Patents by Inventor Tai-Chun Huang

Tai-Chun Huang 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: 20220190127
    Abstract: A semiconductor structure is provided. The semiconductor structure includes a gate structure, a source/drain structure, a barrier layer, and a glue layer. The gate structure is over a fin structure. The source/drain structure is in the fin structure and adjacent to the gate structure. The barrier layer is over the source/drain structure. The glue layer is adjacent to the barrier layer. The glue layer has an extending portion in direct contact with the gate structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2022
    Publication date: June 16, 2022
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shih-Wen HUANG, Chung-Ting KO, Hong-Hsien KE, Chia-Hui LIN, Tai-Chun HUANG
  • Patent number: 11348917
    Abstract: A semiconductor device with isolation structures of different dielectric constants and a method of fabricating the same are disclosed. The semiconductor device includes fin structures with first and second fin portions disposed on first and second device areas on a substrate and first and second pair of gate structures disposed on the first and second fin portions. The second pair of gate structures is electrically isolated from the first pair of gate structures. The semiconductor device further includes a first isolation structure interposed between the first pair of gate structures and a second isolation structure interposed between the second pair of gate structures. The first isolation structure includes a first nitride liner and a first oxide fill layer. The second isolation structure includes a second nitride liner and a second oxide fill layer. The second nitride liner is thicker than the first nitride liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventors: Chieh-Ping Wang, Tai-Chun Huang, Yung-Cheng Lu, Ting-Gang Chen, Chi On Chui
  • Patent number: 11342444
    Abstract: A method includes forming a first and a second dummy gate stack crossing over a semiconductor region, forming an ILD to embed the first and the second dummy gate stacks therein, replacing the first and the second dummy gate stacks with a first and a second replacement gate stack, respectively, performing a first etching process to form a first opening. A portion of the first replacement gate stack and a portion of the second replacement gate stack are removed. The method further includes filling the first opening to form a dielectric isolation region, performing a second etching process to form a second opening, with the ILD being etched, and the dielectric isolation region being exposed to the second opening, forming a contact spacer in the second opening, and filling a contact plug in the second opening. The contact plug is between opposite portions of the contact spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ting-Gang Chen, Tai-Chun Huang, Ming-Chang Wen, Shu-Yuan Ku, Fu-Kai Yang, Tze-Liang Lee, Yung-Cheng Lu, Yi-Ting Fu
  • Publication number: 20220157934
    Abstract: A method includes depositing a first dielectric layer in an opening, the first dielectric layer comprising a semiconductor element and a non-semiconductor element. The method further includes depositing a semiconductor layer on the first dielectric layer, the semiconductor layer comprising a first element that is the same as the semiconductor element. The method further includes introducing a second element to the semiconductor layer wherein the second element is the same as the non-semiconductor element. The method further includes applying a thermal annealing process to the semiconductor layer to change the semiconductor layer into a second dielectric layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2022
    Publication date: May 19, 2022
    Inventors: Yen-Chun Huang, Bor Chiuan Hsieh, Pei-Ren Jeng, Tai-Chun Huang, Tze-Liang Lee
  • Patent number: 11335603
    Abstract: A method for forming a semiconductor device includes: forming a gate structure over a fin, where the fin protrudes above a substrate; forming an opening in the gate structure; forming a first dielectric layer along sidewalls and a bottom of the opening, where the first dielectric layer is non-conformal, where the first dielectric layer has a first thickness proximate to an upper surface of the gate structure distal from the substrate, and has a second thickness proximate to the bottom of the opening, where the first thickness is larger than the second thickness; and forming a second dielectric layer over the first dielectric layer to fill the opening, where the first dielectric layer is formed of a first dielectric material, and the second dielectric layer is formed of a second dielectric material different from the first dielectric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Chieh-Ping Wang, Ting-Gang Chen, Bo-Cyuan Lu, Tai-Chun Huang, Chi On Chui
  • Patent number: 11296198
    Abstract: A method for forming a semiconductor structure is provided. The method includes forming a gate structure over a fin structure, forming a source/drain structure in the fin structure and adjacent to the gate structure, forming a dielectric layer over the gate structure and the source/drain structure, and forming an opening in the dielectric layer to expose the source/drain structure. The method further includes depositing a barrier layer lining a sidewall surface of the opening and a top surface of the source/drain structure. The method further includes etching a portion of the barrier layer to expose the source/drain structure. The method further includes depositing a glue layer covering the sidewall surface of the opening and the source/drain structure in the opening. The method further includes forming a contact structure filling the opening in the dielectric layer. The contact structure is surrounded by the glue layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shih-Wen Huang, Chung-Ting Ko, Hong-Hsien Ke, Chia-Hui Lin, Tai-Chun Huang
  • Publication number: 20220102152
    Abstract: A method includes forming a semiconductor layer over a substrate; etching a portion of the semiconductor layer to form a first recess and a second recess; forming a first masking layer over the semiconductor layer; performing a first thermal treatment on the first masking layer, the first thermal treatment densifying the first masking layer; etching the first masking layer to expose the first recess; forming a first semiconductor material in the first recess; and removing the first masking layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Publication date: March 31, 2022
    Inventors: Wen-Ju Chen, Chung-Ting Ko, Wan-Chen Hsieh, Chun-Ming Lung, Tai-Chun Huang, Chi On Chui
  • Patent number: 11271083
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a substrate, a gate structure on the substrate, a source/drain (S/D) region and a contact. The S/D region is located in the substrate and on a side of the gate structure. The contact lands on and connected to the S/D region. The contact wraps around the S/D region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Po-Hsien Cheng, Jr-Hung Li, Tai-Chun Huang, Tze-Liang Lee, Chung-Ting Ko, Jr-Yu Chen, Wan-Chen Hsieh
  • Publication number: 20220051932
    Abstract: A semiconductor device a method of forming the same are provided. The semiconductor device includes a substrate, a first isolation structure and a second isolation structure over the substrate, a semiconductor fin over the substrate and between the first isolation structure and the second isolation structure, and a third isolation structure extending through the semiconductor fin and between the first isolation structure and the second isolation structure. A top surface of the semiconductor fin is above a top surface of the first isolation structure and a top surface of the second isolation structure. The third isolation structure includes a first dielectric material and a second dielectric material over the first dielectric material. An interface between the first dielectric material and the second dielectric material is below the top surface of the first isolation structure and the top surface of the second isolation structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2021
    Publication date: February 17, 2022
    Inventors: Bo-Cyuan Lu, Tai-Chun Huang, Chih-Tang Peng, Chi On Chui
  • Patent number: 11239310
    Abstract: A method includes depositing a first dielectric layer in an opening, the first dielectric layer comprising a semiconductor element and a non-semiconductor element. The method further includes depositing a semiconductor layer on the first dielectric layer, the semiconductor layer comprising a first element that is the same as the semiconductor element. The method further includes introducing a second element to the semiconductor layer wherein the second element is the same as the non-semiconductor element. The method further includes applying a thermal annealing process to the semiconductor layer to change the semiconductor layer into a second dielectric layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yen-Chun Huang, Bor Chiuan Hsieh, Pei-Ren Jeng, Tai-Chun Huang, Tze-Liang Lee
  • Publication number: 20220020865
    Abstract: A method includes forming a semiconductor layer over a substrate; etching a portion of the semiconductor layer to form a first recess and a second recess; forming a first masking layer over the semiconductor layer; performing a first thermal treatment on the first masking layer, the first thermal treatment densifying the first masking layer; etching the first masking layer to expose the first recess; forming a first semiconductor material in the first recess; and removing the first masking layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2021
    Publication date: January 20, 2022
    Applicants: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wen-Ju Chen, Chung-Ting Ko, Ya-Lan Chang, Ting-Gang Chen, Tai-Chun Huang, Chi On Chui
  • Publication number: 20220013364
    Abstract: An embodiment includes a method including forming an opening in a cut metal gate region of a metal gate structure of a semiconductor device, conformally depositing a first dielectric layer in the opening, conformally depositing a silicon layer over the first dielectric layer, performing an oxidation process on the silicon layer to form a first silicon oxide layer, filling the opening with a second silicon oxide layer, performing a chemical mechanical polishing on the second silicon oxide layer and the first dielectric layer to form a cut metal gate plug, the chemical mechanical polishing exposing the metal gate structure of the semiconductor device, and forming a first contact to a first portion of the metal gate structure and a second contact to a second portion of the metal gate structure, the first portion and the second portion of the metal gate structure being separated by the cut metal gate plug.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2020
    Publication date: January 13, 2022
    Inventors: Ya-Lan Chang, Ting-Gang Chen, Tai-Chun Huang, Chi On Chui, Yung-Cheng Lu
  • Patent number: 11222826
    Abstract: A cut-last process for cutting fin segments of a FinFET structure on a substrate utilizes a two-step process. After the fins are formed, an oxide material is deposited in the trenches of the FinFET structure. The oxide material can be an STI oxide or a low-stress dummy gapfill material. A fin segment can be removed by an etchant and can leave a concave shaped (such as a u-shape or v-shape) portion of silicon at the bottom of the fin. Where the oxide material is an STI oxide, the void left by removing the fin can be filled with replacement STI oxide. Where the oxide material is a dummy gapfill material, the dummy gapfill material can be removed and replaced with an STI oxide or converted to an STI oxide and filled with replacement STI oxide before or after the conversion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yen-Chun Huang, Chih-Tang Peng, Kuang-Yuan Hsu, Tai-Chun Huang, Tsu-Hsiu Perng, Tien-I Bao
  • Publication number: 20210407807
    Abstract: A method for forming a semiconductor device includes: forming a gate structure over a fin, where the fin protrudes above a substrate; forming an opening in the gate structure; forming a first dielectric layer along sidewalls and a bottom of the opening, where the first dielectric layer is non-conformal, where the first dielectric layer has a first thickness proximate to an upper surface of the gate structure distal from the substrate, and has a second thickness proximate to the bottom of the opening, where the first thickness is larger than the second thickness; and forming a second dielectric layer over the first dielectric layer to fill the opening, where the first dielectric layer is formed of a first dielectric material, and the second dielectric layer is formed of a second dielectric material different from the first dielectric material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2020
    Publication date: December 30, 2021
    Inventors: Chieh-Ping Wang, Ting-Gang Chen, Bo-Cyuan Lu, Tai-Chun Huang, Chi On Chui
  • Patent number: 11195717
    Abstract: A four-layer photoresist and method of forming the same are disclosed. In an embodiment, a method includes forming a semiconductor fin; depositing a target layer on the semiconductor fin; depositing a BARC layer on the target layer; depositing a first mask layer over the BARC layer, the first mask layer being deposited using a plasma process with an RF power of less than 50 W; depositing a second mask layer over the first mask layer using a plasma process with an RF power of less than 500 W; depositing a photoresist layer over the second mask layer; patterning the photoresist layer, the second mask layer, the first mask layer, and the BARC layer to form a first mask; and selectively removing the target layer from a first portion of the semiconductor fin using the first mask, the target layer remaining on a second portion of the semiconductor fin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong-Sheng Li, Chia-Hui Lin, Kai Hung Cheng, Yao-Hsu Sun, Wen-Cheng Wu, Bo-Cyuan Lu, Sung-En Lin, Tai-Chun Huang
  • Publication number: 20210343709
    Abstract: A semiconductor device with isolation structures of different dielectric constants and a method of fabricating the same are disclosed. The semiconductor device includes fin structures with first and second fin portions disposed on first and second device areas on a substrate and first and second pair of gate structures disposed on the first and second fin portions. The second pair of gate structures is electrically isolated from the first pair of gate structures. The semiconductor device further includes a first isolation structure interposed between the first pair of gate structures and a second isolation structure interposed between the second pair of gate structures. The first isolation structure includes a first nitride liner and a first oxide fill layer. The second isolation structure includes a second nitride liner and a second oxide fill layer. The second nitride liner is thicker than the first nitride liner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2020
    Publication date: November 4, 2021
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chieh-Ping WANG, Tai-Chun HUANG, Yung-Cheng LU, Ting-Gang CHEN, Chi On CHUI
  • Publication number: 20210335657
    Abstract: A system and methods of forming a dielectric material within a trench are described herein. In an embodiment of the method, the method includes introducing a first precursor into a trench of a dielectric layer, such that portions of the first precursor react with the dielectric layer and attach on sidewalls of the trench. The method further includes partially etching portions of the first precursor on the sidewalls of the trench to expose upper portions of the sidewalls of the trench. The method further includes introducing a second precursor into the trench, such that portions of the second precursor react with the remaining portions of the first precursor to form the dielectric material at the bottom of the trench.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Publication date: October 28, 2021
    Inventors: Bo-Cyuan Lu, Ting-Gang Chen, Sung-En Lin, Chunyao Wang, Yung-Cheng Lu, Chi On Chui, Tai-Chun Huang, Chieh-Ping Wang
  • Publication number: 20210335670
    Abstract: A method includes forming a semiconductor fin protruding higher than top surfaces of isolation regions. The isolation regions extend into a semiconductor substrate. A portion of the semiconductor fin is etched to form a trench, which extends lower than bottom surfaces of the isolation regions, and extends into the semiconductor substrate. The method further includes filling the trench with a first dielectric material to form a first fin isolation region, recessing the first fin isolation region to form a first recess, and filling the first recess with a second dielectric material. The first dielectric material and the second dielectric material in combination form a second fin isolation region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2020
    Publication date: October 28, 2021
    Inventors: Chung-Ting Ko, Tai-Chun Huang, Jr-Hung Li, Tze-Liang Lee, Chi On Chui
  • Publication number: 20210327749
    Abstract: A method includes forming a first protruding fin and a second protruding fin over a base structure, with a trench located between the first protruding fin and the second protruding fin, depositing a trench-filling material extending into the trench, and performing a laser reflow process on the trench-filling material. In the reflow process, the trench-filling material has a temperature higher than a first melting point of the trench-filling material, and lower than a second melting point of the first protruding fin and the second protruding fin. After the laser reflow process, the trench-filling material is solidified. The method further includes patterning the trench-filling material, with a remaining portion of the trench-filling material forming a part of a gate stack, and forming a source/drain region on a side of the gate stack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2020
    Publication date: October 21, 2021
    Inventors: Wen-Yen Chen, Li-Ting Wang, Wan-Chen Hsieh, Bo-Cyuan Lu, Tai-Chun Huang, Huicheng Chang, Yee-Chia Yeo
  • Patent number: 11152262
    Abstract: A method includes etching a gate structure to form a trench extending into the gate structure, wherein sidewalls of the trench comprise a metal oxide material, applying a sidewall treatment process to the sidewalls of the trench, wherein the metal oxide material has been removed as a result of applying the sidewall treatment process and filling the trench with a first dielectric material to form a dielectric region, wherein the dielectric region is in contact with the sidewall of the gate structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chun-Yi Lee, Ting-Gang Chen, Chieh-Ping Wang, Hong-Hsien Ke, Chia-Hui Lin, Tai-Chun Huang