Patents by Inventor Tzu-Hsuan Hsu

Tzu-Hsuan Hsu 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: 11018177
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure are directed towards an image sensor. The image sensor includes a photodetector disposed in a semiconductor substrate. An interlayer dielectric (ILD) structure is disposed on a first side of the semiconductor substrate. A storage node is disposed in the semiconductor substrate and spaced from the photodetector, where the storage node is spaced from the first side by a first distance. A first isolation structure is disposed in the semiconductor substrate and between the photodetector and the storage node, where the first isolation structure extends into the semiconductor substrate from a second side of the semiconductor substrate that is opposite the first side, and where the first isolation structure is spaced from the first side by a second distance that is less than the first distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jeng-Shyan Lin, Shu-Ting Tsai, Tzu-Hsuan Hsu
  • Patent number: 11004886
    Abstract: A back side illumination (BSI) image sensor with a dielectric grid opening having a planar lower surface is provided. A pixel sensor is arranged within a semiconductor substrate. A metallic grid is arranged over the pixel sensor and defines a sidewall of a metallic grid opening. A dielectric grid is arranged over the metallic grid and defines a sidewall of the dielectric grid opening. A capping layer is arranged over the metallic grid, and defines the planar lower surface of the dielectric grid opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yun-Wei Cheng, Horng Huei Tseng, Chao-Hsiung Wang, Chun-Hao Chou, Tsung-Han Tsai, Kuo-Cheng Lee, Tzu-Hsuan Hsu, Yung-Lung Hsu
  • Patent number: 10991752
    Abstract: A method includes bonding a Backside Illumination (BSI) image sensor chip to a device chip, forming a first via in the BSI image sensor chip to connect to a first integrated circuit device in the BSI image sensor chip, forming a second via penetrating through the BSI image sensor chip to connect to a second integrated circuit device in the device chip, and forming a metal pad to connect the first via to the second via.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jeng-Shyan Lin, Feng-Chi Hung, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Szu-Ying Chen, Wen-De Wang, Tzu-Hsuan Hsu
  • Patent number: 10991667
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure are directed towards a semiconductor device structure including a bond pad isolation structure. A semiconductor substrate has a back-side surface and a front-side surface opposite the back-side surface. A bond pad extends through the semiconductor substrate. The bond pad isolation structure is disposed within the semiconductor substrate. The bond pad isolation structure extends from the front-side surface to the back-side surface of the semiconductor substrate and continuously extends around the bond pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sin-Yao Huang, Jeng-Shyan Lin, Shih-Pei Chou, Tzu-Hsuan Hsu
  • Publication number: 20210043593
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure are directed towards a semiconductor device structure including a bond pad isolation structure. A semiconductor substrate has a back-side surface and a front-side surface opposite the back-side surface. A bond pad extends through the semiconductor substrate. The bond pad isolation structure is disposed within the semiconductor substrate. The bond pad isolation structure extends from the front-side surface to the back-side surface of the semiconductor substrate and continuously extends around the bond pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Inventors: Sin-Yao Huang, Jeng-Shyan Lin, Shih-Pei Chou, Tzu-Hsuan Hsu
  • Patent number: 10910420
    Abstract: A device including a gate structure formed over a semiconductor substrate, the gate structure having extensions, a device isolation structure formed into the semiconductor substrate adjacent the gate structure, wherein the extensions are over a portion of the device isolation structure, and source/drain regions on both sides of the gate structure, the source/drain regions being formed in a gap in the device isolation structure and being partially enclosed by the extensions of the gate structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Min-Feng Kao, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Tzu-Hsuan Hsu, Szu-Ying Chen, Wei-Cheng Hsu, Hsiao-Hui Tseng
  • Patent number: 10861899
    Abstract: A stacked integrated circuit (IC) device and a method are disclosed. The stacked IC device includes a first semiconductor element and a second semiconductor element bonded on the first semiconductor element. The first semiconductor element includes a first substrate, a common conductive feature in the first substrate, a first inter-level dielectric (ILD) layer, a first interconnection feature and a conductive plug connecting the first interconnection feature to the common conductive feature. The second semiconductor element includes a second substrate, a second ILD layers over the second substrate and a second interconnection feature in second ILD layers. The device also includes a conductive deep plug connecting to the common conductive feature in the first semiconductor element and the second interconnection feature. The conductive deep plug is separated with the conductive plug by the first ILD layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Chun-Chieh Chuang, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Feng-Chi Hung, Tzu-Hsuan Hsu, Shu-Ting Tsai, Min-Feng Kao
  • Publication number: 20200381465
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure are directed towards an image sensor. The image sensor includes a photodetector disposed in a semiconductor substrate. An interlayer dielectric (ILD) structure is disposed on a first side of the semiconductor substrate. A storage node is disposed in the semiconductor substrate and spaced from the photodetector, where the storage node is spaced from the first side by a first distance. A first isolation structure is disposed in the semiconductor substrate and between the photodetector and the storage node, where the first isolation structure extends into the semiconductor substrate from a second side of the semiconductor substrate that is opposite the first side, and where the first isolation structure is spaced from the first side by a second distance that is less than the first distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Inventors: Jeng-Shyan Lin, Shu-Ting Tsai, Tzu-Hsuan Hsu
  • Publication number: 20200365634
    Abstract: A device including a gate structure formed over a semiconductor substrate, the gate structure having extensions, a device isolation structure formed into the semiconductor substrate adjacent the gate structure, wherein the extensions are over a portion of the device isolation structure, and source/drain regions on both sides of the gate structure, the source/drain regions being formed in a gap in the device isolation structure and being partially enclosed by the extensions of the gate structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Inventors: Min-Feng Kao, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Tzu-Hsuan Hsu, Szu-Ying Chen, Wei-Cheng Hsu, Hsiao-Hui Tseng
  • Patent number: 10818720
    Abstract: An image sensor includes a sensor portion and an ASIC portion bonded to the sensor portion. The sensor portion includes a first substrate having radiation-sensing pixels, a first interconnect structure, a first isolation layer, and a first dielectric layer. The ASIC portion includes a second substrate, a second isolation layer, and a second dielectric layer. The material compositions of the first and second isolation layers and the first and second dielectric layers are configured such that the first and second isolation layers may serve as barrier layers to prevent copper diffusion into oxide. The first and second isolation layers may also serve as etching-stop layers in the formation of the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: U-Ting Chen, Shu-Ting Tsai, Cheng-Ying Ho, Tzu-Hsuan Hsu, Shih-Pei Chou
  • Patent number: 10734423
    Abstract: A device including a gate structure formed over a semiconductor substrate, the gate structure having extensions, a device isolation structure formed into the semiconductor substrate adjacent the gate structure, wherein the extensions are over a portion of the device isolation structure, and source/drain regions on both sides of the gate structure, the source/drain regions being formed in a gap in the device isolation structure and being partially enclosed by the extensions of the gate structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Min-Feng Kao, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Tzu-Hsuan Hsu, Szu-Ying Chen, Wei-Cheng Hsu, Hsiao-Hui Tseng
  • Publication number: 20200127027
    Abstract: A stacked integrated circuit (IC) device and a method are disclosed. The stacked IC device includes a first semiconductor element and a second semiconductor element bonded on the first semiconductor element. The first semiconductor element includes a first substrate, a common conductive feature in the first substrate, a first inter-level dielectric (ILD) layer, a first interconnection feature and a conductive plug connecting the first interconnection feature to the common conductive feature. The second semiconductor element includes a second substrate, a second ILD layers over the second substrate and a second interconnection feature in second ILD layers. The device also includes a conductive deep plug connecting to the common conductive feature in the first semiconductor element and the second interconnection feature. The conductive deep plug is separated with the conductive plug by the first ILD layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Inventors: Chun-Chieh Chuang, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Feng-Chi Hung, Tzu-Hsuan Hsu, Shu-Ting Tsai, Min-Feng Kao
  • Publication number: 20200127042
    Abstract: According to one example, a device includes a semiconductor substrate. The device further includes a plurality of color filters disposed above the semiconductor substrate. The device further includes a plurality of micro-lenses disposed above the set of color filters. The device further includes a structure that is configured to block light radiation that is traveling towards a region between adjacent micro-lenses. The structure and the color filters are level at respective top surfaces and bottom surfaces thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Inventors: Chin-Min Lin, Ching-Chun Wang, Dun-Nian Yaung, Chun-Ming Su, Tzu-Hsuan Hsu
  • Publication number: 20200083049
    Abstract: A device includes a semiconductor substrate, a gate dielectric over the semiconductor substrate, and a gate electrode over the gate dielectric. The gate electrode has a first portion having a first thickness, and a second portion having a second thickness smaller than the first thickness. The device further includes a source/drain region on a side of the gate electrode with the source/drain region extending into the semiconductor substrate, and a device isolation region. The device isolation region has a part having a sidewall contacting a second sidewall of the source/drain region to form an interface. The interface is overlapped by a joining line of the firs portion and the second portion of the gate electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Inventors: Min-Feng Kao, Szu-Ying Chen, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Tzu-Hsuan Hsu, Feng-Chi Hung
  • Publication number: 20200066774
    Abstract: A device including a gate structure formed over a semiconductor substrate, the gate structure having extensions, a device isolation structure formed into the semiconductor substrate adjacent the gate structure, wherein the extensions are over a portion of the device isolation structure, and source/drain regions on both sides of the gate structure, the source/drain regions being formed in a gap in the device isolation structure and being partially enclosed by the extensions of the gate structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventors: Min-Feng Kao, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Tzu-Hsuan Hsu, Szu-Ying Chen, Wei-Cheng Hsu, Hsiao-Hui Tseng
  • Patent number: 10535706
    Abstract: A stacked integrated circuit (IC) device and a method are disclosed. The stacked IC device includes a first semiconductor element and a second semiconductor element bonded on the first semiconductor element. The first semiconductor element includes a first substrate, a common conductive feature in the first substrate, a first inter-level dielectric (ILD) layer, a first interconnection feature and a conductive plug connecting the first interconnection feature to the common conductive feature. The second semiconductor element includes a second substrate, a second ILD layers over the second substrate and a second interconnection feature in second ILD layers. The device also includes a conductive deep plug connecting to the common conductive feature in the first semiconductor element and the second interconnection feature. The conductive deep plug is separated with the conductive plug by the first ILD layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Chun-Chieh Chuang, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Feng-Chi Hung, Tzu-Hsuan Hsu, Shu-Ting Tsai, Min-Feng Kao
  • Publication number: 20200013810
    Abstract: A back side illumination (BSI) image sensor with a dielectric grid opening having a planar lower surface is provided. A pixel sensor is arranged within a semiconductor substrate. A metallic grid is arranged over the pixel sensor and defines a sidewall of a metallic grid opening. A dielectric grid is arranged over the metallic grid and defines a sidewall of the dielectric grid opening. A capping layer is arranged over the metallic grid, and defines the planar lower surface of the dielectric grid opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventors: Yun-Wei Cheng, Horng Huei Tseng, Chao-Hsiung Wang, Chun-Hao Chou, Tsung-Han Tsai, Kuo-Cheng Lee, Tzu-Hsuan Hsu, Yung-Lung Hsu
  • Patent number: 10522586
    Abstract: According to one example, a device includes a semiconductor substrate. The device further includes a plurality of color filters disposed above the semiconductor substrate. The device further includes a plurality of micro-lenses disposed above the set of color filters, each micro-lens of the plurality of micro-lenses being configured to direct light radiation. The device further includes a structure that is configured to block light radiation that is traveling towards a region between adjacent micro-lenses. The structure and the color filters are level at respective top surfaces and bottom surfaces thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Chin-Min Lin, Ching-Chun Wang, Dun-Nian Yaung, Chun-Ming Su, Tzu-Hsuan Hsu
  • Patent number: 10515994
    Abstract: Semiconductor devices, methods of manufacturing thereof, and image sensor devices are disclosed. In some embodiments, a semiconductor device comprises a semiconductor chip comprising an array region, a periphery region, and a through-via disposed therein. The semiconductor device comprises a guard structure disposed in the semiconductor chip between the array region and the through-via or between the through-via and a portion of the periphery region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Chun-Chieh Chuang, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Tzu-Hsuan Hsu, Feng-Chi Hung, Min-Feng Kao
  • Patent number: 10510542
    Abstract: A device includes a semiconductor substrate, and a Device Isolation (DI) region extending from a top surface of the semiconductor substrate into the semiconductor substrate. A gate dielectric is disposed over an active region of the semiconductor substrate, wherein the gate dielectric extends over the DI region. A gate electrode is disposed over the gate dielectric, wherein a notch of the gate electrode overlaps a portion of the DI region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Min-Feng Kao, Szu-Ying Chen, Dun-Nian Yaung, Jen-Cheng Liu, Tzu-Hsuan Hsu, Feng-Chi Hung