Patents by Inventor Su-Hao LIU

Su-Hao LIU 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: 20190305107
    Abstract: A semiconductor structure and a method for forming the same are provided. The semiconductor structure includes a gate structure, a source/drain structure, a dielectric layer, a contact plug. The gate structure is positioned over a fin structure. The source/drain structure is positioned in the fin structure and adjacent to the gate structure. The dielectric layer is positioned over the gate structure and the source/drain structure. The contact plug is positioned passing through the dielectric layer. The contact plug includes a first metal compound including one of group III elements, group IV elements, group V elements or a combination thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Kuo-Ju CHEN, Su-Hao LIU, Chun-Hao KUNG, Liang-Yin CHEN, Huicheng CHANG, Kei-Wei CHEN, Hui-Chi HUANG, Kao-Feng LIAO, Chih-Hung CHEN, Jie-Huang HUANG, Lun-Kuang TAN, Wei-Ming YOU
  • Publication number: 20190288068
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to doping for conductive features in a semiconductor device. In an example, a structure includes an active region of a transistor. The active region includes a source/drain region, and the source/drain region is defined at least in part by a first dopant having a first dopant concentration. The source/drain region further includes a second dopant with a concentration profile having a consistent concentration from a surface of the source/drain region into a depth of the source/drain region. The consistent concentration is greater than the first dopant concentration. The structure further includes a conductive feature contacting the source/drain region at the surface of the source/drain region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventors: Su-Hao Liu, Huicheng Chang, Chia-Cheng Chen, Liang-Yin Chen, Kuo-Ju Chen, Chun-Hung Wu, Chang-Maio Liu, Huai-Tei Yang, Lun-Kuang Tan, Wei-Ming You
  • Publication number: 20190252381
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method that includes providing a semiconductor substrate having a first region and a second region; forming a first gate within the first region and a second gate within the second region on the semiconductor substrate; forming first source/drain features of a first semiconductor material with an n-type dopant in the semiconductor substrate within the first region; forming second source/drain features of a second semiconductor material with a p-type dopant in the semiconductor substrate within the second region. The second semiconductor material is different from the first semiconductor material in composition. The method further includes forming first silicide features to the first source/drain features and second silicide features to the second source/drain features; and performing an ion implantation process of a species to both the first and second regions, thereby introducing the species to first silicide features and the second source/drain features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventors: Su-Hao Liu, Yan-Ming Tsai, Chung-Ting Wei, Ziwei Fang, Chih-Wei Chang, Chien-Hao Chen, Huicheng Chang
  • Patent number: 10361094
    Abstract: In a gate last metal gate process for forming a transistor, a dielectric layer is formed over an intermediate transistor structure, the intermediate structure including a dummy gate electrode, typically formed of polysilicon. Various processes, such as patterning the polysilicon, planarizing top layers of the structure, and the like can remove top portions of the dielectric layer, which can result in decreased control of gate height when a metal gate is formed in place of the dummy gate electrode, decreased control of fin height for finFETs, and the like. Increasing the resistance of the dielectric layer to attack from these processes, such as by implanting silicon or the like into the dielectric layer before such other processes are performed, results in less removal of the top surface, and hence improved control of the resulting structure dimensions and performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Su-Hao Liu, Tsan-Chun Wang, Liang-Yin Chen, Jing-Huei Huang, Lun-Kuang Tan, Huicheng Chang
  • Patent number: 10347720
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to doping for conductive features in a semiconductor device. In an example, a structure includes an active region of a transistor. The active region includes a source/drain region, and the source/drain region is defined at least in part by a first dopant having a first dopant concentration. The source/drain region further includes a second dopant with a concentration profile having a consistent concentration from a surface of the source/drain region into a depth of the source/drain region. The consistent concentration is greater than the first dopant concentration. The structure further includes a conductive feature contacting the source/drain region at the surface of the source/drain region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Su-Hao Liu, Huicheng Chang, Chia-Cheng Chen, Liang-Yin Chen, Kuo-Ju Chen, Chun-Hung Wu, Chang-Miao Liu, Huai-Tei Yang, Lun-Kuang Tan, Wei-Ming You
  • Patent number: 10347762
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein relate generally to forming an ultra-shallow junction having high dopant concentration and low contact resistance in a p-type source/drain region. In an embodiment, a method includes forming a source/drain region in an active area on a substrate, the source/drain region comprising germanium, performing an ion implantation process using gallium (Ga) to form an amorphous region in the source/drain region, performing an ion implantation process using a dopant into the amorphous region, and subjecting the amorphous region to a thermal process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Su-Hao Liu, Kuo-Ju Chen, Chun-Hung Wu, Chia-Cheng Chen, Liang-Yin Chen, Huicheng Chang, Ying-Lang Wang
  • Publication number: 20190157456
    Abstract: Structures and formation methods of a semiconductor device structure are provided. The method includes forming a fin structure over a semiconductor substrate and forming a gate stack over the fin structure. The method also includes forming an epitaxial structure over the fin structure. The method further includes forming a dielectric layer over the epitaxial structure and forming an opening in the dielectric layer to expose the epitaxial structure. In addition, the method includes forming a modified region in the epitaxial structure. The modified region has lower crystallinity than an inner portion of the epitaxial structure and extends along an entirety of an exposed surface of the epitaxial structure. The method also includes forming a semiconductor-metal compound region on the epitaxial structure. All or some of the modified region is transformed into the semiconductor-metal compound region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chia-Cheng CHEN, Su-Hao LIU, Kuo-Ju CHEN, Liang-Yin CHEN
  • Publication number: 20190157148
    Abstract: A semiconductor structure and a method for forming the same are provided. The semiconductor structure includes a gate structure, a source/drain structure, a first contact plug and a first via plug. The gate structure is positioned over a fin structure. The source/drain structure is positioned in the fin structure and adjacent to the gate structure. The first contact plug is positioned over the source/drain structure. The first via plug is positioned over the first contact plug. The first via plug includes a first group IV element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tung-Po HSIEH, Su-Hao LIU, Hong-Chih LIU, Jing-Huei HUANG, Jie-Huang HUANG, Lun-Kuang TAN, Huicheng CHANG, Liang-Yin CHEN, Kuo-Ju CHEN
  • Publication number: 20190131399
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to doping for conductive features in a semiconductor device. In an example, a structure includes an active region of a transistor. The active region includes a source/drain region, and the source/drain region is defined at least in part by a first dopant having a first dopant concentration. The source/drain region further includes a second dopant with a concentration profile having a consistent concentration from a surface of the source/drain region into a depth of the source/drain region. The consistent concentration is greater than the first dopant concentration. The structure further includes a conductive feature contacting the source/drain region at the surface of the source/drain region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Su-Hao LIU, Huicheng CHANG, Chia-Cheng CHEN, Liang-Yin CHEN, Kuo-Ju CHEN, Chun-Hung WU, Chang-Miao Liu, Huai-Tei Yang, Lun-Kuang Tan, Wei-Ming You
  • Patent number: 10269799
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method that includes providing a semiconductor substrate having a first region and a second region; forming a first gate within the first region and a second gate within the second region on the semiconductor substrate; forming first source/drain features of a first semiconductor material with an n-type dopant in the semiconductor substrate within the first region; forming second source/drain features of a second semiconductor material with a p-type dopant in the semiconductor substrate within the second region. The second semiconductor material is different from the first semiconductor material in composition. The method further includes forming first silicide features to the first source/drain features and second silicide features to the second source/drain features; and performing an ion implantation process of a species to both the first and second regions, thereby introducing the species to first silicide features and the second source/drain features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Su-Hao Liu, Yan-Ming Tsai, Chung-Ting Wei, Ziwei Fang, Chih-Wei Chang, Chien-Hao Chen, Huicheng Chang
  • Patent number: 10177006
    Abstract: In a gate last metal gate process for forming a transistor, a dielectric layer is formed over an intermediate transistor structure, the intermediate structure including a dummy gate electrode, typically formed of polysilicon. Various processes, such as patterning the polysilicon, planarizing top layers of the structure, and the like can remove top portions of the dielectric layer, which can result in decreased control of gate height when a metal gate is formed in place of the dummy gate electrode, decreased control of fin height for finFETs, and the like. Increasing the resistance of the dielectric layer to attack from these processes, such as by implanting silicon or the like into the dielectric layer before such other processes are performed, results in less removal of the top surface, and hence improved control of the resulting structure dimensions and performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Su-Hao Liu, Tsan-Chun Wang, Liang-Yin Chen, Jing-Huei Huang, Lun-Kuang Tan, Huicheng Chang
  • Publication number: 20180366341
    Abstract: In a gate last metal gate process for forming a transistor, a dielectric layer is formed over an intermediate transistor structure, the intermediate structure including a dummy gate electrode, typically formed of polysilicon. Various processes, such as patterning the polysilicon, planarizing top layers of the structure, and the like can remove top portions of the dielectric layer, which can result in decreased control of gate height when a metal gate is formed in place of the dummy gate electrode, decreased control of fin height for finFETs, and the like. Increasing the resistance of the dielectric layer to attack from these processes, such as by implanting silicon or the like into the dielectric layer before such other processes are performed, results in less removal of the top surface, and hence improved control of the resulting structure dimensions and performance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventors: Su-Hao Liu, Tsan-Chun Wang, Liang-Yin Chen, Jing-Huei Huang, Lun-Kuang Tan, Huicheng Chang
  • Publication number: 20180151387
    Abstract: In a gate last metal gate process for forming a transistor, a dielectric layer is formed over an intermediate transistor structure, the intermediate structure including a dummy gate electrode, typically formed of polysilicon. Various processes, such as patterning the polysilicon, planarizing top layers of the structure, and the like can remove top portions of the dielectric layer, which can result in decreased control of gate height when a metal gate is formed in place of the dummy gate electrode, decreased control of fin height for finFETs, and the like. Increasing the resistance of the dielectric layer to attack from these processes, such as by implanting silicon or the like into the dielectric layer before such other processes are performed, results in less removal of the top surface, and hence improved control of the resulting structure dimensions and performance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Inventors: Su-Hao Liu, Tsan-Chun Wang, Liang-Yin Chen, Jing-Huei Huang, Lun-Kuang Tan, Huicheng Chang
  • Publication number: 20180053763
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method that includes providing a semiconductor substrate having a first region and a second region; forming a first gate within the first region and a second gate within the second region on the semiconductor substrate; forming first source/drain features of a first semiconductor material with an n-type dopant in the semiconductor substrate within the first region; forming second source/drain features of a second semiconductor material with a p-type dopant in the semiconductor substrate within the second region. The second semiconductor material is different from the first semiconductor material in composition. The method further includes forming first silicide features to the first source/drain features and second silicide features to the second source/drain features; and performing an ion implantation process of a species to both the first and second regions, thereby introducing the species to first silicide features and the second source/drain features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Inventors: Su-Hao Liu, Yan-Ming Tsai, Chung-Ting Wei, Ziwei Fang, Chih-Wei Chang, Chien-Hao Chen, Huicheng Chang
  • Patent number: 9865732
    Abstract: An integrated circuit includes a gate electrode and spacers along sidewalls of the gate electrode. The integrated circuit further includes a source/drain (S/D) region adjacent to the gate electrode. The S/D region includes a diffusion barrier structure at least partially in a recess of the substrate. The diffusion barrier structure includes an epitaxial layer having a first region and a second region. The first region is thinner than the second region, and the first region is misaligned with respect to the sidewalls of the gate electrode. The S/D region includes a doped silicon-containing structure over the diffusion barrier structure. The first region of the diffusion barrier structure is configured to partially prevent dopants of the doped silicon-containing structure from diffusing into the substrate. The second region of the diffusion barrier structure is configured to substantially completely prevent the dopants of the doped silicon-containing structure from diffusing into the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Chun Hsiung Tsai, Su-Hao Liu, Chien-Tai Chan, King-Yuen Wong, Chien-Chang Su
  • Patent number: 9812451
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method that includes providing a semiconductor substrate having a first region and a second region; forming a first gate within the first region and a second gate within the second region on the semiconductor substrate; forming first source/drain features of a first semiconductor material with an n-type dopant in the semiconductor substrate within the first region; forming second source/drain features of a second semiconductor material with a p-type dopant in the semiconductor substrate within the second region. The second semiconductor material is different from the first semiconductor material in composition. The method further includes forming first silicide features to the first source/drain features and second silicide features to the second source/drain features; and performing an ion implantation process of a species to both the first and second regions, thereby introducing the species to first silicide features and the second source/drain features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD
    Inventors: Su-Hao Liu, Yan-Ming Tsai, Chung-Ting Wei, Ziwei Fang, Chih-Wei Chang, Chien-Hao Chen, Huicheng Chang
  • Publication number: 20170221894
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method that includes providing a semiconductor substrate having a first region and a second region; forming a first gate within the first region and a second gate within the second region on the semiconductor substrate; forming first source/drain features of a first semiconductor material with an n-type dopant in the semiconductor substrate within the first region; forming second source/drain features of a second semiconductor material with a p-type dopant in the semiconductor substrate within the second region. The second semiconductor material is different from the first semiconductor material in composition. The method further includes forming first silicide features to the first source/drain features and second silicide features to the second source/drain features; and performing an ion implantation process of a species to both the first and second regions, thereby introducing the species to first silicide features and the second source/drain features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Inventors: Su-Hao Liu, Yan-Ming Tsai, Chung-Ting Wei, Ziwei Fang, Chih-Wei Chang, Chien-Hao Chen, Huicheng Chang
  • Publication number: 20160284845
    Abstract: An integrated circuit includes a gate electrode and spacers along sidewalls of the gate electrode. The integrated circuit further includes a source/drain (S/D) region adjacent to the gate electrode. The S/D region includes a diffusion barrier structure at least partially in a recess of the substrate. The diffusion barrier structure includes an epitaxial layer having a first region and a second region. The first region is thinner than the second region, and the first region is misaligned with respect to the sidewalls of the gate electrode. The S/D region includes a doped silicon-containing structure over the diffusion barrier structure. The first region of the diffusion barrier structure is configured to partially prevent dopants of the doped silicon-containing structure from diffusing into the substrate. The second region of the diffusion barrier structure is configured to substantially completely prevent the dopants of the doped silicon-containing structure from diffusing into the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Publication date: September 29, 2016
    Inventors: Chun Hsiung TSAI, Su-Hao LIU, Chien-Tai CHAN, King-Yuen WONG, Chien-Chang SU
  • Patent number: 9379208
    Abstract: A method of forming an integrated circuit includes forming a gate electrode over a substrate, forming a recess in the substrate and adjacent to the gate electrode, forming a diffusion barrier structure in the recess, forming an N-type doped silicon-containing structure over the diffusion barrier structure and thermally annealing the N-type doped silicon-containing structure. The diffusion barrier structure includes a first portion and a second portion. The first portion is adjacent to the gate electrode and the second portion is distant from the gate electrode. The first portion of the diffusion barrier structure is configured to partially prevent N-type dopants of the N-type doped silicon-containing structure from diffusing into the substrate and the second portion of the diffusion barrier structure is configured to substantially completely prevent N-type dopants of the N-type doped silicon-containing structure from diffusing into the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Chun Hsiung Tsai, Su-Hao Liu, Chien-Tai Chan, King-Yuen Wong, Chien-Chang Su
  • Patent number: 9373529
    Abstract: A processing tool includes a chamber configured to receive a wafer, the chamber having a sidewall and a sidewall heating source configured to heat the sidewall of the chamber. The processing tool further includes a first heating source configured to provide energy to an interior of the chamber through a top surface of the chamber and a second heating source configured to provide energy to the interior of the chamber through a bottom surface of the chamber. The sidewall heating source is separate from the first heating source and the second heating source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Su-Hao Liu, Chien-Hung Lin, Ziwei Fang, Ker-Hsun Liao