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).

  • Patent number: 11955553
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein relate to using an implantation process and a melting anneal process performed on a nanosecond scale to achieve a high surface concentration (surface pile up) dopant profile and a retrograde dopant profile simultaneously. In an embodiment, a method includes forming a source/drain structure in an active area on a substrate, the source/drain structure including a first region comprising germanium, implanting a first dopant into the first region of the source/drain structure to form an amorphous region in at least the first region of the source/drain structure, implanting a second dopant into the amorphous region containing the first dopant, and heating the source/drain structure to liquidize and convert at least the amorphous region into a crystalline region, the crystalline region containing the first dopant and the second dopant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Su-Hao Liu, Kuo-Ju Chen, Wen-Yen Chen, Ying-Lang Wang, Liang-Yin Chen, Li-Ting Wang, Huicheng Chang
  • Publication number: 20240088225
    Abstract: A method includes forming a gate stack on a first portion of a semiconductor substrate, removing a second portion of the semiconductor substrate on a side of the gate stack to form a recess, growing a semiconductor region starting from the recess, implanting the semiconductor region with an impurity, and performing a melt anneal on the semiconductor region. At least a portion of the semiconductor region is molten during the melt anneal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2023
    Publication date: March 14, 2024
    Inventors: Su-Hao Liu, Wen-Yen Chen, Li-Heng Chen, Li-Ting Wang, Liang-Yin Chen, Huicheng Chang, Yee-Chia Yeo, Ying-Lang Wang
  • Publication number: 20240072128
    Abstract: A method of forming a semiconductor device includes forming a source/drain region and a gate electrode adjacent the source/drain region, forming a hard mask over the gate electrode, forming a bottom mask over the source/drain region, wherein the gate electrode is exposed, and performing a nitridation process on the hard mask over the gate electrode. The bottom mask remains over the source/drain region during the nitridation process and is removed after the nitridation. The method further includes forming a silicide over the source/drain region after removing the bottom mask.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2023
    Publication date: February 29, 2024
    Inventors: Tsan-Chun Wang, Su-Hao Liu, Liang-Yin Chen, Huicheng Chang, Yee-Chia Yeo
  • Patent number: 11908740
    Abstract: A semiconductor structure is provided. The semiconductor structure includes a gate structure over a substrate. The semiconductor structure also includes source/drain structures on opposite sides of the gate structure. The semiconductor structure also includes a dielectric layer over the gate structure and the source/drain structures. The semiconductor structure also includes a via plug passing through the dielectric layer and including a first group IV element. The dielectric layer includes a second group IV element, a first compound, and a second compound, and the second compound includes elements in the first compound and the first group IV element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, 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: 20240055300
    Abstract: A method includes forming a fin structure over a substrate; depositing a dummy gate layer over the substrate and the fin structure; depositing a hard mask stack over the dummy gate layer; depositing a photoresist bottom layer over the hard mask stack, wherein the photoresist bottom layer has a first stress; performing an implantation process to the photoresist bottom layer to form an implanted bottom layer with a second stress closer to 0 than the first stress; patterning the implanted bottom layer; patterning the hard mask stack and the dummy gate layer by using the patterned implanted bottom layer as an etch mask to form a dummy gate structure over the fin structure; and replacing the dummy gate structure with a metal gate structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2022
    Publication date: February 15, 2024
    Applicant: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Wei-Ting CHANG, Kuo-Ju CHEN, Tien-Shun CHANG, Su-Hao LIU, Huicheng CHANG
  • Patent number: 11901455
    Abstract: A device includes a fin extending from a semiconductor substrate; a gate stack over the fin; a first spacer on a sidewall of the gate stack; a source/drain region in the fin adjacent the first spacer; an inter-layer dielectric layer (ILD) extending over the gate stack, the first spacer, and the source/drain region, the ILD having a first portion and a second portion, wherein the second portion of the ILD is closer to the gate stack than the first portion of the ILD; a contact plug extending through the ILD and contacting the source/drain region; a second spacer on a sidewall of the contact plug; and an air gap between the first spacer and the second spacer, wherein the first portion of the ILD extends across the air gap and physically contacts the second spacer, wherein the first portion of the ILD seals the air gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Su-Hao Liu, Kuo-Ju Chen, Kai-Hsuan Lee, I-Hsieh Wong, Cheng-Yu Yang, Liang-Yin Chen, Huicheng Chang, Yee-Chia Yeo, Syun-Ming Jang, Meng-Han Chou
  • Publication number: 20240030312
    Abstract: A method includes forming a fin structure over a substrate; depositing a dummy gate layer over the substrate and the fin structure; etching back the dummy gate layer; performing an implantation process to the dummy gate layer to form an implantation region in the dummy gate layer, wherein a vertical thickness of the dummy gate layer is greater than a vertical thickness of the implantation region; forming a patterned hard mask stack over the implantation region; patterning the implantation region and the dummy gate layer by using the patterned hard mask stack as an etch mask to form a dummy gate structure over the fin structure; and replacing the dummy gate structure with a metal gate structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2022
    Publication date: January 25, 2024
    Applicant: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Kuo-Ju CHEN, Wei-Ting CHANG, Po-Kang HO, Su-Hao LIU, Yee-Chia YEO
  • Patent number: 11862694
    Abstract: Methods for improving sealing between contact plugs and adjacent dielectric layers and semiconductor devices formed by the same are disclosed. In an embodiment, a semiconductor device includes a first dielectric layer over a conductive feature, a first portion of the first dielectric layer including a first dopant; a metal feature electrically coupled to the conductive feature, the metal feature including a first contact material in contact with the conductive feature; a second contact material over the first contact material, the second contact material including a material different from the first contact material, a first portion of the second contact material further including the first dopant; and a dielectric liner between the first dielectric layer and the metal feature, a first portion of the dielectric liner including the first dopant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kuo-Ju Chen, Shih-Hsiang Chiu, Su-Hao Liu, Liang-Yin Chen, Huicheng Chang, Yee-Chia Yeo
  • Publication number: 20230420540
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of fabricating a contact in a semiconductor device. The method includes: receiving a semiconductor structure having an opening into which the contact is to be formed; forming a metal layer in the opening; forming a bottom anti-reflective coating (BARC) layer in the opening; performing implanting operations with a dopant on the BARC layer and the metal layer, the performing implanting operations including controlling an implant energy level and controlling an implant dosage level to form a crust layer with a desired minimum depth on top of the BARC layer; removing unwanted metal layer sections using wet etching operations, wherein the crust layer and BARC layer protect remaining metal layer sections under the BARC layer from metal loss during the wet etching operations; removing the crust layer and the BARC layer; and forming the contact in the opening over the remaining metal layer sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2022
    Publication date: December 28, 2023
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kuo-Ju Chen, Su-Hao Liu, Huicheng Chang, Yee-Chia Yeo
  • Patent number: 11855146
    Abstract: A method includes forming a gate stack on a first portion of a semiconductor substrate, removing a second portion of the semiconductor substrate on a side of the gate stack to form a recess, growing a semiconductor region starting from the recess, implanting the semiconductor region with an impurity, and performing a melt anneal on the semiconductor region. At least a portion of the semiconductor region is molten during the melt anneal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Su-Hao Liu, Wen-Yen Chen, Li-Heng Chen, Li-Ting Wang, Liang-Yin Chen, Huicheng Chang, Yee-Chia Yeo, Ying-Lang Wang
  • Publication number: 20230411474
    Abstract: Methods for improving sealing between contact plugs and adjacent dielectric layers and semiconductor devices formed by the same are disclosed. In an embodiment, a semiconductor device includes a first dielectric layer over a conductive feature, a first portion of the first dielectric layer including a first dopant; a metal feature electrically coupled to the conductive feature, the metal feature including a first contact material in contact with the conductive feature; a second contact material over the first contact material, the second contact material including a material different from the first contact material, a first portion of the second contact material further including the first dopant; and a dielectric liner between the first dielectric layer and the metal feature, a first portion of the dielectric liner including the first dopant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2023
    Publication date: December 21, 2023
    Inventors: Kuo-Ju Chen, Shih-Hsiang Chiu, Su-Hao Liu, Liang-Yin Chen, Huicheng Chang, Yee-Chia Yeo
  • Patent number: 11848361
    Abstract: A method of forming a semiconductor device includes forming a source/drain region and a gate electrode adjacent the source/drain region, forming a hard mask over the gate electrode, forming a bottom mask over the source/drain region, wherein the gate electrode is exposed, and performing a nitridation process on the hard mask over the gate electrode. The bottom mask remains over the source/drain region during the nitridation process and is removed after the nitridation. The method further includes forming a silicide over the source/drain region after removing the bottom mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Tsan-Chun Wang, Su-Hao Liu, Liang-Yin Chen, Huicheng Chang, Yee-Chia Yeo
  • Publication number: 20230387251
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a semiconductor device includes: forming a patterned structure on a substrate, the patterned structure including a dielectric layer and a dummy gate structure disposed in the dielectric layer; and subjecting the patterned structure to an ion implantation process so as to modulate a profile of the dummy gate structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2022
    Publication date: November 30, 2023
    Applicant: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Tien-Shun CHANG, Kuo-Ju CHEN, Sih-Jie LIU, Wei-Fu WANG, Yi-Chao WANG, Li-Ting WANG, Su-Hao LIU, Huicheng CHANG, Yee-Chia YEO
  • Publication number: 20230369055
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method to enlarge the process window for forming a source/drain contact. The method may include receiving a workpiece that includes a source/drain feature exposed in a source/drain opening defined between two gate structures, conformally depositing a dielectric layer over sidewalls of the source/drain opening and a top surface of the source/drain feature, anisotropically etching the dielectric layer to expose the source/drain feature, performing an implantation process to the dielectric layer, and after the performing of the implantation process, performing a pre-clean process to the workpiece. The implantation process includes a non-zero tilt angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2023
    Publication date: November 16, 2023
    Inventors: Meng-Han Chou, Kuan-Yu Yeh, Wei-Yip Loh, Hung-Hsu Chen, Su-Hao Liu, Liang-Yin Chen, Huicheng Chang, Yee-Chia Yeo
  • Publication number: 20230369103
    Abstract: A connecting structure includes a first dielectric layer disposed over a substrate and a conductive feature, a doped dielectric layer disposed over the first dielectric layer, a first metal portion disposed in the first dielectric layer and in contact with the conductive feature, and a doped metal portion disposed over the first metal portion. The first metal portion and the doped metal portion include a same noble metal material. The doped dielectric layer and the doped metal portion include same dopants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2023
    Publication date: November 16, 2023
    Inventors: Kuo-Ju Chen, Chun-Hsien Huang, Su-Hao Liu, Liang-Yin Chen, Huicheng Chang, Yee-Chia Yeo
  • Publication number: 20230352533
    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: July 12, 2023
    Publication date: November 2, 2023
    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: 11791204
    Abstract: A connecting structure includes a first dielectric layer disposed over a substrate and a conductive feature, a doped dielectric layer disposed over the first dielectric layer, a first metal portion disposed in the first dielectric layer and in contact with the conductive feature, and a doped metal portion disposed over the first metal portion. The first metal portion and the doped metal portion include a same noble metal material. The doped dielectric layer and the doped metal portion include same dopants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kuo-Ju Chen, Chun-Hsien Huang, Su-Hao Liu, Liang-Yin Chen, Huicheng Chang, Yee-Chia Yeo
  • Publication number: 20230317519
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods for forming conductive features in a dielectric layer without using adhesion layers or barrier layers and devices formed thereby. In some embodiments, a structure comprising a dielectric layer over a substrate, and a conductive feature disposed through the dielectric layer. The dielectric layer has a lower surface near the substrate and a top surface distal from the substrate. The conductive feature is in direct contact with the dielectric layer, and the dielectric layer comprises an implant species. A concentration of the implant species in the dielectric layer has a peak concentration proximate the top surface of the dielectric layer, and the concentration of the implant species decreases from the peak concentration in a direction towards the lower surface of the dielectric layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2023
    Publication date: October 5, 2023
    Inventors: Li-Chieh Wu, Tang-Kuei Chang, Kuo-Hsiu Wei, Kei-Wei Chen, Ying-Lang Wang, Su-Hao Liu, Kuo-Ju Chen, Liang-Yin Chen, Huicheng Chang, Ting-Kui Chang, Chia Hsuan Lee
  • Publication number: 20230282706
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a device includes: a gate structure on a channel region of a substrate; a gate mask on the gate structure, the gate mask including a first dielectric material and an impurity, a concentration of the impurity in the gate mask decreasing in a direction extending from an upper region of the gate mask to a lower region of the gate mask; a gate spacer on sidewalls of the gate mask and the gate structure, the gate spacer including the first dielectric material and the impurity, a concentration of the impurity in the gate spacer decreasing in a direction extending from an upper region of the gate spacer to a lower region of the gate spacer; and a source/drain region adjoining the gate spacer and the channel region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2023
    Publication date: September 7, 2023
    Inventors: Wei-Ting Chien, Wen-Yen Chen, Li-Ting Wang, Su-Hao Liu, Liang-Yin Chen, Huicheng Chang
  • Publication number: 20230282583
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a first dielectric layer disposed over a substrate and a conductive feature, a doped dielectric layer disposed over the first dielectric layer, a first metal portion disposed in the first dielectric layer and in contact with the conductive feature, and a doped metal portion disposed over the first metal portion. The first metal portion and the doped metal portion include a same noble metal material. The doped dielectric layer and the doped metal portion include same dopants. The dopants are bonded to the noble metal material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2023
    Publication date: September 7, 2023
    Inventors: Kuo-Ju Chen, Chun-Hsien Huang, Su-Hao Liu, Liang-Yin Chen, Huicheng Chang, Yee-Chia Yeo