Patents by Inventor Yeur-Luen Tu

Yeur-Luen Tu 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: 20210057270
    Abstract: A semiconductor wafer and method for manufacturing thereof are provided. The semiconductor wafer includes a handling substrate and a silicon layer over the handling substrate and having a {111} facet at an edge of a top surface of the silicon layer. The a defect count on the top surface of the silicon layer is less than about 15 each semiconductor wafer. The method includes the following operations: a semiconductor-on-insulator (SOI) substrate is provided, wherein the SOI substrate has a handling substrate, a silicon layer over the handling substrate, and a silicon germanium layer over the silicon layer; and the silicon germanium layer is etched at a first temperature with hydrochloric acid to expose a first surface of the silicon layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Publication date: February 25, 2021
    Inventors: YU-HUNG CHENG, CHENG-TA WU, YEUR-LUEN TU, CHING-PEI SU, TUNG-I LIN
  • Patent number: 10930547
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a semiconductor structure, including a first semiconductor device having a first surface and a second surface, the second surface being opposite to the first surface, a semiconductor substrate over the first surface of the first semiconductor device, and a III-V etch stop layer in contact with the second surface of the first semiconductor device. The present disclosure also provides a manufacturing method of a semiconductor structure, including providing a temporary substrate having a first surface, forming a III-V etch stop layer over the first surface, forming a first semiconductor device over the III-V etch to stop layer, and removing the temporary substrate by an etching operation and exposing a surface of the III-V etch stop layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Min-Ying Tsai, Yeur-Luen Tu
  • Patent number: 10923503
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present application are directed towards a method for forming a semiconductor-on-insulator (SOI) substrate comprising a trap-rich layer with small grain sizes, as well as the resulting SOI substrate. In some embodiments, an amorphous silicon layer is deposited on a high-resistivity substrate. A rapid thermal anneal (RTA) is performed to crystallize the amorphous silicon layer into a trap-rich layer of polysilicon in which a majority of grains are equiaxed. An insulating layer is formed over the trap-rich layer. A device layer is formed over the insulating layer and comprises a semiconductor material. Equiaxed grains are smaller than other grains (e.g., columnar grains). Since a majority of grains in the trap-rich layer are equiaxed, the trap-rich layer has a high grain boundary area and a high density of carrier traps. The high density of carrier traps may, for example, reduce the effects of parasitic surface conduction (PSC).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu-Hung Cheng, Cheng-Ta Wu, Yeur-Luen Tu, Min-Ying Tsai, Alex Usenko
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10889097
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a debonding apparatus. In some embodiments, the debonding apparatus comprises a wafer chuck configured to hold a pair of bonded substrates on a chuck top surface. The debonding apparatus further comprises a pair of separating blades including a first separating blade and a second separating blade placed at edges of the pair of bonded substrates. The first separating blade has a first thickness that is smaller than a second thickness of the second separating blade. The debonding apparatus further comprises a flex wafer assembly configured to pull the pair of bonded substrates upwardly to separate a second substrate from a first substrate of the pair of bonded substrate. By providing unbalanced initial torques on opposite sides of the bonded substrate pair, edge defects and wafer breakage are reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chang-Chen Tsao, Kuo Liang Lu, Ru-Liang Lee, Sheng-Hsiang Chuang, Yu-Hung Cheng, Yeur-Luen Tu, Cheng-Kang Hu
  • Patent number: 10868050
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a semiconductor image sensor device. In some embodiments, the semiconductor image sensor device includes a semiconductor substrate having a first surface configured to receive incident radiation. A plurality of sensor elements are arranged within the semiconductor substrate. A first charged layer is arranged on an entirety of a second surface of the semiconductor substrate facing an opposite direction as the first surface. The second surface is between the first charged layer and the first surface of the semiconductor substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shyh-Fann Ting, Chih-Yu Lai, Cheng-Ta Wu, Yeur-Luen Tu, Ching-Chun Wang
  • Patent number: 10868156
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device is provided. The method includes: providing a substrate including a first semiconductive region of a first conductive type and gate structures over the first semiconductive region, wherein a gap between the gate structures exposes a portion of the first semiconductive region; and forming a second semiconductive region of a second conductive type in the gap starting from the exposed portion of the first semiconductive region. The forming of the second semiconductive region includes: growing, in a chamber, an epitaxial silicon-rich layer having a first sidewall adjacent to the gate structures and a first central portion; and, in the chamber, shaping the epitaxial silicon-rich layer to form a second sidewall adjacent to the gate structures and a second central portion, wherein a first height difference between the first sidewall and the first central portion is greater than a second height difference between the second sidewall and the second central portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: Yu-Hung Cheng, Po-Jung Chiang, Yen-Hsiu Chen, Yeur-Luen Tu
  • Patent number: 10867834
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a semiconductor structure, including a first semiconductor device having a first surface and a second surface, the second surface being opposite to the first surface, a semiconductor substrate over the first surface of the first semiconductor device, and a III-V etch stop layer in contact with the second surface of the first semiconductor device. The present disclosure also provides a manufacturing method of a semiconductor structure, including providing a temporary substrate having a first surface, forming a III-V etch stop layer over the first surface, forming a first semiconductor device over the etch stop layer, and removing the temporary substrate by an etching operation and exposing a surface of the III-V etch stop layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventors: Min-Ying Tsai, Yeur-Luen Tu
  • Patent number: 10868058
    Abstract: The present disclosure, in some embodiments, relates to a method of forming an integrated chip. The method is performed by forming a gate dielectric layer over a substrate having a first photodetector region and forming a gate material over the gate dielectric layer. A dielectric protection layer is deposited over the gate dielectric layer and a first sidewall spacer is formed along a side of the gate material. The dielectric protection layer extends from a first location directly over the first photodetector region to a second location between the first sidewall spacer and the gate dielectric layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Cheng-Hsien Chou, Wen-I Hsu, Tsun-Kai Tsao, Chih-Yu Lai, Jiech-Fun Lu, Yeur-Luen Tu
  • 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: 10847560
    Abstract: A backside illumination (BSI) image sensor and a method of forming the same are provided. A method includes forming a plurality of photosensitive pixels in a substrate, the substrate having a first surface and a second surface, the second surface being opposite the first surface, the substrate having one or more active devices on the first surface. A first portion of the second surface is protected. A second portion of the second surface is patterned to form recesses in the substrate. An anti-reflective layer is formed on sidewalls of the recesses. A metal grid is formed over the second portion of the second surface, the anti-reflective layer being interposed between the substrate and the metal grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hung-Wen Hsu, Jiech-Fun Lu, Yeur-Luen Tu, U-Ting Chen, Shu-Ting Tsai, Hsiu-Yu Cheng
  • Patent number: 10840287
    Abstract: An interconnect apparatus and a method of forming the interconnect apparatus is provided. Two substrates, such as wafers, dies, or a wafer and a die, are bonded together. A first mask is used to form a first opening extending partially to an interconnect formed on the first wafer. A dielectric liner is formed, and then another etch process is performed using the same mask. The etch process continues to expose interconnects formed on the first substrate and the second substrate. The opening is filled with a conductive material to form a conductive plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shih Pei Chou, Hung-Wen Hsu, Ching-Chung Su, Chun-Han Tsao, Chia-Chieh Lin, Shu-Ting Tsai, Jiech-Fun Lu, Shih-Chang Liu, Yeur-Luen Tu, Chia-Shiung Tsai
  • 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: 20200258989
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present application are directed to a method for forming a thin semiconductor-on-insulator (SOI) substrate without implantation radiation and/or plasma damage. In some embodiments, a device layer is epitaxially formed on a sacrificial substrate and an insulator layer is formed on the device layer. The insulator layer may, for example, be formed with a net charge that is negative or neutral. The sacrificial substrate is bonded to a handle substrate, such that the device layer and the insulator layer are between the sacrificial and handle substrates. The sacrificial substrate is removed, and the device layer is cyclically thinned until the device layer has a target thickness. Each thinning cycle comprises oxidizing a portion of the device layer and removing oxide resulting from the oxidizing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Inventors: Cheng-Ta Wu, Chia-Shiung Tsai, Jiech-Fun Lu, Kuo-Hwa Tzeng, Shih-Pei Chou, Yu-Hung Cheng, Yeur-Luen Tu
  • Publication number: 20200258743
    Abstract: An apparatus for wafer bonding includes a transfer module and a plasma module. The transfer module is configured to transfer a semiconductor wafer. The plasma module is configured to apply a first type of plasma to perform a reduction operation upon a surface of the semiconductor wafer at a temperature within a predetermined temperature range to convert metal oxides on the surface of the semiconductor wafer to metal, and apply a second type of plasma to perform a plasma operation upon the surface of the semiconductor wafer at a room temperature outside the predetermined temperature range to activate a surface of the semiconductor wafer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Inventors: YEONG-JYH LIN, YEUR-LUEN TU, CHIN-WEI LIANG
  • Patent number: 10727097
    Abstract: The mechanisms for cleaning a surface of a semiconductor wafer for a hybrid bonding are provided. The method for cleaning a surface of a semiconductor wafer for a hybrid bonding includes providing a semiconductor wafer, and the semiconductor wafer has a conductive pad embedded in an insulating layer. The method also includes performing a plasma process to a surface of the semiconductor wafer, and metal oxide is formed on a surface of the conductive structure. The method further includes performing a cleaning process using a cleaning solution to perform a reduction reaction with the metal oxide, such that metal-hydrogen bonds are formed on the surface of the conductive structure. The method further includes transferring the semiconductor wafer to a bonding chamber under vacuum for hybrid bonding. The mechanisms for a hybrid bonding and a integrated system are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sheng-Chau Chen, Chih-Hui Huang, Yeur-Luen Tu, Cheng-Ta Wu, Chia-Shiung Tsai, Xiao-Meng Chen
  • Publication number: 20200227298
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present application are directed towards a method for workpiece-level alignment with low alignment error and high throughput. In some embodiments, the method comprises aligning a first alignment mark on a first workpiece to a field of view (FOV) of an imaging device based on feedback from the imaging device, and further aligning a second alignment mark on a second workpiece to the first alignment mark based on feedback from the imaging device. The second workpiece is outside the FOV during the aligning of the first alignment mark. The aligning of the second alignment mark is performed without moving the first alignment mark out of the FOV. Further, the imaging device views the second alignment mark, and further views the first alignment mark through the second workpiece, during the aligning of the second alignment mark. The imaging device may, for example, perform imaging with reflected infrared radiation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Inventors: Ching-Hung Wang, Ping-Yin Liu, Yeong-Jyh Lin, Yeur-Luen Tu
  • Patent number: 10714600
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a bipolar junction transistor (BJT) with a collector region formed within a body of a semiconductor substrate, and an emitter region arranged over an upper surface of the semiconductor substrate. The BJT includes a base region arranged over the upper surface of the semiconductor substrate, which vertically separates the emitter and collector regions. The base region is arranged within, and in contact with, a conductive base layer, which delivers current to the base region. The base region includes a planar bottom surface, which increases contact area between the base region and the semiconductor substrate, thus decreasing resistance at the collector/base junction, over some conventional approaches. The base region can also include substantially vertical sidewalls, which increases contact area between the base region and the conductive base layer, thus improving current delivery to the base region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lih-Tien Shyu, Yeur-Luen Tu