Patents by Inventor Ying-Liang Chuang

Ying-Liang Chuang 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: 11189714
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a method of cleaning a lanthanum containing substrate without formation of undesired lanthanum compounds during processing. In one embodiment, the cleaning method includes treating the lanthanum containing substrate with an acidic solution prior to cleaning the lanthanum containing substrate with a HF solution. The cleaning method permits using lanthanum doped high-k dielectric layer to modulate effective work function of the gate stack, thus, improving device performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ming-Chi Huang, Ying-Liang Chuang, Ming-Hsi Yeh, Kuo-Bin Huang
  • Patent number: 11114347
    Abstract: Semiconductor device structures having metal gate structures with tunable work function values are provided. In one example, a semiconductor device includes a first gate structure and a second gate structure on a substrate; wherein the first gate structure includes a first gate dielectric layer having a first material, and the second gate structure includes a second gate dielectric layer having a second material, the first material being different from the second material, wherein the first and the second gate structures further comprises a first and a second self-protective layers disposed on the first and the second gate dielectric layers respectively, wherein the first self-protective layer comprises metal phosphate and the second self-protective layer comprises boron comprising complex agents and a first work function tuning layer on the first self-protective layer in the first gate structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ju-Li Huang, Ying-Liang Chuang, Ming-Hsi Yeh, Kuo-Bin Huang
  • Patent number: 11114436
    Abstract: Provided is a metal gate structure and related methods that include performing a metal gate cut process. The metal gate cut process includes a plurality of etching steps. For example, a first anisotropic dry etch is performed, a second isotropic dry etch is performed, and a third wet etch is performed. In some embodiments, the second isotropic etch removes a residual portion of a metal gate layer including a metal containing layer. In some embodiments, the third etch removes a residual portion of a dielectric layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ming-Chi Huang, Ying-Liang Chuang, Ming-Hsi Yeh, Kuo-Bin Huang
  • Publication number: 20210193469
    Abstract: Semiconductor device structures having metal gate structures with tunable work function values are provided. In one example, a first gate structure and a second gate structure formed on a substrate, wherein the first gate structure includes a first work function metal having a first material, and the second gate structure includes a second work function metal having a second material, the first material being different from the second material, wherein the first gate structure further includes a gate dielectric layer, a self-protective layer having metal phosphate, and the first work function metal on the self-protective layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2021
    Publication date: June 24, 2021
    Inventors: Ju-Li Huang, Ying-Liang Chuang, Ming-Hsi Yeh, Kuo-Bin Huang
  • Patent number: 11031302
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide wet process based methods for modifying threshold value (Vt) of high-k metal gate using self-assembled monolayer (SAM) on dedicated transistor. In one embodiment, the method includes forming a gate structure over a substrate, the gate structure comprising a gate dielectric layer, a barrier layer formed over the gate dielectric layer, and an oxide layer formed over the barrier layer, and forming a self-assembled monolayer on the oxide layer by exposing the oxide layer to an aqueous solution containing metal oxides in a metal dissolving acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ju-Li Huang, Chih-Long Chiang, Kuo Bin Huang, Ming-Hsi Yeh, Ying-Liang Chuang
  • Patent number: 11031500
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes structure and method of a fin field-effect transistor (finFET) device. The finFET device includes: a substrate, a fin over the substrate, and a gate structure over the fin. The gate structure includes a work-function metal (WFM) layer over an inner sidewall of the gate structure. A topmost surface of the WFM layer is lower than a top surface of the gate structure. The gate structure also includes a filler gate metal layer over the topmost surface of the WFM layer. A top surface of the filler gate metal layer is substantially co-planar with the top surface of the gate structure. The gate structure further includes a self-assembled monolayer (SAM) between the filler gate metal layer and the WFM layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ju-Li Huang, Chun-Sheng Liang, Ming-Hsi Yeh, Ying-Liang Chuang, Hsin-Che Chiang, Chun-Ming Yang, Yu-Chi Pan
  • Publication number: 20210125877
    Abstract: Semiconductor devices and methods which utilize a treatment process of a bottom anti-reflective layer are provided. The treatment process may be a physical treatment process in which material is added in order to fill holes and pores within the material of the bottom anti-reflective layer or else the treatment process may be a chemical treatment process in which a chemical reaction is used to form a protective layer. By treating the bottom anti-reflective layer the diffusion of subsequently applied chemicals is reduced or eliminated, thereby helping to prevent defects that arise from such diffusion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Publication date: April 29, 2021
    Inventors: Yao-Wen Hsu, Ming-Chi Huang, Ying-Liang Chuang
  • Patent number: 10937656
    Abstract: Semiconductor device structures having metal gate structures with tunable work function values are provided. In one example, a first gate structure and a second gate structure formed on a substrate, wherein the first gate structure includes a first work function metal having a first material, and the second gate structure includes a second work function metal having a second material, the first material being different from the second material, wherein the first gate structure further includes a gate dielectric layer, a self-protective layer having metal phosphate, and the first work function metal on the self-protective layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ju-Li Huang, Ying-Liang Chuang, Ming-Hsi Yeh, Kuo-Bin Huang
  • Publication number: 20210057287
    Abstract: A method includes forming a gate stack, which includes a first portion over a portion of a first semiconductor fin, a second portion over a portion of a second semiconductor fin, and a third portion connecting the first portion to the second portion. An anisotropic etching is performed on the third portion of the gate stack to form an opening between the first portion and the second portion. A footing portion of the third portion remains after the anisotropic etching. The method further includes performing an isotropic etching to remove a metal gate portion of the footing portion, and filling the opening with a dielectric material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Publication date: February 25, 2021
    Inventors: Ming-Chi Huang, Kuo-Bin Huang, Ying-Liang Chuang, Ming-Hsi Yeh
  • Publication number: 20200373298
    Abstract: Provided is a metal gate structure and related methods that include performing a metal gate cut process. The metal gate cut process includes a plurality of etching steps. For example, a first anisotropic dry etch is performed, a second isotropic dry etch is performed, and a third wet etch is performed. In some embodiments, the second isotropic etch removes a residual portion of a metal gate layer including a metal containing layer. In some embodiments, the third etch removes a residual portion of a dielectric layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Inventors: Ming-Chi HUANG, Ying-Liang CHUANG, Ming-Hsi YEH, Kuo-Bin HUANG
  • Publication number: 20200350418
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a method of cleaning a lanthanum containing substrate without formation of undesired lanthanum compounds during processing. In one embodiment, the cleaning method includes treating the lanthanum containing substrate with an acidic solution prior to cleaning the lanthanum containing substrate with a HF solution. The cleaning method permits using lanthanum doped high-k dielectric layer to modulate effective work function of the gate stack, thus, improving device performance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2020
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Inventors: Ming-Chi Huang, Ying-Liang Chuang, Ming-Hsi Yeh, Kuo-Bin Huang
  • Patent number: 10811320
    Abstract: A method includes forming a gate stack, which includes a first portion over a portion of a first semiconductor fin, a second portion over a portion of a second semiconductor fin, and a third portion connecting the first portion to the second portion. An anisotropic etching is performed on the third portion of the gate stack to form an opening between the first portion and the second portion. A footing portion of the third portion remains after the anisotropic etching. The method further includes performing an isotropic etching to remove a metal gate portion of the footing portion, and filling the opening with a dielectric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ming-Chi Huang, Kuo-Bin Huang, Ying-Liang Chuang, Ming-Hsi Yeh
  • Patent number: 10755934
    Abstract: A chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) system and associated semiconductor fabrication methods are disclosed herein. An exemplary method includes performing a planarization process in a polishing unit of a CMP system to planarize a surface of a material layer using a CMP slurry. The method further includes, after performing the planarization process, performing a buffing process in the polishing unit of the CMP system to buff the surface of the material layer using an ozone gas dissolved in deionized water (O3/DIW) solution. The method further includes controlling the performing of the planarization process and the performing of the buffing process, such that the CMP slurry is received by the polishing unit from a first pipeline during the planarization process and the O3/DIW solution is received by the polishing unit from a second pipeline during the buffing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Shich-Chang Suen, Chi-Jen Liu, Ying-Liang Chuang, Li-Chieh Wu, Liang-Guang Chen, Ming-Liang Yen
  • Patent number: 10748898
    Abstract: Provided is a metal gate structure and related methods that include performing a metal gate cut process. The metal gate cut process includes a plurality of etching steps. For example, a first anisotropic dry etch is performed, a second isotropic dry etch is performed, and a third wet etch is performed. In some embodiments, the second isotropic etch removes a residual portion of a metal gate layer including a metal containing layer. In some embodiments, the third etch removes a residual portion of a dielectric layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ming-Chi Huang, Ying-Liang Chuang, Ming-Hsi Yeh, Kuo-Bin Huang
  • Patent number: 10720516
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a method of cleaning a lanthanum containing substrate without formation of undesired lanthanum compounds during processing. In one embodiment, the cleaning method includes treating the lanthanum containing substrate with an acidic solution prior to cleaning the lanthanum containing substrate with a HF solution. The cleaning method permits using lanthanum doped high-k dielectric layer to modulate effective work function of the gate stack, thus, improving device performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ming-Chi Huang, Ying-Liang Chuang, Ming-Hsi Yeh, Kuo-Bin Huang
  • Publication number: 20200152772
    Abstract: Methods for, and structures formed by, wet process assisted approaches implemented in a replacement gate process are provided. Generally, in some examples, a wet etch process for removing a capping layer can form a first monolayer on the underlying layer as an adhesion layer and a second monolayer on, e.g., an interfacial dielectric layer between a gate spacer and a fin as an etch protection mechanism. Generally, in some examples, a wet process can form a monolayer on a metal layer, like a barrier layer of a work function tuning layer, as a hardmask for patterning of the metal layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: Ju-Li Huang, Chun-Sheng Liang, Ming-Chi Huang, Ming-Hsi Yeh, Ying-Liang Chuang, Hsin-Che Chiang
  • Publication number: 20200118823
    Abstract: A chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) system and associated semiconductor fabrication methods are disclosed herein. An exemplary method includes performing a planarization process in a polishing unit of a CMP system to planarize a surface of a material layer using a CMP slurry. The method further includes, after performing the planarization process, performing a buffing process in the polishing unit of the CMP system to buff the surface of the material layer using an ozone gas dissolved in deionized water (O3/DIW) solution. The method further includes controlling the performing of the planarization process and the performing of the buffing process, such that the CMP slurry is received by the polishing unit from a first pipeline during the planarization process and the O3/DIW solution is received by the polishing unit from a second pipeline during the buffing process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Shich-Chang SUEN, Chi-Jen LIU, Ying-Liang CHUANG, Li-Chieh WU, Liang-Guang CHEN, Ming-Liang YEN
  • Publication number: 20200090940
    Abstract: Semiconductor device structures having metal gate structures with tunable work function values are provided. In one example, a first gate structure and a second gate structure formed on a substrate, wherein the first gate structure includes a first work function metal having a first material, and the second gate structure includes a second work function metal having a second material, the first material being different from the second material, wherein the first gate structure further includes a gate dielectric layer, a self-protective layer having metal phosphate, and the first work function metal on the self-protective layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Ju-Li Huang, Ying-Liang Chuang, Ming-Hsi Yeh, Kuo-Bin Huang
  • Publication number: 20200044073
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes structure and method of a fin field-effect transistor (finFET) device. The finFET device includes: a substrate, a fin over the substrate, and a gate structure over the fin. The gate structure includes a work-function metal (WFM) layer over an inner sidewall of the gate structure. A topmost surface of the WFM layer is lower than a top surface of the gate structure. The gate structure also includes a filler gate metal layer over the topmost surface of the WFM layer. A top surface of the filler gate metal layer is substantially co-planar with the top surface of the gate structure. The gate structure further includes a self-assembled monolayer (SAM) between the filler gate metal layer and the WFM layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Applicant: Taiwam Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ju-Li HUANG, Chun-Sheng Liang, Ming-Hsi Yeh, Ying-Liang Chuang, Hsin-Che Chiang, Chun-Ming Yang, Yu-Chi Pan
  • Patent number: 10541317
    Abstract: Methods for, and structures formed by, wet process assisted approaches implemented in a replacement gate process are provided. Generally, in some examples, a wet etch process for removing a capping layer can form a first monolayer on the underlying layer as an adhesion layer and a second monolayer on, e.g., an interfacial dielectric layer between a gate spacer and a fin as an etch protection mechanism. Generally, in some examples, a wet process can form a monolayer on a metal layer, like a barrier layer of a work function tuning layer, as a hardmask for patterning of the metal layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ju-Li Huang, Chun-Sheng Liang, Ming-Chi Huang, Ming-Hsi Yeh, Ying-Liang Chuang, Hsin-Che Chiang