Patents by Inventor Teng-Chun Tsai

Teng-Chun Tsai 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: 11916131
    Abstract: According to an exemplary embodiment, a method of forming a vertical device is provided. The method includes: providing a protrusion over a substrate; forming an etch stop layer over the protrusion; laterally etching a sidewall of the etch stop layer; forming an insulating layer over the etch stop layer; forming a film layer over the insulating layer and the etch stop layer; performing chemical mechanical polishing on the film layer and exposing the etch stop layer; etching a portion of the etch stop layer to expose a top surface of the protrusion; forming an oxide layer over the protrusion and the film layer; and performing chemical mechanical polishing on the oxide layer and exposing the film layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited
    Inventors: De-Fang Chen, Teng-Chun Tsai, Cheng-Tung Lin, Li-Ting Wang, Chun-Hung Lee, Ming-Ching Chang, Huan-Just Lin
  • Patent number: 11915936
    Abstract: A device includes a substrate, a gate structure over the substrate, gate spacers on opposite sidewalls of the gate structure, source/drain structures over the substrate and on opposite sides of the gate structure, and a self-assemble monolayer (SAM) in contact with an inner sidewall of one of the gate spacer and in contact with a top surface of the gate structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chia-Wei Su, Fu-Ting Yen, Ting-Ting Chen, Teng-Chun Tsai
  • Publication number: 20240021501
    Abstract: A semiconductor device and a method of forming the same are provided. A method includes forming a gate over a semiconductor structure. An epitaxial source/drain region is formed adjacent the gate. A dielectric layer is formed over the epitaxial source/drain region. An opening extending through the dielectric layer and exposing the epitaxial source/drain region is formed. A conductive material is non-conformally deposited in the opening. The conductive material fills the opening in a bottom-up manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2023
    Publication date: January 18, 2024
    Inventors: Mrunal A. Khaderbad, Yasutoshi Okuno, Sung-Li Wang, Pang-Yen Tsai, Shen-Nan Lee, Teng-Chun Tsai
  • Patent number: 11865666
    Abstract: An apparatus for performing chemical mechanical polish on a wafer includes a polishing head that includes a retaining ring. The polishing head is configured to hold the wafer in the retaining ring. The retaining ring includes a first ring having a first hardness, and a second ring encircled by the first ring, wherein the second ring has a second hardness smaller than the first hardness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Te-Chien Hou, Ching-Hong Jiang, Kuo-Yin Lin, Ming-Shiuan She, Shen-Nan Lee, Teng-Chun Tsai, Yung-Cheng Lu
  • Publication number: 20230361042
    Abstract: Partial barrier-free vias and methods for forming such are disclosed herein. An exemplary interconnect structure of a multilayer interconnect feature includes a dielectric layer. A cobalt-comprising interconnect feature and a partial barrier-free via are disposed in the dielectric layer. The partial barrier-free via includes a first via plug portion disposed on and physically contacting the cobalt-comprising interconnect feature and the dielectric layer, a second via plug portion disposed over the first via plug portion, and a via barrier layer disposed between the second via plug portion and the first via plug portion. The via barrier layer is further disposed between the second via plug portion and the dielectric layer. The cobalt-comprising interconnect feature can be a device-level contact or a conductive line of the multilayer interconnect feature. The first via plug portion and the second via plug portion can include tungsten, cobalt, and/or ruthenium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2023
    Publication date: November 9, 2023
    Inventors: Tsung-Ling Tsai, Shen-Nan Lee, Mrunal A. Khaderbad, Chung-Wei Hsu, Chen-Hao Wu, Teng-Chun Tsai
  • Publication number: 20230347471
    Abstract: A method disclosed herein includes forming a polishing pad configured for a chemical-mechanical polishing (CMP) process and polishing a workpiece using the polishing pad and a CMP slurry. Forming the polishing pad includes forming an interpenetrating polymer network having a first phase and a second phase embedded in the first phase, removing the second phase from the interpenetrating polymer network, thereby forming a porous top pad that includes a network of pores embedded in the first phase, and adhering the porous top pad to a sub pad, thereby forming the polishing pad. The second phase is different from the first phase in composition, and the interpenetrating polymer network has a substantially periodic pattern. Surface roughness of the porous top pad is consistent during the polishing of the workpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2023
    Publication date: November 2, 2023
    Inventors: An-Hsuan Lee, Ming-Shiuan She, Chen-Hao Wu, Chun-Hung Liao, Shen-Nan Lee, Teng-Chun Tsai
  • Patent number: 11776910
    Abstract: Partial barrier-free vias and methods for forming such are disclosed herein. An exemplary interconnect structure of a multilayer interconnect feature includes a dielectric layer. A cobalt-comprising interconnect feature and a partial barrier-free via are disposed in the dielectric layer. The partial barrier-free via includes a first via plug portion disposed on and physically contacting the cobalt-comprising interconnect feature and the dielectric layer, a second via plug portion disposed over the first via plug portion, and a via barrier layer disposed between the second via plug portion and the first via plug portion. The via barrier layer is further disposed between the second via plug portion and the dielectric layer. The cobalt-comprising interconnect feature can be a device-level contact or a conductive line of the multilayer interconnect feature. The first via plug portion and the second via plug portion can include tungsten, cobalt, and/or ruthenium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsung-Ling Tsai, Shen-Nan Lee, Mrunal A. Khaderbad, Chung-Wei Hsu, Chen-Hao Wu, Teng-Chun Tsai
  • Publication number: 20230290641
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method for manufacturing a semiconductor. The method includes: forming a metal oxide layer over a gate structure over a substrate; forming a dielectric layer over the metal oxide layer; forming a metal layer over the metal oxide layer; and performing a chemical mechanical polish (CMP) operation to remove a portion of the dielectric layer and a portion of the metal layer, the CMP operation stopping at the metal oxide layer, wherein a slurry used in the CMP operation includes a ceria compound. The present disclosure also provides a method for planarizing a metal-dielectric surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2023
    Publication date: September 14, 2023
    Inventors: CHUN-HUNG LIAO, CHUNG-WEI HSU, TSUNG-LING TSAI, CHEN-HAO WU, AN-HSUAN LEE, SHEN-NAN LEE, TENG-CHUN TSAI, HUANG-LIN CHAO
  • Patent number: 11756864
    Abstract: A semiconductor device and a method of forming the same are provided. A method includes forming a gate over a semiconductor structure. An epitaxial source/drain region is formed adjacent the gate. A dielectric layer is formed over the epitaxial source/drain region. An opening extending through the dielectric layer and exposing the epitaxial source/drain region is formed. A conductive material is non-conformally deposited in the opening. The conductive material fills the opening in a bottom-up manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Mrunal A Khaderbad, Yasutoshi Okuno, Sung-Li Wang, Pang-Yen Tsai, Shen-Nan Lee, Teng-Chun Tsai
  • Patent number: 11756825
    Abstract: A semiconductor structure is provided, including a conductive layer, a dielectric layer over the conductive layer, a ruthenium material in the dielectric layer and in contact with a portion of the conductive layer, and a ruthenium oxide material in the dielectric layer laterally between the ruthenium material and the dielectric layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shen-Nan Lee, Teng-Chun Tsai, Chen-Hao Wu, Chu-An Lee, Chun-Hung Liao, Tsung-Ling Tsai
  • Publication number: 20230274982
    Abstract: A semiconductor device structure is provided. The semiconductor device structure includes a first fin, a second fin and a third fin therebetween. A first insulating structure includes a first insulating layer formed between the first and third fins, a capping structure covering the first insulating layer, a first insulating liner covering sidewall surfaces of the first insulating layer and the capping structure and a bottom surface of the first insulating layer, and a second insulating liner formed between the first insulating liner and the first fin and between the first insulating liner and the third fin. The second insulating structure includes a second insulating layer formed between the second fin and the third fin and a third insulating liner formed between the second insulating layer and the second fin and between the second insulating layer and the third fin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2023
    Publication date: August 31, 2023
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Chu-An LEE, Chen-Hao WU, Peng-Chung JANGJIAN, Chun-Wen HSIAO, Teng-Chun TSAI, Huang-Lin CHAO
  • Publication number: 20230253240
    Abstract: An embodiment method includes depositing a first dielectric film over and along sidewalls of a semiconductor fin, the semiconductor fin extending upwards from a semiconductor substrate. The method further includes depositing a dielectric material over the first dielectric film; recessing the first dielectric film below a top surface of the semiconductor fin to define a dummy fin, the dummy fin comprising an upper portion of the dielectric material; and forming a gate stack over and along sidewalls of the semiconductor fin and the dummy fin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2023
    Publication date: August 10, 2023
    Inventors: Chin-Hsiang Lin, Keng-Chu Lin, Shwang-Ming Jeng, Teng-Chun Tsai, Tsu-Hsiu Perng, Fu-Ting Yen
  • Patent number: 11697183
    Abstract: A method of forming a CMP pad includes providing a solution of a block copolymer (BCP), where the BCP includes a first segment and a second segment connected to the first segment, the second segment being different from the first segment in composition. The method further includes processing the BCP to form a polymer network having a first phase and a second phase embedded in the first phase, where the first phase includes the first segment and the second phase includes the second segment, and subsequently removing the second phase from the polymer network, thereby forming a polymer film that includes a network of pores embedded in the first phase. Thereafter, the method proceeds to combining the CMP top pad and a CMP sub-pad to form a CMP pad, where the CMP top pad is configured to engage with a workpiece during a CMP process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2023
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: An-Hsuan Lee, Ming-Shiuan She, Chen-Hao Wu, Chun-Hung Liao, Shen-Nan Lee, Teng-Chun Tsai
  • Patent number: 11688607
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a slurry. The slurry includes an abrasive including a ceria compound; a removal rate regulator to adjust removal rates of the slurry to metal and to dielectric material; and a buffering agent to adjust a pH value of the slurry, wherein the slurry comprises a dielectric material removal rate higher than a metal oxide removal rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: Chun-Hung Liao, Chung-Wei Hsu, Tsung-Ling Tsai, Chen-Hao Wu, An-Hsuan Lee, Shen-Nan Lee, Teng-Chun Tsai, Huang-Lin Chao
  • Patent number: 11688644
    Abstract: A semiconductor device structure is provided. The semiconductor device structure includes a substrate having adjacent first and second fins protruding from the substrate. A first gate structure and a second gate structure are across the first and second fins, respectively. An insulating structure is formed between the first gate structure and the second gate structure and includes a first insulating layer separating the first fin from the second fin, a capping structure formed in the first insulating layer, and a second insulating layer covered by the first insulating layer and the capping structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Chu-An Lee, Chen-Hao Wu, Peng-Chung Jangjian, Chun-Wen Hsiao, Teng-Chun Tsai, Huang-Lin Chao
  • Patent number: 11664268
    Abstract: An embodiment method includes depositing a first dielectric film over and along sidewalls of a semiconductor fin, the semiconductor fin extending upwards from a semiconductor substrate. The method further includes depositing a dielectric material over the first dielectric film; recessing the first dielectric film below a top surface of the semiconductor fin to define a dummy fin, the dummy fin comprising an upper portion of the dielectric material; and forming a gate stack over and along sidewalls of the semiconductor fin and the dummy fin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Chin-Hsiang Lin, Keng-Chu Lin, Shwang-Ming Jeng, Teng-Chun Tsai, Tsu-Hsiu Perng, Fu-Ting Yen
  • Publication number: 20230146366
    Abstract: A device includes a substrate, a gate structure over the substrate, gate spacers on opposite sidewalls of the gate structure, source/drain structures over the substrate and on opposite sides of the gate structure, and a self-assemble monolayer (SAM) in contact with an inner sidewall of one of the gate spacer and in contact with a top surface of the gate structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2023
    Publication date: May 11, 2023
    Applicant: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chia-Wei SU, Fu-Ting YEN, Ting-Ting CHEN, Teng-Chun TSAI
  • Publication number: 20230125195
    Abstract: An apparatus for performing chemical mechanical polish on a wafer includes a polishing head that includes a retaining ring. The polishing head is configured to hold the wafer in the retaining ring. The retaining ring includes a first ring having a first hardness, and a second ring encircled by the first ring, wherein the second ring has a second hardness smaller than the first hardness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2022
    Publication date: April 27, 2023
    Inventors: Te-Chien Hou, Ching-Hong Jiang, Kuo-Yin Lin, Ming-Shiuan She, Shen-Nan Lee, Teng-Chun Tsai, Yung-cheng Lu
  • Publication number: 20230077541
    Abstract: A method includes removing a dummy gate stack to form an opening between gate spacers, selectively forming an inhibitor film on sidewalls of the gate spacers, with the sidewalls of the gate spacers facing the opening, and selectively forming a dielectric layer over a surface of a semiconductor region. The inhibitor film inhibits growth of the dielectric layer on the inhibitor film. The method further includes removing the inhibitor film, and forming a replacement gate electrode in a remaining portion of the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2022
    Publication date: March 16, 2023
    Inventors: Yasutoshi Okuno, Fu-Ting Yen, Teng-Chun Tsai, Ziwei Fang
  • Publication number: 20230058800
    Abstract: The method includes receiving a semiconductor device having a first surface and a second surface. The first surface is a top surface including a conductive material exposed thereon; and the second surface is an embedded surface including the conductive material and a dielectric material. The method also includes selecting a first polishing slurry to achieve a first polishing rate of the conductive material in the first polishing slurry and a second polishing rate of the dielectric material in the first polishing slurry. The method further includes selecting a second polishing slurry to achieve a third polishing rate of the conductive material in the second polishing slurry and a fourth polishing rate of the dielectric material in the second polishing slurry. The method additionally includes polishing the first surface with the first polishing slurry until the second surface is exposed; and polishing the second surface with the second polishing slurry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2022
    Publication date: February 23, 2023
    Inventors: An-Hsuan Lee, Chun-Hung Liao, Chen-Hao Wu, Shen-Nan Lee, Teng-Chun Tsai, Huang-Lin Chao