Patents by Inventor Wei-Shin CHENG

Wei-Shin CHENG 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: 11553581
    Abstract: A method for using an extreme ultraviolet radiation source is provided. The method includes assembling a first droplet generator onto a port of a vessel; ejecting a target droplet from the first droplet generator to a zone of excitation in front of a collector; emitting a laser toward the zone of excitation, such that the target droplet is heated by the laser to generate extreme ultraviolet (EUV) radiation; stopping the ejection of the target droplet; after stopping the ejection of the target droplet, disassembling the first droplet generator from the port of the vessel; after disassembling the first droplet generator from the port of the vessel, inserting a cleaning device into the vessel through the port; and cleaning the collector by using the cleaning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Chiao-Hua Cheng, Hsin-Feng Chen, Yu-Fa Lo, Yu-Kuang Sun, Wei-Shin Cheng, Yu-Huan Chen, Ming-Hsun Tsai, Cheng-Hao Lai, Cheng-Hsuan Wu, Shang-Chieh Chien, Heng-Hsin Liu, Li-Jui Chen, Sheng-Kang Yu
  • Patent number: 11552027
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present application are directed towards a semiconductor packaging device including a shield structure configured to block magnetic and/or electric fields from a first electronic component and a second electronic component. The first and second electronic components may, for example, be inductors or some other suitable electronic components. In some embodiments, a first IC chip overlies a second IC chip. The first IC chip includes a first substrate and a first interconnect structure overlying the first substrate. The second IC chip includes a second substrate and a second interconnect structure overlying the second substrate. The first and second electronic components are respectively in the first and second interconnect structures. The shield structure is directly between the first and second electronic components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Wei-Yu Chien, Chien-Hsien Tseng, Dun-Nian Yaung, Nai-Wen Cheng, Pao-Tung Chen, Yi-Shin Chu, Yu-Yang Shen
  • Patent number: 11537053
    Abstract: Some implementations herein include a detection circuit and a fast and accurate in-line method for detecting blockage on a droplet generator head of an extreme ultraviolet exposure tool without impacting the flow of droplets of a target material through the droplet generator head. In some implementations described herein, the detection circuit includes a switch circuit that is configured in an open configuration, in which the switch is electrically open between two electrode elements. When an accumulation of the target material occurs across two or more electrode elements on the droplet generator head, the accumulation functions as a switch that closes the detection circuit. A controller may detect closure of the detection circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Chiao-Hua Cheng, Yu-Kuang Sun, Wei-Shin Cheng, Yu-Huan Chen, Ming-Hsun Tsai, Cheng-Hao Lai, Cheng-Hsuan Wu, Yu-Fa Lo, Shang-Chieh Chien, Heng-Hsin Liu, Li-Jui Chen, Sheng-Kang Yu
  • Publication number: 20220365442
    Abstract: Some implementations herein include a detection circuit and a fast and accurate in-line method for detecting blockage on a droplet generator head of an extreme ultraviolet exposure tool without impacting the flow of droplets of a target material through the droplet generator head. In some implementations described herein, the detection circuit includes a switch circuit that is configured in an open configuration, in which the switch is electrically open between two electrode elements. When an accumulation of the target material occurs across two or more electrode elements on the droplet generator head, the accumulation functions as a switch that closes the detection circuit. A controller may detect closure of the detection circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2021
    Publication date: November 17, 2022
    Inventors: Chiao-Hua CHENG, Yu-Kuang SUN, Wei-Shin CHENG, Yu-Huan CHEN, Ming-Hsun TSAI, Cheng-Hao LAI, Cheng-Hsuan WU, Yu-Fa LO, Shang-Chieh CHIEN, Heng-Hsin LIU, Li-Jui CHEN, Sheng-Kang YU
  • Publication number: 20220369447
    Abstract: A metal reuse system for an extreme ultra violet (EUV) radiation source apparatus includes a first metal collector for collecting metal from vanes of the EUV radiation source apparatus, a first metal storage coupled to the first metal collector via a first conduit, a metal droplet generator coupled to the first metal storage via a second conduit, and a first metal filtration device disposed on either one of the first conduit and the second conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2022
    Publication date: November 17, 2022
    Inventors: Wei-Shin CHENG, Han-Lung CHANG, Li-Jui CHEN, Po-Chung CHENG, Hsiao-Lun CHANG
  • Publication number: 20220338335
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a modularized vessel droplet generator assembly (MGDVA) including a droplet generator assembly (DGA). Under a normal operation, the liquid fuel moves along an operation pathway extending through the DGA to eject or discharge the liquid fuel (e.g., liquid tin) from a nozzle of the DGA into a vacuum chamber. The liquid fuel in the vacuum chamber is then exposed to a laser generating an extreme ultra-violet (EUV) light. Under a service operation, the operation pathway is closed and a service pathway extending through the DGA is opened. A gas is introduced into the service pathway forming a gas-liquid interface between the gas and the liquid fuel. The gas-liquid interface is driven to an isolation valve directly adjacent to the DGA. In other words, the gas pushes back the liquid fuel to the isolation valve. Once the gas-liquid interface reaches the isolation valve, the isolation valve is closed isolating the DGA from the liquid fuel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2021
    Publication date: October 20, 2022
    Inventors: Yu-Kuang SUN, Ming-Hsun TSAI, Wei-Shin CHENG, Cheng-Hao LAI, Hsin-Feng CHEN, Chiao-Hua CHENG, Cheng-Hsuan WU, Yu-Fa LO, Jou-Hsuan LU, Shang-Chieh CHIEN, Li-Jui CHEN, Heng-Hsin LIU
  • Patent number: 11470710
    Abstract: A metal reuse system for an extreme ultra violet (EUV) radiation source apparatus includes a first metal collector for collecting metal from vanes of the EUV radiation source apparatus, a first metal storage coupled to the first metal collector via a first conduit, a metal droplet generator coupled to the first metal storage via a second conduit, and a first metal filtration device disposed on either one of the first conduit and the second conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wei-Shin Cheng, Han-Lung Chang, Li-Jui Chen, Po-Chung Cheng, Hsiao-Lun Chang
  • Publication number: 20220304131
    Abstract: A method for using an extreme ultraviolet radiation source is provided. The method includes assembling a first droplet generator onto a port of a vessel; ejecting a target droplet from the first droplet generator to a zone of excitation in front of a collector; emitting a laser toward the zone of excitation, such that the target droplet is heated by the laser to generate extreme ultraviolet (EUV) radiation; stopping the ejection of the target droplet; after stopping the ejection of the target droplet, disassembling the first droplet generator from the port of the vessel; after disassembling the first droplet generator from the port of the vessel, inserting a cleaning device into the vessel through the port; and cleaning the collector by using the cleaning device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2021
    Publication date: September 22, 2022
    Applicant: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Chiao-Hua CHENG, Hsin-Feng CHEN, Yu-Fa LO, Yu-Kuang SUN, Wei-Shin CHENG, Yu-Huan CHEN, Ming-Hsun TSAI, Cheng-Hao LAI, Cheng-Hsuan WU, Shang-Chieh CHIEN, Heng-Hsin LIU, Li-Jui CHEN, Sheng-Kang YU
  • Patent number: 11442365
    Abstract: A photolithography system utilizes tin droplets to generate extreme ultraviolet radiation for photolithography. The photolithography system irradiates the droplets with a laser. The droplets become energized and emit extreme ultraviolet radiation. A collector reflects the extreme ultraviolet radiation toward a photolithography target. The photolithography system isolates a source of droplets from oxidants to prevent the oxidation of the nozzle or the formation of metal oxides on the nozzle, both of which can adversely affect an ability of the nozzle to generate a sufficient amount of droplets and/or direct the droplets in a desired direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Yu-Kuang Sun, Ming-Hsun Tsai, Yu-Huan Chen, Wei-Shin Cheng, Cheng-Hao Lai, Hsin-Feng Chen, Chiao-Hua Cheng, Cheng-Hsuan Wu, Yu-Fa Lo, Shang-Chieh Chien, Li-Jui Chen, Heng-Hsin Liu
  • Patent number: 11134558
    Abstract: A droplet generator assembly includes a storage tank, a refill system, a droplet generator, and a temperature control system. The storage tank is configured to store a target material. The refill system is connected to the storage tank. The droplet generator includes a reservoir and a nozzle connected to the reservoir, in which the droplet generator is connected to the refill system, and the refill system is configured to deliver the target material to the reservoir. The temperature control system is adjacent to the refill system or the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shih-Yu Tu, Yu-Kuang Sun, Shao-Hua Wang, Han-Lung Chang, Hsiao-Lun Chang, Li-Jui Chen, Po-Chung Cheng, Cheng-Hao Lai, Hsin-Feng Chen, Wei-Shin Cheng, Ming-Hsun Tsai, Yen-Hsun Chen
  • Patent number: 11086225
    Abstract: A method includes providing a plurality of fuel droplets into an EUV source vessel by a fuel droplet generator, in which the fuel droplet generator has a first portion inside the EUV source vessel and a second portion outside the EUV source vessel; generating a plurality of output signals respectively from a plurality of oscillation sensors on the fuel droplet generator; determining whether the output signals are acceptable; and determining whether an unwanted oscillation originates from the first portion of the fuel droplet generator or the second portion of the fuel droplet generator when the output signals is determined as unacceptable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wei-Shin Cheng, Hsin-Feng Chen, Cheng-Hao Lai, Shao-Hua Wang, Han-Lung Chang, Li-Jui Chen, Po-Chung Cheng
  • Publication number: 20210227676
    Abstract: A metal reuse system for an extreme ultra violet (EUV) radiation source apparatus includes a first metal collector for collecting metal from vanes of the EUV radiation source apparatus, a first metal storage coupled to the first metal collector via a first conduit, a metal droplet generator coupled to the first metal storage via a second conduit, and a first metal filtration device disposed on either one of the first conduit and the second conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2020
    Publication date: July 22, 2021
    Inventors: Wei-Shin CHENG, Han-Lung CHANG, Li-Jui CHEN, Po-Chung CHENG, Hsiao-Lun CHANG
  • Patent number: 10880980
    Abstract: A metal reuse system for an extreme ultra violet (EUV) radiation source apparatus includes a first metal collector for collecting metal from vanes of the EUV radiation source apparatus, a first metal storage coupled to the first metal collector via a first conduit, a metal droplet generator coupled to the first metal storage via a second conduit, and a first metal filtration device disposed on either one of the first conduit and the second conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wei-Shin Cheng, Han-Lung Chang, Li-Jui Chen, Po-Chung Cheng, Hsiao-Lun Chang
  • Publication number: 20200292946
    Abstract: A method includes providing a plurality of fuel droplets into an EUV source vessel by a fuel droplet generator, in which the fuel droplet generator has a first portion inside the EUV source vessel and a second portion outside the EUV source vessel; generating a plurality of output signals respectively from a plurality of oscillation sensors on the fuel droplet generator; determining whether the output signals are acceptable; and determining whether an unwanted oscillation originates from the first portion of the fuel droplet generator or the second portion of the fuel droplet generator when the output signals is determined as unacceptable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Inventors: Wei-Shin CHENG, Hsin-Feng CHEN, Cheng-Hao LAI, Shao-Hua WANG, Han-Lung CHANG, Li-Jui CHEN, Po-Chung CHENG
  • Patent number: 10670970
    Abstract: A method includes providing a plurality of fuel droplets into an EUV source vessel by a fuel droplet generator, in which the fuel droplet generator has a first portion inside the EUV source vessel and a second portion outside the EUV source vessel; generating a plurality of output signals respectively from a plurality of oscillation sensors on the fuel droplet generator; determining whether the output signals are acceptable; and determining whether an unwanted oscillation originates from the first portion of the fuel droplet generator or the second portion of the fuel droplet generator when the output signals is determined as unacceptable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wei-Shin Cheng, Hsin-Feng Chen, Cheng-Hao Lai, Shao-Hua Wang, Han-Lung Chang, Li-Jui Chen, Po-Chung Cheng
  • Publication number: 20200107427
    Abstract: A droplet generator assembly includes a storage tank, a refill system, a droplet generator, and a temperature control system. The storage tank is configured to store a target material. The refill system is connected to the storage tank. The droplet generator includes a reservoir and a nozzle connected to the reservoir, in which the droplet generator is connected to the refill system, and the refill system is configured to deliver the target material to the reservoir. The temperature control system is adjacent to the refill system or the reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Applicant: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shih-Yu TU, Yu-Kuang SUN, Shao-Hua WANG, Han-Lung CHANG, Hsiao-Lun CHANG, Li-Jui CHEN, Po-Chung CHENG, Cheng-Hao LAI, Hsin-Feng CHEN, Wei-Shin CHENG, Ming-Hsun TSAI, Yen-Hsun CHEN
  • Publication number: 20200107426
    Abstract: A metal reuse system for an extreme ultra violet (EUV) radiation source apparatus includes a first metal collector for collecting metal from vanes of the EUV radiation source apparatus, a first metal storage coupled to the first metal collector via a first conduit, a metal droplet generator coupled to the first metal storage via a second conduit, and a first metal filtration device disposed on either one of the first conduit and the second conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: Wei-Shin CHENG, Han-Lung CHANG, Li-Jui CHEN, Po-Chung CHENG, Hsiao-Lun CHANG