Patents by Inventor Yu-Tsung Lai

Yu-Tsung Lai 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: 11480869
    Abstract: A photomask includes a substrate, a multilayer stack disposed over the substrate and configured to reflect a radiation, a capping layer over the multilayer stack, and an anti-reflective layer over the capping layer. The anti-reflective layer comprises a first pattern, wherein the first pattern exposes the capping layer and is configured as a printable feature. The photomask also includes an absorber spaced apart from the printable feature from a top-view perspective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: Chien-Hung Lai, Hao-Ming Chang, Chia-Shih Lin, Hsuan-Wen Wang, Yu-Hsin Hsu, Chih-Tsung Shih, Yu-Hsun Wu
  • Publication number: 20220302374
    Abstract: A magnetoresistive random access memory (MRAM), including a bottom electrode layer on a substrate, a magnetic tunnel junction stack on the bottom electrode layer, a top electrode layer on the magnetic tunnel junction stack, and a hard mask layer on said top electrode layer, wherein the material of top electrode layer is titanium nitride, a material of said hard mask layer is tantalum or tantalum nitride, and the percentage of nitrogen in the titanium nitride gradually decreases from the top surface of top electrode layer to the bottom surface of top electrode layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2022
    Publication date: September 22, 2022
    Applicant: UNITED MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Hui-Lin Wang, Chen-Yi Weng, Chin-Yang Hsieh, Yi-Hui Lee, Ying-Cheng Liu, Yi-An Shih, Jing-Yin Jhang, I-Ming Tseng, Yu-Ping Wang, Chien-Ting Lin, Kun-Chen Ho, Yi-Syun Chou, Chang-Min Li, Yi-Wei Tseng, Yu-Tsung Lai, JUN XIE
  • Patent number: 11387408
    Abstract: A magnetoresistive random access memory (MRAM), including a bottom electrode layer on a substrate, a magnetic tunnel junction stack on the bottom electrode layer, and a top electrode layer on the magnetic tunnel junction stack, wherein the material of top electrode layer is titanium nitride, and the percentage of nitrogen in the titanium nitride gradually decreases from the top surface of top electrode layer to the bottom surface of top electrode layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: UNITED MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Hui-Lin Wang, Chen-Yi Weng, Chin-Yang Hsieh, Yi-Hui Lee, Ying-Cheng Liu, Yi-An Shih, Jing-Yin Jhang, I-Ming Tseng, Yu-Ping Wang, Chien-Ting Lin, Kun-Chen Ho, Yi-Syun Chou, Chang-Min Li, Yi-Wei Tseng, Yu-Tsung Lai, Jun Xie
  • Patent number: 11283007
    Abstract: A method for fabricating semiconductor device includes the steps of: forming a magnetic tunneling junction (MTJ) on a substrate; forming a first inter-metal dielectric (IMD) layer around the MTJ; forming an etch stop layer on the first IMD layer; forming a second IMD layer on the etch stop layer; forming a patterned hard mask on the second IMD layer; performing a first etching process to form a contact hole in the second IMD layer for exposing the etch stop layer; performing a second etching process to remove the patterned hard mask; performing a third etching process to remove the etch stop layer and the first IMD layer for exposing the MTJ; and forming a metal interconnection in the contact hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: UNITED MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Chih-Wei Kuo, Meng-Jun Wang, Yi-Wei Tseng, Yu-Tsung Lai, Jiunn-Hsiung Liao
  • Publication number: 20220085283
    Abstract: A method for fabricating semiconductor device includes first forming a first magnetic tunneling junction (MTJ) and a second MTJ on a substrate, performing an atomic layer deposition (ALD) process or a high-density plasma (HDP) process to form a passivation layer on the first MTJ and the second MTJ, performing an etching process to remove the passivation layer adjacent to the first MTJ and the second MTJ, and then forming an ultra low-k (ULK) dielectric layer on the passivation layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2021
    Publication date: March 17, 2022
    Applicant: UNITED MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Hui-Lin Wang, Tai-Cheng Hou, Wei-Xin Gao, Fu-Yu Tsai, Chin-Yang Hsieh, Chen-Yi Weng, Jing-Yin Jhang, Bin-Siang Tsai, Kun-Ju Li, Chih-Yueh Li, Chia-Lin Lu, Chun-Lung Chen, Kun-Yuan Liao, Yu-Tsung Lai, Wei-Hao Huang
  • Patent number: 11271154
    Abstract: A magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) device includes two magnetic tunnel junction elements and a metal interconnection. The two magnetic tunnel junction elements are arranged side by side at a first direction. The metal interconnection is disposed between the magnetic tunnel junction elements, wherein the metal interconnection includes a contact plug part having a long shape at a top view, and the long shape has a length at a second direction larger than a width at the first direction, wherein the second direction is orthogonal to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: UNITED MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Chih-Wei Kuo, Ting-Hsiang Huang, Yu-Tsung Lai, Jiunn-Hsiung Liao
  • Publication number: 20210296576
    Abstract: A method for fabricating semiconductor device includes the steps of: forming a first magnetic tunneling junction (MTJ) and a second MTJ on a substrate; forming a first top electrode on the first MTJ and a second top electrode on the second MTJ; forming a passivation layer on the first MTJ and the second MTJ; removing part of the passivation layer so that a top surface of all of the remaining passivation layer is lower than a top surface of the first electrode; and forming a ultra low-k (ULK) dielectric layer on the first MTJ and the second MTJ.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2021
    Publication date: September 23, 2021
    Inventors: Chih-Wei Kuo, Tai-Cheng Hou, Yu-Tsung Lai, Jiunn-Hsiung Liao
  • Publication number: 20210288107
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a first magnetic tunneling junction (MTJ) and a second MTJ on a substrate, a first top electrode on the first MTJ and a second top electrode on the second MTJ, a passivation layer between the first MTJ and the second MTJ, and an ultra low-k (ULK) dielectric layer on and directly contacting the passivation layer and around the first MTJ and the second MTJ. Preferably, a top surface of the passivation layer includes a V-shape and a valley point of the V-shape is higher than a bottom surface of the first top electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2021
    Publication date: September 16, 2021
    Inventors: Chih-Wei Kuo, Tai-Cheng Hou, Yu-Tsung Lai, Jiunn-Hsiung Liao
  • Patent number: 11121307
    Abstract: A method for fabricating semiconductor device includes the steps of: forming a first magnetic tunneling junction (MTJ) and a second MTJ on a substrate; forming a first top electrode on the first MTJ and a second top electrode on the second MTJ; forming a cap layer on the first MTJ and the second MTJ; forming a passivation layer on the cap layer; removing part of the passivation layer to form a recess between the first MTJ and the second MTJ; forming an anti-reflective layer on the passivation layer and filling the recess; and removing the anti-reflective layer, the passivation layer, and the cap layer to form a first contact hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: UNITED MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Chih-Wei Kuo, Chia-Chang Hsu, Yu-Tsung Lai, Jiunn-Hsiung Liao
  • Patent number: 11056536
    Abstract: A method for fabricating semiconductor device includes the steps of: forming a first magnetic tunneling junction (MTJ) and a second MTJ on a substrate; forming a first top electrode on the first MTJ and a second top electrode on the second MTJ; forming a passivation layer on the first MTJ and the second MTJ; removing part of the passivation layer so that a top surface of all of the remaining passivation layer is lower than a top surface of the first electrode; and forming a ultra low-k (ULK) dielectric layer on the first MTJ and the second MTJ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: UNITED MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Chih-Wei Kuo, Tai-Cheng Hou, Yu-Tsung Lai, Jiunn-Hsiung Liao
  • Publication number: 20210151666
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a first magnetic tunneling junction (MTJ) and a second MTJ on a substrate, a passivation layer on the first MTJ and the second MTJ, and an ultra low-k (ULK) dielectric layer on the passivation layer. Preferably, a top surface of the passivation layer between the first MTJ and the second MTJ is lower than a top surface of the passivation layer directly on top of the first MTJ.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2021
    Publication date: May 20, 2021
    Inventors: Hui-Lin Wang, Tai-Cheng Hou, Wei-Xin Gao, Fu-Yu Tsai, Chin-Yang Hsieh, Chen-Yi Weng, Jing-Yin Jhang, Bin-Siang Tsai, Kun-Ju Li, Chih-Yueh Li, Chia-Lin Lu, Chun-Lung Chen, Kun-Yuan Liao, Yu-Tsung Lai, Wei-Hao Huang
  • Publication number: 20210119115
    Abstract: A method for fabricating semiconductor device includes the steps of: forming a first magnetic tunneling junction (MTJ) on a substrate; forming a first ultra low-k (ULK) dielectric layer on the first MTJ; performing a first etching process to remove part of the first ULK dielectric layer and forming a damaged layer on the first ULK dielectric layer; and forming a second ULK dielectric layer on the damaged layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2020
    Publication date: April 22, 2021
    Inventors: Hui-Lin Wang, Tai-Cheng Hou, Wei-Xin Gao, Fu-Yu Tsai, Chin-Yang Hsieh, Chen-Yi Weng, Jing-Yin Jhang, Bin-Siang Tsai, Kun-Ju Li, Chih-Yueh Li, Chia-Lin Lu, Chun-Lung Chen, Kun-Yuan Liao, Yu-Tsung Lai, Wei-Hao Huang
  • Publication number: 20210111334
    Abstract: A magnetoresistive random access memory (MRAM), including a bottom electrode layer on a substrate, a magnetic tunnel junction stack on the bottom electrode layer, and a top electrode layer on the magnetic tunnel junction stack, wherein the material of top electrode layer is titanium nitride, and the percentage of nitrogen in the titanium nitride gradually decreases from the top surface of top electrode layer to the bottom surface of top electrode layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2020
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Inventors: Hui-Lin Wang, Chen-Yi Weng, Chin-Yang Hsieh, Yi-Hui Lee, Ying-Cheng Liu, Yi-An Shih, Jing-Yin Jhang, I-Ming Tseng, Yu-Ping Wang, Chien-Ting Lin, Kun-Chen Ho, Yi-Syun Chou, Chang-Min Li, Yi-Wei Tseng, Yu-Tsung Lai, JUN XIE
  • Publication number: 20210057637
    Abstract: A method for fabricating semiconductor device includes the steps of: forming a first magnetic tunneling junction (MTJ) and a second MTJ on a substrate; forming a first top electrode on the first MTJ and a second top electrode on the second MTJ; forming a cap layer on the first MTJ and the second MTJ; forming a passivation layer on the cap layer; removing part of the passivation layer to form a recess between the first MTJ and the second MTJ; forming an anti-reflective layer on the passivation layer and filling the recess; and removing the anti-reflective layer, the passivation layer, and the cap layer to form a first contact hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Publication date: February 25, 2021
    Inventors: Chih-Wei Kuo, Chia-Chang Hsu, Yu-Tsung Lai, Jiunn-Hsiung Liao
  • Patent number: 10916694
    Abstract: A method for fabricating semiconductor device includes the steps of: forming a first magnetic tunneling junction (MTJ) on a substrate; forming a first ultra low-k (ULK) dielectric layer on the first MTJ; performing a first etching process to remove part of the first ULK dielectric layer and forming a damaged layer on the first ULK dielectric layer; and forming a second ULK dielectric layer on the damaged layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: UNITED MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Hui-Lin Wang, Tai-Cheng Hou, Wei-Xin Gao, Fu-Yu Tsai, Chin-Yang Hsieh, Chen-Yi Weng, Jing-Yin Jhang, Bin-Siang Tsai, Kun-Ju Li, Chih-Yueh Li, Chia-Lin Lu, Chun-Lung Chen, Kun-Yuan Liao, Yu-Tsung Lai, Wei-Hao Huang
  • Patent number: 10910553
    Abstract: A magnetoresistive random access memory (MRAM), including a bottom electrode layer on a substrate, a magnetic tunnel junction stack on the bottom electrode layer, and a top electrode layer on the magnetic tunnel junction stack, wherein the material of top electrode layer is titanium nitride, and the percentage of nitrogen in the titanium nitride gradually decreases from the top surface of top electrode layer to the bottom surface of top electrode layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: UNITED MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Hui-Lin Wang, Chen-Yi Weng, Chin-Yang Hsieh, Yi-Hui Lee, Ying-Cheng Liu, Yi-An Shih, Jing-Yin Jhang, I-Ming Tseng, Yu-Ping Wang, Chien-Ting Lin, Kun-Chen Ho, Yi-Syun Chou, Chang-Min Li, Yi-Wei Tseng, Yu-Tsung Lai, Jun Xie
  • Publication number: 20210028352
    Abstract: A method for fabricating semiconductor device includes the steps of: forming a magnetic tunneling junction (MTJ) on a substrate; forming a first inter-metal dielectric (IMD) layer around the MTJ; forming an etch stop layer on the first IMD layer; forming a second IMD layer on the etch stop layer; forming a patterned hard mask on the second IMD layer; performing a first etching process to form a contact hole in the second IMD layer for exposing the etch stop layer; performing a second etching process to remove the patterned hard mask; performing a third etching process to remove the etch stop layer and the first IMD layer for exposing the MTJ; and forming a metal interconnection in the contact hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2020
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Inventors: Chih-Wei Kuo, Meng-Jun Wang, Yi-Wei Tseng, Yu-Tsung Lai, Jiunn-Hsiung Liao
  • Patent number: 10903269
    Abstract: A magnetic memory device includes a first dielectric layer on a substrate, first and second via plugs in the first dielectric layer, first and second cylindrical memory stacks on the first and second via plugs, respectively, and an insulating cap layer conformally disposed on the first dielectric layer and on sidewalls of the first and second cylindrical memory stacks. The insulating cap layer is not disposed in a logic area and a via forming region between the first and second cylindrical memory stacks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: UNITED MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Chih-Wei Kuo, Yu-Tsung Lai, Jiunn-Hsiung Liao
  • Publication number: 20210020693
    Abstract: A method for fabricating semiconductor device includes the steps of: forming a first magnetic tunneling junction (MTJ) and a second MTJ on a substrate; forming a first top electrode on the first MTJ and a second top electrode on the second MTJ; forming a passivation layer on the first MTJ and the second MTJ; removing part of the passivation layer so that a top surface of all of the remaining passivation layer is lower than a top surface of the first electrode; and forming a ultra low-k (ULK) dielectric layer on the first MTJ and the second MTJ.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Inventors: Chih-Wei Kuo, Tai-Cheng Hou, Yu-Tsung Lai, Jiunn-Hsiung Liao
  • Publication number: 20210020828
    Abstract: A magnetoresistive random access memory (MRAM), including a bottom electrode layer on a substrate, a magnetic tunnel junction stack on the bottom electrode layer, and a top electrode layer on the magnetic tunnel junction stack, wherein the material of top electrode layer is titanium nitride, and the percentage of nitrogen in the titanium nitride gradually decreases from the top surface of top electrode layer to the bottom surface of top electrode layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Inventors: Hui-Lin Wang, Chen-Yi Weng, Chin-Yang Hsieh, Yi-Hui Lee, Ying-Cheng Liu, Yi-An Shih, Jing-Yin Jhang, I-Ming Tseng, Yu-Ping Wang, Chien-Ting Lin, Kun-Chen Ho, Yi-Syun Chou, Chang-Min Li, Yi-Wei Tseng, Yu-Tsung Lai, JUN XIE