Patents by Inventor Yoshio Kawai

Yoshio Kawai 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: 20060269870
    Abstract: Ester compounds having formula (1) wherein R1 is fluorine or C1-C10 fluoroalkyl, R2 is C1-C10 alkylene or fluoroalkylene, and R3 is an acid labile group are novel. They can be polymerized into polymers which are used to formulate resist compositions, which are processed by the lithography involving ArF exposure, offering many advantages including improved resolution and transparency, minimal line edge roughness, improved etch resistance, and especially minimal surface roughness after etching.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2006
    Publication date: November 30, 2006
    Inventors: Yuji Harada, Jun Hatakeyama, Yoshio Kawai, Kazuhiko Maeda, Haruhiko Komoriya, Michitaka Ootani
  • Publication number: 20060269871
    Abstract: A polymer comprising recurring units of formula (1) wherein R1 is F or fluoroalkyl, R2 is alkylene or fluoroalkylene, and R3 is an acid labile group and having a Mw of 1,000-500,000 is used to formulate a resist composition, which is processed by the lithography involving ArF exposure and offers many advantages including resolution, minimal line edge roughness, etch resistance, and minimal surface roughness after etching. The composition performs well when processed by the ArF immersion lithography with liquid interposed between the projection lens and the wafer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2006
    Publication date: November 30, 2006
    Inventors: Yuji Harada, Jun Hatakeyama, Yoshio Kawai, Masaru Sasago, Masayuki Endo, Kazuhiko Maeda, Haruhiko Komoriya, Michitaka Ootani
  • Patent number: 7125642
    Abstract: A sulfonate compound having formula (1) is novel wherein R1 to R3 are H, F or C1-20 alkyl or fluoroalkyl, at least one of R1 to R3 contains F.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignees: Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Central Glass Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Harada, Jun Hatakeyama, Yoshio Kawai, Masaru Sasago, Masayuki Endo, Shinji Kishimura, Kazuhiko Maeda, Haruhiko Komoriya, Satoru Miyazawa
  • Patent number: 7125641
    Abstract: A polymer comprising recurring units of (1a) or (1b) wherein R1 is an acid labile group, adhesive group or fluoroalkyl, R2 is H, F, alkyl or fluoroalkyl, R3 and R4 each are a single bond, alkylene or fluoroalkylene, R5 is H or an acid labile group, “a” is 1 or 2, 0<U11<1 and 0<U12<1 and having a Mw of 1,000–500,000 is used as a base resin to formulate a resist composition which is sensitive to high-energy radiation, maintains high transparency at a wavelength of up to 200 nm, and has improved alkali dissolution contrast and plasma etching resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignees: Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Central Glass Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Harada, Jun Hatakeyama, Yoshio Kawai, Masaru Sasago, Masayuki Endo, Shinji Kishimura, Kazuhiko Maeda, Haruhiko Komoriya, Satoru Miyazawa
  • Patent number: 7125643
    Abstract: A polymer comprising recurring units of formula (1) and recurring units of formulae (2a) to (2d) wherein R1 is F or fluoroalkyl, R2 is a single bond or an alkylene or fluoroalkylene, R3 and R4 are H, F, alkyl or fluoroalkyl, at least one of R3 and R4 contains F, R5 is H or an acid labile group, R6 is an acid labile group, adhesive group, alkyl or fluoroalkyl, and “a” is 1 or 2 is used as a base resin to formulate a resist composition which has advantages including high transparency to radiation having a wavelength of up to 200 nm, substrate adhesion, developer affinity and dry etching resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignees: Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Central Glass Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Harada, Jun Hatakeyama, Yoshio Kawai, Masaru Sasago, Masayuki Endo, Shinji Kishimura, Kazuhiko Maeda, Haruhiko Komoriya, Kazuhiro Yamanaka
  • Publication number: 20060177765
    Abstract: A fluorinated polymer comprising recurring units of formulae (1a) to (1d) and having a Mw of 1,000-500,000 is provided. R1 is an acid labile group, R2 is a single bond or methylene, a1, a2, a3, and a4 are numbers from more than 0 to less than 1, and 0<a1+a2+a3+a4?1, b is 1 or 2, and c is 0 or 1. A resist composition comprising the polymer, when processed by the lithography involving ArF exposure, has many advantages including resolution, line edge roughness, etch resistance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2006
    Publication date: August 10, 2006
    Inventors: Yuji Harada, Jun Hatakeyama, Yoshio Kawai, Masaru Sasago, Masayuki Endo, Kazuhiko Maeda, Haruhiko Komoriya, Michitaka Ootani
  • Patent number: 7067231
    Abstract: A polymer comprising recurring units having a partial structure of formula (1) wherein R1 is a single bond or alkylene or fluoroalkylene, R2 and R3 are H or alkyl or fluoroalkyl, at least one of R2 and R3 contains at least one fluorine atom is used as a base resin to formulate a resist composition which has advantages including high transparency to radiation having a wavelength of up to 200 nm, substrate adhesion, developer affinity and dry etching resistance
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignees: Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Central Glass Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Harada, Jun Hatakeyama, Yoshio Kawai, Masaru Sasago, Masayuki Endo, Shinji Kishimura, Kazuhiko Maeda, Haruhiko Komoriya, Kazuhiro Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 7005228
    Abstract: A ternary copolymer comprising units of ?-trifluoromethylacrylic carboxylate having acid labile groups substituted thereon, units of ?-trifluoromethylacrylic carboxylate having adhesive groups substituted thereon, and units of styrene having hexafluoroalcohol pendants is highly transparent to VUV radiation and resistant to plasma etching. A resist composition using the polymer as a base resin is sensitive to high-energy radiation below 200 nm, has excellent sensitivity, and is suited for lithographic microprocessing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignees: Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Central Glass Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Hatakeyama, Yuji Harada, Yoshio Kawai, Masaru Sasago, Masayuki Endo, Shinji Kishimura, Michitaka Ootani, Satoru Miyazawa, Kentaro Tsutsumi, Kazuhiko Maeda
  • Patent number: 7001707
    Abstract: A resist composition comprising a blend of a cyclic polymer having alcoholic groups as soluble groups and a polymer having carboxyl or hexafluoroalcohol groups whose hydrogen atoms are replaced by acid labile groups as a base resin forms a resist film which is improved in transparency, alkali dissolution contrast and plasma etching resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignees: Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Central Glass Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Hatakeyama, Yuji Harada, Yoshio Kawai, Masaru Sasago, Masayuki Endo, Shinji Kishimura, Kazuhiko Maeda, Haruhiko Komoriya, Kazuhiro Yamanaka
  • Publication number: 20060029884
    Abstract: In an immersion lithography process, a pattern is formed by forming a photoresist layer on a wafer, forming a protective coating on the photoresist layer from an overlay material, exposing the layer structure to light in water, and developing. A water-insoluble, alkali-soluble material is used as the overlay material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2005
    Publication date: February 9, 2006
    Applicants: Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd., Central Glass Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Hatakeyama, Yoshio Kawai, Kazuhiko Maeda, Haruhiko Komoriya, Michitaka Ootani
  • Publication number: 20050284502
    Abstract: A rinse comprising a water-soluble polymer is suited for use in a lithographic process. In the lithographic process for the fabrication of semiconductor integrated circuits involving the exposure of resist to various types of radiation (e.g., UV, deep UV, vacuum UV, electron beams, x-rays, and laser beams), the invention can prevent resist insoluble components from generating on and attaching to the resist film or substrate, and if insoluble components attach, can effectively remove the insoluble components, thus avoiding a lowering of production yield by defects resulting from the insoluble components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2005
    Publication date: December 29, 2005
    Applicant: Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Watanabe, Tomohiro Kobayashi, Yoshio Kawai, Toshinobu Ishihara
  • Publication number: 20050267275
    Abstract: A resist composition comprising a polymer containing vinyl sulfonate units having fluorinated hydrophilic groups as a base resin has excellent transparency, substrate adhesion and developer penetrability as well as plasma etching resistance, and is suited for lithographic microprocessing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2005
    Publication date: December 1, 2005
    Inventors: Yuji Harada, Jun Hatakeyama, Yoshio Kawai, Masaru Sasago, Masayuki Endo, Shinji Kishimura, Kazuhiko Maeda, Michitaka Ootani, Haruhiko Komoriya
  • Publication number: 20050221221
    Abstract: A chemically amplified resist composition using an alternating copolymer of ?-trifluoroacrylic acid with norbornene as a base polymer lends itself to ArF laser lithographic micropatterning and is improved in transparency, plasma etching resistance, and line edge roughness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2005
    Publication date: October 6, 2005
    Applicants: Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Central Glass Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Hatakeyama, Yuji Harada, Yoshio Kawai, Masaru Sasago, Masayuki Endo, Shinji Kishimura, Kazuhiko Maeda, Haruhiko Komoriya, Kazuhiro Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 6946235
    Abstract: A resist composition comprising a polymer containing vinyl sulfonate units having fluorinated hydrophilic groups as a base resin has excellent transparency, substrate adhesion and developer penetrability as well as plasma etching resistance, and is suited for lithographic microprocessing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignees: Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Central Glass Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Harada, Jun Hatakeyama, Yoshio Kawai, Masaru Sasago, Masayuki Endo, Shinji Kishimura, Kazuhiko Maeda, Michitaka Ootani, Haruhiko Komoriya
  • Patent number: 6933095
    Abstract: A copolymer of an acrylate monomer containing fluorine at ?-position with a fluorinated hydroxystyrene derivative is highly transparent to VUV radiation and resistant to plasma etching. A resist composition using the polymer as a base resin is sensitive to high-energy radiation below 200 nm, has excellent sensitivity, resolution, transparency, substrate adhesion and plasma etching resistance, and is suited for lithographic microprocessing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignees: Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Central Glass Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Harada, Jun Hatakeyama, Yoshio Kawai, Masaru Sasago, Masayuki Endo, Shinji Kishimura, Michitaka Ootani, Satoru Miyazawa, Kentaro Tsutsumi, Kazuhiko Maeda
  • Publication number: 20050175935
    Abstract: A chemically amplified resist composition comprising an alternating copolymer of an acrylate monomer having a fluoroalkyl group at alpha-position with a norbornene derivative, when processed through ArF excimer laser exposure by lithography, is improved in resolution and dry etching resistance and minimized in line edge roughness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2005
    Publication date: August 11, 2005
    Inventors: Yuji Harada, Jun Hatakeyama, Yoshio Kawai, Masaru Sasago, Masayuki Endo, Shinji Kishimura, Kazuhiko Maeda, Haruhiko Komoriya, Kazuhiro Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 6916592
    Abstract: A resist composition comprising a base polymer having a fluorinated sulfonate or fluorinated sulfone introduced therein is sensitive to high-energy radiation, has excellent transparency, contrast and adherence, and is suited for lithographic microprocessing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2005
    Assignees: Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Central Glass Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Harada, Jun Hatakeyama, Yoshio Kawai, Masaru Sasago, Masayuki Endo, Shinji Kishimura, Kazuhiko Maeda, Michitaka Ootani, Haruhiko Komoriya
  • Publication number: 20050106499
    Abstract: A polymer comprising recurring units of formula (1) and recurring units of formulae (2a) to (2d) wherein R1 is F or fluoroalkyl, R2 is a single bond or an alkylene or fluoroalkylene, R3 and R4 are H, F, alkyl or fluoroalkyl, at least one of R3 and R4 contains F, R5 is H or an acid labile group, R6 is an acid labile group, adhesive group, alkyl or fluoroalkyl, and “a” is 1 or 2 is used as a base resin to formulate a resist composition which has advantages including high transparency to radiation having a wavelength of up to 200 nm, substrate adhesion, developer affinity and dry etching resistance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2004
    Publication date: May 19, 2005
    Inventors: Yuji Harada, Yoshio Kawai, Masaru Sasago, Masayuki Endo, Shirrji Kishimura, Kazuhiko Maeda, Haruhiko Komoriya, Kazuhiro Yamanaka
  • Publication number: 20050089797
    Abstract: A polymer comprising recurring units having a partial structure of formula (1) wherein R1 is a single bond or alkylene or fluoroalkylene, R2 and R3 are H or alkyl or fluoroalkyl, at least one of R2 and R3 contains at least one fluorine atom is used as a base resin to formulate a resist composition which has advantages including high transparency to radiation having a wavelength of up to 200 nm, substrate adhesion, developer affinity and dry etching resistance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2004
    Publication date: April 28, 2005
    Inventors: Yuji Harada, Jun Hatakeyama, Yoshio Kawai, Masaru Sasago, Masayuki Endo, Shinji Kishimura, Kazuhiko Maeda, Haruhiko Komoriya, Kazuhiro Yamanaka
  • Publication number: 20050084796
    Abstract: A resist composition comprising a blend of a cyclic polymer having alcoholic groups as soluble groups and a polymer having carboxyl or hexafluoroalcohol groups whose hydrogen atoms are replaced by acid labile groups as a base resin forms a resist film which is improved in transparency, alkali dissolution contrast and plasma etching resistance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2004
    Publication date: April 21, 2005
    Applicants: Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Central Glass Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Hatakeyama, Yuji Harada, Yoshio Kawai, Masaru Sasago, Masayuki Endo, Shinji Kishimura, Kazuhiko Maeda, Haruhiko Komoriya, Kazuhiro Yamanaka