Patents by Inventor Zhi-Cheng Lee

Zhi-Cheng Lee 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: 10229995
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a fin structure with tensile stress includes providing a structure divided into an N-type transistor region and a P-type transistor region. Next, two first trenches and two second trenches are formed in the substrate. The first trenches define a fin structure. The second trenches segment the first trenches and the fin. Later, a flowable chemical vapor deposition is performed to form a silicon oxide layer filling the first trenches and the second trenches. Then, a patterned mask is formed only within the N-type transistor region. The patterned mask only covers the silicon oxide layer in the second trenches. Subsequently, part of the silicon oxide layer is removed to make the exposed silicon oxide layer lower than the top surface of the fin structure by taking the patterned mask as a mask. Finally, the patterned mask is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Kai-Lin Lee, Zhi-Cheng Lee, Wei-Jen Chen, Ting-Hsuan Kang, Ren-Yu He, Hung-Wen Huang, Chi-Hsiao Chen, Hao-Hsiang Yang, An-Shih Shih, Chuang-Han Hsieh
  • Publication number: 20190027602
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a fin structure with tensile stress includes providing a structure divided into an N-type transistor region and a P-type transistor region. Next, two first trenches and two second trenches are formed in the substrate. The first trenches define a fin structure. The second trenches segment the first trenches and the fin. Later, a flowable chemical vapor deposition is performed to form a silicon oxide layer filling the first trenches and the second trenches. Then, a patterned mask is formed only within the N-type transistor region. The patterned mask only covers the silicon oxide layer in the second trenches. Subsequently, part of the silicon oxide layer is removed to make the exposed silicon oxide layer lower than the top surface of the fin structure by taking the patterned mask as a mask. Finally, the patterned mask is removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Inventors: Kai-Lin Lee, Zhi-Cheng Lee, Wei-Jen Chen, Ting-Hsuan Kang, Ren-Yu He, Hung-Wen Huang, Chi-Hsiao Chen, Hao-Hsiang Yang, An-Shih Shih, Chuang-Han Hsieh
  • Patent number: 10103265
    Abstract: A CMOS device is disclosed, including a plurality of active regions having a length along a first direction, wherein the active regions are arranged end-to-end along the first direction and are separated by an isolation structure. A recessed region is formed in the isolation structure between the adjacent terminals of the each pair of neighboring active regions and is completely filled by an interlayer dielectric layer, wherein the interlayer dielectric layer comprises a stress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: UNITED MICROELETRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Zhi-Cheng Lee, Kai-Lin Lee, Yi-Che Yen
  • Patent number: 10014406
    Abstract: A semiconductor device and a forming method thereof, the semiconductor device includes a first and a second wells, a source region, a drain region, two gate structures and at least one doping region. The first well with a first conductive type is disposed in a substrate, and the source region is disposed in the first well. The second well with a second conductive type is disposed adjacent to the first well in a substrate, and the drain region is disposed in the second well. Two gate structures are disposed on the substrate between the source region and the drain region. At least one doping region with the first conductive type is disposed in the second well between the two gate structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: UNITED MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Zhi-Cheng Lee, Yu-Hao Huang, Kai-Lin Lee
  • Publication number: 20180166574
    Abstract: A method for fabricating semiconductor device includes the steps of: forming a gate structure on a substrate; forming a first epitaxial layer adjacent to two sides of the gate structure; forming a patterned mask on the epitaxial layer; and using the patterned mask to remove part of the first epitaxial layer for forming a second epitaxial layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Inventors: Kai-Lin Lee, Zhi-Cheng Lee, Chih-Chun Hu
  • Publication number: 20180012992
    Abstract: A semiconductor device and a forming method thereof, the semiconductor device includes a first and a second wells, a source region, a drain region, two gate structures and at least one doping region. The first well with a first conductive type is disposed in a substrate, and the source region is disposed in the first well. The second well with a second conductive type is disposed adjacent to the first well in a substrate, and the drain region is disposed in the second well. Two gate structures are disposed on the substrate between the source region and the drain region. At least one doping region with the first conductive type is disposed in the second well between the two gate structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Inventors: Zhi-Cheng Lee, Yu-Hao Huang, Kai-Lin Lee
  • Patent number: 9640661
    Abstract: A method for fabricating semiconductor device is disclosed. First, a substrate is provided, and a fin-shaped structure is formed on the substrate. Next, a gate structure is formed on the fin-shaped structure, and an epitaxial layer is formed adjacent to the gate structure. Preferably, the epitaxial layer includes a V-shaped profile viewing from the top. According to the preferred embodiment of the present invention, the V-shaped profile of the epitaxial layer allows more stress to be applied to the region having concentrated currents or edges of the fin-shaped structures during an on-state, and at the same time prevent exerting too much stress to the region having high currents or central region of the fin-shaped structure during an off-state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: UNITED MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Kai-Lin Lee, Zhi-Cheng Lee, Yu-Hao Huang
  • Patent number: 9490342
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a semiconductor device includes the following steps. Firstly, a dummy gate structure having a dummy gate electrode layer is provided. Then, the dummy gate electrode layer is removed to form an opening in the dummy gate structure, thereby exposing an underlying layer beneath the dummy gate electrode layer. Then, an ammonium hydroxide treatment process is performed to treat the dummy gate structure. Afterwards, a metal material is filled into the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: UNITED MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Chien-Ming Lai, Yi-Wen Chen, Zhi-Cheng Lee, Tong-Jyun Huang, Che-Hua Hsu, Kun-Hsien Lin, Tzung-Ying Lee, Chi-Mao Hsu, Hsin-Fu Huang, Chin-Fu Lin
  • Patent number: 9384962
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a metal gate is provided. The method includes providing a substrate. Then, a gate dielectric layer is formed on the substrate. A multi-layered stack structure having a work function metal layer is formed on the gate dielectric layer. An O2 ambience treatment is performed on at least one layer of the multi-layered stack structure. A conductive layer is formed on the multi-layered stack structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: UNITED MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Guang-Yaw Hwang, Chun-Hsien Lin, Hung-Ling Shih, Jiunn-Hsiung Liao, Zhi-Cheng Lee, Shao-Hua Hsu, Yi-Wen Chen, Cheng-Guo Chen, Jung-Tsung Tseng, Chien-Ting Lin, Tong-Jyun Huang, Jie-Ning Yang, Tsung-Lung Tsai, Po-Jui Liao, Chien-Ming Lai, Ying-Tsung Chen, Cheng-Yu Ma, Wen-Han Hung, Che-Hua Hsu
  • Publication number: 20140339652
    Abstract: A semiconductor device with oxygen-containing metal gates includes a substrate, a gate dielectric layer and a multi-layered stack structure. The multi-layered stack structure is disposed on the substrate. At least one layer of the multi-layered stack structure includes a work function metal layer. The concentration of oxygen in the side of one layer of the multi-layered stack structure closer to the gate dielectric layer is less than that in the side of one layer of the multi-layered stack structure opposite to the gate dielectric layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Guang-Yaw Hwang, Chun-Hsien Lin, Hung-Ling Shih, Jiunn-Hsiung Liao, Zhi-Cheng Lee, Shao-Hua Hsu, Yi-Wen Chen, Cheng-Guo Chen, Jung-Tsung Tseng, Chien-Ting Lin, Tong-Jyun Huang, Jie-Ning Yang, Tsung-Lung Tsai, Po-Jui Liao, Chien-Ming Lai, Ying-Tsung Chen, Cheng-Yu Ma, Wen-Han Hung, Che-Hua Hsu
  • Patent number: 8802524
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of manufacturing semiconductor device having metal gates. First, a substrate is provided. A first conductive type transistor having a first sacrifice gate and a second conductive type transistor having a second sacrifice gate are disposed on the substrate. The first sacrifice gate is removed to form a first trench. Then, a first metal layer is formed in the first trench. The second sacrifice gate is removed to form a second trench. Next, a second metal layer is formed in the first trench and the second trench. Lastly, a third metal layer is formed on the second metal layer wherein the third metal layer is filled into the first trench and the second trench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: United Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventors: Po-Jui Liao, Tsung-Lung Tsai, Chien-Ting Lin, Shao-Hua Hsu, Yi-Wei Chen, Hsin-Fu Huang, Tzung-Ying Lee, Min-Chuan Tsai, Chan-Lon Yang, Chun-Yuan Wu, Teng-Chun Tsai, Guang-Yaw Hwang, Chia-Lin Hsu, Jie-Ning Yang, Cheng-Guo Chen, Jung-Tsung Tseng, Zhi-Cheng Lee, Hung-Ling Shih, Po-Cheng Huang, Yi-Wen Chen, Che-Hua Hsu
  • Patent number: 8492259
    Abstract: A method of forming metal gate structure includes providing a substrate; forming a gate dielectric layer, a material layer and a polysilicon layer stacked on the substrate; forming a first mask layer, a second mask layer and a patterned photoresist on the polysilicon layer; removing portions of the second mask layer and the first mask layer to form a hard mask by utilizing the patterned photoresist as an etching mask; removing the patterned photoresist, and next utilizing the hard mask as an etching mask to remove parts of the polysilicon layer and parts of the material layer. Thus, a gate stack is formed. Since the patterned photoresist is removed before forming the gate stack, the gate stack is protected from damages of the photoresist-removing process. The photoresist-removing process does not attack the sidewalls of the gate stack, so a bird's beak effect of the gate dielectric layer is prevent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: United Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventors: Che-Hua Hsu, Shao-Hua Hsu, Zhi-Cheng Lee, Cheng-Guo Chen
  • Patent number: 8486842
    Abstract: A method of selectively removing a patterned hard mask is described. A substrate with a patterned target layer thereon is provided, wherein the patterned target layer includes a first target pattern and at least one second target pattern, and the patterned hard mask includes a first mask pattern on the first target pattern and a second mask pattern on the at least one second target pattern. A first photoresist layer is formed covering the first mask pattern. The sidewall of the at least one second target pattern is covered by a second photoresist layer. The second mask pattern is removed using the first photoresist layer and the second photoresist layer as a mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: United Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventors: Che-Hua Hsu, Shao-Hua Hsu, Zhi-Cheng Lee, Cheng-Guo Chen
  • Publication number: 20120319179
    Abstract: A metal gate includes a substrate, a gate dielectric layer, a work function metal layer, an aluminum nitride layer and a stop layer. The gate dielectric layer is located on the substrate. The work function metal layer is located on the gate dielectric layer. The aluminum nitride layer is located on the work function metal layer. The stop layer is located on the aluminum nitride layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventors: Hsin-Fu Huang, Zhi-Cheng Lee, Chi-Mao Hsu, Chin-Fu Lin, Kun-Hsien Lin, Tzung-Ying Lee, Min-Chuan Tsai
  • Publication number: 20120322218
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a semiconductor device includes the following steps. Firstly, a dummy gate structure having a dummy gate electrode layer is provided. Then, the dummy gate electrode layer is removed to form an opening in the dummy gate structure, thereby exposing an underlying layer beneath the dummy gate electrode layer. Then, an ammonium hydroxide treatment process is performed to treat the dummy gate structure. Afterwards, a metal material is filled into the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: UNITED MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Chien-Ming LAI, Yi-Wen Chen, Zhi-Cheng Lee, Tong-Jyun Huang, Che-Hua Hsu, Kun-Hsien Lin, Tzung-Ying Lee, Chi-Mao Hsu, Hsin-Fu Huang, Chin-Fu Lin
  • Publication number: 20120309185
    Abstract: A method of forming metal gate structure includes providing a substrate; forming a gate dielectric layer, a material layer and a polysilicon layer stacked on the substrate; forming a first mask layer, a second mask layer and a patterned photoresist on the polysilicon layer; removing portions of the second mask layer and the first mask layer to form a hard mask by utilizing the patterned photoresist as an etching mask; removing the patterned photoresist, and next utilizing the hard mask as an etching mask to remove parts of the polysilicon layer and parts of the material layer. Thus, a gate stack is formed. Since the patterned photoresist is removed before forming the gate stack, the gate stack is protected from damages of the photoresist-removing process. The photoresist-removing process does not attack the sidewalls of the gate stack, so a bird's beak effect of the gate dielectric layer is prevent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventors: Che-Hua HSU, Shao-Hua HSU, Zhi-Cheng LEE, Cheng-Guo CHEN
  • Publication number: 20120256276
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a metal gate is provided. The method includes providing a substrate. Then, a gate dielectric layer is formed on the substrate. A multi-layered stack structure having a work function metal layer is formed on the gate dielectric layer. An O2 ambience treatment is performed on at least one layer of the multi-layered stack structure. A conductive layer is formed on the multi-layered stack structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventors: Guang-Yaw Hwang, Chun-Hsien Lin, Hung-Ling Shih, Jiunn-Hsiung Liao, Zhi-Cheng Lee, Shao-Hua Hsu, Yi-Wen Chen, Cheng-Guo Chen, Jung-Tsung Tseng, Chien-Ting Lin, Tong-Jyun Huang, Jie-Ning Yang, Tsung-Lung Tsai, Po-Jui Liao, Chien-Ming Lai, Ying-Tsung Chen, Cheng-Yu Ma, Wen-Han Hung, Che-Hua Hsu
  • Publication number: 20120244669
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of manufacturing semiconductor device having metal gates. First, a substrate is provided. A first conductive type transistor having a first sacrifice gate and a second conductive type transistor having a second sacrifice gate are disposed on the substrate. The first sacrifice gate is removed to form a first trench. Then, a first metal layer is formed in the first trench. The second sacrifice gate is removed to form a second trench. Next, a second metal layer is formed in the first trench and the second trench. Lastly, a third metal layer is formed on the second metal layer wherein the third metal layer is filled into the first trench and the second trench.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventors: Po-Jui Liao, Tsung-Lung Tsai, Chien-Ting Lin, Shao-Hua Hsu, Yi-Wei Chen, Hsin-Fu Huang, Tzung-Ying Lee, Min-Chuan Tsai, Chan-Lon Yang, Chun-Yuan Wu, Teng-Chun Tsai, Guang-Yaw Hwang, Chia-Lin Hsu, Jie-Ning Yang, Cheng-Guo Chen, Jung-Tsung Tseng, Zhi-Cheng Lee, Hung-Ling Shih, Po-Cheng Huang, Yi-Wen Chen, Che-Hua Hsu
  • Patent number: 8268712
    Abstract: A method of forming metal gate transistor includes providing a substrate; forming a gate dielectric layer, a work function metal layer and a polysilicon layer stacked on the substrate; forming a hard mask and a patterned photoresist on the polysilicon layer; removing the patterned photoresist, and next utilizing the hard mask as an etching mask to remove parts of the polysilicon layer and parts of the work function metal layer. Thus, a gate stack is formed. Since the patterned photoresist is removed before forming the gate stack, the gate stack is protected from damages of the photoresist-removing process. The photoresist-removing process does not attack the sidewalls of the gate stack, so a bird's beak effect of the gate dielectric layer is prevent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: United Microelectronics Corporation
    Inventors: Che-Hua Hsu, Shao-Hua Hsu, Zhi-Cheng Lee, Cheng-Guo Chen
  • Patent number: 8252515
    Abstract: A method for removing a photoresist is disclosed. First, a substrate including a patterned photoresist is provided. Second, an ion implantation is carried out on the substrate. Then, a non-oxidative pre-treatment is carried out on the substrate. The non-oxidative pre-treatment provides hydrogen, a carrier gas and plasma. Later, a photoresist-stripping step is carried out so that the photoresist can be completely removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: United Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventors: Chin-Cheng Chien, Chan-Lon Yang, Chiu-Hsien Yeh, Che-Hua Hsu, Zhi-Cheng Lee, Shao-Hua Hsu, Cheng-Guo Chen, Shin-Chi Chen, Zhi-Jian Wang