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1 US10090303B2
Fabrication of vertical field effect transistors with uniform structural profiles
Publication/Patent Number: US10090303B2 Publication Date: 2018-10-02 Application Number: 15/789,217 Filing Date: 2017-10-20 Inventor: Cheng kangguo   Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation   IPC: H01L27/088 Abstract: Semiconductor devices are fabricated with vertical field effect transistor (FET) devices having uniform structural profiles. Semiconductor fabrication methods for vertical FET devices implement a process flow to fabricate dummy fins within isolation regions to enable the formation of vertical FET devices with uniform structural profiles within device regions. Sacrificial semiconductor fins are formed in the isolation regions concurrently with semiconductor fins in the device regions, to minimize/eliminate micro-loading effects from an etch process used for fin patterning and, thereby, form uniform profile semiconductor fins. The sacrificial semiconductor fins within the isolation regions also serve to minimize/eliminate non-uniform topography and micro-loading effects when planarizing and recessing conductive gate layers and, thereby. form conductive gate structures for vertical FET devices with uniform gate lengths in the device regions. The sacrificial semiconductor fins are subsequently removed and replaced with insulating material to form the dummy fins.
2 US10083839B2
Sidewall image transfer (SIT) methods with localized oxidation enhancement of sacrificial mandrel sidewall by ion beam exposure
Publication/Patent Number: US10083839B2 Publication Date: 2018-09-25 Application Number: 15/647,689 Filing Date: 2017-07-12 Inventor: Cheng kangguo   Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation   IPC: H01L21/308 Abstract: A method of fabricating semiconductor fins, including, patterning a film stack to produce one or more sacrificial mandrels having sidewalls, exposing the sidewall on one side of the one or more sacrificial mandrels to an ion beam to make the exposed sidewall more susceptible to oxidation, oxidizing the opposite sidewalls of the one or more sacrificial mandrels to form a plurality of oxide pillars, removing the one or more sacrificial mandrels, forming spacers on opposite sides of each of the plurality of oxide pillars to produce a spacer pattern, removing the plurality of oxide pillars, and transferring the spacer pattern to the substrate to produce a plurality of fins.
3 US10014222B2
Fabrication of a vertical fin field effect transistor with reduced dimensional variations
Publication/Patent Number: US10014222B2 Publication Date: 2018-07-03 Application Number: 15/627,927 Filing Date: 2017-06-20 Inventor: Cheng kangguo   Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation   IPC: H01L27/108 Abstract: A method of forming a fin field effect transistor (finFET) having fin(s) with reduced dimensional variations, including forming a dummy fin trench within a perimeter of a fin pattern region on a substrate, forming a dummy fin fill in the dummy fin trench, forming a plurality of vertical fins within the perimeter of the fin pattern region, including border fins at the perimeter of the fin pattern region and interior fins located within the perimeter and inside the bounds of the border fins, wherein the border fins are formed from the dummy fin fill, and removing the border fins, wherein the border fins are dummy fins and the interior fins are active vertical fins.
4 US9859302B1
Fin-type field-effect transistor
Publication/Patent Number: US9859302B1 Publication Date: 2018-01-02 Application Number: 15/196,353 Filing Date: 2016-06-29 Inventor: Cheng kangguo   Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation   IPC: H01L49/02 Abstract: This invention relates to a fin field-effect transistor semiconductor structure. The method of forming the semiconductor structure can include patterning a plurality of precursor fins on a semiconductor layer having a layer portion A and a layer portion B. The semiconductor layer can be located on a substrate. The layer portion B can be selectively etched to form B fins and a top half of precursor fins. The layer portion A can be selectively etched to form A fins and the substrate can be etched to form a bottom half of the decoupling fins. The precursor fins can be removed to expose the A fins, the decoupling fins, and the B fins. One of the A fins and the B fins can form n-type fins and the other can form p-type fins.
5 US9882005B2
Fully depleted silicon-on-insulator device formation
Publication/Patent Number: US9882005B2 Publication Date: 2018-01-30 Application Number: 14/745,628 Filing Date: 2015-06-22 Inventor: Ozcan, Ahmet S   Cheng kangguo   Cheng kangguo   Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation   IPC: H01L21/3213 Abstract: A p-type metal-oxide-semiconductor (pMOS) planar fully depleted silicon-on-insulator (FDSOI) device and a method of fabricating the pMOS FDSOI are described. The method includes processing a silicon germanium (SiGe) layer disposed on an insulator layer to form gaps on a surface opposite a surface that is disposed on the insulator layer, each of the gaps extending into the SiGe layer to a depth less than or equal to a thickness of the SiGe layer, and forming a gate conductor over a region of the SiGe layer corresponding to a channel region of the pMOS. The method also includes performing an epitaxial process on the SiGe layer at locations corresponding to source and drain regions of the pMOS planar FDSOI device.
6 US9859494B1
Nanoparticle with plural functionalities, and method of forming the nanoparticle
Publication/Patent Number: US9859494B1 Publication Date: 2018-01-02 Application Number: 15/197,207 Filing Date: 2016-06-29 Inventor: Liu, Fei   Cheng kangguo   Cao, Qing   Cheng kangguo   Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation   IPC: A61K9/14 Abstract: A nanoparticle includes a cuboid base including a semiconductor material, and a plurality of surfaces formed on the base and including a plurality of functionalities, respectively.
7 US9871118B2
Semiconductor structure with an L-shaped bottom plate
Publication/Patent Number: US9871118B2 Publication Date: 2018-01-16 Application Number: 15/181,447 Filing Date: 2016-06-14 Inventor: Haensch, Wilfried E   Cheng kangguo   Cheng kangguo   Sadana, Devendra K   Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation   IPC: H01L29/78 Abstract: A semiconductor structure having an electrical contact that is connected to source/drain structures of two different transistors. The semiconductor structure has a vertical channel and a source/drain semiconductor structure connected to the vertical channel such that the source/drain semiconductor structure has a vertical side that is substantially planar with a vertical side of the first vertical channel. The source/drain semiconductor structure extends horizontally from its vertical side farther than the first vertical channel extends from its vertical side such that a width of the source/drain is greater than a width of the first vertical channel. The first source/drain semiconductor structure is located on a layer of substrate and the vertical channel is perpendicular relative to the layer of substrate.
8 US9870989B2
Electrical fuse and/or resistor structures
Publication/Patent Number: US9870989B2 Publication Date: 2018-01-16 Application Number: 15/466,380 Filing Date: 2017-03-22 Inventor: Basker, Veeraraghavan S   Cheng kangguo   Cheng kangguo   Ponoth, Shom   Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation   IPC: H01L21/8234 Abstract: Electrical fuse (eFuse) and resistor structures and methods of manufacture are provided. The method includes forming metal gates having a capping material on a top surface thereof. The method further includes protecting the metal gates and the capping material during an etching process which forms a recess in a dielectric material. The method further includes forming an insulator material and metal material within the recess. The method further includes forming a contact in direct electrical contact with the metal material.
9 US9954109B2
Vertical transistor including controlled gate length and a self-aligned junction
Publication/Patent Number: US9954109B2 Publication Date: 2018-04-24 Application Number: 15/147,342 Filing Date: 2016-05-05 Inventor: Divakaruni, Ramachandra   Cheng kangguo   Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION   IPC: H01L29/51 Abstract: A vertical transistor includes a gate structure interposed between a proximate spacer doped with a first dopant-type and a distal spacer doped with the first dopant-type. The proximate spacer is formed on an upper surface of a semiconductor substrate. At least one channel region extends vertically from the proximate doping source layer to the distal doping source layer. A proximate S/D extension region is adjacent the proximate spacer and a distal S/D extension region is adjacent the distal spacer. The proximate and distal S/D extension regions include dopants that match the first dopant-type of the proximate and distal doping sources.
10 US10068898B2
On-chip MIM capacitor
Publication/Patent Number: US10068898B2 Publication Date: 2018-09-04 Application Number: 15/416,349 Filing Date: 2017-01-26 Inventor: Cheng kangguo   Xu, Peng   Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation   IPC: H01L27/108 Abstract: A method for forming an on-chip capacitor with complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) devices includes forming a first capacitor electrode between gate structures in a capacitor region while forming contacts to source and drain (S/D) regions in a CMOS region. Gate structures are cut in the CMOS region and the capacitor region by etching a trench across the gate structures and filling the trench with a dielectric material. The gate structures and the dielectric material in the trench in the capacitor region are removed to form a position for an insulator and a second electrode. The insulator is deposited in the position. Gate metal is deposited to form gate conductors in the CMOS region and the second electrode in the capacitor region.
11 US10056255B2
Method and structure for forming dielectric isolated FinFET with improved source/drain epitaxy
Publication/Patent Number: US10056255B2 Publication Date: 2018-08-21 Application Number: 15/464,817 Filing Date: 2017-03-21 Inventor: Li, Juntao   Cheng kangguo   Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation   IPC: H01L21/30 Abstract: Described herein is a FinFET device in which epitaxial layers of semiconductor material are formed in the source/drain regions on dielectrically isolated fin portions. The fin portions are located within a dielectric layer that is deposited on a semiconductor substrate. Surfaces of the fin portions are oriented in the {100} lattice plane of the crystalline material of the fin portions, providing for good epitaxial growth. Further described are methods for forming the FinFET device.
12 US9947740B1
On-chip MIM capacitor
Publication/Patent Number: US9947740B1 Publication Date: 2018-04-17 Application Number: 15/498,714 Filing Date: 2017-04-27 Inventor: Xu, Peng   Cheng kangguo   Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION   IPC: H01L21/8238 Abstract: A method for forming an on-chip capacitor with complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) devices includes forming a first capacitor electrode between gate structures in a capacitor region while forming contacts to source and drain (S/D) regions in a CMOS region. Gate structures are cut in the CMOS region and the capacitor region by etching a trench across the gate structures and filling the trench with a dielectric material. The gate structures and the dielectric material in the trench in the capacitor region are removed to form a position for an insulator and a second electrode. The insulator is deposited in the position. Gate metal is deposited to form gate conductors in the CMOS region and the second electrode in the capacitor region.
13 US9942761B1
User access verification
Publication/Patent Number: US9942761B1 Publication Date: 2018-04-10 Application Number: 15/289,455 Filing Date: 2016-10-10 Inventor: Cheng kangguo   Fetterolf, Shawn P.   Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION   IPC: H04W72/04 Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a method of providing access verification for a system that includes activating a security control device, which is in communications with a host device. The method also includes having the security control device receiving a verification signal coming from outside the system while being locally-based, and comparing the verification signal to a table of stored criteria values. The device then chooses a response based on that comparison and sends an access determination signal based on the response.
14 US10121879B2
Forming odd number of fins by sidewall imaging transfer
Publication/Patent Number: US10121879B2 Publication Date: 2018-11-06 Application Number: 14/867,789 Filing Date: 2015-09-28 Inventor: Cheng kangguo   Miao, Xin   Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation   IPC: H01L29/78 Abstract: Techniques for forming an odd number of fins by SIT are provided. In one aspect, a method of forming an odd number of fins by SIT includes the steps of: forming a pad layer on a substrate; forming at least one mandrel on the pad layer; forming a first pair of spacers on opposite sides of the mandrel; forming a second pair of spacers on a side of the first pair of spacers opposite the mandrel; removing the first pair of spacers selective to the mandrel and the second pair of spacers; and patterning the odd number of fins in the substrate using a combination of the mandrel and the second pair of spacers as fin masks. A method of forming a finFET device and a fin device structure are also provided.
15 US9859388B1
Uniform vertical field effect transistor spacers
Publication/Patent Number: US9859388B1 Publication Date: 2018-01-02 Application Number: 15/185,712 Filing Date: 2016-06-17 Inventor: Cheng kangguo   Ponoth, Shom   Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation   IPC: H01L21/306 Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure include a semiconductor structure that includes a vertical fin structure having a top portion, a bottom portion, vertical side walls, a source area in contact with the vertical fin structure, a drain area in contact with the vertical fin structure, a plurality of spacers comprising a first oxide layer in contact with the source area, and a second oxide layer in contact with the drain area. The first oxide layer can have a thickness that is equal to a thickness of the second oxide layer.
16 US9917199B2
Method for reduced parasitic capacitance and contact resistance in extremely thin silicon-on-insulator (ETSOI) devices due to wrap-around structure of source/drain regions
Publication/Patent Number: US9917199B2 Publication Date: 2018-03-13 Application Number: 15/439,078 Filing Date: 2017-02-22 Inventor: Divakaruni, Ramachandra   Cheng kangguo   Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION   IPC: H01L29/66 Abstract: A method for forming a semiconductor device includes etching a semiconductor layer using a gate structure and spacers as a mask to protect portions of the semiconductor layer that extend beyond the gate structure. Undercuts are formed in a buried dielectric layer under the gate structure. Source and drain regions are epitaxially growing and wrapped around the semiconductor layer by forming the source and drain regions adjacent to the gate structure on a first side of the semiconductor layer and in the undercuts on a second side of the semiconductor layer opposite the first side.
17 US9893169B1
Fabrication of a vertical fin field effect transistor having a consistent channel width
Publication/Patent Number: US9893169B1 Publication Date: 2018-02-13 Application Number: 15/492,343 Filing Date: 2017-04-20 Inventor: Li, Juntao   Cheng kangguo   Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation   IPC: H01L21/311 Abstract: A method of forming a vertical fin field effect transistor having a consistent channel width, including forming one or more vertical fin(s) on the substrate, wherein the one or more vertical fin(s) have a tapered profile, oxidizing the one or more vertical fin(s) to form an oxide by consuming at least a portion of the vertical fin material, and removing the oxide from the one or more vertical fin(s), wherein the one or more vertical fin(s) include a tapered upper portion, a tapered lower portion and a straight channel portion there between.
18 US9929256B2
Fabrication of an isolated dummy fin between active vertical fins with tight fin pitch
Publication/Patent Number: US9929256B2 Publication Date: 2018-03-27 Application Number: 15/474,551 Filing Date: 2017-03-30 Inventor: Cheng kangguo   Xu, Peng   Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation   IPC: H01L21/8234 Abstract: A method of forming an arrangement of active and inactive fins on a substrate, including forming at least three vertical fins on the substrate, forming a protective liner on at least three of the at least three vertical fins, removing at least a portion of the protective liner on the one of the at least three of the at least three of vertical fins, and converting the one of the at least three of the at least three vertical fins to an inactive vertical fin.
19 US9917106B2
Embedded security circuit formed by directed self-assembly
Publication/Patent Number: US9917106B2 Publication Date: 2018-03-13 Application Number: 14/984,118 Filing Date: 2015-12-30 Inventor: Liu, Chi-chun   Cheng kangguo   Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation   IPC: H01L27/02 Abstract: Embedded security circuits formed by directed self-assembly and methods for creating the same are provided herein. An example integrated circuit includes a set of one or more fin field effect transistor devices unrelated to one or more security devices of the integrated circuit; and an embedded security circuit structure comprising an array of fin field effect transistor devices related to the one or more security devices of the integrated circuit, wherein the array comprises a combination of (i) one or more fin field effect transistor devices with unbroken fin channels and (ii) one or more fin field effect transistor devices with broken fin channels, and wherein the combination forms a distinct code to be associated with the integrated circuit.
20 US9892976B1
Forming a hybrid channel nanosheet semiconductor structure
Publication/Patent Number: US9892976B1 Publication Date: 2018-02-13 Application Number: 15/465,962 Filing Date: 2017-03-22 Inventor: Xu, Peng   Cheng kangguo   Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation   IPC: H01L21/02 Abstract: A nanosheet semiconductor structure includes a first nanosheet field effect transistor (FET) structure having a first inner spacer comprised of a first material and a second nanosheet FET structure having second inner spacer comprised of a second material. The first material is different than the second material.