Patents by Inventor Yu-Chien Ku

Yu-Chien Ku 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: 11901390
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a substrate, a dielectric layer, a plurality of dielectric patterns and a conductive pad. The substrate includes a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface. The dielectric layer is disposed at the first surface of the substrate, and the substrate is disposed between the dielectric layer and the second surface of the substrate. The dielectric patterns are disposed on the dielectric layer and between the first surface and the second surface of the substrate. The conductive pad is inserted between the plurality of dielectric patterns and extended into the dielectric layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu-Chien Ku, Huai-Jen Tung, Keng-Ying Liao, Yi-Hung Chen, Shih-Hsun Hsu, Yi-Fang Yang
  • Publication number: 20230253433
    Abstract: A device is disclosed. The device includes a plurality of pixels disposed over a first surface of a semiconductor layer. The device includes a device layer disposed over the first surface. The device includes metallization layers disposed over the device layer. One of the metallization layers, closer to the first surface than any of other ones of the metallization layers, includes at least one conductive structure. The device includes an oxide layer disposed over a second surface of the semiconductor layer, the second surface being opposite to the first surface, the oxide layer also lining a recess that extends through the semiconductor layer. The device includes a spacer layer disposed between inner sidewalls of the recess and the oxide layer. The device includes a pad structure extending through the oxide layer and the device layer to be in physical contact with the at least one conductive structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2023
    Publication date: August 10, 2023
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Keng-Ying Liao, Yu-Chu Lin, Chih Wei Sung, Shih Sian Wang, Chi-Chung Jen, Yu-chien Ku, Yen-Jou Wu, Huai-jen Tung, Po-Zen Chen
  • Patent number: 11652127
    Abstract: A device is disclosed. The device includes a plurality of pixels disposed over a first surface of a semiconductor layer. The device includes a device layer disposed over the first surface. The device includes metallization layers disposed over the device layer. One of the metallization layers, closer to the first surface than any of other ones of the metallization layers, includes at least one conductive structure. The device includes an oxide layer disposed over a second surface of the semiconductor layer, the second surface being opposite to the first surface, the oxide layer also lining a recess that extends through the semiconductor layer. The device includes a spacer layer disposed between inner sidewalls of the recess and the oxide layer. The device includes a pad structure extending through the oxide layer and the device layer to be in physical contact with the at least one conductive structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited
    Inventors: Keng-Ying Liao, Huai-jen Tung, Chih Wei Sung, Po-zen Chen, Yu-chien Ku, Yu-Chu Lin, Chi-Chung Jen, Yen-Jou Wu, S. S. Wang
  • Publication number: 20220367559
    Abstract: A method includes forming a dielectric layer over a first surface of a semiconductor layer, the dielectric layer including a metallization layer. The method includes forming an opening to expose a portion of the dielectric layer. The method includes forming a buffer oxide layer lining the opening. The method includes forming, according to a patternable layer, a recess in the buffer oxide layer partially extending from a second surface of the buffer oxide layer. The method includes removing the patternable layer. The method includes extending the recess through the buffer oxide layer and a portion of the dielectric layer to expose a portion of the metallization layer. The method includes filling the recess with a conductive material to form a pad structure configured to provide electrical connection to the metallization layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2022
    Publication date: November 17, 2022
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Keng-Ying Liao, Huai-jen Tung, Chih Wei Sung, Po-Zen Chen, Yu-chien Ku, Yu-Chu Lin, Chi-Chung Jen, Yen-Jou Wu, Tsun-Kai Tsao, Yung-Lung Yang
  • Patent number: 11502123
    Abstract: A method includes forming a dielectric layer over a first surface of a semiconductor layer, the dielectric layer including a metallization layer. The method includes forming an opening to expose a portion of the dielectric layer. The method includes forming a buffer oxide layer lining the opening. The method includes forming, according to a patternable layer, a recess in the buffer oxide layer partially extending from a second surface of the buffer oxide layer. The method includes removing the patternable layer. The method includes extending the recess through the buffer oxide layer and a portion of the dielectric layer to expose a portion of the metallization layer. The method includes filling the recess with a conductive material to form a pad structure configured to provide electrical connection to the metallization layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Keng-Ying Liao, Huai-Jen Tung, Chih Wei Sung, Po-zen Chen, Yu-Chien Ku, Yu-Chu Lin, Chi-Chung Jen, Yen-Jou Wu, Tsun-kai Tsao, Yung-Lung Yang
  • Publication number: 20220359606
    Abstract: A device is disclosed. The device includes a plurality of pixels disposed over a first surface of a semiconductor layer. The device includes a device layer disposed over the first surface. The device includes metallization layers disposed over the device layer. One of the metallization layers, closer to the first surface than any of other ones of the metallization layers, includes at least one conductive structure. The device includes an oxide layer disposed over a second surface of the semiconductor layer, the second surface being opposite to the first surface, the oxide layer also lining a recess that extends through the semiconductor layer. The device includes a spacer layer disposed between inner sidewalls of the recess and the oxide layer. The device includes a pad structure extending through the oxide layer and the device layer to be in physical contact with the at least one conductive structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2022
    Publication date: November 10, 2022
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited
    Inventors: Keng-Ying Liao, Huai-jen Tung, Chih Wei Sung, Po-zen Chen, Yu-chien Ku, Yu-Chu Lin, Chi-Chung Jen, Yen-Jou Wu, S.S. Wang
  • Publication number: 20220077217
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a substrate, a dielectric layer, a plurality of dielectric patterns and a conductive pad. The substrate includes a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface. The dielectric layer is disposed at the first surface of the substrate, and the substrate is disposed between the dielectric layer and the second surface of the substrate. The dielectric patterns are disposed on the dielectric layer and between the first surface and the second surface of the substrate. The conductive pad is inserted between the plurality of dielectric patterns and extended into the dielectric layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2021
    Publication date: March 10, 2022
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu-Chien Ku, Huai-Jen Tung, Keng-Ying Liao, Yi-Hung Chen, Shih-Hsun Hsu, Yi-Fang Yang
  • Patent number: 11177308
    Abstract: CMOS sensors and methods of forming the same are disclosed. The CMOS sensor includes a semiconductor substrate, a plurality of dielectric patterns, a first conductive element and a second conductive element. The semiconductor substrate has a pixel region and a circuit region. The dielectric patterns are disposed between the first portion and the second portion, wherein top surfaces of the plurality of dielectric patterns are lower than top surfaces of the first and second portions. The first conductive element is disposed below the plurality of dielectric patterns. The second conductive element inserts between the plurality of dielectric patterns to electrically connect the first conductive element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu-Chien Ku, Huai-Jen Tung, Keng-Ying Liao, Yi-Hung Chen, Shih-Hsun Hsu, Yi-Fang Yang
  • Publication number: 20210327945
    Abstract: A device is disclosed. The device includes a plurality of pixels disposed over a first surface of a semiconductor layer. The device includes a device layer disposed over the first surface. The device includes metallization layers disposed over the device layer. One of the metallization layers, closer to the first surface than any of other ones of the metallization layers, includes at least one conductive structure. The device includes an oxide layer disposed over a second surface of the semiconductor layer, the second surface being opposite to the first surface, the oxide layer also lining a recess that extends through the semiconductor layer. The device includes a spacer layer disposed between inner sidewalls of the recess and the oxide layer. The device includes a pad structure extending through the oxide layer and the device layer to be in physical contact with the at least one conductive structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Publication date: October 21, 2021
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited
    Inventors: Keng-Ying Liao, Huai-jen Tung, Chih Wei Sung, Po-zen Chen, Yu-chien Ku, Yu-Chu Lin, Chi-Chung Jen, Yen-Jou Wu, S.S. Wang
  • Publication number: 20210327951
    Abstract: A method includes forming a dielectric layer over a first surface of a semiconductor layer, the dielectric layer including a metallization layer. The method includes forming an opening to expose a portion of the dielectric layer. The method includes forming a buffer oxide layer lining the opening. The method includes forming, according to a patternable layer, a recess in the buffer oxide layer partially extending from a second surface of the buffer oxide layer. The method includes removing the patternable layer. The method includes extending the recess through the buffer oxide layer and a portion of the dielectric layer to expose a portion of the metallization layer. The method includes filling the recess with a conductive material to form a pad structure configured to provide electrical connection to the metallization layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Publication date: October 21, 2021
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited
    Inventors: Keng-Ying Liao, Huai-Jen Tung, Chih Wei Sung, Po-Zen Chen, Yu-Chien Ku, Yu-Chu Lin, Chi-Chung Jen, Yen-Jou Wu, Tsun-Kai Tsao, Y.L. Yang
  • Publication number: 20190259800
    Abstract: CMOS sensors and methods of forming the same are disclosed. The CMOS sensor includes a semiconductor substrate, a plurality of dielectric patterns, a first conductive element and a second conductive element. The semiconductor substrate has a pixel region and a circuit region. The dielectric patterns are disposed between the first portion and the second portion, wherein top surfaces of the plurality of dielectric patterns are lower than top surfaces of the first and second portions. The first conductive element is disposed below the plurality of dielectric patterns. The second conductive element inserts between the plurality of dielectric patterns to electrically connect the first conductive element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu-Chien Ku, Huai-Jen Tung, Keng-Ying Liao, Yi-Hung Chen, Shih-Hsun Hsu, Yi-Fang Yang
  • Publication number: 20190140010
    Abstract: CMOS sensors and methods of forming the same are disclosed. The CMOS sensor includes a semiconductor substrate, a dielectric layer, an interconnect, a bonding pad and a dummy pattern. The semiconductor substrate has a pixel region and a circuit region. The dielectric layer is surrounded by the semiconductor substrate in the circuit region. The interconnect is disposed over the dielectric layer in the circuit region. The bonding pad is disposed in the dielectric layer and electrically connects the interconnect in the circuit region. The dummy pattern is disposed in the dielectric layer and surrounds the bonding pad in the circuit region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu-Chien Ku, Huai-Jen Tung, Keng-Ying Liao, Yi-Hung Chen, Shih-Hsun Hsu, Yi-Fang Yang
  • Patent number: 10283548
    Abstract: CMOS sensors and methods of forming the same are disclosed. The CMOS sensor includes a semiconductor substrate, a dielectric layer, an interconnect, a bonding pad and a dummy pattern. The semiconductor substrate has a pixel region and a circuit region. The dielectric layer is surrounded by the semiconductor substrate in the circuit region. The interconnect is disposed over the dielectric layer in the circuit region. The bonding pad is disposed in the dielectric layer and electrically connects the interconnect in the circuit region. The dummy pattern is disposed in the dielectric layer and surrounds the bonding pad in the circuit region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu-Chien Ku, Huai-Jen Tung, Keng-Ying Liao, Yi-Hung Chen, Shih-Hsun Hsu, Yi-Fang Yang