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: 20210111035
    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: November 30, 2020
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Inventors: Su-Hao Liu, Tsan-Chun Wang, Liang-Yin Chen, Jing-Huei Huang, Lun-Kuang Tan, Huicheng Chang
  • Patent number: 10978344
    Abstract: A method includes forming a gate stack over a first semiconductor region, removing a second portion of the first semiconductor region on a side of the gate stack to form a recess, growing a second semiconductor region starting from the recess, implanting the second semiconductor region with an impurity, and performing a melting laser anneal on the second semiconductor region. A first portion of the second semiconductor region is molten during the melting laser anneal, and a second and a third portion of the second semiconductor region on opposite sides of the first portion are un-molten.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Su-Hao Liu, Wen-Yen Chen, Tz-Shian Chen, Cheng-Jung Sung, Li-Ting Wang, Liang-Yin Chen, Huicheng Chang, Yee-Chia Yeo, Syun-Ming Jang
  • Publication number: 20210098365
    Abstract: A semiconductor device and a method of forming the same are provided. The semiconductor device includes a substrate, a gate structure, a dielectric structure and a contact structure. The substrate has source/drain (S/D) regions. The gate structure is on the substrate and between the S/D regions. The dielectric structure covers the gate structure. The contact structure penetrates through the dielectric structure to connect to the S/D region. A lower portion of a sidewall of the contact structure is spaced apart from the dielectric structure by an air gap therebetween, while an upper portion of the sidewall of the contact structure is in contact with the dielectric structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Publication date: April 1, 2021
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Pei-Yu Chou, Jr-Hung Li, Liang-Yin Chen, Su-Hao Liu, Tze-Liang Lee, Meng-Han Chou, Kuo-Ju Chen, Huicheng Chang, Tsai-Jung Ho, Tzu-Yang Ho
  • Patent number: 10950694
    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: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    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-Maio Liu, Huai-Tei Yang, Lun-Kuang Tan, Wei-Ming You
  • Publication number: 20210066500
    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: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    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: 20210057276
    Abstract: A method includes forming a gate stack over a first semiconductor region, removing a second portion of the first semiconductor region on a side of the gate stack to form a recess, growing a second semiconductor region starting from the recess, implanting the second semiconductor region with an impurity, and performing a melting laser anneal on the second semiconductor region. A first portion of the second semiconductor region is molten during the melting laser anneal, and a second and a third portion of the second semiconductor region on opposite sides of the first portion are un-molten.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Publication date: February 25, 2021
    Inventors: Su-Hao Liu, Wen-Yen Chen, Tz-Shian Chen, Cheng-Jung Sung, Li-Ting Wang, Liang-Yin Chen, Huicheng Chang, Yee-Chia Yeo, Syun-Ming Jang
  • Publication number: 20200402853
    Abstract: A semiconductor structure is provided. The semiconductor structure includes a gate structure over a fin structure. The semiconductor structure also includes a source/drain structure in the fin structure and adjacent to the gate structure. The semiconductor structure also includes a first contact plug over the source/drain structure. The semiconductor structure also includes a first via plug over the first contact plug. The semiconductor structure also includes a dielectric layer surrounding the first via plug. The first via plug includes a first group IV element and the dielectric layer includes the first group IV element and a second group IV element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Applicant: 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
  • Patent number: 10868178
    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: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    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
  • Patent number: 10854471
    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 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    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: 20200279944
    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: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2020
    Publication date: September 3, 2020
    Inventors: Su-Hao Liu, Kuo-Ju Chen, Wen-Yen Chen, Ying-Lang Wang, Liang-Yin Chen, Li-Ting Wang, Huicheng Chang
  • Patent number: 10763168
    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: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: 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: 20200266299
    Abstract: A method for forming a semiconductor device structure is provided. The method includes forming an epitaxial structure over a semiconductor substrate. The method also includes generating and applying plasma on an entire exposed surface of the epitaxial structure to form a modified region in the epitaxial structure. The plasma is directly applied on the source/drain structure without being filtered out, and the plasma includes ions with different charges. The method further includes forming a metal layer on the modified region and heating the metal layer and the modified region to form a metal-semiconductor compound region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chia-Cheng CHEN, Su-Hao LIU, Kuo-Ju CHEN, Liang-Yin CHEN
  • Patent number: 10658510
    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: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    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
  • Patent number: 10658508
    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: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chia-Cheng Chen, Su-Hao Liu, Kuo-Ju Chen, Liang-Yin Chen
  • Patent number: 10643892
    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: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    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: 20200126984
    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: December 17, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Inventors: Su-Hao Liu, Yan-Ming Tsai, Chung-Ting Wei, Ziwei Fang, Chih-Wei Chang, Chien-Hao Chen, Huicheng Chang
  • Publication number: 20200119195
    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: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Su-Hao Liu, Kuo-Ju Chen, Chun-Hung Wu, Chia-Cheng Chen, Liang-Yin Chen, Huicheng Chang, Ying-Lang Wang
  • Publication number: 20200044025
    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: May 24, 2019
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    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: 20200006545
    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: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventors: Su-Hao Liu, Kuo-Ju Chen, Wen-Yen Chen, Ying-Lang Wang, Liang-Yin Chen, Li-Ting Wang, Huicheng Chang
  • Patent number: 10515963
    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: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 24, 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