Patents by Inventor Sung-Li Wang

Sung-Li Wang 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: 20220139773
    Abstract: An IC structure includes a transistor, a source/drain contact, a metal oxide layer, a non-metal oxide layer, a barrier structure, and a via. The transistor includes a gate structure and source/drain regions on opposite sides of the gate structure. The source/drain contact is over one of the source/drain regions. The metal oxide layer is over the source/drain contact. The non-metal oxide layer is over the metal oxide layer. The barrier structure is over the source/drain contact. The barrier structure forms a first interface with the metal oxide layer and a second interface with the non-metal oxide layer, and the second interface is laterally offset from the first interface. The via extends through the non-metal oxide layer to the barrier structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2022
    Publication date: May 5, 2022
    Applicant: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sung-Li WANG, Shuen-Shin LIANG, Yu-Yun PENG, Fang-Wei LEE, Chia-Hung CHU, Mrunal Abhijith KHADERBAD, Keng-Chu LIN
  • Publication number: 20220130755
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an interconnect structure and a method for forming an interconnect structure. The method for forming an interconnect structure includes forming a bottom metal line in a first interlayer dielectric layer, forming a second interlayer dielectric layer over the bottom metal line, exposing a top surface of the bottom metal line, increasing a total surface area of the exposed top surface of the bottom metal line, forming a conductive via over the bottom metal line, and forming a top metal line over the conductive via.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2022
    Publication date: April 28, 2022
    Inventors: SHUEN-SHIN LIANG, KEN-YU CHANG, HUNG-YI HUANG, CHIEN CHANG, CHI-HUNG CHUANG, KAI-YI CHU, CHUN-I TSAI, CHUN-HSIEN HUANG, CHIH-WEI CHANG, HSU-KAI CHANG, CHIA-HUNG CHU, KENG-CHU LIN, SUNG-LI WANG
  • Publication number: 20220108919
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a structure having a dielectric layer over a conductive feature, wherein the conductive feature includes a second metal. The method further includes etching a hole through the dielectric layer and exposing the conductive feature and depositing a first metal into the hole and in direct contact with the dielectric layer and the conductive feature, wherein the first metal entirely fills the hole. The method further includes annealing the structure such that atoms of the second metal are diffused into grain boundaries of the first metal and into interfaces between the first metal and the dielectric layer. After the annealing, the method further includes performing a chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) process to remove at least a portion of the first metal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2021
    Publication date: April 7, 2022
    Inventors: Sung-Li Wang, Hung-Yi Huang, Yu-Yun Peng, Mrunal A. Khaderbad, Chia-Hung Chu, Shuen-Shin Liang, Keng-Chu Lin
  • Publication number: 20220052157
    Abstract: A semiconductor device with dual side source/drain (S/D) contact structures and methods of fabricating the same are disclosed. The semiconductor device includes first and second S/D regions, a nanostructured channel region disposed between the first and second S/D regions, a gate structure surrounding the nanostructured channel region, first and second contact structures disposed on first surfaces of the first and second S/D regions, a third contact structure disposed on a second surface of the first S/D region, and an etch stop layer disposed on a second surface of the second S/D region. The third contact structure includes a metal silicide layer, a silicide nitride layer disposed on the metal silicide layer, and a conductive layer disposed on the silicide nitride layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2021
    Publication date: February 17, 2022
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Cheng-Wei CHANG, Shuen-Shin Liang, Sung-Li Wang, Hsu-Kai Chang, Chia-Hung Chu, Chien-Shun Liao, Yi-Ying Liu
  • Patent number: 11251086
    Abstract: Semiconductor devices, fin field effect transistor (FinFET) devices, and methods of manufacturing semiconductor devices are disclosed. In some embodiments, a semiconductor device includes a substrate comprising a first fin and a second fin. A first epitaxial fin is disposed over the first fin, and a second epitaxial fin is disposed over the second fin. The second fin is proximate the first fin. The first epitaxial fin and the second epitaxial fin have an upper portion with a substantially pillar shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Sung-Li Wang, Chih-Sheng Chang, Sey-Ping Sun
  • Publication number: 20220045188
    Abstract: A semiconductor device with different configurations of contact structures and a method of fabricating the same are disclosed. The semiconductor device includes first and second gate structures disposed on first and second fin structures, first and second source/drain (S/D) regions disposed on the first and second fin structures, first and second contact structures disposed on the first and second S/D regions, and a dipole layer disposed at an interface between the first nWFM silicide layer and the first S/D region. The first contact structure includes a first nWFM silicide layer disposed on the first S/D region and a first contact plug disposed on the first nWFM silicide layer. The second contact structure includes a pWFM silicide layer disposed on the second S/D region, a second nWFM silicide layer disposed on the pWFM silicide layer, and a second contact plug disposed on the pWFM silicide layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2021
    Publication date: February 10, 2022
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hsu-Kai Chang, Jhih-Rong Huang, Yen-Tien Tung, Chia-Hung Chu, Shuen-Shin Liang, Tzer-Min Shen, Pinyen Lin, Sung-Li Wang
  • Publication number: 20220037500
    Abstract: A semiconductor device with different configurations of contact structures and a method of fabricating the same are disclosed. The semiconductor device includes a substrate, a fin structure disposed on the substrate, a gate structure disposed on the fin structure, a source/drain (S/D) region disposed adjacent to the gate structure, a contact structure disposed on the S/D region, and a dipole layer disposed at an interface between the ternary compound layer and the S/D region. The contact structure includes a ternary compound layer disposed on the S/D region, a work function metal (WFM) silicide layer disposed on the ternary compound layer, and a contact plug disposed on the WFM silicide layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2021
    Publication date: February 3, 2022
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sung-Li WANG, Hsu-Kai CHANG, Jhih-Rong HUANG, Yen-Tien TUNG, Chia-Hung CHU, Tzer-Min SHEN, Pinyen LIN
  • Patent number: 11233134
    Abstract: The structure of a semiconductor device with dual silicide contact structures and a method of fabricating the semiconductor device are disclosed. A method of fabricating the semiconductor device includes forming first and second fin structures on a substrate, forming first and second epitaxial regions on the first and second fin structures, respectively, forming first and second contact openings on the first and second epitaxial regions, respectively, selectively forming an oxide capping layer on exposed surfaces of the second epitaxial region, selectively forming a first metal silicide layer on exposed surfaces of the first epitaxial region, removing the oxide capping layer, and forming first and second conductive regions on the metal silicide layer and on the exposed surfaces of the second epitaxial region, respectively. The first metal silicide layer includes a first metal. The first and second conductive regions includes a second metal different from the first metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Peng-Wei Chu, Ding-Kang Shih, Sung-Li Wang, Yasutoshi Okuno
  • Patent number: 11227794
    Abstract: A multi-layer interconnect structure with a self-aligning barrier structure and a method for fabricating the same is disclosed. For example, the method includes forming a via through an interlayer dielectric (ILD) layer, an etch stop layer (ESL), and a contact structure, pre-cleaning the via with a metal halide, forming a barrier structure on the contact structure in-situ during the pre-cleaning of the via with the metal halide, and depositing a second metal in the via on top of the barrier structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sung-Li Wang, Shuen-Shin Liang, Yu-Yun Peng, Fang-Wei Lee, Chia-Hung Chu, Mrunal Abhijith Khaderbad, Keng-Chu Lin
  • Patent number: 11217524
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an interconnect structure, including a first interlayer dielectric layer, a bottom metal line including a first metal in the first interlayer dielectric layer, a conductive via including a second metal over the bottom metal line, wherein the second metal is different from the first metal, and the first metal has a first type of primary crystalline structure, and the second metal has the first type of primary crystalline structure, a total area of a bottom surface of the conductive via is greater than a total cross sectional area of the conductive via, and a top metal line over the conductive via, wherein the top metal line comprises a third metal different from the second metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: Shuen-Shin Liang, Ken-Yu Chang, Hung-Yi Huang, Chien Chang, Chi-Hung Chuang, Kai-Yi Chu, Chun-I Tsai, Chun-Hsien Huang, Chih-Wei Chang, Hsu-Kai Chang, Chia-Hung Chu, Keng-Chu Lin, Sung-Li Wang
  • Publication number: 20210407925
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a method for the fabrication of ruthenium conductive structures over cobalt conductive structures. In some embodiments, the method includes forming a first opening in a dielectric layer to expose a first cobalt contact and filling the first opening with ruthenium metal to form a ruthenium contact on the first cobalt contact. The method also includes forming a second opening in the dielectric layer to expose a second cobalt contact and a gate structure and filling the second opening with tungsten to form a tungsten contact on the second cobalt contact and the gate structure. Further, the method includes forming a copper conductive structure on the ruthenium contact and the tungsten contact, where the copper from the copper conductive structure is in contact with the ruthenium metal from the ruthenium contact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2020
    Publication date: December 30, 2021
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Cheng-Wei CHANG, Chien-Shun LIAO, Sung-Li WANG, Shuen-Shin LIANG, Shu-Lan CHANG, Yi-Ying LIU, Chia-Hung CHU, Hsu-Kai CHANG
  • Patent number: 11211383
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes first and second epitaxial structures, first and second top metal alloy layers, and first and second bottom metal alloy layers. The first and second epitaxial structures have different cross sections. The first and second top metal alloy layers are respectively in contact with the first and second epitaxial structures. The first and second bottom metal alloy layers are respectively in contact with the first and second epitaxial structures and respectively under the first and second top metal alloy layers. The first top metal alloy layer and the first bottom metal alloy layer are made of different materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sung-Li Wang, Pang-Yen Tsai, Yasutoshi Okuno
  • Publication number: 20210399099
    Abstract: A semiconductor device structure according to the present disclosure includes a source feature and a drain feature, at least one channel structure extending between the source feature and the drain feature, a gate structure wrapped around each of the at least on channel structure, a semiconductor layer over the gate structure, a dielectric layer over the semiconductor layer, a doped semiconductor feature extending through the semiconductor layer and the dielectric layer to be in contact with the source feature, a metal contact plug over the doped semiconductor feature, and a buried power rail disposed over the metal contact plug.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2021
    Publication date: December 23, 2021
    Inventors: Chia-Hung Chu, Sung-Li Wang, Shuen-Shin Liang, Hsu-Kai Chang, Ding-Kang Shih, Tsungyu Hung, Pang-Yen Tsai, Keng-Chu Lin
  • Publication number: 20210391252
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an interconnect structure, including a first interlayer dielectric layer, a bottom metal line including a first metal in the first interlayer dielectric layer, a conductive via including a second metal over the bottom metal line, wherein the second metal is different from the first metal, and the first metal has a first type of primary crystalline structure, and the second metal has the first type of primary crystalline structure, a total area of a bottom surface of the conductive via is greater than a total cross sectional area of the conductive via, and a top metal line over the conductive via, wherein the top metal line comprises a third metal different from the second metal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Publication date: December 16, 2021
    Inventors: SHUEN-SHIN LIANG, KEN-YU CHANG, HUNG-YI HUANG, CHIEN CHANG, CHI-HUNG CHUANG, KAI-YI CHU, CHUN-I TSAI, CHUN-HSIEN HUANG, CHIH-WEI CHANG, HSU-KAI CHANG, CHIA-HUNG CHU, KENG-CHU LIN, SUNG-LI WANG
  • Patent number: 11201232
    Abstract: Semiconductor structures and method for forming the same are provided. The semiconductor structure includes a substrate and a gate structure formed over the substrate. The semiconductor structure further includes a source/drain structure formed adjacent to the gate structure in the substrate and a contact formed over the source/drain structure. The semiconductor structure further includes a metal-containing layer formed over the contact and a dielectric layer covering the gate structure and the metal-containing layer. The semiconductor structure further includes a first conductive structure formed through dielectric layer and the metal-containing layer and landing on the contact. In addition, a bottom surface of the metal-containing layer is higher than a top surface of the gate structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mrunal A. Khaderbad, Sung-Li Wang, Yasutoshi Okuno
  • Publication number: 20210376103
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a method for forming liner-free or barrier-free conductive structures. The method includes forming a liner-free conductive structure on a cobalt conductive structure disposed on a substrate, depositing a cobalt layer on the liner-free conductive structure and exposing the liner-free conductive structure to a heat treatment. The method further includes removing the cobalt layer from the liner-free conductive structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Publication date: December 2, 2021
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuen-Shin LIANG, Chun-I TSAI, Chih-Wei CHANG, Chun-Hsien HUANG, Hung-Yi HUANG, Keng-Chu LIN, Ken-Yu CHANG, Sung-Li WANG, Chia-Hung CHU, Hsu-Kai CHANG
  • Publication number: 20210359125
    Abstract: A semiconductor device structure and a method for forming a semiconductor device structure are provided. The semiconductor device structure includes multiple channel structures suspended over a semiconductor substrate. The semiconductor device structure also includes multiple epitaxial structures extending from edges of the channel structures. The semiconductor device structure further includes a gate stack wrapping around the channel structures. In addition, the semiconductor device structure includes a conductive contact wrapping around terminals of the epitaxial structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2020
    Publication date: November 18, 2021
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuen-Shin LIANG, Pang-Yen TSAI, Keng-Chu LIN, Sung-Li WANG, Pinyen LIN
  • Patent number: 11177208
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein relate generally to one or more methods for forming an interconnect structure, such as a dual damascene interconnect structure comprising a conductive line and a conductive via, and structures formed thereby. In some embodiments, an interconnect opening is formed through one or more dielectric layers over a semiconductor substrate. The interconnect opening has a via opening and a trench over the via opening. A conductive via is formed in the via opening. A nucleation enhancement treatment is performed on one or more exposed dielectric surfaces of the trench. A conductive line is formed in the trench on the one or more exposed dielectric surfaces of the trench and on the conductive via.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Sung-Li Wang, Yasutoshi Okuno
  • Publication number: 20210335720
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a method for forming capping layers configured to prevent the migration of out-diffused cobalt atoms into upper metallization layers In some embodiments, the method includes depositing a cobalt diffusion barrier layer on a liner-free conductive structure that includes ruthenium, where depositing the cobalt diffusion barrier layer includes forming the cobalt diffusion barrier layer self-aligned to the liner-free conductive structure. The method also includes depositing, on the cobalt diffusion barrier layer, a stack with an etch stop layer and dielectric layer, and forming an opening in the stack to expose the cobalt diffusion barrier layer. Finally, the method includes forming a conductive structure on the cobalt diffusion barrier layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2021
    Publication date: October 28, 2021
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuen-Shin LIANG, Chun-I TSAI, Chih-Wei CHANG, Chun-Hsien HUANG, Hung-Yi HUANG, Keng-Chu LIN, Ken-Yu CHANG, Sung-Li WANG, Chia-Hung CHU, Hsu-Kai CHANG
  • Patent number: 11158539
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a structure having a dielectric layer over a conductive feature; etching a hole through the dielectric layer and exposing the conductive feature; depositing a first metal into the hole and in direct contact with the dielectric layer and the conductive feature; depositing a second metal over the first metal; and annealing the structure including the first and the second metals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sung-Li Wang, Hung-Yi Huang, Yu-Yun Peng, Mrunal A. Khaderbad, Chia-Hung Chu, Shuen-Shin Liang, Keng-Chu Lin