Patents by Inventor Shih Pei Chou

Shih Pei Chou 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).

  • Publication number: 20170200640
    Abstract: A semiconductor structure comprises a substrate comprising an interlayer dielectric (ILD) and a silicon layer disposed over the ILD, wherein the ILD comprises a conductive structure disposed therein, a dielectric layer disposed over the silicon layer, and a conductive plug electrically connected with the conductive structure and extended from the dielectric layer through the silicon layer to the ILD, wherein the conductive plug has a length running from the dielectric layer to the ILD and a width substantially consistent along the length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Publication date: July 13, 2017
    Inventors: Shih-Pei Chou, Chen-Fa Lu, Jiech-Fun Lu, Yeur-Luen Tu, Chia-Shiung Tsai
  • Publication number: 20170194273
    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: May 17, 2016
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Inventors: SHENG-CHAU CHEN, SHIH-PEI CHOU, MING-JHE LEE, KUO-MING WU, CHENG-HSIEN CHOU, CHENG-YUAN TSAI, YEUR-LUEN TU
  • Patent number: 9666566
    Abstract: Methods for improving hybrid bond yield for semiconductor wafers forming 3DIC devices includes first and second wafers having dummy and main metal deposited and patterned during BEOL processing. Metal of the dummy metal pattern occupies from about 40% to about 90% of the surface area of any given dummy metal pattern region. High dummy metal surface coverage, in conjunction with utilization of slotted conductive pads, allows for improved planarization of wafer surfaces presented for hybrid bonding. Planarized wafers exhibit minimum topographic differentials corresponding to step height differences of less than about 400 ?. Planarized first and second wafers are aligned and subsequently hybrid bonded with application of heat and pressure; dielectric-to-dielectric, RDL-to-RDL. Lithography controls to realize WEE from about 0.5 mm to about 1.5 mm may also be employed to promote topographic uniformity at wafer edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ju-Shi Chen, Cheng-Ying Ho, Chun-Chieh Chuang, Sheng-Chau Chen, Shih Pei Chou, Hui-Wen Shen, Dun-Nian Yaung, Ching-Chun Wang, Feng-Chi Hung, Shyh-Fann Ting
  • Patent number: 9653507
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present disclosure relate to a deep trench isolation (DTI) structure configured to enhance efficiency and performance of a photovoltaic device. The photovoltaic device comprises a functional layer disposed over an upper surface of a semiconductor substrate, and a pair of pixels formed within the semiconductor substrate, which are separated by the DTI structure. The DTI structure is arranged within a deep trench. Sidewalls of the deep trench are partially covered with a protective sleeve formed along the functional layer prior to etching the deep trench. The protective sleeve prevents etching of the functional layer while etching the deep trench, which prevents contaminants from penetrating the pair of pixels. The protective sleeve also narrows the width of the DTI structure, which increases pixel area and subsequently the efficiency and performance of the photovoltaic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    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: 20170133414
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a BSI image sensor with improved DTI structures, and an associated method of formation. In some embodiments, the BSI image sensor comprises a plurality of image sensing elements disposed within a substrate corresponding to a plurality of pixel regions. A deep trench isolation (DTI) grid is disposed between adjacent image sensing elements and extending from an upper surface of the substrate to positions within the substrate. The DTI grid comprises air-gaps disposed under the upper surface of the substrate, the air-gaps having lower portions surrounded by a first dielectric layer and some upper portions sealed by a second dielectric layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Inventors: Yen-Ting Chiang, Ching-Chun Wang, Dun-Nian Yaung, Hsiao-Hui Tseng, Chih-Hui Huang, Shyh-Fann Ting, Shih Pei Chou, Sheng-Chan Li
  • Publication number: 20170110497
    Abstract: An image sensor includes a sensor portion and an ASIC portion bonded to the sensor portion. The sensor portion includes a first substrate having radiation-sensing pixels, a first interconnect structure, a first isolation layer, and a first dielectric layer. The ASIC portion includes a second substrate, a second isolation layer, and a second dielectric layer. The material compositions of the first and second isolation layers and the first and second dielectric layers are configured such that the first and second isolation layers may serve as barrier layers to prevent copper diffusion into oxide. The first and second isolation layers may also serve as etching-stop layers in the formation of the image sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Inventors: U-Ting Chen, Shu-Ting Tsai, Cheng-Ying Ho, Tzu-Hsuan Hsu, Shih Pei Chou
  • Publication number: 20170110496
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a first semiconductor chip including a first substrate, a plurality of first inter-metal dielectric layers and a plurality of first metal lines, a second semiconductor chip having a surface in contact with a surface of the first semiconductor chip, wherein the second semiconductor chip comprises a second substrate, a plurality of second inter-metal dielectric layers and a plurality of second metal lines and a conductive plug coupled between the first metal lines and the second metal lines, wherein the conductive plug comprises a first portion over a first side of a hard mask layer and a second portion over a second side of the hard mask layer, wherein the hard mask layer is a ring-shaped layer, and wherein the conductive plug is formed in a center opening of the ring-shaped layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Inventors: Jeng-Shyan Lin, Shu-Ting Tsai, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Feng-Chi Hung, Shih Pei Chou, Min-Feng Kao, Szu-Ying Chen
  • Patent number: 9627326
    Abstract: A method of fabrication of alignment marks for a non-STI CMOS image sensor is introduced. In some embodiments, zero layer alignment marks and active are alignment marks may be simultaneously formed on a wafer. A substrate of the wafer may be patterned to form one or more recesses in the substrate. The recesses may be filled with a dielectric material using, for example, a field oxidation method and/or suitable deposition methods. Structures formed by the above process may correspond to elements of the zero layer alignment marks and/or to elements the active area alignment marks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Cheng-Hsien Chou, Sheng-Chau Chen, Chun-Wei Chang, Kai-Chun Hsu, Chih-Yu Lai, Wei-Cheng Hsu, Hsiao-Hui Tseng, Shih Pei Chou, Shyh-Fann Ting, Tzu-Hsuan Hsu, Ching-Chun Wang, Yeur-Luen Tu, Dun-Nian Yaung
  • Publication number: 20170062512
    Abstract: A method includes performing an anisotropic etching on a semiconductor substrate to form a trench. The trench has vertical sidewalls and a rounded bottom connected to the vertical sidewalls. A damage removal step is performed to remove a surface layer of the semiconductor substrate, with the surface layer exposed to the trench. The rounded bottom of the trench is etched to form a slant straight bottom surface. The trench is filled to form a trench isolation region in the trench.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Inventors: Cheng-Hsien Chou, Hsiao-Hui Tseng, Chih-Yu Lai, Shih Pei Chou, Yen-Ting Chiang, Min-Ying Tsai
  • Patent number: 9553020
    Abstract: A structure includes a first chip having a first substrate, and first dielectric layers underlying the first substrate, with a first metal pad in the first dielectric layers. A second chip includes a second substrate, second dielectric layers over the second substrate and bonded to the first dielectric layers, and a second metal pad in the second dielectric layers. A conductive plug includes a first portion extending from a top surface of the first substrate to a top surface of the first metal pad, and a second portion extending from the top surface of the first metal pad to a top surface of the second metal pad. An edge of the second portion is in physical contact with a sidewall of the first metal pad. A dielectric layer spaces the first portion of the conductive plug from the first plurality of dielectric layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shu-Ting Tsai, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Shih Pei Chou, U-Ting Chen, Chia-Chieh Lin
  • Patent number: 9536920
    Abstract: An image sensor includes a sensor portion and an ASIC portion bonded to the sensor portion. The sensor portion includes a first substrate having radiation-sensing pixels, a first interconnect structure, a first isolation layer, and a first dielectric layer. The ASIC portion includes a second substrate, a second isolation layer, and a second dielectric layer. The material compositions of the first and second isolation layers and the first and second dielectric layers are configured such that the first and second isolation layers may serve as barrier layers to prevent copper diffusion into oxide. The first and second isolation layers may also serve as etching-stop layers in the formation of the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: U-Ting Chen, Shu-Ting Tsai, Cheng-Ying Ho, Tzu-Hsuan Hsu, Shih Pei Chou
  • Patent number: 9536777
    Abstract: A method comprises bonding a first chip on a second chip, depositing a first hard mask layer over a non-bonding side of the first chip, depositing a second hard mask layer over the first hard mask layer, etching a first substrate of the first semiconductor chip using the second hard mask layer as a first etching mask and etching the IMD layers of the first chip and the second chip using the first hard mask layer as a second etching mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacutring Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jeng-Shyan Lin, Shu-Ting Tsai, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Feng-Chi Hung, Shih Pei Chou, Min-Feng Kao, Szu-Ying Chen
  • Publication number: 20160379962
    Abstract: Some embodiments relate to a three-dimensional (3D) integrated circuit (IC). The 3DIC includes a first substrate including a photodetector which is configured to receive light in a first direction from a light source. An interconnect structure is disposed over the first substrate, and includes a plurality of metal layers and insulating layers that are over stacked over one another in alternating fashion. One of the plurality of metal layers is closest to the light source and another of the plurality of metal layers is furthest from the light source. A bond pad recess extends into the interconnect structure from an opening in a surface of the 3DIC which is nearest the light source and terminates at a bond pad. The bond pad is spaced apart from the surface of the 3DIC and is in direct contact with the one of the plurality of metal layers that is furthest from the light source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Publication date: December 29, 2016
    Inventors: Sin-Yao Huang, Ching-Chun Wang, Dun-Nian Yaung, Feng-Chi Hung, Ming-Tsong Wang, Shih Pei Chou
  • Publication number: 20160351546
    Abstract: An interconnect apparatus and a method of forming the interconnect apparatus is provided. Two integrated circuits are bonded together. A first opening is formed through one of the substrates. A multi-layer dielectric film is formed along sidewalls of the first opening. One or more etch processes form one or more spacer-shaped structures along sidewalls of the first opening. A second opening is formed extending from the first opening to pads in the integrated circuits. A dielectric liner is formed, and the opening is filled with a conductive material to form a conductive plug.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Publication date: December 1, 2016
    Inventors: Shu-Ting Tsai, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, U-Ting Chen, Shih-Pei Chou
  • Publication number: 20160343679
    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: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Publication date: November 24, 2016
    Inventors: Sheng-Chau Chen, Shih Pei Chou, Yen-Chang Chu, Cheng-Hsien Chou, Chih-Hui Huang, Yeur-Luen Tu
  • Publication number: 20160336231
    Abstract: A structure includes a first chip having a first substrate, and first dielectric layers underlying the first substrate, with a first metal pad in the first dielectric layers. A second chip includes a second substrate, second dielectric layers over the second substrate and bonded to the first dielectric layers, and a second metal pad in the second dielectric layers. A conductive plug includes a first portion extending from a top surface of the first substrate to a top surface of the first metal pad, and a second portion extending from the top surface of the first metal pad to a top surface of the second metal pad. An edge of the second portion is in physical contact with a sidewall of the first metal pad. A dielectric layer spaces the first portion of the conductive plug from the first plurality of dielectric layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Publication date: November 17, 2016
    Inventors: Shu-Ting Tsai, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Shih Pei Chou, U-Ting Chen, Chia-Chieh Lin
  • Publication number: 20160276386
    Abstract: An image sensor structure is provided. The image sensor device structure includes a substrate, and the substrate includes an array region and a peripheral region. The image sensor device structure includes an anti-reflection layer formed on the substrate and a buffer layer formed on the anti-reflection layer. The image sensor device structure includes a first etch stop layer formed on the buffer layer and a metal grid structure formed on the first etch stop layer. The image sensor device structure also includes a dielectric layer formed on the metal grid structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Publication date: September 22, 2016
    Applicant: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hung-Wen HSU, Ching-Chung SU, Cheng-Hsien CHOU, Jiech-Fun LU, Shih-Pei CHOU, Yeur-Luen TU
  • Publication number: 20160276285
    Abstract: A method of fabrication of alignment marks for a non-STI CMOS image sensor is introduced. In some embodiments, zero layer alignment marks and active are alignment marks may be simultaneously formed on a wafer. A substrate of the wafer may be patterned to form one or more recesses in the substrate. The recesses may be filled with a dielectric material using, for example, a field oxidation method and/or suitable deposition methods. Structures formed by the above process may correspond to elements of the zero layer alignment marks and/or to elements the active area alignment marks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Publication date: September 22, 2016
    Inventors: Cheng-Hsien Chou, Sheng-Chau Chen, Chun-Wei Chang, Kai-Chun Hsu, Chih-Yu Lai, Wei-Cheng Hsu, Hsiao-Hui Tseng, Shih Pei Chou, Shyh-Fann Ting, Tzu-Hsuan Hsu, Ching-Chun Wang, Yeur-Luen Tu, Dun-Nian Yaung
  • Patent number: 9437572
    Abstract: A method embodiment includes patterning an opening through a layer at a surface of a device die. The method further includes forming a liner on sidewalls of the opening, patterning the device die to extend the opening further into the device die. After patterning the device die, the liner is removed. A conductive pad is formed in the device die by filling the opening with a conductive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    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: 9412719
    Abstract: An interconnect apparatus and a method of forming the interconnect apparatus is provided. Two integrated circuits are bonded together. A first opening is formed through one of the substrates. A multi-layer dielectric film is formed along sidewalls of the first opening. One or more etch processes form one or more spacer-shaped structures along sidewalls of the first opening. A second opening is formed extending from the first opening to pads in the integrated circuits. A dielectric liner is formed, and the opening is filled with a conductive material to form a conductive plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shu-Ting Tsai, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, U-Ting Chen, Shih Pei Chou