Patents by Inventor Tzu-Chung Wang

Tzu-Chung 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).

  • Patent number: 11387360
    Abstract: The various described embodiments provide a transistor with a negative capacitance, and a method of creating the same. The transistor includes a gate structure having a ferroelectric layer. The ferroelectric layer is formed by forming a thick ferroelectric film, annealing the ferroelectric film to have a desired phase, and thinning the ferroelectric film to a desired thickness of the ferroelectric layer. This process ensures that the ferroelectric layer will have ferroelectric properties regardless of its thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Feng Yuan, Ming-Shiang Lin, Chia-Cheng Ho, Jin Cai, Tzu-Chung Wang, Tung Ying Lee
  • Publication number: 20220157665
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a plurality of fins on a substrate, a fin end spacer plug on an end surface of each of the plurality of fins and a fin liner layer, an insulating layer on the plurality of fins, and a source/drain epitaxial layer in a source/drain recess in each of the plurality of fins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2022
    Publication date: May 19, 2022
    Inventors: Tzu-Chung WANG, Tung Ying LEE
  • Publication number: 20220149181
    Abstract: A method includes forming a first fin and a second fin over a substrate. The method includes forming a first dummy gate structure that straddles the first fin and the second fin. The first dummy gate structure includes a first dummy gate dielectric and a first dummy gate disposed over the first dummy gate dielectric. The method includes replacing a portion of the first dummy gate with a gate isolation structure. The portion of the first dummy gate is disposed over the second fin. The method includes removing the first dummy gate. The method includes removing a first portion of the first dummy gate dielectric around the first fin, while leaving a second portion of the first dummy gate dielectric around the second fin intact. The method includes forming a gate feature straddling the first fin and the second fin, wherein the gate isolation structure intersects the gate feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2022
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shih-Yao Lin, Chih-Han Lin, Shu-Uei Jang, Ya-Yi Tsai, Chi-Hsiang Chang, Tzu-Chung Wang, Shu-Yuan Ku
  • Publication number: 20220149177
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes source and a drain above a substrate and spaced apart along a first direction, and a semiconductor channel extending between the source and the drain. The semiconductor device further includes gate spacers, an interfacial layer, and a metal gate structure. The gate spacers are disposed on the semiconductor channel and spaced apart by a spacer-to-spacer distance along the first direction. The interfacial layer is on the semiconductor channel. The interfacial layer extends a length along the first direction, and the length is less than a minimum of the spacer-to-spacer distance along the first direction. The metal gate structure is over the interfacial layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2022
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Applicants: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD., NATIONAL TAIWAN UNIVERSITY, NATIONAL TAIWAN NORMAL UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Tung-Ying LEE, Tse-An CHEN, Tzu-Chung WANG, Miin-Jang CHEN, Yu-Tung YIN, Meng-Chien YANG
  • Patent number: 11245024
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device includes forming a fin structure comprising alternately stacked first semiconductor layers and second semiconductor layers over a substrate. A sacrificial gate structure is formed over the fin structure. Spacers are formed on either side of the sacrificial gate structure. The sacrificial gate structure is removed to form a trench between the spacers. The first semiconductor layers are removed from the trench, while leaving the second semiconductor layers suspended in the trench. A self-assembling monolayer is formed on sidewalls of the spacers in the trench. Interfacial layers are formed encircling the suspended second semiconductor layers, respectively. A high-k dielectric layer is deposited at a faster deposition rate on the interfacial layers than on the self-assembling monolayer. A metal gate structure is formed over the high-k dielectric layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignees: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD., NATIONAL TAIWAN UNIVERSITY, NATIONAL TAIWAN NORMAL UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Tung-Ying Lee, Tse-An Chen, Tzu-Chung Wang, Miin-Jang Chen, Yu-Tung Yin, Meng-Chien Yang
  • Patent number: 11244867
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a plurality of fins on a substrate, a fin end spacer plug on an end surface of each of the plurality of fins and a fin liner layer, an insulating layer on the plurality of fins, and a source/drain epitaxial layer in a source/drain recess in each of the plurality of fins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tzu-Chung Wang, Tung Ying Lee
  • Patent number: 11233139
    Abstract: A method includes forming a first fin and a second fin over a substrate. The method includes forming a first dummy gate structure that straddles the first fin and the second fin. The first dummy gate structure includes a first dummy gate dielectric and a first dummy gate disposed over the first dummy gate dielectric. The method includes replacing a portion of the first dummy gate with a gate isolation structure. The portion of the first dummy gate is disposed over the second fin. The method includes removing the first dummy gate. The method includes removing a first portion of the first dummy gate dielectric around the first fin, while leaving a second portion of the first dummy gate dielectric around the second fin intact. The method includes forming a gate feature straddling the first fin and the second fin, wherein the gate isolation structure intersects the gate feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Shih-Yao Lin, Chih-Han Lin, Shu-Yuan Ku, Tzu-Chung Wang, Shu-Uei Jang, Ya-Yi Tsai, Chi-Hsiang Chang
  • Publication number: 20210408263
    Abstract: A method includes forming a first fin and a second fin over a substrate. The method includes forming a first dummy gate structure that straddles the first fin and the second fin. The first dummy gate structure includes a first dummy gate dielectric and a first dummy gate disposed over the first dummy gate dielectric. The method includes replacing a portion of the first dummy gate with a gate isolation structure. The portion of the first dummy gate is disposed over the second fin. The method includes removing the first dummy gate. The method includes removing a first portion of the first dummy gate dielectric around the first fin, while leaving a second portion of the first dummy gate dielectric around the second fin intact. The method includes forming a gate feature straddling the first fin and the second fin, wherein the gate isolation structure intersects the gate feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Publication date: December 30, 2021
    Inventors: Shih-Yao Lin, Chih-Han Lin, Shu-Yuan Ku, Tzu-Chung Wang, Shu-Uei Jang, Ya-Yi Tsai, Chi-Hsiang Chang
  • Patent number: 11189726
    Abstract: The various described embodiments provide a transistor with a negative capacitance, and a method of creating the same. The transistor includes a gate structure having a ferroelectric layer. The ferroelectric layer is formed by forming a thick ferroelectric film, annealing the ferroelectric film to have a desired phase, and thinning the ferroelectric film to a desired thickness of the ferroelectric layer. This process ensures that the ferroelectric layer will have ferroelectric properties regardless of its thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Feng Yuan, Ming-Shiang Lin, Chia-Cheng Ho, Jin Cai, Tzu-Chung Wang, Tung Ying Lee
  • Publication number: 20210320185
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device includes forming a fin structure comprising alternately stacked first semiconductor layers and second semiconductor layers over a substrate. A sacrificial gate structure is formed over the fin structure. Spacers are formed on either side of the sacrificial gate structure. The sacrificial gate structure is removed to form a trench between the spacers. The first semiconductor layers are removed from the trench, while leaving the second semiconductor layers suspended in the trench. A self-assembling monolayer is formed on sidewalls of the spacers in the trench. Interfacial layers are formed encircling the suspended second semiconductor layers, respectively. A high-k dielectric layer is deposited at a faster deposition rate on the interfacial layers than on the self-assembling monolayer. A metal gate structure is formed over the high-k dielectric layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Publication date: October 14, 2021
    Applicants: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD., NATIONAL TAIWAN UNIVERSITY, NATIONAL TAIWAN NORMAL UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Tung-Ying LEE, Tse-An CHEN, Tzu-Chung WANG, Miin-Jang CHEN, Yu-Tung YIN, Meng-Chien YANG
  • Publication number: 20210313455
    Abstract: The current disclosure describes techniques for forming a low resistance junction between a source/drain region and a nanowire channel region in a gate-all-around FET device. A semiconductor structure includes a substrate, multiple separate semiconductor nanowire strips vertically stacked over the substrate, a semiconductor epitaxy region adjacent to and laterally contacting each of the multiple separate semiconductor nanowire strips, a gate structure at least partially over the multiple separate semiconductor nanowire strips, and a dielectric structure laterally positioned between the semiconductor epitaxy region and the gate structure. The first dielectric structure has a hat-shaped profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2021
    Publication date: October 7, 2021
    Inventors: Tzu-Chung Wang, Chao-Ching Cheng, Tzu-Chiang Chen, Tung Ying Lee
  • Publication number: 20210296461
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method for forming an integrated chip (IC) is provided. The method incudes forming an interlayer dielectric (ILD) layer over a substrate. A first opening is formed in the ILD layer and in a first region of the IC. A second opening is formed in the ILD layer and in a second region of the IC. A first high-k dielectric layer is formed lining both the first and second openings. A second dielectric layer is formed on the first high-k dielectric layer and lining the first high-k dielectric layer in both the first and second regions. The second high-k dielectric layer is removed from the first region. A conductive layer is formed over both the first and second high-k dielectric layers, where the conductive layer contacts the first high-k dielectric layer in the first region and contacts the second high-k dielectric in the second region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2021
    Publication date: September 23, 2021
    Inventors: Tung Ying Lee, Shao-Ming Yu, Tzu-Chung Wang
  • Publication number: 20210217665
    Abstract: A semiconductor device and a method of manufacturing the same are disclosed. The semiconductor device includes a plurality of fins on a substrate. A fin end spacer is formed on an end surface of each of the plurality of fins. An insulating layer is formed on the plurality of fins. A source/drain epitaxial layer is formed in a source/drain space in each of the plurality of fins. A gate electrode layer is formed on the insulating layer and wrapping around the each channel region. Sidewall spacers are formed on the gate electrode layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2021
    Publication date: July 15, 2021
    Inventors: Tung Ying LEE, Tzu-Chung WANG, Kai-Tai CHANG, Wei-Sheng YUN
  • Patent number: 11043578
    Abstract: The current disclosure describes techniques for forming a low resistance junction between a source/drain region and a nanowire channel region in a gate-all-around FET device. A semiconductor structure includes a substrate, multiple separate semiconductor nanowire strips vertically stacked over the substrate, a semiconductor epitaxy region adjacent to and laterally contacting each of the multiple separate semiconductor nanowire strips, a gate structure at least partially over the multiple separate semiconductor nanowire strips, and a dielectric structure laterally positioned between the semiconductor epitaxy region and the gate structure. The first dielectric structure has a hat-shaped profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tzu-Chung Wang, Chao-Ching Cheng, Tzu-Chiang Chen, Tung Ying Lee
  • Patent number: 11038034
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method for forming an integrated chip (IC) is provided. The method incudes forming an interlayer dielectric (ILD) layer over a substrate. A first opening is formed in the ILD layer and in a first region of the IC. A second opening is formed in the ILD layer and in a second region of the IC. A first high-k dielectric layer is formed lining both the first and second openings. A second dielectric layer is formed on the first high-k dielectric layer and lining the first high-k dielectric layer in both the first and second regions. The second high-k dielectric layer is removed from the first region. A conductive layer is formed over both the first and second high-k dielectric layers, where the conductive layer contacts the first high-k dielectric layer in the first region and contacts the second high-k dielectric in the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tung Ying Lee, Shao-Ming Yu, Tzu-Chung Wang
  • Patent number: 10930498
    Abstract: The current disclosure describes techniques for forming a low resistance junction between a source/drain region and a nanowire channel region in a gate-all-around FET device. A semiconductor structure includes a substrate, multiple separate semiconductor nanowire strips vertically stacked over the substrate, a semiconductor epitaxy region adjacent to and laterally contacting each of the multiple separate semiconductor nanowire strips, a gate structure at least partially over the multiple separate semiconductor nanowire strips, and a dielectric structure laterally positioned between the semiconductor epitaxy region and the gate structure. The first dielectric structure has a hat-shaped profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tzu-Chung Wang, Chao-Ching Cheng, Tzu-Chiang Chen, Tung Ying Lee
  • Patent number: 10886180
    Abstract: A semiconductor device and a method of manufacturing the same are disclosed. The semiconductor device includes a plurality of fins on a substrate. A fin end spacer is formed on an end surface of each of the plurality of fins. An insulating layer is formed on the plurality of fins. A source/drain epitaxial layer is formed in a source/drain space in each of the plurality of fins. A gate electrode layer is formed on the insulating layer and wrapping around the each channel region. Sidewall spacers are formed on the gate electrode layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tung Ying Lee, Tzu-Chung Wang, Kai-Tai Chang, Wei-Sheng Yun
  • Publication number: 20200343302
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method for forming an integrated chip (IC) is provided. The method incudes forming an interlayer dielectric (ILD) layer over a substrate. A first opening is formed in the ILD layer and in a first region of the IC. A second opening is formed in the ILD layer and in a second region of the IC. A first high-k dielectric layer is formed lining both the first and second openings. A second dielectric layer is formed on the first high-k dielectric layer and lining the first high-k dielectric layer in both the first and second regions. The second high-k dielectric layer is removed from the first region. A conductive layer is formed over both the first and second high-k dielectric layers, where the conductive layer contacts the first high-k dielectric layer in the first region and contacts the second high-k dielectric in the second region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Inventors: Tung Ying Lee, Shao-Ming Yu, Tzu-Chung Wang
  • Patent number: 10797174
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a plurality of fins on a substrate. A fin liner is formed on an end surface of each of the plurality of fins. An insulating layer is formed on the plurality of fins. A plurality of polycrystalline silicon layers are formed on the insulating layer. A source/drain epitaxial layer is formed in a source/drain space in each of the plurality of fins. One of the polycrystalline silicon layers is formed on a region spaced-apart from the fins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kai-Tai Chang, Tung Ying Lee, Wei-Sheng Yun, Tzu-Chung Wang, Chia-Cheng Ho, Ming-Shiang Lin, Tzu-Chiang Chen
  • Publication number: 20200273996
    Abstract: The various described embodiments provide a transistor with a negative capacitance, and a method of creating the same. The transistor includes a gate structure having a ferroelectric layer. The ferroelectric layer is formed by forming a thick ferroelectric film, annealing the ferroelectric film to have a desired phase, and thinning the ferroelectric film to a desired thickness of the ferroelectric layer. This process ensures that the ferroelectric layer will have ferroelectric properties regardless of its thickness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Inventors: Feng Yuan, Ming-Shiang Lin, Chia-Cheng Ho, Jin Cai, Tzu-Chung Wang, Tung Ying Lee