Combining Dry And Wet Cleaning Steps (epo) Patents (Class 257/E21.229)
  • Patent number: 9478514
    Abstract: Methods of fabricating semiconductor packages are provided. One of the methods includes forming a protection layer including metal on a first surface of a substrate to cover a semiconductor device disposed on the first surface of the substrate, attaching a support substrate to the protection layer by using an adhesive member, processing a second surface of the substrate opposite to the protection layer to remove a part of the substrate, and detaching the support substrate from the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Gun-ho Chang, Un-byoung Kang, Tae-je Cho
  • Patent number: 8940639
    Abstract: A MEMS device with movable MEMS structure and electrodes is produced by fabricating electrodes and shielding the electrodes with diamond buttons during subsequent fabrication steps, such as the etching of sacrificial oxide using vapor HF. In some embodiments, the diamond buttons are removed after the movable MEMS structure is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Analog Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Fang Liu, Kuang L. Yang
  • Patent number: 8932956
    Abstract: A method for far back end of the line (FBEOL) protection of a semiconductor device includes forming a patterned layer over a back end of the line (BEOL) stack, depositing a first conformal protection layer on the patterned layer which covers horizontal surfaces of a top surface and sidewalls of openings formed in the patterned layer. A resist layer is patterned over the first conformal protection layer such that openings in the resist layer correspond with the openings in the patterned layer. The first conformal protection layer is etched through the openings in the resist layer to form extended openings that reach a stop position. The resist layer is removed, and a second conformal protection layer is formed on the first conformal protection layer and on sidewalls of the extended openings to form an encapsulation boundary to protect at least the patterned layer and a portion of the BEOL stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Tymon Barwicz, Robert L. Bruce, Swetha Kamlapurkar
  • Patent number: 8912098
    Abstract: A device and method for device fabrication includes forming a buried gate electrode in a dielectric substrate and patterning a stack that includes a high dielectric constant layer, a carbon-based semi-conductive layer and a protection layer over the buried gate electrode. An isolation dielectric layer formed over the stack is opened to define recesses in regions adjacent to the stack. The recesses are etched to form cavities and remove a portion of the high dielectric constant layer to expose the carbon-based semi-conductive layer on opposite sides of the buried gate electrode. A conductive material is deposited in the cavities to form self-aligned source and drain regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Dechao Guo, Shu-Jen Han, Keith Kwong Hon Wong, Jun Yuan
  • Patent number: 8906752
    Abstract: Ink compositions comprising polythiophenes and methicone that are formulated for inkjet printing the hole injecting layer (HIL) of an organic light emitting diode (OLED) are provided. Also provided are methods of inkjet printing the HILs using the ink compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Kateeva, Inc.
    Inventors: Inna Tregub, Rajsapan Jain, Michelle Chan
  • Patent number: 8895446
    Abstract: A method includes forming a plurality of trenches extending from a top surface of a semiconductor substrate into the semiconductor substrate, with semiconductor strips formed between the plurality of trenches. The plurality of trenches includes a first trench and second trench wider than the first trench. A first dielectric material is filled in the plurality of trenches, wherein the first trench is substantially fully filled, and the second trench is filled partially. A second dielectric material is formed over the first dielectric material. The second dielectric material fills an upper portion of the second trench, and has a shrinkage rate different from the first shrinkage rate of the first dielectric material. A planarization is performed to remove excess second dielectric material. The remaining portions of the first dielectric material and the second dielectric material form a first and a second STI region in the first and the second trenches, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Tang Peng, Tai-Chun Huang, Hao-Ming Lien
  • Patent number: 8883571
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a transistor includes: forming an oxide semiconductor film and a gate electrode on a substrate, the oxide semiconductor film having a channel region, and the gate electrode facing the channel region; and forming an insulating film covering the gate electrode and the oxide semiconductor film. Infiltration of moisture from the insulating film into the oxide semiconductor film is suppressed by the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Narihiro Morosawa, Motohiro Toyota
  • Patent number: 8865543
    Abstract: The embodiments of the present invention provide a Ge-based NMOS device structure and a method for fabricating the same. By using the method, double dielectric layers of germanium oxide (GeO2) and metal oxide are deposited between the source/drain region and the substrate. The present invention not only reduces the electron Schottky barrier height of metal/Ge contact, but also improves the current switching ratio of the Ge-based Schottky and therefore, it will improve the performance of the Ge-based Schottky NMOS transistor. In addition, the fabrication process is very easy and completely compatible with the silicon CMOS process. As compared with conventional fabrication method, the Ge-based NMOS device structure and the fabrication method in the present invention can easily and effectively improve the performance of the Ge-based Schottky NMOS transistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Peking University
    Inventors: Ru Huang, Zhiqiang Li, Xia An, Yue Guo, Xing Zhang
  • Patent number: 8859396
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method of singulating semiconductor die from a semiconductor wafer includes forming a material on a surface of a semiconductor wafer and reducing a thickness of portions of the material. Preferably, the thickness of the material is reduced near where singulation openings are to be formed in the semiconductor wafer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Gordon M. Grivna, John M. Parsey, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8846538
    Abstract: Systems and methods associated with semiconductor articles are disclosed, including forming a first layer of material on a substrate, etching trenches within regions defining a passive element in the first layer, forming metal regions on sidewalls of the trenches, and forming a region of dielectric or polymer material over or in the substrate. Moreover, an exemplary method may also include forming areas of metal regions on the sidewalls of the trenches such that planar strip portions of the areas form electrically conductive regions of the passive element(s) that are aligned substantially perpendicularly with respect to a primary plane of the substrate. Other exemplary embodiments may comprise various articles or methods including capacitive and/or inductive aspects, Titanium- and/or Tantalum-based resistive aspects, products, products by processes, packages and composites consistent with one or more aspects of the innovations set forth herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Silicon Storage Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Bomy Chen, Long Ching Wang, Sychi Fang
  • Patent number: 8841217
    Abstract: In one implementation, a chemical sensor is described. The chemical sensor includes a chemically-sensitive field effect transistor including a floating gate conductor having an upper surface. A dielectric material defines an opening extending to the upper surface of the floating gate conductor. A conductive element on a sidewall of the opening and extending over an upper surface of the dielectric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Life Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Keith Fife, James Bustillo, Jordan Owens
  • Patent number: 8835247
    Abstract: A sensor array for detecting particles, the sensor array comprising a substrate having a plurality of holes, a plurality of electronic sensor chips each having a sensor active region being sensitive to the presence of particles to be detected, and an electric contacting structure adapted for electrically contacting the plurality of electronic sensor chips, wherein the plurality of electronic sensor chips and/or the electric contacting structure are connected to the substrate in such a manner that the plurality of holes in combination with the plurality of electronic sensor chips and/or the electric contacting structure form a plurality of wells with integrated particle sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: NXP, B.V.
    Inventors: Michel De Langen, Ger Reuvers, Frans Meeuwsen
  • Patent number: 8815694
    Abstract: Embodiments include semiconductor-on-insulator (SOI) substrates having SOI layers strained by oxidation of the base substrate layer and methods of forming the same. The method may include forming a strained channel region in a semiconductor-on-insulator (SOI) substrate including a buried insulator (BOX) layer above a base substrate layer and a SOI layer above the BOX layer by first etching the SOI layer and the BOX layer to form a first isolation recess region and a second isolation recess region. A portion of the SOI layer between the first isolation recess region and the second isolation recess region defines a channel region in the SOI layer. A portion of the base substrate layer below the first isolation recess region and below the second isolation recess region may then be oxidized to form a first oxide region and a second oxide region, respectively, that apply compressive strain to the channel region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kangguo Cheng, Bruce B. Doris, Balasubramanian S. Haran, Ali Khakifirooz, Pranita Kerber
  • Patent number: 8809981
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a semiconductor device includes: irradiating a growth substrate with laser light to focus the laser light into a prescribed position inside a crystal for a semiconductor device or inside the growth substrate, the crystal for the semiconductor device being formed on a first major surface of the growth substrate; moving the laser light in a direction parallel to the first major surface; and peeling off a thin layer including the crystal for the semiconductor device from the growth substrate, a wavelength of the laser light being longer than an absorption end wavelength of the crystal for the semiconductor device or the growth substrate, the laser light being irradiated inside a crystal for the semiconductor device or inside the growth substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Masanobu Ando, Toru Gotoda, Toru Kita
  • Patent number: 8796149
    Abstract: Fabrication methods, device structures, and design structures for a bipolar junction transistor. An emitter is formed in a device region defined in a substrate. An intrinsic base is formed on the emitter. A collector is formed that is separated from the emitter by the intrinsic base. The collector includes a semiconductor material having an electronic bandgap greater than an electronic bandgap of a semiconductor material of the device region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James W. Adkisson, David L. Harame, Qizhi Liu
  • Patent number: 8790962
    Abstract: A semiconductor device is made by forming an interconnect structure over a substrate. A semiconductor die is mounted to the interconnect structure. The semiconductor die is electrically connected to the interconnect structure. A ground pad is formed over the interconnect structure. An encapsulant is formed over the semiconductor die and interconnect structure. A shielding cage can be formed over the semiconductor die prior to forming the encapsulant. A shielding layer is formed over the encapsulant after forming the interconnect structure to isolate the semiconductor die with respect to inter-device interference. The shielding layer conforms to a geometry of the encapsulant and electrically connects to the ground pad. The shielding layer can be electrically connected to ground through a conductive pillar. A backside interconnect structure is formed over the interconnect structure, opposite the semiconductor die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: STATS ChipPAC, Ltd.
    Inventors: Reza A. Pagaila, Rui Huang, Yaojian Lin
  • Patent number: 8785326
    Abstract: Wafer-level processing of wafer assemblies with transducers is described herein. A method in accordance with some embodiments includes forming a solid state transducer device by forming one or more trenches to define solid state radiation transducers. An etching media is delivered in to the trenches to release the transducers from a growth substrate used to fabricate the transducers. A pad can hold the radiation transducers and promote distribution of the etching media through the trenches to underetch and release the transducers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin F. Schubert, Ming Zhang, Lifang Xu
  • Patent number: 8779479
    Abstract: An object is to provide a semiconductor device with a novel structure. A semiconductor device includes a first transistor, which includes a channel formation region provided in a substrate including a semiconductor material, impurity regions, a first gate insulating layer, a first gate electrode, and a first source electrode and a first drain electrode, and a second transistor, which includes an oxide semiconductor layer over the substrate including the semiconductor material, a second source electrode and a second drain electrode, a second gate insulating layer, and a second gate electrode. The second source electrode and the second drain electrode include an oxide region formed by oxidizing a side surface thereof, and at least one of the first gate electrode, the first source electrode, and the first drain electrode is electrically connected to at least one of the second gate electrode, the second source electrode, and the second drain electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shunpei Yamazaki, Jun Koyama
  • Patent number: 8765608
    Abstract: Methods for making a semiconductor device are disclosed. The method includes forming a plurality of gate stacks on a substrate, forming an etch buffer layer on the substrate, forming a dielectric material layer on the etch buffer layer, forming a hard mask layer on the substrate, wherein the hard mask layer includes one opening, and etching the dielectric material layer to form a plurality of trenches using the hard mask layer and the etch buffer layer as an etch mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Ya Hui Chang
  • Patent number: 8765549
    Abstract: Capacitor designs for substrates, such as interposers, and methods of manufacture thereof are disclosed. In an embodiment, a capacitor is formed between a through via and a lower level metallization layer. The capacitor may be, for example, a planar capacitor formed on the substrate or on a dielectric layer formed over the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Chun Hua Chang, Shin-Puu Jeng, Der-Chyang Yeh, Shang-Yun Hou, Wen-Chih Chiou
  • Patent number: 8759944
    Abstract: Memory cell structures, including PSOIs, NANDs, NORs, FinFETs, etc., and methods of fabrication have been described that include a method of epitaxial silicon growth. The method includes providing a silicon layer on a substrate. A dielectric layer is provided on the silicon layer. A trench is formed in the dielectric layer to expose the silicon layer, the trench having trench walls in the <100> direction. The method includes epitaxially growing silicon between trench walls formed in the dielectric layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: David H. Wells, Du Li
  • Patent number: 8742544
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes an oxide semiconductor layer, a source electrode and a drain electrode electrically connected to the oxide semiconductor layer, a gate insulating layer covering the oxide semiconductor layer, the source electrode, and the drain electrode, and a gate electrode over the gate insulating layer. The source electrode and the drain electrode include an oxide region formed by oxidizing a side surface thereof. Note that the oxide region of the source electrode and the drain electrode is preferably formed by plasma treatment with a high frequency power of 300 MHz to 300 GHz and a mixed gas of oxygen and argon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shunpei Yamazaki, Jun Koyama
  • Patent number: 8729707
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device includes forming an insulating film over a semiconductor substrate, forming a capacitor including a lower electrode, a capacitor dielectric film including a ferroelectric material, and an upper electrode over the insulating film, forming a first protective insulating film over a side surface and upper surface of the capacitor by a sputtering method, and forming a second protective insulating film over the first protective insulating film by an atomic layer deposition method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited
    Inventor: Wensheng Wang
  • Patent number: 8716149
    Abstract: Methods for fabricating integrated circuits are provided. In an embodiment, a method for fabricating an integrated circuit includes providing a semiconductor substrate having a gate structure. An atomic layer deposition (ALD) process is performed to deposit a spacer around the gate structure. The ALD process includes alternating flowing ionized radicals of a first precursor across the semiconductor substrate and flowing a chlorosilane precursor across the semiconductor substrate to deposit the spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: GlobalFoundries, Inc.
    Inventors: Fabian Koehler, Sergej Mutas, Dina Triyoso, Itasham Hussain
  • Patent number: 8716138
    Abstract: Field Side Sub-bitline NOR-type (FSNOR) flash array and the methods of fabrication are disclosed. The field side sub-bitlines of the invention formed with the same impurity type as the memory cells' source/drain electrodes along the two sides of field trench oxide link all the source electrodes together and all the drain electrodes together, respectively, for a string of semiconductor Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) cells in a NOR-type flash array of the invention. Each field side sub-bitline is connected to a main metal bitline through a contact at its twisted point in the middle. Because there are no contacts in between the linked NVM cells' electrodes in the NOR-type flash array of the invention, the wordline pitch and the bitline pitch can be applied to the minimum geometrical feature of a specific technology node. The NOR-type flash array of the invention provides at least as high as those in the conventional NAND flash array in cell area density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: FlashSilicon Incorporation
    Inventor: Lee Wang
  • Patent number: 8709957
    Abstract: A method for spalling local areas of a base substrate utilizing at least one stressor layer portion which is located on a portion, but not all, of an uppermost surface of a base substrate. The method includes providing a base substrate having a uniform thickness and a planar uppermost surface spanning across an entirety of the base substrate. At least one stressor layer portion having a shape is formed on at least a portion, but not all, of the uppermost surface of the base substrate. Spalling is performed which removes a material layer portion from the base substrate and provides a remaining base substrate portion. The material layer portion has the shape of the at least one stressor layer portion, while the remaining base substrate portion has at least one opening located therein which correlates to the shape of the at least one stressor layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen W. Bedell, Keith E. Fogel, Paul A. Lauro, Ning Li, Devendra K. Sadana, Ibrahim Alhomoudi
  • Patent number: 8703605
    Abstract: A method for forming a contact opening, such as a via hole, is provided. In the method, a sacrificial layer is deposited over a damascene feature prior to exposing a conductor formed in a substrate at a bottom of the opening. The sacrificial layer is provided to prevent damage or contamination of materials used. Even after the conductor has been exposed once or more times, the sacrificial layer can be deposited over the damascene feature to protect it from further damage or contamination by a subsequent process that will further expose the conductor at the contact opening bottom. The exposing step may form a recess in the conductor. By further forming a trench feature over the contact opening, a dual damascene feature can be fabricated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Byung Chun Yang
  • Patent number: 8680646
    Abstract: A device and method for device fabrication include forming a buried gate electrode in a dielectric substrate and patterning a stack having a high dielectric constant layer, a carbon-based semi-conductive layer and a protection layer over the buried gate electrode. An isolation dielectric layer formed over the stack is opened to define recesses in regions adjacent to the stack. The recesses are etched to form cavities and remove a portion of the high dielectric constant layer to expose the carbon-based semi-conductive layer on opposite sides of the buried gate electrode. A conductive material is deposited in the cavities to form self-aligned source and drain regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Dechao Guo, Shu-Jen Han, Keith Kwong Hon Wong, Jun Yuan
  • Patent number: 8673676
    Abstract: Disclosed is a surface processing method of a crystalline silicon substrate for a solar cell, and a method for manufacturing a solar cell. The surface processing method of a substrate for a solar cell comprises first surface processing step for forming a plurality of first protrusions on surfaces of a substrate by etching the crystalline silicon substrate by using an aqueous solution, second surface processing step for forming a plurality of second protrusions smaller than the first protrusions by adhering etching residues onto an upper surface, a light receiving surface among the surfaces of the substrate, by using first etching gas, and residue removing step for removing etching residues adhered onto the upper surface of the substrate having undergone the second surface processing step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Wonik IPS Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Byung-Jun Kim
  • Patent number: 8669187
    Abstract: A porous lift off layer facilitates removal of films from surfaces, such as semiconductors. A layer, with porosities typically larger than the film thickness is provided where no film is desired. The film is applied over the porous layer and also where it is desired. The porous material and the film are then removed from areas where film is not intended. The porous layer can be provided as a slurry, dried to open porosities, or fugitive particles within a field, which disassociate upon the application of heat or solvent. The film can be removed by etchant that enters through porosities that have arisen due to the film not bridging the spaces between solid portions. Etchant attacks both film surfaces. Particles may have diameters of four to ten times the film thickness. Particles may be silica, alumina and ceramics. Porous layers can be used in depressions or on flat surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: 1366 Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Emanuel M. Sachs, Andrew M. Gabor
  • Patent number: 8658538
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a memory device includes forming a plurality of first insulative blocks and a plurality of second insulative blocks arranged in an alternating manner in a substrate, forming a plurality of wide trenches in the substrate to form a plurality of protruding blocks, forming a word line on each sidewall of the protruding blocks, isolating the word line on each sidewall of the protruding block, and forming an trench filler in the protruding block to form two mesa structures, wherein the first insulative block and the second insulative block have different depths, and the wide trenches are transverse to the first insulative blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Nanya Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Ying Cheng Chuang, Ping Cheng Hsu, Sheng Wei Yang, Ming Cheng Chang, Hung Ming Tsai
  • Patent number: 8633105
    Abstract: A method of forming a memory cell is provided. The method includes forming a first pillar-shaped element that includes a first semiconductor material, forming a first opening self-aligned with the first pillar-shaped element, and depositing a second semiconductor material in the first opening to form a second pillar-shaped element above the first pillar-shaped element. Other aspects are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: SanDisk 3D LLC
    Inventors: Kang-Jay Hsia, Calvin Li, Christopher Petti
  • Patent number: 8618615
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a fabrication method of a semiconductor device to order to increase an operation liability of the semiconductor device. A method for fabricating a semiconductor device comprises forming a recess in a semiconductor substrate, forming a word line in a lower part of the recess, oxidizing a top portion of the word line, and depositing an insulating material in a remained part of the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Hynix Semiconductor Inc.
    Inventor: Se hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 8618668
    Abstract: System and method for reducing contact resistance and improving barrier properties is provided. An embodiment comprises a dielectric layer and contacts extending through the dielectric layer to connect to conductive regions. A contact barrier layer is formed between the conductive regions and the contacts by electroless plating the conductive regions after openings have been formed through the dielectric layer for the contact. The contact barrier layer is then treated to fill the grain boundary of the contact barrier layer, thereby improving the contact resistance. In another embodiment, the contact barrier layer is formed on the conductive regions by electroless plating prior to the formation of the dielectric layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Chung-Shi Liu, Chen-Hua Yu
  • Patent number: 8563374
    Abstract: Embodiments of a strained semiconductor device are provided, as are embodiments of a method for fabricating such a strained semiconductor device. In one embodiment, the method includes providing a partially-fabricated semiconductor device including a semiconductor substrate having a source side and a drain side, a gate stack formed on the semiconductor substrate, and a channel region formed within the semiconductor substrate beneath the gate stack and extending from the source side to the drain side of the semiconductor substrate. A cavity is produced in only one of the source side and the drain side of the semiconductor substrate, and a strain-inducing material is formed within the cavity to create an asymmetric heterojunction structure within the semiconductor substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Inc.
    Inventors: Stefan Flachowsky, Jan Hoentschel
  • Patent number: 8551836
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device includes forming an insulating film over a semiconductor substrate, forming a capacitor including a lower electrode, a capacitor dielectric film including a ferroelectric material, and an upper electrode over the insulating film, forming a first protective insulating film over a side surface and upper surface of the capacitor by a sputtering method, and forming a second protective insulating film over the first protective insulating film by an atomic layer deposition method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited
    Inventor: Wensheng Wang
  • Patent number: 8552501
    Abstract: A method of forming an inverted T shaped channel structure having a vertical channel portion and a horizontal channel portion for an Inverted T channel Field Effect Transistor ITFET device comprises semiconductor substrate, a first layer of a first semiconductor material over the semiconductor substrate and a second layer of a second semiconductor material over the first layer. The first and the second semiconductor materials are selected such that the first semiconductor material has a rate of removal which is less than a rate of removal of the second semiconductor material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: Marius Orlowski, Andreas Wild
  • Patent number: 8546262
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a solid-state image pickup device including: a trench formed in an insulating film above a light-receiving portion; a first waveguide core portion provided on an inner wall side of the trench; a second waveguide core portion filled in the trench via the first waveguide core portion; and a rectangular lens formed of the same material as that of the second waveguide core portion and provided integrally with the second waveguide core portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Akiko Ogino, Yukihiro Sayama, Takayuki Shoya, Masaya Shimoji
  • Patent number: 8536699
    Abstract: In a manufacturing process of a semiconductor device by forming a structure film on a substrate in a reaction chamber of a manufacturing apparatus, cleaning inside the reaction chamber is performed. That is, a precoat film made of a silicon nitride film containing boron is deposited on an inner wall of the reaction chamber, a silicon nitride film not containing boron is formed as the structure film on the substrate in the reaction chamber, and the inner wall of the reaction chamber is dry etched to be cleaned. At this time, the dry etching is terminated after boron is detected in a gas exhausted from the reaction chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Kenichiro Toratani, Takashi Nakao, Ichiro Mizushima
  • Patent number: 8525289
    Abstract: Sophisticated gate electrode structures may be formed by providing a cap layer including a desired species that may diffuse into the gate dielectric material prior to performing a treatment for stabilizing the sensitive gate dielectric material. In this manner, complex high-k metal gate electrode structures may be formed on the basis of reduced temperatures and doses for a threshold adjusting species compared to conventional strategies. Moreover, a single metal-containing electrode material may be deposited for both types of transistors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Carter, Martin Trentzsch, Sven Beyer, Rohit Pal
  • Patent number: 8524602
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for forming vias in a substrate, including the following steps: (a) providing a substrate having a first surface and a second surface; (b) forming a groove on the substrate; (c) filling the groove with a conductive metal; (d) removing part of the substrate which surrounds the conductive metal, wherein the conductive metal is maintained so as to form an accommodating space between the conductive metal and the substrate; (e) forming an insulating material in the accommodating space; and (f) removing part of the second surface of the substrate to expose the conductive metal and the insulating material. In this way, thicker insulating material can be formed in the accommodating space, and the thickness of the insulating material in the accommodating space is even.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc.
    Inventor: Meng-Jen Wang
  • Patent number: 8492196
    Abstract: A semiconductor device has a plurality of semiconductor die mounted to a temporary carrier. A prefabricated shielding frame has a plate and integrated bodies extending from the plate. The bodies define a plurality of cavities in the shielding frame. A penetrable material is deposited in the cavities of the shielding frame. The shielding frame is mounted over the semiconductor die such that the penetrable material encapsulates the die. The carrier is removed. An interconnect structure is formed over the die, shielding frame, and penetrable material. The bodies of the shielding frame are electrically connected through the interconnect structure to a ground point. The shielding frame is singulated through the bodies or through the plate and penetrable material to separate the die. TIM is formed over the die adjacent to the plate of the shielding frame. A heat sink is mounted over the plate of the shielding frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: STATS ChipPAC, Ltd.
    Inventors: Reza A. Pagaila, Yaojian Lin
  • Patent number: 8492186
    Abstract: The present invention is a method for producing a group III nitride semiconductor layer in which a single crystal group III nitride semiconductor layer (103) is formed on a substrate (101), the method including: a substrate processing step of forming, on the (0001) C-plane of the substrate (101), a plurality of convex parts (12) of surfaces (12c) not parallel to the C-plane, to thereby form, on the substrate, an upper surface (10) that is composed of the convex parts (12) and a flat surface (11) of the C-plane; and an epitaxial step of epitaxially growing the group III nitride semiconductor layer (103) on the upper surface (10), to thereby embed the convex parts (12) in the group III nitride semiconductor layer (103).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hironao Shinohara, Hiromitsu Sakai
  • Patent number: 8481393
    Abstract: A semiconductor substrate is irradiated with accelerated hydrogen ions, thereby forming a damaged region including a large amount of hydrogen. After a single crystal semiconductor substrate and a supporting substrate are bonded to each other, the semiconductor substrate is heated, so that the single crystal semiconductor substrate is separated in the damaged region. A single crystal semiconductor layer which is separated from the single crystal semiconductor substrate is irradiated with a laser beam. The single crystal semiconductor layer is melted by laser beam irradiation, whereby the single crystal semiconductor layer is recrystallized to recover its crystallinity and to planarized a surface of the single crystal semiconductor layer. After the laser beam irradiation, the single crystal semiconductor layer is heated at a temperature at which the single crystal semiconductor layer is not melted, so that the lifetime of the single crystal semiconductor layer is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaki Koyama, Fumito Isaka, Akihisa Shimomura, Junpei Momo
  • Patent number: 8471321
    Abstract: A semiconductor device, having a memory cell region and a peripheral circuit region, includes an insulating film, having an upper surface, formed on a major surface of a semiconductor substrate to extend from the memory cell region to the peripheral circuit region. A capacitor lower electrode assembly is formed in the memory cell region to upwardly extend to substantially the same height as the upper surface of the insulating film on the major surface of the semiconductor substrate. Additionally, the lower electrode assembly includes first and second lower electrodes that are adjacent through the insulating film. A capacitor upper electrode is formed on the capacitor lower electrode through a dielectric film, to extend onto the upper surface of the insulating film. The capacitor lower electrode includes a capacitor lower electrode part having a top surface and a bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Renesas Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshinori Tanaka, Masahiro Shimizu, Hideaki Arima
  • Patent number: 8455365
    Abstract: A device and method for device fabrication includes forming a buried gate electrode in a dielectric substrate and patterning a stack that includes a high dielectric constant layer, a carbon-based semi-conductive layer and a protection layer over the buried gate electrode. An isolation dielectric layer formed over the stack is opened to define recesses in regions adjacent to the stack. The recesses are etched to form cavities and remove a portion of the high dielectric constant layer to expose the carbon-based semi-conductive layer on opposite sides of the buried gate electrode. A conductive material is deposited in the cavities to form self-aligned source and drain regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventors: Dechao Guo, Shu-Jen Han, Keith Kwong Hon Wong, Jun Yuan
  • Patent number: 8445387
    Abstract: Memory cell structures, including PSOIs, NANDs, NORs, FinFETs, etc., and methods of fabrication have been described that include a method of epitaxial silicon growth. The method includes providing a silicon layer on a substrate. A dielectric layer is provided on the silicon layer. A trench is formed in the dielectric layer to expose the silicon layer, the trench having trench walls in the <100> direction. The method includes epitaxially growing silicon between trench walls formed in the dielectric layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: David H. Wells, Du Li
  • Patent number: 8441027
    Abstract: Disclosed are a light emitting device and a light emitting device package. The light emitting device includes a substrate including a plurality of patterns, each pattern including three protrusion parts, a plurality of spaces formed between the patterns, and a light emitting device structure over the patterns and the spaces. Each space includes a medium having a refractive index different from a refractive index of the light emitting device structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: LG Innotek Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chang Bae Lee
  • Patent number: 8440536
    Abstract: A method for forming a vertical channel transistor in a semiconductor memory device includes: forming a plurality of pillars over a substrate so that the plurality of pillars are arranged in a first direction and a second direction crossing the first direction, and so that each of the pillars has a hard mask pattern thereon; forming an insulation layer to fill a regions between the pillars; forming a mask pattern over a resultant structure including the insulation layer, wherein the mask pattern has openings exposing gaps between each two adjacent pillars in the first direction; etching the insulation layer to a predetermined depth using the mask pattern as an etching barrier to form trenches; and filling the trenches with a conductive material to form word lines extending in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Hynix Semiconductor Inc.
    Inventor: Jin-Ki Jung
  • Patent number: 8436439
    Abstract: A semiconductor device is made by forming an interconnect structure over a substrate. A semiconductor die is mounted to the interconnect structure. The semiconductor die is electrically connected to the interconnect structure. A ground pad is formed over the interconnect structure. An encapsulant is formed over the semiconductor die and interconnect structure. A shielding cage can be formed over the semiconductor die prior to forming the encapsulant. A shielding layer is formed over the encapsulant after forming the interconnect structure to isolate the semiconductor die with respect to inter-device interference. The shielding layer conforms to a geometry of the encapsulant and electrically connects to the ground pad. The shielding layer can be electrically connected to ground through a conductive pillar. A backside interconnect structure is formed over the interconnect structure, opposite the semiconductor die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: STATS ChipPAC, Ltd.
    Inventors: Reza A. Pagaila, Rui Huang, Yaojian Lin