Patents by Inventor Yen-Chang Chu

Yen-Chang Chu 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: 20210013098
    Abstract: An integrated circuit structure includes a package component, which further includes a non-porous dielectric layer having a first porosity, and a porous dielectric layer over and contacting the non-porous dielectric layer, wherein the porous dielectric layer has a second porosity higher than the first porosity. A bond pad penetrates through the non-porous dielectric layer and the porous dielectric layer. A dielectric barrier layer is overlying, and in contact with, the porous dielectric layer. The bond pad is exposed through the dielectric barrier layer. The dielectric barrier layer has a planar top surface. The bond pad has a planar top surface higher than a bottom surface of the dielectric barrier layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Inventors: Hsun-Chung Kuang, Yen-Chang Chu, Cheng-Tai Hsiao, Ping-Yin Liu, Lan-Lin Chao, Yeur-Luen Tu, Chia-Shiung Tsai, Xiaomeng Chen
  • Publication number: 20200373445
    Abstract: A photo-sensitive device includes a uniform layer, a gradated buffer layer over the uniform layer, a silicon layer over the gradated buffer layer, a photo-sensitive light-sensing region in the uniform layer and the silicon layer, a device layer on the silicon layer, and a carrier wafer bonded to the device layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Inventors: Yu-Hung Cheng, Chia-Shiung Tsai, Cheng-Ta Wu, Xiaomeng Chen, Yen-Chang Chu, Yeur-Luen Tu
  • Patent number: 10790189
    Abstract: An integrated circuit structure includes a package component, which further includes a non-porous dielectric layer having a first porosity, and a porous dielectric layer over and contacting the non-porous dielectric layer, wherein the porous dielectric layer has a second porosity higher than the first porosity. A bond pad penetrates through the non-porous dielectric layer and the porous dielectric layer. A dielectric barrier layer is overlying, and in contact with, the porous dielectric layer. The bond pad is exposed through the dielectric barrier layer. The dielectric barrier layer has a planar top surface. The bond pad has a planar top surface higher than a bottom surface of the dielectric barrier layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hsun-Chung Kuang, Yen-Chang Chu, Cheng-Tai Hsiao, Ping-Yin Liu, Lan-Lin Chao, Yeur-Luen Tu, Chia-Shiung Tsai, Xiaomeng Chen
  • Patent number: 10756222
    Abstract: A photo-sensitive device includes a uniform layer, a gradated buffer layer over the uniform layer, a silicon layer over the gradated buffer layer, a photo-sensitive light-sensing region in the uniform layer and the silicon layer, a device layer on the silicon layer, and a carrier wafer bonded to the device layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Yu-Hung Cheng, Chia-Shiung Tsai, Cheng-Ta Wu, Xiaomeng Chen, Yen-Chang Chu, Yeur-Luen Tu
  • Patent number: 10748948
    Abstract: A system and method for forming pixels in an image sensor is provided. In an embodiment, a semiconductor device includes an image sensor including a first pixel region and a second pixel region in a substrate, the first pixel region being adjacent to the second pixel region. A first anti-reflection coating is over the first pixel region, the first anti-reflection coating reducing reflection for a first wavelength range of incident light. A second anti-reflection coating is over the second pixel region, the second anti-reflection coating reducing reflection for a second wavelength range of incident light that is different from the first wavelength range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yen-Chang Chu, Yeur-Luen Tu, Cheng-Yuan Tsai
  • Publication number: 20200135538
    Abstract: In a method of manufacturing a semiconductor device, a first interlayer dielectric (ILD) layer is formed over a substrate, a chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) stop layer is formed over the first ILD layer, a trench is formed by patterning the CMP stop layer and the first ILD layer, a metal layer is formed over the CMP stop layer and in the trench, a sacrificial layer is formed over the metal layer, a CMP operation is performed on the sacrificial layer and the metal layer to remove a portion of the metal layer over the CMP stop layer, and a remaining portion of the sacrificial layer over the trench is removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Inventors: Tsai-Ming HUANG, Wei-Chieh HUANG, Hsun-Chung KUANG, Yen-Chang CHU, Cheng-Che CHUNG, Chin-Wei LIANG, Ching-Sen KUO, Jieh-Jang CHEN, Feng-Jia SHIU, Sheng-Chau CHEN
  • Publication number: 20200006408
    Abstract: A system and method for forming pixels in an image sensor is provided. In an embodiment, a semiconductor device includes an image sensor including a first pixel region and a second pixel region in a substrate, the first pixel region being adjacent to the second pixel region. A first anti-reflection coating is over the first pixel region, the first anti-reflection coating reducing reflection for a first wavelength range of incident light. A second anti-reflection coating is over the second pixel region, the second anti-reflection coating reducing reflection for a second wavelength range of incident light that is different from the first wavelength range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventors: Yen-Chang Chu, Yeur-Luen Tu, Cheng-Yuan Tsai
  • Publication number: 20190291236
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) pad, and an associated method to perform a CMP process. In some embodiments, the CMP pad comprises a polishing layer having a front surface with protruding asperities while a back surface being planar. A film electrode is attached to the back surface of the polishing layer and is isolated from the front surface of the polishing layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Chin-Wei Liang, Hsun-Chung Kuang, Yen-Chang Chu
  • Publication number: 20190252451
    Abstract: Various structures of image sensors are disclosed, as well as methods of forming the image sensors. According to an embodiment, a structure comprises a substrate comprising photo diodes, an oxide layer on the substrate, recesses in the oxide layer and corresponding to the photo diodes, a reflective guide material on a sidewall of each of the recesses, and color filters each being disposed in a respective one of the recesses. The oxide layer and the reflective guide material form a grid among the color filters, and at least a portion of the oxide layer and a portion of the reflective guide material are disposed between neighboring color filters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventors: Wei Chuang Wu, Jhy-Jyi Sze, Yu-Jen Wang, Yen-Chang Chu, Shyh-Fann Ting, Ching-Chun Wang
  • Patent number: 10350726
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) system, and an associated method to perform a CMP process. In some embodiments, the CMP system has a rotatable wafer carrier configured to hold a wafer face down to be processed. The CMP system also has a polishing layer attached to a polishing platen and having a front surface configured to interact with the wafer to be processed, and a CMP dispenser configured to dispense a slurry between an interface of the polishing layer and the wafer. The slurry contains charged abrasive particles therein. The CMP system also has a film electrode attached to a back surface of the polishing layer opposite to the front surface. The film electrode is configured to affect movements of the charged abrasive particles through applying an electrical field during the operation of the CMP system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chin-Wei Liang, Hsun-Chung Kuang, Yen-Chang Chu
  • Patent number: 10269857
    Abstract: Various structures of image sensors are disclosed, as well as methods of forming the image sensors. According to an embodiment, a structure comprises a substrate comprising photo diodes, an oxide layer on the substrate, recesses in the oxide layer and corresponding to the photo diodes, a reflective guide material on a sidewall of each of the recesses, and color filters each being disposed in a respective one of the recesses. The oxide layer and the reflective guide material form a grid among the color filters, and at least a portion of the oxide layer and a portion of the reflective guide material are disposed between neighboring color filters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Wei Chuang Wu, Jhy-Jyi Sze, Yu-Jen Wang, Yen-Chang Chu, Shyh-Fann Ting, Ching-Chun Wang
  • Publication number: 20190058070
    Abstract: A photo-sensitive device includes a uniform layer, a gradated buffer layer over the uniform layer, a silicon layer over the gradated buffer layer, a photo-sensitive light-sensing region in the uniform layer and the silicon layer, a device layer on the silicon layer, and a carrier wafer bonded to the device layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Inventors: Yu-Hung Cheng, Chia-Shiung Tsai, Cheng-Ta Wu, Xiaomeng Chen, Yen-Chang Chu, Yeur-Luen Tu
  • Publication number: 20190035681
    Abstract: An integrated circuit structure includes a package component, which further includes a non-porous dielectric layer having a first porosity, and a porous dielectric layer over and contacting the non-porous dielectric layer, wherein the porous dielectric layer has a second porosity higher than the first porosity. A bond pad penetrates through the non-porous dielectric layer and the porous dielectric layer. A dielectric barrier layer is overlying, and in contact with, the porous dielectric layer. The bond pad is exposed through the dielectric barrier layer. The dielectric barrier layer has a planar top surface. The bond pad has a planar top surface higher than a bottom surface of the dielectric barrier layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventors: Hsun-Chung Kuang, Yen-Chang Chu, Cheng-Tai Hsiao, Ping-Yin Liu, Lan-Lin Chao, Yeur-Luen Tu, Chia-Shiung Tsai, Xiaomeng Chen
  • Patent number: 10177106
    Abstract: A representative device includes a patterned opening through a layer at a surface of a device die. A liner is disposed on sidewalls of the opening and the device die is patterned to extend the opening further into the device die. After patterning, the liner is removed. A conductive pad is formed in the device die by filling the opening with a conductive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Sheng-Chau Chen, Shih Pei Chou, Yen-Chang Chu, Cheng-Hsien Chou, Chih-Hui Huang, Yeur-Luen Tu
  • Publication number: 20180361529
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) system, and an associated method to perform a CMP process. In some embodiments, the CMP system has a rotatable wafer carrier configured to hold a wafer face down to be processed. The CMP system also has a polishing layer attached to a polishing platen and having a front surface configured to interact with the wafer to be processed, and a CMP dispenser configured to dispense a slurry between an interface of the polishing layer and the wafer. The slurry contains charged abrasive particles therein. The CMP system also has a film electrode attached to a back surface of the polishing layer opposite to the front surface. The film electrode is configured to affect movements of the charged abrasive particles through applying an electrical field during the operation of the CMP system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventors: Chin-Wei Liang, Hsun-Chung Kuang, Yen-Chang Chu
  • Patent number: 10115896
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a first bottom electrode, a second bottom electrode, a switching layer and a top electrode. The first bottom electrode has two edges opposite to each other, and an upper surface. The second bottom electrode is between the edges of the first bottom electrode and exposed from the upper surface of the first bottom electrode. The switching layer is over the first bottom electrode and the second bottom electrode. The top electrode is over the switching layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: Hai-Dang Trinh, Yao-Wen Chang, Cheng-Yuan Tsai, Chin-Wei Liang, Yen-Chang Chu
  • Patent number: 10109756
    Abstract: A photo-sensitive device includes a uniform layer, a gradated buffer layer over the uniform layer, a silicon layer over the gradated buffer layer, a photo-sensitive light-sensing region in the uniform layer and the silicon layer, a device layer on the silicon layer, and a carrier wafer bonded to the device layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Yu-Hung Cheng, Chia-Shiung Tsai, Cheng-Ta Wu, Xiaomeng Chen, Yen-Chang Chu, Yeur-Luen Tu
  • Publication number: 20180301626
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a first bottom electrode, a second bottom electrode, a switching layer and a top electrode. The first bottom electrode has two edges opposite to each other, and an upper surface. The second bottom electrode is between the edges of the first bottom electrode and exposed from the upper surface of the first bottom electrode. The switching layer is over the first bottom electrode and the second bottom electrode. The top electrode is over the switching layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Inventors: HAI-DANG TRINH, YAO-WEN CHANG, CHENG-YUAN TSAI, CHIN-WEI LIANG, YEN-CHANG CHU
  • Patent number: 10090196
    Abstract: An integrated circuit structure includes a package component, which further includes a non-porous dielectric layer having a first porosity, and a porous dielectric layer over and contacting the non-porous dielectric layer, wherein the porous dielectric layer has a second porosity higher than the first porosity. A bond pad penetrates through the non-porous dielectric layer and the porous dielectric layer. A dielectric barrier layer is overlying, and in contact with, the porous dielectric layer. The bond pad is exposed through the dielectric barrier layer. The dielectric barrier layer has a planar top surface. The bond pad has a planar top surface higher than a bottom surface of the dielectric barrier layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hsun-Chung Kuang, Yen-Chang Chu, Cheng-Tai Hsiao, Ping-Yin Liu, Lan-Lin Chao, Yeur-Luen Tu, Chia-Shiung Tsai, Xiaomeng Chen
  • Patent number: 10049901
    Abstract: A method includes placing a first wafer onto a surface of a first wafer chuck, the first wafer chuck including multiple first profile control zones separated by one or more shared flexible membranes. The method also includes setting a first profile of the surface of the first wafer chuck. Setting a first profile of the surface of the first wafer chuck includes adjusting a first volume of a first profile control zone of the multiple first profile control zones. Setting a first profile of the surface of the first wafer chuck also includes adjusting a second volume of a second profile control zone of the multiple first profile control zones, the first volume of the first profile control zone being adjusted independently from the second volume of the second profile control zone, and the second adjustable volume encircling the first adjustable volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Ping-Yin Liu, Yen-Chang Chu, Xin-Hua Huang, Lan-Lin Chao, Yeur-Luen Tu, Ru-Liang Lee