Patents by Inventor WEN-HAU WU

WEN-HAU WU 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: 20210265408
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present application are directed to a narrow band filter with high transmission and an image sensor comprising the narrow band filter. In some embodiments, the filter comprises a first distributed Bragg reflector (DBR), a second DBR, a defect layer between the first and second DBRs, and a plurality of columnar structures. The columnar structures extend through the defect layer and have a refractive index different than a refractive index of the defect layer. The first and second DBRs define a low transmission band, and the defect layer defines a high transmission band dividing the low transmission band. The columnar structures shift the high transmission band towards lower or higher wavelengths depending upon a refractive index of the columnar structures and a fill factor of the columnar structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2021
    Publication date: August 26, 2021
    Inventors: Cheng Yu Huang, Chun-Hao Chuang, Chien-Hsien Tseng, Kazuaki Hashimoto, Keng-Yu Chou, Wei-Chieh Chiang, Wen-Hau Wu
  • Publication number: 20210265414
    Abstract: A BSI image sensor includes a substrate including a front side and a back side opposite to the front side, a pixel sensor disposed in the substrate, and a color filter disposed over the pixel sensor. The pixel sensor includes a plurality of first micro structures disposed over the back side of the substrate. The color filter includes a plurality of second micro structures disposed over the back side of the substrate. The first micro structures are arranged symmetrically to a first axial, and the second micro structures are arranged symmetrically to a second axial.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2021
    Publication date: August 26, 2021
    Inventors: WEI-CHIEH CHIANG, KENG-YU CHOU, CHUN-HAO CHUANG, WEN-HAU WU, JHY-JYI SZE, CHIEN-HSIEN TSENG, KAZUAKI HASHIMOTO
  • Publication number: 20210183922
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure are directed towards an integrated chip (IC). The IC comprises a first phase detection autofocus (PDAF) photodetector and a second PDAF photodetector in a substrate. A first electromagnetic radiation (EMR) diffuser is disposed along a back-side of the substrate and within a perimeter of the first PDAF photodetector. The first EMR diffuser is spaced a first distance from a first side of the first PDAF photodetector and a second distance less than the first distance from a second side of the first PDAF photodetector. A second EMR diffuser is disposed along the back-side of the substrate and within a perimeter of the second PDAF photodetector. The second EMR diffuser is spaced a third distance from a first side of the second PDAF photodetector and a fourth distance less than the third distance from a second side of the second PDAF photodetector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Publication date: June 17, 2021
    Inventors: Keng-Yu Chou, Chun-Hao Chuang, Kazuaki Hashimoto, Wei-Chieh Chiang, Cheng Yu Huang, Wen-Hau Wu, Chih-Kung Chang
  • Patent number: 11004887
    Abstract: A BSI image sensor includes a substrate including a front side and a back side opposite to the front side, a pixel sensor disposed in the substrate, and a color filter disposed over the pixel sensor. The pixel sensor includes a plurality of first micro structures disposed over the back side of the substrate. The color filter includes a plurality of second micro structures disposed over the back side of the substrate. Each of the first micro structures has a first height, and each of the second micro structures has a second height. The second height is less than the first height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: Wei-Chieh Chiang, Keng-Yu Chou, Chun-Hao Chuang, Wen-Hau Wu, Jhy-Jyi Sze, Chien-Hsien Tseng, Kazuaki Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10991739
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present application are directed to a narrow band filter with high transmission and an image sensor comprising the narrow band filter. In some embodiments, the filter comprises a first distributed Bragg reflector (DBR), a second DBR, a defect layer between the first and second DBRs, and a plurality of columnar structures. The columnar structures extend through the defect layer and have a refractive index different than a refractive index of the defect layer. The first and second DBRs define a low transmission band, and the defect layer defines a high transmission band dividing the low transmission band. The columnar structures shift the high transmission band towards lower or higher wavelengths depending upon a refractive index of the columnar structures and a fill factor of the columnar structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Cheng Yu Huang, Chun-Hao Chuang, Chien-Hsien Tseng, Kazuaki Hashimoto, Keng-Yu Chou, Wei-Chieh Chiang, Wen-Hau Wu
  • Patent number: 10991740
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present application are directed to a narrow band filter with high transmission and an image sensor comprising the narrow band filter. In some embodiments, the filter comprises a first distributed Bragg reflector (DBR), a second DBR, a defect layer between the first and second DBRs, and a plurality of columnar structures. The columnar structures extend through the defect layer and have a refractive index different than a refractive index of the defect layer. The first and second DBRs define a low transmission band, and the defect layer defines a high transmission band dividing the low transmission band. The columnar structures shift the high transmission band towards lower or higher wavelengths depending upon a refractive index of the columnar structures and a fill factor of the columnar structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Cheng Yu Huang, Chun-Hao Chuang, Chien-Hsien Tseng, Kazuaki Hashimoto, Keng-Yu Chou, Wei-Chieh Chiang, Wen-Hau Wu
  • Publication number: 20200403023
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present application are directed towards an image sensor including a wavelength tunable narrow band filter, as well as methods for forming the image sensor. In some embodiments, the image sensor includes a substrate, a first photodetector, a second photodetector, and a filter. The first and second photodetectors neighbor in the substrate. The filter overlies the first and second photodetectors and includes a first distributed Bragg reflector (DBR), a second DBR, and a first interlayer between the first and second DBRs. A thickness of the first interlayer has a first thickness value overlying the first photodetector and a second thickness value overlying the second photodetector. In some embodiments, the filter is limited to a single interlayer. In other embodiments the filter further includes a second interlayer defining columnar structures embedded in the first interlayer and having a different refractive index than the first interlayer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Inventors: Cheng Yu Huang, Chun-Hao Chuang, Kazuaki Hashimoto, Keng-Yu Chou, Wei-Chieh Chiang, Wen-Hau Wu, Chih-Kung Chang
  • Publication number: 20200235159
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the present disclosure relates to an integrated chip structure. The integrated chip structure includes a first image sensor disposed within a first substrate and a second image sensor disposed within a second substrate. The second substrate has a first side facing the first substrate. The first side includes angled surfaces defining one or more recesses within the first side. A band-pass filter is arranged between the first substrate and the second substrate and is configured to reflect electromagnetic radiation that is within a first range of wavelengths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Inventors: Cheng Yu Huang, Chun-Hao Chuang, Chien-Hsien Tseng, Kazuaki Hashimoto, Keng-Yu Chou, Wei-Chieh Chiang, Wen-Hau Wu
  • Publication number: 20200227460
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present application are directed to a narrow band filter with high transmission and an image sensor comprising the narrow band filter. In some embodiments, the filter comprises a first distributed Bragg reflector (DBR), a second DBR, a defect layer between the first and second DBRs, and a plurality of columnar structures. The columnar structures extend through the defect layer and have a refractive index different than a refractive index of the defect layer. The first and second DBRs define a low transmission band, and the defect layer defines a high transmission band dividing the low transmission band. The columnar structures shift the high transmission band towards lower or higher wavelengths depending upon a refractive index of the columnar structures and a fill factor of the columnar structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2020
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Inventors: Cheng Yu Huang, Chun-Hao Chuang, Chien-Hsien Tseng, Kazuaki Hashimoto, Keng-Yu Chou, Wei-Chieh Chiang, Wen-Hau Wu
  • Publication number: 20200227461
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present application are directed to a narrow band filter with high transmission and an image sensor comprising the narrow band filter. In some embodiments, the filter comprises a first distributed Bragg reflector (DBR), a second DBR, a defect layer between the first and second DBRs, and a plurality of columnar structures. The columnar structures extend through the defect layer and have a refractive index different than a refractive index of the defect layer. The first and second DBRs define a low transmission band, and the defect layer defines a high transmission band dividing the low transmission band. The columnar structures shift the high transmission band towards lower or higher wavelengths depending upon a refractive index of the columnar structures and a fill factor of the columnar structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2020
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Inventors: Cheng Yu Huang, Chun-Hao Chuang, Chien-Hsien Tseng, Kazuaki Hashimoto, Keng-Yu Chou, Wei-Chieh Chiang, Wen-Hau Wu
  • Patent number: 10651225
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the present disclosure relates to a three-dimensional integrated chip. The three-dimensional integrated chip includes a first integrated chip (IC) die and a second IC die. The first IC die has a first image sensor element configured to generate electrical signals from electromagnetic radiation within a first range of wavelengths. The second IC die has a second image sensor element configured to generate electrical signals from electromagnetic radiation within a second range of wavelengths that is different than the first range of wavelengths. A first band-pass filter is arranged between the first IC die and the second IC die and is configured to reflect electromagnetic radiation that is within the first range of wavelengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Cheng Yu Huang, Chun-Hao Chuang, Chien-Hsien Tseng, Kazuaki Hashimoto, Keng-Yu Chou, Wei-Chieh Chiang, Wen-Hau Wu
  • Patent number: 10651220
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present application are directed to a narrow band filter with high transmission and an image sensor comprising the narrow band filter. In some embodiments, the filter comprises a first distributed Bragg reflector (DBR), a second DBR, a defect layer between the first and second DBRs, and a plurality of columnar structures. The columnar structures extend through the defect layer and have a refractive index different than a refractive index of the defect layer. The first and second DBRs define a low transmission band, and the defect layer defines a high transmission band dividing the low transmission band. The columnar structures shift the high transmission band towards lower or higher wavelengths depending upon a refractive index of the columnar structures and a fill factor of the columnar structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Cheng Yu Huang, Chun-Hao Chuang, Chien-Hsien Tseng, Kazuaki Hashimoto, Keng-Yu Chou, Wei-Chieh Chiang, Wen-Hau Wu
  • Publication number: 20200119076
    Abstract: A BSI image sensor includes a substrate including a front side and a back side opposite to the front side, a pixel sensor disposed in the substrate, and a color filter disposed over the pixel sensor. The pixel sensor includes a plurality of first micro structures disposed over the back side of the substrate. The color filter includes a plurality of second micro structures disposed over the back side of the substrate. Each of the first micro structures has a first height, and each of the second micro structures has a second height. The second height is less than the first height.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: WEI-CHIEH CHIANG, KENG-YU CHOU, CHUN-HAO CHUANG, WEN-HAU WU, JHY-JYI SZE, CHIEN-HSIEN TSENG, KAZUAKI HASHIMOTO
  • Publication number: 20200105815
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the present disclosure relates to a three-dimensional integrated chip. The three-dimensional integrated chip includes a first integrated chip (IC) die and a second IC die. The first IC die has a first image sensor element configured to generate electrical signals from electromagnetic radiation within a first range of wavelengths. The second IC die has a second image sensor element configured to generate electrical signals from electromagnetic radiation within a second range of wavelengths that is different than the first range of wavelengths. A first band-pass filter is arranged between the first IC die and the second IC die and is configured to reflect electromagnetic radiation that is within the first range of wavelengths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: Cheng Yu Huang, Chun-Hao Chuang, Chien-Hsien Tseng, Kazuaki Hashimoto, Keng-Yu Chou, Wei-Chieh Chiang, Wen-Hau Wu
  • Publication number: 20200098808
    Abstract: An image sensor package is provided. The image sensor package comprises a package substrate, and an image sensor chip arranged over the package substrate. The integrated circuit device further comprises a protection layer overlying the image sensor chip having a planar top surface and a bottom surface lining and contacting structures under the protection layer, and an on-wafer shield structure spaced around a periphery of the image sensor chip. The height of the image sensor package can be reduced since a discrete cover glass or an infrared filter and corresponding intervening materials are no longer needed since being replaced by the build in protection layer. The size of the image sensor package can be reduced since a discrete light shield and corresponding intervening materials are no longer needed since being replaced by the build in on wafer light shield structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: Wen-Hau Wu, Chun-Hao Chuang, Kazuaki Hashimoto, Keng-Yu Chou, Wei-Chieh Chiang, Cheng Yu Huang
  • Publication number: 20200098813
    Abstract: In some embodiments, an image sensor is provided. The image sensor includes a photodetector disposed in a semiconductor substrate. A wave guide filter having a substantially planar upper surface is disposed over the photodetector. The wave guide filter includes a light filter disposed in a light filter grid structure. The light filter includes a first material that is translucent and has a first refractive index. The light filter grid structure includes a second material that is translucent and has a second refractive index less than the first refractive index.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: Cheng Yu Huang, Chun-Hao Chuang, Chien-Hsien Tseng, Kazuaki Hashimoto, Keng-Yu Chou, Wei-Chieh Chiang, Wen-Chien Yu, Ting-Cheng Chang, Wen-Hau Wu, Chih-Kung Chang
  • Publication number: 20200098801
    Abstract: The present disclosure, in some embodiments, relates to an integrated chip. The integrated chip has an image sensor within a substrate. A first dielectric has an upper surface that extends over a first side of the substrate and over one or more trenches within the first side of the substrate. The one or more trenches laterally surround the image sensor. An internal reflection structure arranged over the upper surface of the first dielectric. The internal reflection structure is configured to reflect radiation exiting from the substrate back into the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: Keng-Yu Chou, Chun-Hao Chuang, Chien-Hsien Tseng, Kazuaki Hashimoto, Wei-Chieh Chiang, Cheng Yu Huang, Wen-Hau Wu, Chih-Kung Chang, Jhy-Jyi Sze
  • Publication number: 20200091210
    Abstract: A BSI image sensor includes a substrate including a front side and a back side opposite to the front side, a pixel sensor disposed in the substrate, an isolation structure surrounding the pixel sensor and disposed in the substrate, a dielectric layer disposed over the pixel sensor on the front side of the substrate, and a plurality of conductive structures disposed in the dielectric layer and arranged to align with the isolation structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: WEN-HAU WU, KENG-YU CHOU, CHUN-HAO CHUANG, WEI-CHIEH CHIANG, CHIEN-HSIEN TSENG, KAZUAKI HASHIMOTO
  • Publication number: 20200035733
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present application are directed to a narrow band filter with high transmission and an image sensor comprising the narrow band filter. In some embodiments, the filter comprises a first distributed Bragg reflector (DBR), a second DBR, a defect layer between the first and second DBRs, and a plurality of columnar structures. The columnar structures extend through the defect layer and have a refractive index different than a refractive index of the defect layer. The first and second DBRs define a low transmission band, and the defect layer defines a high transmission band dividing the low transmission band. The columnar structures shift the high transmission band towards lower or higher wavelengths depending upon a refractive index of the columnar structures and a fill factor of the columnar structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Inventors: Cheng Yu Huang, Chun-Hao Chuang, Chien-Hsien Tseng, Kazuaki Hashimoto, Keng-Yu Chou, Wei-Chieh Chiang, Wen-Hau Wu
  • Patent number: 10510797
    Abstract: A BSI image sensor includes a substrate including a front side and a back side opposite to the front side, a pixel sensor disposed in the substrate, and a color filter disposed over the pixel sensor. The pixel sensor includes a plurality of first micro structures disposed over the back side of the substrate, and the color filter includes a plurality of second micro structures disposed over the back side of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: Wei-Chieh Chiang, Keng-Yu Chou, Chun-Hao Chuang, Wen-Hau Wu, Jhy-Jyi Sze, Chien-Hsien Tseng, Kazuaki Hashimoto