Patents by Inventor Zheng-Yang Pan

Zheng-Yang Pan 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: 20200365720
    Abstract: A method includes providing a substrate having a gate structure over a first side of the substrate, forming a recess adjacent to the gate structure, and forming in the recess a first semiconductor layer having a dopant, the first semiconductor layer being non-conformal, the first semiconductor layer lining the recess and extending from a bottom of the recess to a top of the recess. The method further includes forming a second semiconductor layer having the dopant in the recess and over the first semiconductor layer, a second concentration of the dopant in the second semiconductor layer being higher than a first concentration of the dopant in the first semiconductor layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Inventors: Chih-Yu Ma, Zheng-Yang Pan, Shahaji B. More, Shih-Chieh Chang, Cheng-Han Lee
  • Publication number: 20200295157
    Abstract: A method of forming a gate dielectric material includes forming a high-K dielectric material in a first region over a substrate, where forming the high-K dielectric material includes forming a first dielectric layer comprising hafnium over the substrate, and forming a second dielectric layer comprising lanthanum over the first dielectric layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Inventors: Shahaji B. More, Cheng-Han Lee, Zheng-Yang Pan, Shih-Chieh Chang, Chun-Chieh Wang
  • Publication number: 20200251390
    Abstract: A method includes forming a gate stack of a transistor. The formation of the gate stack includes forming a silicon oxide layer on a semiconductor region, depositing a hafnium oxide layer over the silicon oxide layer, depositing a lanthanum oxide layer over the hafnium oxide layer, and depositing a work-function layer over the lanthanum oxide layer. Source/drain regions are formed on opposite sides of the gate stack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Inventors: Shahaji B. More, Zheng-Yang Pan, Shih-Chieh Chang, Chun-Chieh Wang
  • Patent number: 10734524
    Abstract: A method includes providing a substrate having a gate structure over a first side of the substrate, forming a recess adjacent to the gate structure, and forming in the recess a first semiconductor layer having a dopant, the first semiconductor layer being non-conformal, the first semiconductor layer lining the recess and extending from a bottom of the recess to a top of the recess. The method further includes forming a second semiconductor layer having the dopant in the recess and over the first semiconductor layer, a second concentration of the dopant in the second semiconductor layer being higher than a first concentration of the dopant in the first semiconductor layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Yu Ma, Zheng-Yang Pan, Shahaji B. More, Shih-Chieh Chang, Cheng-Han Lee
  • Publication number: 20200243683
    Abstract: A method for forming a semiconductor device is provided. The method includes forming a gate stack to partially cover a semiconductor structure. The method also includes forming a first semiconductor material over the semiconductor structure. The method further includes forming a second semiconductor material over the first semiconductor material. In addition, the method includes forming a third semiconductor material over the second semiconductor material. The first semiconductor material and the third semiconductor material together surround the second semiconductor material. The second semiconductor material has a greater dopant concentration than that of the first semiconductor material or that of the third semiconductor material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Applicant: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shahaji B. MORE, Zheng-Yang PAN, Chun-Chieh WANG, Cheng-Han LEE, Shih-Chieh CHANG
  • Patent number: 10672886
    Abstract: A method of forming a gate dielectric material includes forming a high-K dielectric material in a first region over a substrate, where forming the high-K dielectric material includes forming a first dielectric layer comprising hafnium over the substrate, and forming a second dielectric layer comprising lanthanum over the first dielectric layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shahaji B. More, Cheng-Han Lee, Zheng-Yang Pan, Shih-Chieh Chang, Chun-Chieh Wang
  • Patent number: 10636909
    Abstract: A method for forming a semiconductor device is provided. The method includes forming a gate stack to partially cover a semiconductor structure. The method also includes forming a first semiconductor material over the semiconductor structure. The method further includes forming a second semiconductor material over the first semiconductor material. In addition, the method includes forming a third semiconductor material over the second semiconductor material. The first semiconductor material and the third semiconductor material together surround the second semiconductor material. The second semiconductor material has a greater dopant concentration than that of the first semiconductor material or that of the third semiconductor material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shahaji B. More, Zheng-Yang Pan, Chun-Chieh Wang, Cheng-Han Lee, Shih-Chieh Chang
  • Patent number: 10629496
    Abstract: A method includes forming a gate stack of a transistor. The formation of the gate stack includes forming a silicon oxide layer on a semiconductor region, depositing a hafnium oxide layer over the silicon oxide layer, depositing a lanthanum oxide layer over the hafnium oxide layer, and depositing a work-function layer over the lanthanum oxide layer. Source/drain regions are formed on opposite sides of the gate stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shahaji B. More, Zheng-Yang Pan, Chun-Chieh Wang, Shih-Chieh Chang
  • Publication number: 20200105534
    Abstract: A FinFET device and method of forming the same are disclosed. The method includes forming a gate dielectric layer and depositing a metal oxide layer over the gate dielectric layer. The method also includes annealing the gate dielectric layer and the metal oxide layer, causing ions to diffuse from the metal oxide layer to the gate dielectric layer to form a doped gate dielectric layer. The method also includes forming a work function layer over the doped gate dielectric layer, and forming a gate electrode over the work function layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: Chun-Chieh Wang, Zheng-Yang Pan, Shih-Chieh Chang, Cheng-Han Lee, Huai-Tei Yang, Shahaji B. More
  • Publication number: 20200091343
    Abstract: A dopant boost in the source/drain regions of a semiconductor device, such as a transistor can be provided. A semiconductor device can include a doped epitaxy of a first material having a plurality of boosting layers embedded within. The boosting layers can be of a second material different from the first material. Another device can include a source/drain feature of a transistor. The source/drain feature includes a doped source/drain material and one or more embedded distinct boosting layers. A method includes growing a boosting layer in a recess of a substrate, where the boosting layer is substantially free of dopant. The method also includes growing a layer of doped epitaxy in the recess on the boosting layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Chih-Yu Ma, Zheng-Yang Pan, Shih-Chieh Chang, Cheng-Han Lee
  • Patent number: 10522358
    Abstract: A FinFET device and method of forming the same are disclosed. The method includes forming a gate dielectric layer and depositing a metal oxide layer over the gate dielectric layer. The method also includes annealing the gate dielectric layer and the metal oxide layer, causing ions to diffuse from the metal oxide layer to the gate dielectric layer to form a doped gate dielectric layer. The method also includes forming a work function layer over the doped gate dielectric layer, and forming a gate electrode over the work function layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Chun-Chieh Wang, Zheng-Yang Pan, Shih-Chieh Chang, Cheng-Han Lee, Huai-Tei Yang, Shahaji B. More
  • Patent number: 10490661
    Abstract: A dopant boost in the source/drain regions of a semiconductor device, such as a transistor can be provided. A semiconductor device can include a doped epitaxy of a first material having a plurality of boosting layers embedded within. The boosting layers can be of a second material different from the first material. Another device can include a source/drain feature of a transistor. The source/drain feature includes a doped source/drain material and one or more embedded distinct boosting layers. A method includes growing a boosting layer in a recess of a substrate, where the boosting layer is substantially free of dopant. The method also includes growing a layer of doped epitaxy in the recess on the boosting layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Yu Ma, Zheng-Yang Pan, Shih-Chieh Chang, Cheng-Han Lee
  • Publication number: 20190334029
    Abstract: A method includes providing a substrate having a gate structure over a first side of the substrate, forming a recess adjacent to the gate structure, and forming in the recess a first semiconductor layer having a dopant, the first semiconductor layer being non-conformal, the first semiconductor layer lining the recess and extending from a bottom of the recess to a top of the recess. The method further includes forming a second semiconductor layer having the dopant in the recess and over the first semiconductor layer, a second concentration of the dopant in the second semiconductor layer being higher than a first concentration of the dopant in the first semiconductor layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Inventors: Chih-Yu Ma, Zheng-Yang Pan, Shahaji B. More, Shih-Chieh Chang, Cheng-Han Lee
  • Publication number: 20190244864
    Abstract: A semiconductor device and method includes: forming a gate stack over a substrate; growing a source/drain region adjacent the gate stack, the source/drain region being n-type doped Si; growing a semiconductor cap layer over the source/drain region, the semiconductor cap layer having Ge impurities, the source/drain region free of the Ge impurities; depositing a metal layer over the semiconductor cap layer; annealing the metal layer and the semiconductor cap layer to form a silicide layer over the source/drain region, the silicide layer having the Ge impurities; and forming a metal contact electrically coupled to the silicide layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: Shahaji B. More, Zheng-Yang Pan, Cheng-Han Lee, Shih-Chieh Chang
  • Patent number: 10347764
    Abstract: A method includes providing a substrate having a gate structure over a first side of the substrate, forming a recess adjacent to the gate structure, and forming in the recess a first semiconductor layer having a dopant, the first semiconductor layer being non-conformal, the first semiconductor layer lining the recess and extending from a bottom of the recess to a top of the recess. The method further includes forming a second semiconductor layer having the dopant in the recess and over the first semiconductor layer, a second concentration of the dopant in the second semiconductor layer being higher than a first concentration of the dopant in the first semiconductor layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Yu Ma, Zheng-Yang Pan, Shahaji B. More, Shih-Chieh Chang, Cheng-Han Lee
  • Publication number: 20190148552
    Abstract: A method for forming a semiconductor device is provided. The method includes forming a gate stack to partially cover a semiconductor structure. The method also includes forming a first semiconductor material over the semiconductor structure. The method further includes forming a second semiconductor material over the first semiconductor material. In addition, the method includes forming a third semiconductor material over the second semiconductor material. The first semiconductor material and the third semiconductor material together surround the second semiconductor material. The second semiconductor material has a greater dopant concentration than that of the first semiconductor material or that of the third semiconductor material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2018
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shahaji B. MORE, Zheng-Yang PAN, Chun-Chieh WANG, Cheng-Han LEE, Shih-Chieh CHANG
  • Patent number: 10269646
    Abstract: A semiconductor device and method includes: forming a gate stack over a substrate; growing a source/drain region adjacent the gate stack, the source/drain region being n-type doped Si; growing a semiconductor cap layer over the source/drain region, the semiconductor cap layer having Ge impurities, the source/drain region free of the Ge impurities; depositing a metal layer over the semiconductor cap layer; annealing the metal layer and the semiconductor cap layer to form a silicide layer over the source/drain region, the silicide layer having the Ge impurities; and forming a metal contact electrically coupled to the silicide layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shahaji B. More, Zheng-Yang Pan, Cheng-Han Lee, Shih-Chieh Chang
  • Publication number: 20190096997
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes an exemplary method to form p-type fully strained channel (PFSC) or an n-type fully strained channel (NFSC) that can mitigate epitaxial growth defects or structural deformations in the channel region due to processing. The exemplary method can include (i) two or more surface pre-clean treatment cycles with nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) and ammonia (NH3) plasma, followed by a thermal treatment; (ii) a prebake (anneal); and (iii) a silicon germanium epitaxial growth with a silicon seed layer, a silicon germanium seed layer, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shahaji B. MORE, Huai-Tei YANG, Zheng-Yang PAN, Shih-Chieh CHANG, Chun-Chieh WANG, Cheng-Han LEE
  • Publication number: 20190067011
    Abstract: A FinFET device and method of forming the same are disclosed. The method includes forming a gate dielectric layer and depositing a metal oxide layer over the gate dielectric layer. The method also includes annealing the gate dielectric layer and the metal oxide layer, causing ions to diffuse from the metal oxide layer to the gate dielectric layer to form a doped gate dielectric layer. The method also includes forming a work function layer over the doped gate dielectric layer, and forming a gate electrode over the work function layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Inventors: Chun-Chieh Wang, Zheng-Yang Pan, Shih-Chieh Chang, Cheng-Han Lee, Huai-Tei Yang, Shahaji B. More
  • Publication number: 20190067457
    Abstract: A method of forming a gate dielectric material includes forming a high-K dielectric material in a first region over a substrate, where forming the high-K dielectric material includes forming a first dielectric layer comprising hafnium over the substrate, and forming a second dielectric layer comprising lanthanum over the first dielectric layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Inventors: Shahaji B. More, Cheng-Han Lee, Zheng-Yang Pan, Shih-Chieh Chang, Chun-Chieh Wang