forming a trench that is partially filled with a first metal material, the trench being formed within a first Interlayer Dielectric (ILD) layer, filling a remaining portion of the trench with a sacrificial material, depositing a buffer layer on the first ILD layer, patterning the buffer layer to form a hole within the buffer layer to expose the sacrificial material, and removing the sacrificial material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Shih-Ming Chang, Chih-Ming Lai, Ru-Gun Liu, Tsai-Sheng Gau, Chung-Ju Lee, Tien-I Bao, Shau-Lin Shue
  • Patent number: 9897929
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for providing a thermal distribution on a workpiece during a lithographic process. The system provides a source of lithographic energy to workpiece, such as a workpiece having a lithographic film formed thereover. A workpiece support having a plurality of thermal devices embedded therein is configured to support the workpiece concurrent to an exposure of the workpiece to the lithographic energy. A controller individually controls a temperature of each of the plurality of thermal devices, therein controlling a specified temperature distribution across the workpiece associated with the exposure of the workpiece to the lithographic energy. Controlling the temperature of the thermal devices can be based on a model, a measured temperature of the workpiece, and/or a prediction of a temperature at one or more locations on the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shih-Ming Chang
  • Publication number: 20180047672
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a substrate having a substrate feature; forming a first material layer over the substrate and in physical contact with the substrate feature; forming an etch mask over the first material layer; and applying a dynamic-angle (DA) plasma etching process to the first material layer through the etch mask to form a first material feature. Plasma flux of the DA plasma etching process has an angle of incidence with respect to a normal of the first material layer and the angle of incidence changes in a dynamic mode during the DA plasma etching process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Inventors: Shih-Ming Chang, Chih-Tsung Shih
  • Patent number: 9875906
    Abstract: A method for forming patterns in a semiconductor device includes providing a substrate and a patterning-target layer formed over the substrate; forming a first feature in a first hard mask layer formed over the patterning-target layer; and forming a second feature in a second hard mask layer formed over the patterning-target layer. The first hard mask layer has a different etching selectivity from the second hard mask layer. The method further includes selectively removing a portion of the first feature within a first trench to form a reshaped first feature. In an embodiment, the first trench exposes a portion of the second feature, and the selectively removing of the first portion of the first feature does not etch the portion of the second feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Shih-Ming Chang
  • Publication number: 20170372891
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method for forming patterns in a semiconductor device. The method includes providing a substrate and a patterning-target layer over the substrate; patterning the patterning-target layer to form a main pattern; forming a middle layer over the patterning-target layer and a hard mask layer over the middle layer; patterning the hard mask layer to form a first cut pattern; patterning the hard mask layer to form a second cut pattern, a combined cut pattern being formed in the hard mask layer as a union of the first cut pattern and the second cut pattern; transferring the combined cut pattern to the middle layer; etching the patterning-target layer using the middle layer as an etching mask to form a final pattern in the patterning-target layer. In some embodiments, the final pattern includes the main pattern subtracting an intersection portion between main pattern and the combined cut pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Inventors: Shih-Ming Chang, Ming-Feng Shieh, Chih-Ming Lai, Ru-Gun Liu, Tsai-Sheng Gau
  • Patent number: 9852908
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Tsong-Hua Ou, Ken-Hsien Hsieh, Shih-Ming Chang, Wen-Chun Huang, Chih-Ming Lai, Ru-Gun Liu, Tsai-Sheng Gau
  • Publication number: 20170358566
    Abstract: Semiconductor devices disclosed herein have minimum spacings that correlate with spacer widths. An exemplary semiconductor device includes a substrate and a target layer disposed over the substrate. The target layer includes a first target feature, a second target feature, and a third target feature. The second target feature is spaced a first distance from the first target feature, and the third target feature is spaced a second distance from the first target feature. The first distance corresponds with a first width of a first spacer fabricated during a first spacer patterning process, and the second distance corresponds with a second width of a second spacer fabricated during a second spacer patterning process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Inventors: Shih-Ming Chang, Ming-Feng Shieh, Ru-Gun Liu, Tsai-Sheng Gau
  • Patent number: 9786602
    Abstract: A device includes a substrate feature disposed over a substrate. The substrate feature has a first length extending along a first direction and a second length extending along a second direction. The first length is greater than the second length. The device also includes a first material feature disposed over the substrate. The first material feature has a first surface in physical contact with the substrate feature and a second surface opposite to the first surface. The first surface has a third length extending along the first direction and a fourth length extending along the second direction. The third length is greater than the fourth length. The second surface has a fifth length extending along the first direction and a sixth length extending along the second direction. The sixth length is greater than the fifth length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Shih-Ming Chang, Chih-Tsung Shih
  • Patent number: 9773671
    Abstract: Provided is a material composition and method for inhibiting the printing of SRAFs onto a substrate including coating a substrate with a resist layer. After coating the substrate, the resist layer is patterned to form a main feature pattern and at least one sub-resolution assist feature (SRAF) pattern within the resist layer. The main feature pattern may include resist sidewalls and a portion of a layer underlying the patterned resist layer. In various examples, a material composition is deposited over the patterned resist layer and into each of the main feature pattern and the at least one SRAF pattern. Thereafter, a material composition development process is performed to dissolve a portion of the material composition within the main feature pattern and to expose the portion of the layer underlying the patterned resist layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Meng-Tze Chen, Chen-Hau Wu, Meng-Wei Chen, Kuei-Shun Chen, Yu-Chin Huang, Li-Hsiang Lai, Shih-Ming Chang, Ken-Hsien Hsieh
  • Patent number: 9761436
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method for forming patterns in a semiconductor device. The method includes providing a substrate and a patterning-target layer over the substrate; patterning the patterning-target layer to form a main pattern; forming a middle layer over the patterning-target layer and a hard mask layer over the middle layer; patterning the hard mask layer to form a first cut pattern; patterning the hard mask layer to form a second cut pattern, a combined cut pattern being formed in the hard mask layer as a union of the first cut pattern and the second cut pattern; transferring the combined cut pattern to the middle layer; etching the patterning-target layer using the middle layer as an etching mask to form a final pattern in the patterning-target layer. In some embodiments, the final pattern includes the main pattern subtracting an intersection portion between main pattern and the combined cut pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Shih-Ming Chang, Ming-Feng Shieh, Chih-Ming Lai, Ru-Gun Liu, Tsai-Sheng Gau
  • Patent number: 9735140
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes methods for transferring a desired layout into a target layer. The method includes a step of forming a spacer, having a second width, around a first and a second desired layout feature pattern of the desired layout over a semiconductor substrate. The first desired layout feature pattern is formed using a first sub-layout and the second desired layout feature pattern is formed using a second sub-layout. The first and second desired layout feature patterns are separated by a first width. The method further includes forming a third desired layout feature pattern according to a third sub-layout. The third desired layout feature pattern is shaped in part by the spacer. The method further includes removing the spacer from around the first and second desired layout feature pattern and etching the target layer using the first, second, and third layout feature patterns as masking features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shih-Ming Chang, Ming-Feng Shieh, Ru-Gun Liu, Tsai-Sheng Gau
  • Patent number: 9716032
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method for forming a semiconductor device. The semiconductor device includes a first conductive line disposed over a substrate. The first conductive line is located in a first interconnect layer and extends along a first direction. The semiconductor device includes a second conductive line and a third conductive line each extending along a second direction different from the first direction. The second and third conductive lines are located in a second interconnect layer that is different from the first interconnect layer. The second and third conductive lines are separated by a gap that is located over or below the first conductive line. The semiconductor device includes a fourth conductive line electrically coupling the second and third conductive lines together. The fourth conductive line is located in a third interconnect layer that is different from the first interconnect layer and the second interconnect layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu-Po Tang, Shih-Ming Chang, Ken-Hsien Hsieh, Ru-Gun Liu
  • Patent number: 9711369
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method for forming patterns in a semiconductor device. The method includes forming a main pattern on a substrate; forming a spacer on sidewalls of the main pattern; forming a cut pattern having an opening by a first lithography process; and performing a cut process to selectively remove portions of the spacer within the opening of the cut pattern while the main pattern remains unetched, thereby defining a circuit pattern by the main pattern and the spacer. The circuit pattern includes a sharp jog.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Shih-Ming Chang
  • Publication number: 20170200584
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides one embodiment of a method that includes slicing a first sub-polygon out of the pattern layout and writing the first sub-polygon onto the substrate using a beam with a first beam setting that is associated with the first sub-polygon. The method additional includes slicing a second sub-polygon out of the remaining pattern layout that does not include the first sub-polygon. The second sub-polygon interfaces with the first sub-polygon on at least one edge. Also, the method includes, without turning off the beam after writing the first sub-polygon onto the substrate, writing the second sub-polygon onto the substrate with a second beam setting that is associated with the second sub-polygon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Publication date: July 13, 2017
    Inventor: Shih-Ming Chang
  • Patent number: 9697325
    Abstract: In a method, a layout of a device having a pattern of features is provided. The method continues to include identifying a first portion of at least one feature of the plurality of features. An image criteria for the first portion may be assigned. A lithography optimization parameter is determined based on the assigned image criteria for the first portion. Finally, the first portion of the at least one feature is imaged onto a semiconductor substrate using the determined lithography optimization parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shih-Ming Chang, Ming-Yo Chung, Tzu-Chun Lo, Ying-Hao Su
  • Patent number: 9684236
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a semiconductor device is disclosed. The method includes forming a first patterned hard mask over a material layer. The first patterned hard mask defines an opening. The method also includes forming a direct-self-assembly (DSA) layer having a first portion and a second portion within the opening, removing the first portion of the DSA layer, forming spacers along sidewalls of the second portion of the DSA layer and removing the second portion of the DSA layer. The spacers form a second patterned hard mask over the material layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ken-Hsien Hsieh, Kuan-Hsin Lo, Shih-Ming Chang, Wei-Liang Lin, Joy Cheng, Chun-Kuang Chen, Ching-Yu Chang, Kuei-Shun Chen, Ru-Gun Liu, Tsai-Sheng Gau, Chin-Hsiang Lin
  • Publication number: 20170170110
    Abstract: A method includes forming a trench that is partially filled with a first metal material, the trench being formed within a first Interlayer Dielectric (ILD) layer, filling a remaining portion of the trench with a sacrificial material, depositing a buffer layer on the first ILD layer, patterning the buffer layer to form a hole within the buffer layer to expose the sacrificial material, and removing the sacrificial material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Inventors: Shih-Ming Chang, Chih-Ming Lai, Ru-Gun Liu, Tsai-Sheng Gau, Chung-Ju Lee, Tien-I Bao, Shau-Lin Shue
  • Publication number: 20170168385
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides one embodiment of an IC method that includes receiving an IC design layout including a first main feature and a second main feature; determining that the first main feature includes has a curvilinear-based shaped; determining that the second main feature has a polygon-based shape; and mapping a first portion of the IC design layout that includes the first main feature onto a polar coordinate and mapping a second portion of the IC design layout that includes the second main feature on onto a Cartesian coordinate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Inventor: SHIH-MING CHANG
  • Patent number: D799300
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventor: Shih-Ming Chang
  • Patent number: D814123
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: CIXI HAOSHENG ELECTRONICS & HARDWARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shih-Ming Chang, Jin-Jun Cao