Patents by Inventor Wen-Sheng Liu

Wen-Sheng Liu 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: 20210074360
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present application are directed towards an integrated memory chip with an enhanced device-region layout for reduced leakage current and an enlarged word-line etch process window (e.g., enhanced word-line etch resiliency). In some embodiments, the integrated memory chip comprises a substrate, a control gate, a word line, and an isolation structure. The substrate comprises a first source/drain region. The control gate and the word line are on the substrate. The word line is between and borders the first source/drain region and the control gate and is elongated along a length of the word line. The isolation structure extends into the substrate and has a first isolation-structure sidewall. The first isolation-structure sidewall extends laterally along the length of the word line and underlies the word line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2020
    Publication date: March 11, 2021
    Inventors: Shih Kuang Yang, Ping-Cheng Li, Hung-Ling Shih, Po-Wei Liu, Wen-Tuo Huang, Yu-Ling Hsu, Yong-Shiuan Tsair, Chia-Sheng Lin
  • Patent number: 10943913
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present application are directed towards an integrated memory chip comprising a memory array with a strap-cell architecture that reduces the number of distinct strap-cell types and that reduces strap-line density. In some embodiments, the memory array is limited to three distinct types of strap cells: a source line/erase gate (SLEG) strap cell; a control gate/word line (CGWL) strap cell; and a word-line strap cell. The small number of distinct strap-cell types simplifies design of the memory array and further simplifies design of a corresponding interconnect structure. Further, in some embodiments, the three distinct strap-cell types electrically couple word lines, erase gates, and control gates to corresponding strap lines in different metallization layers of an interconnect structure. By spreading the strap lines amongst different metallization layers, strap-line density is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wen-Tuo Huang, Ping-Cheng Li, Hung-Ling Shih, Po-Wei Liu, Yu-Ling Hsu, Yong-Shiuan Tsair, Chia-Sheng Lin, Shih Kuang Yang
  • Patent number: 10930505
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method of patterning a target material layer over a semiconductor substrate. The method includes steps of forming a spacer feature over the target material layer using a first sub-layout and performing a photolithographic patterning process using a second sub-layout to form a first feature. A portion of the first feature extends over the spacer feature. The method further includes steps of removing the portion of the first feature extending over the spacer feature and removing the spacer feature. Other methods and associated patterned semiconductor wafers are also provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Tsong-Hua Ou, Ken-Hsien Hsieh, Shih-Ming Chang, Wen-Chun Huang, Chih-Ming Lai, Ru-Gun Liu, Tsai-Sheng Gau
  • Publication number: 20210019464
    Abstract: Implementations of the present disclosure provide coloring methods that sort and pre-color nodes of G0-linked networks in a multiple-patterning technology (MPT)-compliant layout design by coordinate. In one embodiment, a method includes identifying target networks in a circuit layout, each target network having two or more linked nodes representing circuit patterns, and each target network being presented in an imaginary X-Y coordinate plane, assigning a first feature to a first node in each target network, the first node is determined using a coordinate-based method, and assigning the first feature and a second feature to remaining nodes in each target network in an alternating manner so that any two immediately adjacent linked nodes in each target network have different features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2020
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Inventors: Chia-Ping CHIANG, Ming-Hui CHIH, Chih-Wei HSU, Ping-Chieh WU, Ya-Ting CHANG, Tsung-Yu WANG, Wen-Li CHENG, Hui En YIN, Wen-Chun HUANG, Ru-Gun LIU, Tsai-Sheng GAU
  • Publication number: 20200407594
    Abstract: A slurry solution for a Chemical Mechanical Polishing (CMP) process includes a wetting agent, a stripper additive that comprises at least one of: N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP), dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), sulfolane, and dimethylformamide (DMF), and an oxidizer additive comprising at least one of: hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), ammonium persulfate ((NH4)2S2O8), peroxymonosulfuric acid (H2SO5), ozone (O3) in de-ionized water, and sulfuric acid (H2SO4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Inventors: Kuo-Yin Lin, Wen-Kuei Liu, Teng-Chun Tsai, Shen-Nan Lee, Kuo-Cheng Lien, Chang-Sheng Lin, Yu-Wei Chou
  • Patent number: 10861553
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present application are directed towards an integrated memory chip with an enhanced device-region layout for reduced leakage current and an enlarged word-line etch process window (e.g., enhanced word-line etch resiliency). In some embodiments, the integrated memory chip comprises a substrate, a control gate, a word line, and an isolation structure. The substrate comprises a first source/drain region. The control gate and the word line are on the substrate. The word line is between and borders the first source/drain region and the control gate and is elongated along a length of the word line. The isolation structure extends into the substrate and has a first isolation-structure sidewall. The first isolation-structure sidewall extends laterally along the length of the word line and underlies the word line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shih Kuang Yang, Ping-Cheng Li, Hung-Ling Shih, Po-Wei Liu, Wen-Tuo Huang, Yu-Ling Hsu, Yong-Shiuan Tsair, Chia-Sheng Lin
  • Publication number: 20200373487
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a method for the formation of resistive random-access memory (RRAM) structures with a low profile between or within metallization layers. For example, the method includes forming, on a substrate, a first metallization layer with conductive structures and a first dielectric layer abutting sidewall surfaces of the conductive structures; etching a portion of the first dielectric layer to expose a portion of the sidewall surfaces of the conductive structures; depositing a memory stack on the first metallization layer, the exposed portion of the sidewall surfaces, and a top surface of the conductive structures; patterning the memory stack to form a memory structure that covers the exposed portion of the sidewall surfaces and the top surface of the conductive structures; depositing a second dielectric layer to encapsulate the memory stack; and forming a second metallization layer on the second dielectric layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wei-Ming Wang, Chia-Wei Liu, Jen-Sheng Yang, Wen-Ting Chu, Yu-Wen Liao, Huei-Tzu Wang
  • Patent number: 10796055
    Abstract: Implementations of the present disclosure provide coloring methods that sort and pre-color nodes of G0-linked networks in a multiple-patterning technology (MPT)-compliant layout design by coordinate. In one embodiment, a method includes identifying target networks in a circuit layout, each target network having two or more linked nodes representing circuit patterns, and each target network being presented in an imaginary X-Y coordinate plane, assigning a first feature to a first node in each target network, the first node is determined using a coordinate-based method, and assigning the first feature and a second feature to remaining nodes in each target network in an alternating manner so that any two immediately adjacent linked nodes in each target network have different features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chia-Ping Chiang, Ming-Hui Chih, Chih-Wei Hsu, Ping-Chieh Wu, Ya-Ting Chang, Tsung-Yu Wang, Wen-Li Cheng, Hui En Yin, Wen-Chun Huang, Ru-Gun Liu, Tsai-Sheng Gau
  • Patent number: 10774241
    Abstract: A slurry solution for a Chemical Mechanical Polishing (CMP) process includes a wetting agent, a stripper additive that comprises at least one of: N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP), dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), sulfolane, and dimethylformamide (DMF), and an oxidizer additive comprising at least one of: hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), ammonium persulfate ((NH4)2S2O8), peroxymonosulfuric acid (H2SO5), ozone (O3) in de-ionized water, and sulfuric acid (H2SO4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD
    Inventors: Kuo-Yin Lin, Wen-Kuei Liu, Teng-Chun Tsai, Shen-Nan Lee, Kuo-Cheng Lien, Chang-Sheng Lin, Yu-Wei Chou
  • Publication number: 20200152506
    Abstract: A method for sawing a semiconductor wafer is provided. The method includes sawing a semiconductor wafer to form a first opening. In addition, the semiconductor wafer includes a dicing tape and a substrate attached to the dicing tape by a die attach film (DAF), and the first opening is formed in an upper portion of the substrate. The method further includes sawing through the substrate and the DAF of the semiconductor wafer from the first opening to form a middle opening under the first opening and a second opening under the middle opening, so that the semiconductor wafer is divided into two dies. In addition, a slope of a sidewall of the middle opening is different from slopes of sidewalls of the first opening and the second opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: Yu-Sheng TANG, Fu-Chen CHANG, Cheng-Lin HUANG, Wen-Ming CHEN, Chun-Yen LO, Kuo-Chio LIU
  • Publication number: 20200136687
    Abstract: A wireless communications method includes: obtaining a plurality of stream inputs, wherein the stream inputs include a first stream input complying with a first packet format and a second stream input complying with a second packet format, and the second packet format is different from the first packet format; applying pre-coding to the stream inputs to generate a plurality of pre-coded stream outputs, respectively; and performing wireless transmission upon the pre-coded stream outputs, wherein downlink Multi-User Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MU-MIMO) transmission is involved in the wireless transmission of the pre-coded stream outputs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Inventors: Hsuan-Yu Liu, Hung-Tao Hsieh, Tung-Sheng Yang, Pu-Hsuan Lin, Wen-Hsien Chiu
  • Publication number: 20200105346
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present application are directed towards an integrated memory chip with an enhanced device-region layout for reduced leakage current and an enlarged word-line etch process window (e.g., enhanced word-line etch resiliency). In some embodiments, the integrated memory chip comprises a substrate, a control gate, a word line, and an isolation structure. The substrate comprises a first source/drain region. The control gate and the word line are on the substrate. The word line is between and borders the first source/drain region and the control gate and is elongated along a length of the word line. The isolation structure extends into the substrate and has a first isolation-structure sidewall. The first isolation-structure sidewall extends laterally along the length of the word line and underlies the word line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: Shih Kuang Yang, Ping-Cheng Li, Hung-Ling Shih, Po-Wei Liu, Wen-Tuo Huang, Yu-Ling Hsu, Yong-Shiuan Tsair, Chia-Sheng Lin
  • Publication number: 20200105775
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present application are directed towards an integrated memory chip comprising a memory array with a strap-cell architecture that reduces the number of distinct strap-cell types and that reduces strap-line density. In some embodiments, the memory array is limited to three distinct types of strap cells: a source line/erase gate (SLEG) strap cell; a control gate/word line (CGWL) strap cell; and a word-line strap cell. The small number of distinct strap-cell types simplifies design of the memory array and further simplifies design of a corresponding interconnect structure. Further, in some embodiments, the three distinct strap-cell types electrically couple word lines, erase gates, and control gates to corresponding strap lines in different metallization layers of an interconnect structure. By spreading the strap lines amongst different metallization layers, strap-line density is reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: Wen-Tuo Huang, Ping-Cheng Li, Hung-Ling Shih, Po-Wei Liu, Yu-Ling Hsu, Yong-Shiuan Tsair, Chia-Sheng Lin, Shih Kuang Yang
  • Publication number: 20200098877
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present application are directed towards a control gate layout to improve an etch process window for word lines. In some embodiments, an integrated chip comprises a memory array, an erase gate, a word line, and a control gate. The memory array comprises a plurality of cells in a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns. The erase gate and the word line are elongated in parallel along a row of the memory array. The control gate is elongated along the row and is between and borders the erase gate and the word line. Further, the control gate has a pad region protruding towards the erase gate and the word line. Because the pad region protrudes towards the erase gate and the word line, a width of the pad region is spread between word-line and erase-gate sides of the control gate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: Yu-Ling Hsu, Ping-Cheng Li, Hung-Ling Shih, Po-Wei Liu, Wen-Tuo Huang, Yong-Shiuan Tsair, Chia-Sheng Lin, Shih Kuang Yang
  • Publication number: 20200050725
    Abstract: Implementations of the present disclosure provide coloring methods that sort and pre-color nodes of G0-linked networks in a multiple-patterning technology (MPT)-compliant layout design by coordinate. In one embodiment, a method includes identifying target networks in a circuit layout, each target network having two or more linked nodes representing circuit patterns, and each target network being presented in an imaginary X-Y coordinate plane, assigning a first feature to a first node in each target network, the first node is determined using a coordinate-based method, and assigning the first feature and a second feature to remaining nodes in each target network in an alternating manner so that any two immediately adjacent linked nodes in each target network have different features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventors: Chia-Ping CHIANG, Ming-Hui CHIH, Chih-Wei HSU, Ping-Chieh WU, Ya-Ting CHANG, Tsung-Yu WANG, Wen-Li CHENG, Hui En YIN, Wen-Chun HUANG, Ru-Gun LIU, Tsai-Sheng GAU
  • Patent number: 10556353
    Abstract: A robot arm control device includes a pressure sensing module, a workspace defining module and a control module. The pressure sensing module, arranged on a robot arm, detects whether an object hits or touches the robot arm to switch the operating mode of the robot arm. The workspace defining module includes a sensing region arranged on a peripheral area around the robot arm. The workspace defining module determines whether the object enters an operating space according to the position of the object in the sensing region, and sets the working range and the working mode of the robot arm according to which operating space the object has entered. The control module, connected to the robot arm, the pressure sensing module and the workspace defining module, switches the operating mode and outputs a motor driving signal to the robot arm according to the working mode of the robot arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Jui-Yiao Su, Yan-Chen Liu, Chang-Yi Chen, Ching-Shun Chen, Wen-Ching Ko, Hung-Hsiu Yu, Jwu-Sheng Hu
  • Patent number: 10535554
    Abstract: A method for sawing a semiconductor wafer is provided. The method includes sawing a semiconductor wafer to form a first opening. In addition, the semiconductor wafer includes a dicing tape and a substrate attached to the dicing tape by a die attach film (DAF), and the first opening is formed in an upper portion of the substrate. The method further includes sawing through the substrate and the DAF of the semiconductor wafer from the first opening to form a middle opening under the first opening and a second opening under the middle opening, so that the semiconductor wafer is divided into two dies. In addition, a slope of a sidewall of the middle opening is different from slopes of sidewalls of the first opening and the second opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu-Sheng Tang, Fu-Chen Chang, Cheng-Lin Huang, Chun-Yen Lo, Wen-Ming Chen, Kuo-Chio Liu
  • Patent number: 10509881
    Abstract: Implementations of the present disclosure provide coloring methods that sort and pre-color nodes of G0-linked networks in a multiple-patterning technology (MPT)-compliant layout design by coordinate. In one embodiment, a method includes identifying target networks in a circuit layout, each target network having two or more linked nodes representing circuit patterns, and each target network being presented in an imaginary X-Y coordinate plane, assigning a first feature to a first node in each target network, the first node is determined using a coordinate-based method, and assigning the first feature and a second feature to remaining nodes in each target network in an alternating manner so that any two immediately adjacent linked nodes in each target network have different features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chia-Ping Chiang, Ming-Hui Chih, Chih-Wei Hsu, Ping-Chieh Wu, Ya-Ting Chang, Tsung-Yu Wang, Wen-Li Cheng, Hui En Yin, Wen-Chun Huang, Ru-Gun Liu, Tsai-Sheng Gau
  • Publication number: 20190371606
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method of patterning a target material layer over a semiconductor substrate. The method includes steps of forming a spacer feature over the target material layer using a first sub-layout and performing a photolithographic patterning process using a second sub-layout to form a first feature. A portion of the first feature extends over the spacer feature. The method further includes steps of removing the portion of the first feature extending over the spacer feature and removing the spacer feature. Other methods and associated patterned semiconductor wafers are also provided herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Tsong-Hua Ou, Ken-Hsien Hsieh, Shih-Ming Chang, Wen-Chun Huang, Chih-Ming Lai, Ru-Gun Liu, Tsai-Sheng Gau
  • Publication number: 20190350715
    Abstract: A laminated structure with an adjustable elastic modulus has multiple connecting elements and at least one connecting point. Each connecting element is an S-shaped curved component, and has an inner end and an outer end. The multiple connecting elements are combined with each other by at least one connecting point, and a diameter of the at least one connecting point is equal to or greater than a diameter of each connecting element connected by the at least one connecting point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Inventors: Yung-Lung Liu, Ralph Lee, Wen-Yi Chen, Chin-Sheng Chen, Royal Su, Zi-Xun Chen