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20100075492Nonvolatile semiconductor memory and method of fabrication thereof - A method of fabricating a semiconductor memory having word lines and bit lines disposed on a semiconductor substrate, with memory cells being formed at intersecting portions of the word lines and the bit lines. The method includes forming a first insulating film on the semiconductor substrate, forming a first polysilicon film on the first insulating film, patterning the first polysilicon film to form floating gates of the memory cells and an etching stop layer covering and surrounding contact portions of the word lines in a plan view, forming a second insulating film on the first polysilicon film, forming a conductive film on the second insulating film, patterning the conductive film to form control gates of the memory cells and strip-shaped regions as the word lines, accumulating an interlayer insulating film on the conductive film, and etching the interlayer insulating film, and opening contact holes for the contact portions.03-25-2010
20130078795ETCH STOP LAYER FOR MEMORY CELL RELIABILITY IMPROVEMENT - A memory device and a method of making the memory device are provided. A first dielectric layer is formed on a substrate, a floating gate is formed on the first dielectric layer, a second dielectric layer is formed on the floating gate, a control gate is formed on the second dielectric layer, and at least one film, including a conformal film, is formed over a surface of the memory device.03-28-2013
20130040450Methods of Forming a Dielectric Cap Layer on a Metal Gate Structure - Disclosed herein are various methods of forming metal-containing insulating material regions on a metal layer of a gate structure of a semiconductor device. In one example, the method includes forming a gate structure of a transistor, the gate structure comprising at least a first metal layer, and forming a first metal-containing insulating material region in the first metal layer by performing a gas cluster ion beam process using to implant gas molecules into the first metal layer.02-14-2013
20120164823SPLIT GATE TYPE NON-VOLATILE SEMICONDUCTOR MEMORY DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A split gate-type non-volatile semiconductor memory device includes a floating gate having an acute-angled portion between a side surface and an upper surface above a semiconductor substrate; a control gate provided apart from the floating gate to oppose to the acute-angled portion; and an insulating portion provided on the floating gate. A side surface of the insulating portion on a side of the control gate is inclined to a direction apart from the control gate with respect to a vertical line to the semiconductor substrate.06-28-2012
20090124071METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - Provided is a method of manufacturing a semiconductor device. The method includes: forming a charge storage layer on a substrate on which a gate insulating layer is formed; forming a first metal oxide layer on the charge storage layer using a first reaction source including a metal oxide layer precursor and a first oxidizing agent and changing the first metal oxide layer to a second metal oxide layer using a second reaction source including a second oxidizing agent having larger oxidizing power than the first oxidizing agent and repeating the forming of the first metal oxide layer and the changing of the first metal oxide layer to the second metal oxide layer several times to form a blocking insulating layer; and forming an electrode layer on the blocking insulating layer.05-14-2009
20090047777SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device includes forming a gate electrode film on a semiconductor substrate via a gate insulating film; forming a mask film on the gate electrode film; separating the gate electrode film by using the mask film to form a plurality of gate electrodes; forming a first insulating film between the plurality of gate electrodes so that an upper portion of the first insulating film is lower than an upper surface of the gate electrode; forming a second insulating film on the upper portion of the first insulating film, removing the mask film so as to expose the gate electrode, and cleaning an exposed surface of the gate electrode by wet etching process with selectivity to the second insulating film so as to remove a native oxide film.02-19-2009
20120238089METHOD OF MANUFACTURING NONVOLATILE SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - A semiconductor substrate having a main surface, first and second floating gates formed spaced apart from each other on the main surface of the semiconductor substrate, first and second control gates respectively located on the first and second floating gates, a first insulation film formed on the first control gate, a second insulation film formed on the second control gate to contact the first insulation film, and a gap portion formed at least between the first floating gate and the second floating gate by achieving contact between the first insulation film and the second insulation film are included. With this, a function of a nonvolatile semiconductor device can be ensured and a variation in a threshold voltage of a floating gate can be suppressed.09-20-2012
20120270387METHOD AND STRUCTURE FOR IMPROVED FLOATING GATE OXIDE INTEGRITY IN FLOATING GATE SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES - Methods for forming floating gate transistors provide for using a self-aligned plug formed over a floating gate electrode without use of an additional photolithography operation. The plug is centrally disposed and is formed and aligned using spacers. The spacers are formed alongside edges of a patterned sacrificial, oxidation resistant layer that includes an opening that defines the floating gate region. The plug may be formed of a silicon material and which becomes oxidized along with the floating gate such that the plug eventually forms part of the floating gate electrode or the plug may be formed of a nitride or other oxidation resistant material to retard or prevent oxidation in the central portion of the floating gate in which the plug is aligned.10-25-2012
20110300703SEMICONDUCTOR MEMORY DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF - This semiconductor memory device comprises a semiconductor substrate, a plurality of tunnel insulator films formed on the semiconductor substrate along a first direction and a second direction orthogonal to the first direction with certain spaces in each directions, a plurality of charge accumulation layers formed on the plurality of tunnel insulator films, respectively, a plurality of element isolation regions formed on the semiconductor substrate, the plurality of element isolation regions including a plurality of trenches formed along the first direction between the plurality of tunnel insulator films, a plurality of element isolation films filled in the plurality of trenches, a plurality of inter poly insulator films formed over the plurality of element isolation regions and on the upper surface and side surfaces of the plurality of charge accumulation layer along the second direction in a stripe shape, a plurality of air gaps formed between the plurality of element isolation films filled in the plurality of trenches and the plurality of inter poly insulator films and a plurality of control gate electrodes formed on the plurality of inter poly insulator films.12-08-2011
20110287624NONVOLATILE SEMICONDUCTOR MEMORY DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - To reduce capacitance between each adjacent two word lines in a semiconductor memory device, a first insulating film is formed, with a first gate insulating film thereunder, in an interstice between gates respectively of each adjacent two memory transistors, and in an interstice between a gate of a selective transistor and a gate of a memory transistor adjacent thereto. Additionally, a second insulating film is formed on the first insulating film, sides of the gate of each memory transistor, and a side, facing the memory transistor, of the gate of the selective transistor. A third insulating film is formed parallel to a semiconductor substrate so as to cover a metal silicide film, the first and second insulating films and fourth and fifth insulating films. Avoid part is provided in the interstice between each adjacent two gates of the memory transistors, and in the interstice between the gate of the selective transistor and the gate of the memory transistor adjacent thereto. A bottom and two sides of each void part are shielded by the second insulating film, and a top of each void part is shielded by the third insulating film.11-24-2011
20080206976SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - Disclosed is a semiconductor device comprising a semiconductor substrate including first and second element-formation regions partitioned by an isolation trench, first and second lower gate insulating films formed on the first and second element-formation regions, first and second floating gates formed on the first and second lower gate insulating films, an isolation insulating film formed at least in the isolation trench and has a depression formed in an upper surface thereof, an upper gate insulating film formed on the first and second floating gates, and a control gate line including an opposed portion opposed to the first and second floating gates, with the upper gate insulating film being interposed, and a portion located inside the depression, the first floating gate including a side surface opposed to the second floating gate and entirely aligns with a side surface included in the first element-formation region and defined by the isolation trench.08-28-2008
20110217834METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SINGLE STEP SELECTIVE NITRIDATION - Methods and apparatus for selective one-step nitridation of semiconductor substrates is provided. Nitrogen is selectively incorporated in silicon regions of a semiconductor substrate having silicon regions and silicon oxide regions by use of a selective nitridation process. Nitrogen containing radicals may be directed toward the substrate by forming a nitrogen containing plasma and filtering or removing ions from the plasma, or a thermal nitridation process using selective precursors may be performed. A remote plasma generator may be coupled to a processing chamber, optionally including one or more ion filters, showerheads, and radical distributors, or an in situ plasma may be generated and one or more ion filters or shields disposed in the chamber between the plasma generation zone and the substrate support.09-08-2011
20090149011NON-VOLATILE SEMICONDUCTOR MEMORY DEVICE AND PROCESS OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - In device isolation trenches, a first device-isolation insulator film is formed to have recesses thereon and a second device-isolation insulator film is formed in the recesses. The uppermost portions at both ends of the first device-isolation insulator film are located higher than the uppermost portions at both ends of the second device-isolation insulator film.06-11-2009
20100267226Method of forming a structure over a semiconductor substrate - The invention includes a method of forming a structure over a semiconductor substrate. A silicon dioxide containing layer is formed across at least some of the substrate. Nitrogen is formed within the silicon dioxide containing layer. Substantially all of the nitrogen within the silicon dioxide is at least 10 Å above the substrate. After the nitrogen is formed within the silicon dioxide layer, conductively doped silicon is formed on the silicon dioxide layer.10-21-2010
20100279499METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A MEMORY - A method for manufacturing a memory includes first providing a substrate with a horizontally adjacent control gate region and floating gate region which includes a sacrificial layer and sacrificial sidewalls, removing the sacrificial layer and sacrificial sidewalls to expose the substrate, forming dielectric sidewalls adjacent to the control gate region, forming a floating gate dielectric layer on the exposed substrate and forming a floating gate layer adjacent to the dielectric sidewalls and on the floating gate dielectric layer.11-04-2010
20100285659Method for Fabricating Dual Poly Gate in Semiconductor Device - A method for fabricating a dual poly gate in a semiconductor device, comprising: forming a gate insulation layer and a polysilicon layer on a semiconductor substrate that defines a first region and a second region; implanting first and second conductive type impurity ions into the first region and the second region of the polysilicon layer, respectively; forming first and second conductive type polysilicon layer in the first and second regions, respectively, by annealing the semiconductor substrate; forming a barrier metal layer on the first and second conductive type polysilicon layers; forming an oxide layer that lowers resistance of a metal by an oxidation process; forming a metal layer and a hard mask layer on the oxide layer; and forming a first conductive type poly gate on the first region and a second conductive type poly gate on the second region by a patterning process.11-11-2010
20090191700Semiconductor device with integrated flash memory and peripheral circuit and its manufacture method - A non-volatile semiconductor memory device includes: a nonvolatile memory area including gate electrodes, each including stack of a floating gate, an inter-electrode insulating film and a control gate, and having first insulating side walls formed on side walls of the gate electrode; a peripheral circuit area including single-layer gate electrodes made of the same layer as the control gate; and a first border area including: a first isolation region formed in the semiconductor substrate for isolating the non-volatile memory area and peripheral circuit area; a first conductive pattern including a portion made of the same layer as the control gate and formed above the isolation region; and a first redundant insulating side wall made of the same layer as the first insulating side wall and formed on the side wall of the first conductive pattern on the side of the non-volatile memory area.07-30-2009
20090087977LOW TEMPERATURE CONFORMAL OXIDE FORMATION AND APPLICATIONS - The present invention generally provides apparatus and method for processing a semiconductor substrate. Particularly, embodiments of the present invention relate to a method and apparatus for forming semiconductor devices having a conformal silicon oxide layer formed at low temperature. One embodiment of the present invention provides a method for forming a semiconductor gate structure. The method comprises forming a gate stack on a semiconductor substrate, forming a conformal silicon oxide layer on the semiconductor substrate using a low temperature cyclic method, and forming a spacer layer on the conformal silicon oxide layer.04-02-2009
20110201189SEMICONDUCTOR MEMORY DEVICE AND METHOD OF FORMING THE SAME - Provided are a semiconductor device and a method of forming the semiconductor device. The semiconductor device includes an active region of which an edge is curved. The semiconductor device includes a gate insulating layer, a floating gate, a gate interlayer dielectric layer and a control gate line on the active region. The semiconductor device includes an oxide pattern having a concave top surface between adjacent floating gates. The control gate may be sufficiently spaced apart from the active region by the oxide pattern. The method can provide a semiconductor device that includes a reoxidation process, an active region having a curved edge and an oxide pattern having a top surface of a curved concave shape.08-18-2011
20100124819Method of manufacturing nonvolatile semiconductor memory device - A method of manufacturing a nonvolatile semiconductor memory device, is achieved by forming a word gate on a gate insulating film which is formed on a wafer substrate; by forming charge accumulation films to cover a surface of the wafer substrate, side surfaces of the word gate and an upper surface of the word gate; by forming a conductive film to cover the charge accumulation film; and by forming control gates by etching the conductive film. The forming the control gates is achieved by setting an etching condition in which a bias power of 100 W to 1500 W is applied to a cathode electrode as a wafer stage on which the wafer substrate is arranged; and by performing anisotropic dry etching.05-20-2010
20090104763METHOD OF FABRICATING FLASH MEMORY DEVICE - The present disclosure relates to a method of fabricating a flash memory device. According to the present disclosure, a hard mask layer to which surface roughnesses have been transferred by a metal silicide layer, including the surface roughness, is polished before or during a gate etch process in order to diminish the surface roughnesses. Thus, although surface roughnesses exist in the metal silicide layer, a SAC nitride layer formed over a gate can be prevented from being lost in a subsequent polishing process of a pre-metal dielectric layer, which is performed in order to form a contact plug. Accordingly, a hump phenomenon of a transistor can be improved.04-23-2009
20090286388METHOD OF FORMING MICRO PATTERN IN SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - A method of forming a micro pattern in a semiconductor device includes: forming an target layer, a hard mask layer and first sacrificial patterns over a semiconductor substrate on which a cell gate region, a selective transistor region and a periphery circuit region are defined; forming an insulating layer and a second sacrificial layer on the hard mask layer and the first sacrificial patterns; removing the insulating layer and the second sacrificial layer formed in the selective transistor region and the periphery circuit region; performing the first etch process so as to allow the second sacrificial layer formed in the cell gate region to remain on the insulating layer between the first sacrificial patterns for forming second sacrificial patterns; removing the insulating layer placed on the first sacrificial patterns and between the first and second sacrificial patterns in the cell gate region; etching the hard mask layer using the second etch process utilizing the first and second sacrificial patterns as the etch mask to form a mask pattern; and etching the target layer using the third etch process utilizing the hard mask pattern as the etch mask.11-19-2009
20110269305METHOD FOR FORMING A FLOATING GATE USING CHEMICAL MECHANICAL PLANARIZATION - An improved process forming a floating gate region of a semiconductor memory device. The process includes using a ceria slurry for chemical mechanical planarization to provide “stop on polysilicon” capabilities, allowing a thin nitride layer, or in the alternative no nitride layer, to be used and reducing the number of processing steps required to form the floating gate region.11-03-2011
20080248642Nanowire transistor and method for forming same - A method is provided for removing reentrant stringers in the fabrication of a nanowire transistor (NWT). The method provides a cylindrical nanostructure with an outside surface axis overlying a substrate surface. The nanostructure includes an insulated semiconductor core. A conductive film is conformally deposited overlying the nanostructure, to function as a gate strap or a combination gate and gate strap. A hard mask insulator is deposited overlying the conductive film and selected regions of the hard mask are anisotropically plasma etched. As a result, a conductive film gate electrode is formed substantially surrounding a cylindrical section of nanostructure. Inadvertently, conductive film reentrant stringers may be formed adjacent the nanostructure outside surface axis, made from the conductive film. The method etches, and so removes the conductive film reentrant stringers.10-09-2008
20080280431METHOD OF FABRICATING FLASH MEMORY DEVICE - The present invention relates to a method of fabricating a flash memory device. In a method according to an aspect of the present invention, a first hard mask film is formed over a semiconductor laminate. A plurality of first hard mask patterns are formed by etching an insulating layer for a hard mask. Spacers are formed on top surfaces and sidewalls of the plurality of first hard mask patterns. A second hard mask film is formed over a total surface including the spacers. Second hard mask patterns are formed in spaces between the spacers by performing an etch process so that a top surface of the spacers is exposed. The spacers are removed. Accordingly, gate patterns can be formed by employing hard mask patterns having a pitch of exposure equipment resolutions or less.11-13-2008
20090029540NONVOLATILE SEMICONDUCTOR MEMORY AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF - A method for manufacturing a nonvolatile semiconductor memory device including: forming a first and a second stacked gate structures, each of which including a first polysilicon layer formed on a silicon substrate via a gate insulator, an inter-gate insulator formed on the first polysilicon layer, a second polysilicon layer formed on the inter-gate insulator, and a cap layer formed on the second polysilicon layer, respectively; forming a interlayer insulator between the first and the second stacked gate structures, the interlayer insulator covering upper surfaces of the cap layer; planarizing the interlayer insulator by using the cap layers as a stopper; removing the cap layers so that the second polysilicon layers are exposed; masking the exposed second polysilicon layer of the first stacked gate structure by a photoresist film; removing the second polysilicon layer and the inter-gate insulator of the second stacked gate structure so that the first polysilicon layer of the second stacked gate structure is exposed; removing the photoresist film so that the second polysilicon of the first stacked gate structure is exposed; and forming conductive material layers, including a metal, on the exposed first polysilicon layer of the second stacked gate structure and the exposed second polysilicon layer of the first stacked gate structure.01-29-2009
20090325374Methods of Fabricating Nonvolatile Memory Devices - Methods of fabricating nonvolatile memory devices are provided. An isolation layer is formed on a substrate. The substrate has a memory region and a well contact region and the isolation layer defines an active region of the substrate. A gate insulating layer is formed on the active region. The gate insulating layer is patterned to define an opening therein. The opening exposes at least a portion of the well contact region of the substrate and acts as a charge pathway for charges generated during a subsequent etch of the isolation layer. Related memory device are also provided.12-31-2009
20100248468METHOD AND STRUCTURE FOR PERFORMING A CHEMICAL MECHANICAL POLISHING PROCESS - A method for fabricating flash memory devices, e.g., NAND, NOR, is provided. The method includes providing a semiconductor substrate. The method includes forming a second polysilicon layer overlying a plurality of floating gate structures to cause formation of an upper surface provided on the second polysilicon layer. The upper surface has a first recessed region and a second recessed region. The method includes depositing a photo resist material overlying the upper surface to fill the first recessed region and the second recessed region to form a second upper surface region and cover a first elevated region, a second elevated region, and a third elevated region. The method subjects the second upper surface region to a chemical mechanical polishing process to remove the first elevated region, the second elevated region, and the third elevated region to cause formation of a substantially planarized second polysilicon layer free from the fill material.09-30-2010
20100248467METHOD FOR FABRICATING NONVOLATILE MEMORY DEVICE - Disclosed is a method for fabricating a nonvolatile memory device having a stacked gate structure in which a floating gate, a charge blocking layer, and a control gate are sequentially stacked. The method includes forming a first conductive layer for floating gate over a substrate; forming a charge blocking layer and a second conductive layer for control gate over a resulting structure including the first conductive layer; forming an etch mask pattern over the second conductive layer; performing a primary etch process on the second conductive layer until the charge blocking layer is exposed; forming a passivation layer on a sidewall of the second conductive layer exposed by the primary etch process; and performing a secondary etch process on the charge blocking layer and the first conductive layer.09-30-2010
20100248466METHOD FOR MAKING A STRESSED NON-VOLATILE MEMORY DEVICE - A method of making a semiconductor device on a semiconductor layer includes: forming a gate dielectric over the semiconductor layer; forming a layer of gate material over the gate dielectric; etching the layer of gate material to form a select gate; forming a storage layer that extends over the select gate and over a portion of the semiconductor layer; depositing an amorphous silicon layer over the storage layer; etching the amorphous silicon layer to form a control gate; and annealing the semiconductor device to crystallize the amorphous silicon layer.09-30-2010
20090075467METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A FLASH MEMORY DEVICE - A method for forming a semiconductor device includes providing a substrate and forming conductor patterns and openings on the substrate. Next the openings are filled with a mask layer and upper portions of the conductor patterns are etched to form cavities. Following, a portion of the mask layer is removed to form a trench between two neighboring conductor patterns, wherein the trench exposes the substrate and the sidewalls of the two neighboring conductor patterns. Next, an insulating layer on the cavities and the trench is conformably formed, a second conductive layer is formed on the insulating layer and the trench is filled with the second conductive layer.03-19-2009
20090203205Method for producing a floating gate with an alternation of lines of first and second materials - A diblock copolymer layer comprising at least two polymers and having a lamellar structure perpendicularly to a substrate is deposited on a first gate insulator formed on the substrate. One of the polymers of the diblock copolymer layer is then eliminated to form parallel grooves in the copolymer layer. The grooves are filled by a first metallic or semi-conductor material and the rest of the copolymer layer is eliminated. A second dielectric material is deposited to form a second gate insulator. The second gate insulator of the floating gate then comprises an alternation of parallel first and second lines respectively of the first and second materials, the second material encapsulating the lines of the first material.08-13-2009
20090087976Conductive Spacers Extended Floating Gates - A method for manufacturing on a substrate a semiconductor device with a floating-gate and a control-gate. The method includes the steps of first forming an isolation zone in the substrate, and thereafter forming the floating gate on the substrate. The method further includes extending the floating gate using spacers, and then forming the control gate over the floating gate and the spacers.04-02-2009
20090087975METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A MEMORY - A method for manufacturing a memory includes first providing a substrate with a horizontally adjacent control gate region and floating gate region which includes a sacrificial layer and sacrificial sidewalls, removing the sacrificial layer and sacrificial sidewalls to expose the substrate, forming dielectric sidewalls adjacent to the control gate region, forming a floating gate dielectric layer on the exposed substrate and forming a floating gate layer adjacent to the dielectric sidewalls and on the floating gate dielectric layer.04-02-2009
20090053884SEMICONDUCTOR MEMORY DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF - An active region is provided which includes a plurality of active region columns extending in a first direction and a plurality of active region rows extending in a second direction substantially orthogonal to the first direction and having concave portions. Floating electrodes and control electrodes are provided on the active region columns. An interlayer insulating film formed as a layer below an upper wiring is provided on the active region and the control electrodes. Conductive sections that electrically connect the upper wiring and the active region are respectively provided on the concave portions on the active region rows.02-26-2009
20090117727METHOD OF FORMING A FLASH MEMORY - A method of forming a flash memory is provided. The method includes the steps of providing a substrate; forming a plurality of floating gates on the substrate; forming a first conformal dielectric layer to cover the substrate and the plurality of floating gates; forming a second conformal dielectric layer to cover the first conformal dielectric layer; partially removing the second conformal dielectric layer to partially expose the first conformal dielectric layer; forming a conformal precursor layer to cover the second conformal dielectric layer and the exposed portion of the-first conformal dielectric layer; oxidizing the conformal precursor layer to form a control gate dielectric layer between the plurality of floating gates; and forming a control gate on the control gate dielectric layer.05-07-2009
20080261389METHOD OF FORMING MICRO PATTERN OF SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - A method of forming a micro pattern of a semiconductor device method includes forming an etch target layer over a substrate, a hard mask layer over the etch target layer, and first auxiliary patterns over the etch target layer. The first auxiliary patterns defining a plurality of structures that are spaced apart from each other. Silicon is injected into the first auxiliary patterns to form silylated first auxiliary patterns. An insulating layer is formed over the hard mask layer and the silylated first auxiliary patterns, the insulating layer defining a space between two adjacent silylated first auxiliary patterns. A second auxiliary pattern is formed over the insulating layer at the space defined between the two silylated first auxiliary patterns. The insulating layer is etched to remove a portion of the insulating layer provided between the silylated first auxiliary patterns and the second auxiliary pattern while not removing a portion of the insulating layer provided below the second auxiliary pattern. The hard mask layer etched using the silylated first auxiliary patterns and the second auxiliary pattern as an etch mask to define hard mask patterns. The etch target layer is etched using the hard mask patterns to obtain target micro patterns.10-23-2008
20100184284Method of Manufacturing Semiconductor Memory Device - A method of manufacturing a semiconductor memory device comprises providing a semiconductor substrate, forming gate lines over the semiconductor substrate, wherein each of the gate lines has a stack structure comprising an upper layer having a blocking layer formed on a polysilicon layer, forming a dielectric interlayer between the gate lines such that sides of the polysilicon layers of the gate lines are exposed, forming a metal layer on an entire surface of the dielectric interlayers, the blocking layers, and the polysilicon layers, causing the polysilicon layers in contact with the metal layer to react with the metal layer and undergo a phase change and become silicide layers, and removing the unreacted metal layer.07-22-2010
20110059605METHODS OF FORMING NON-VOLATILE MEMORY - Methods of forming non-volatile memory is described. The non-volatile memory includes a substrate having a source region, a drain region and a channel region. The channel region separates the source region and the drain region. An electrically insulating layer is adjacent to the source region, drain region and channel region. A floating gate electrode is adjacent to the electrically insulating layer. The electrically insulating layer separates the floating gate electrode from the channel region. The floating gate electrode has a floating gate major surface. A control gate electrode has a control gate major surface and the control gate major surface opposes the floating gate major surface. A vacuum layer or gas layer at least partially separates the control gate major surface from the floating gate major surface.03-10-2011
20120244695METHOD FOR FABRICATING FLASH MEMORY DEVICE AND FLOATING GATE THEREIN - A method for fabricating a floating gate in a flash memory device includes providing a substrate, forming a first-type ion doped floating gate layer on the substrate, forming a first patterned photoresist layer on the first-type ion doped floating gate layer, dry etching the first patterned photoresist layer, wherein a dimension of the pattern of the first photoresist layer after the dry etching process is smaller than a dimension of the pattern before the dry etching process. The method further includes forming a dual-doped floating gate layer by implanting second-type ions into the first-type ion doped floating gate layer by using the first photoresist layer as a mask, wherein the first-type ions and the second-type ions have opposite charges. A flash memory device thus fabricated has a small CD and a dual-doped floating gate that provide high programming efficiency.09-27-2012
20120244696METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device is disclosed. The method includes forming a third film so as to cover a second pattern, a second mask pattern, and a first film; etching back the third film to form a first sidewall line pattern along a sidewall of the second pattern and to form a first sidewall mask pattern along a sidewall of the second mask pattern; forming a third mask pattern comprising a resist film so as to cover the second mask pattern and the first sidewall mask pattern; and selectively removing the second pattern using the third mask pattern as a mask and thereafter removing the third mask pattern.09-27-2012
20100227467METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE OBTAINABLE THEREWITH - A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device on a substrate. The method may include forming a non-volatile memory in a memory area of the substrate. The forming non-volatile memory on a substrate may include formation in the memory area of a floating gate structure and of a control gate structure which is in a stacked configuration with the floating gate structure. One or more gate material layer may be formed in a logic area of the substrate. After forming the control gate structure and the gate material layer, a filling material layer may be deposited over the logic area and the memory area. The filling material layer may be partially removed by reducing the thickness of the filling material in the logic area and the memory area, at least until a top surface of the one or more gate material layer is exposed. Logic devices may be formed in the logic area, the formation may include forming a logic gate structure from the gate material layer.09-09-2010
20100227468NONVOLATILE SEMICONDUCTOR MEMORY AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A nonvolatile semiconductor memory includes a first and a second diffusion layer regions, a floating gate electrode disposed, with a gate insulating film interposed therebetween, on a channel region between the first and second diffusion layer regions, and a control gate electrode serving as a word line and disposed on the floating gate electrode with an interelectrode insulating film interposed therebetween. The interelectrode insulating film covers whole side portions of the floating gate electrode located in a direction different from a direction in which the word line extends, and the control gate electrode covers the side portions of the floating gate electrode located in the direction different from the direction in which the word line extends.09-09-2010
20090130834METHODS OF FORMING IMPURITY CONTAINING INSULATING FILMS AND FLASH MEMORY DEVICES INCLUDING THE SAME - Methods of forming an insulating film include forming an insulating film on a substrate. A first impurity is injected into the insulating film using a thermal process under a first set of processing conditions to form a first impurity concentration peak in a lower portion of the insulating film. A second impurity is injected into the insulating film using the thermal process under a second set of processing conditions, different from the first set of processing conditions, to form a second impurity concentration peak in an upper portion of the insulating film. Injecting the first impurity and injecting the second impurity may be carried out without using plasma and the first impurity concentration peak may be higher than the second impurity concentration peak.05-21-2009
20110117735Methods of fabricating non-volatile memory devices having carbon nanotube layer and passivation layer - Nonvolatile memory devices may be fabricated to include a switching device on a substrate and/or a storage node electrically connected to the switching device. A storage node may include a lower metal layer electrically connected to the switching device, a first insulating layer, a middle metal layer, a second insulating layer, an upper metal layer, a carbon nanotube layer, and/or a passivation layer stacked on the lower metal layer.05-19-2011
20100304557METHOD OF FORMING FLASH MEMORY DEVICE HAVING INTER-GATE PLUG - A method of forming a non-volatile memory device includes the following steps. First and second cell gates are formed in a cell region. First and second peripheral gates are formed in a peripheral-region. A first insulating layer is formed over the first and second cell gates and the first and second peripheral gates. A second conductive layer is formed over the first insulating layer. A third insulating layer is formed over the second conductive layer. Selected portions of the third insulating layer, the second conductive layer, and the first insulating layer are removed to form an inter-gate plug provided between the first and second cell gates. The inter-gate plug completely fills a space defined between the first and second cell gates.12-02-2010
20110027982SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device according to the present invention includes the steps of introducing first impurities of a first conductivity type into a main surface of a semiconductor substrate 02-03-2011
20100068878THIN FILM FUSE PHASE CHANGE CELL WITH THERMAL ISOLATION PAD AND MANUFACTURING METHOD - A memory device comprising a first electrode having a top side, a second electrode having a top side and an insulating member between the first electrode and the second electrode. The insulating member has a thickness between the first and second electrodes near the top side of the first electrode and the top side of the second electrode extends outwardly from the top sides of the first and second electrodes defining a wall of insulating material having top side. A bridge of memory material crosses the insulating member over the top of the wall, and defines an inter-electrode path between the first and second electrodes across the insulating member. An array of such memory cells is provided. The bridge comprises an active layer of memory material on the top side of the wall, having at least two solid phases and a layer of thermal insulating material overlying the memory material having thermal conductivity less than a thermal conductivity of the first and second electrodes.03-18-2010
20100304556INTEGRATED CIRCUIT SYSTEM WITH VERTICAL CONTROL GATE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE THEREOF - A method of manufacture of an integrated circuit system includes: providing a mesa over a substrate; forming a trench in the substrate adjacent the mesa; forming a second gate and a charge storage material along a trench sidewall; and forming a first gate from the mesa.12-02-2010
20100105199NON-VOLATILE SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD OF FABRICATING EMBEDDED NON-VOLATILE SEMICONDUCTOR MEMORY DEVICE WITH SIDEWALL GATE - A method of manufacturing a non-volatile semiconductor memory device is provided which overcomes a problem of penetration of implanted ions due to the difference of optimal gate height in simultaneous formation of a self-align split gate type memory cell utilizing a side wall structure and a scaled MOS transistor. A select gate electrode to form a side wall in a memory area is formed to be higher than that of the gate electrode in a logic area so that the height of the side wall gate electrode of the self-align split gate memory cell is greater than that of the gate electrode in the logic area. Height reduction for the gate electrode is performed in the logic area before gate electrode formation.04-29-2010
20110256707PROCESS FOR FABRICATING NON-VOLATILE STORAGE - Fabricating non-volatile storage includes creating gate stacks with hard masks on top of the gate stacks. The gate stacks include two polysilicon layers and a dielectric layer between the two polysilicon layers. A portion of the hard mask over each gate stack is removed, leaving two separate tapered sections of each of the hard masks positioned above an upper polysilicon layer of the gate stacks. After the removing the portion of the hard masks, fluorine is implanted into the upper polysilicon layer of the gate stacks. Metal is added on the top surface of the upper polysilicon layer of the floating gate stacks. A silicidation process for the metal and the upper polysilicon layer of the gate stacks is preformed and the remaining tapered sections of the hard mask are removed. Other control lines can then be added.10-20-2011
20080242073METHOD FOR FABRICATING A NONVOLATILE MEMORY DEVICE - A method for fabricating a nonvolatile memory device includes forming a gate insulation layer and a gate conductive layer for forming a floating gate over a substrate. A portion of the gate conductive layer, the gate insulation layer, and the substrate is etched to form a trench. An isolation structure is formed by filling in the trench. The isolation structure is recessed to a certain depth in the trench. A buffer layer is formed over the substrate structure. Spacers are formed over sidewalls of the buffer layer corresponding to inner sidewalls of the trench. A portion of the recessed isolation structure is etched to form a depression in the isolation structure using the spacers. The spacers are removed followed by removal of the buffer layer. A dielectric layer is formed over the substrate structure, and a control gate is formed over the dielectric layer.10-02-2008
20120122310METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - In one embodiment, a method of manufacturing a semiconductor device includes forming a first to fourth films over a semiconductor substrate. The method further includes patterning the fourth film to form sparse and dense portions in which patterns of the fourth film are sparse and dense, respectively, and etching the third film by using the patterns of the fourth film as a mask. The method further includes etching the third film by using the patterns of the third and fourth films as a mask so as to expose the first film between the patterns in the sparse portion, and so as to partially remove the second film between the patterns in the dense portion so that the second film between the patterns remains. The method further includes forming a fifth film on the first film exposed in the sparse portion to have a first thickness, and on the second film remaining in the dense portion to have a second thickness smaller than the first thickness by using a C05-17-2012
20110256708Methods of Manufacturing Flash Memory Devices by Selective Removal of Nitrogen Atoms - A method of manufacturing a flash memory device includes: forming a dielectric layer on an active region of a substrate having an isolation region and the active region; forming a floating gate on the dielectric layer; forming an isolation layer in the isolation region; forming a nitride layer including a first nitride layer portion formed on an exposed surface of the floating gate and a second nitride layer portion formed on an exposed surface of the isolation layer; selectively removing nitrogen atoms from the second nitride layer portion of the nitride layer; forming an inter-gate dielectric layer on both the first nitride layer portion and the isolation layer; and forming a control gate on the inter-gate dielectric layer.10-20-2011
20100081266SEMICONDUCTOR MEMORY INTEGRATED CIRCUIT AND ITS MANUFACTURING METHOD - A method of manufacturing a semiconductor memory integrated circuit intended to improve properties and reliability of its peripheral circuit includes the step of forming a tunnel oxide film (04-01-2010
20090176359Semiconductor device and method for fabricating the same - The semiconductor device comprises a silicon substrate 07-09-2009
20090098721METHOD OF FABRICATING A FLASH MEMORY - A method of fabricating a flash memory includes providing a semiconductor substrate with STIs and an active area between two adjacent STIs along a first direction; successively forming a floating-gate insulating layer, a conductive layer, a dielectric layer, a control gate, and a cap layer on the semiconductor substrate; forming spacers on the sidewalls of the cap layer and the control gate; removing the dielectric layer, the conductive layer, and the floating-gate insulating layer not covered by the spacers and the cap layer; performing a selective epitaxial growth process to form an epitaxial layer on the exposed semiconductor substrate in the active area; and forming a source in the epitaxial layer and the semiconductor substrate in the active area.04-16-2009
20110306197Methods of Manufacturing Semiconductor Devices - Method of manufacturing semiconductor device are provided including forming an insulation layer having a pad on a substrate; forming an etch stop layer on the insulation layer and the pad; forming a mold structure having at least one mold layer on the etch stop layer; forming a first supporting layer on the mold structure; etching the first supporting layer and the mold structure to form a first opening exposing the etch stop layer; forming a spacer on a sidewall of the first opening; etching the etch stop layer using the spacer as an etching mask to form a second opening, different from the first opening, exposing a first portion of the pad having a first associated area; etching the etch stop layer using the spacer as an etching mask to form a third opening exposing a second portion of the pad having a second associated area, the second associated area being larger than the first associated area; and etching the mold structure to form a fourth opening having a width larger than a width of the third opening.12-15-2011
20120064710METHOD OF MANUFACTURING NONVOLATILE MEMORY DEVICE - In a non-volatile memory device and method of manufacturing the same, a device isolation pattern and an active region extend in a first direction on a substrate. A first dielectric pattern is formed on the active region of the substrate. Conductive stack structures are arranged on the first dielectric pattern and a recess is formed between a pair of the adjacent conductive stack structures. A protection layer is formed on a sidewall of the stack structure to protect the sidewall of the stack structure from over-etching along the first direction. The protection layer includes an etch-proof layer having oxide and arranged on a sidewall of the floating gate electrode and a sidewall of the control gate line and a spacer layer covering the sidewall of the conductive stack structures.03-15-2012
20120064709METHOD OF FORMING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - Provided is a method of forming a semiconductor device. The method may include forming a first insulating layer on a semiconductor substrate. A first polycrystalline silicon layer may be formed on the first insulating layer. A second insulating layer may be formed on the first polycrystalline silicon layer. A second polycrystalline silicon layer may be formed on the second insulating layer. A mask pattern may be formed on the second polycrystalline silicon layer. The second polycrystalline silicon layer may be patterned using the mask pattern as an etch mask to form a second polycrystalline silicon pattern exposing a portion of the second insulating to layer. A sidewall of the second polycrystalline silicon pattern may include a first amorphous region. The first amorphous region may be crystallized by a first recrystallization process. The exposed portion of the second insulating layer may be removed to form a second insulating pattern exposing a portion of the first polycrystalline silicon layer. The exposed portion of the first polycrystalline silicon layer may be removed to form a first polycrystalline silicon pattern exposing a portion of the first insulating layer. The exposed portion of the first insulating layer may be removed to form a first insulating pattern exposing a portion of the semiconductor substrate.03-15-2012
20120108051DIFFERENT GATE OXIDES THICKNESSES FOR DIFFERENT TRANSISTORS IN AN INTEGRATED CIRCUIT - An integrated circuit and gate oxide forming process are disclosed which provide a gate structure that is simple to integrate with conventional fabrication processes while providing different gate oxide thicknesses for different transistors within the integrated circuit. For a flash memory, which may utilize the invention, the different gate oxide thicknesses may be used for lower voltage transistors, memory array transistors, and higher voltage transistors.05-03-2012
20110104883METHOD OF FABRICATING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - A method of fabricating a semiconductor device includes forming a gate insulating film on a semiconductor substrate, forming a first conductive layer on the gate insulating film, forming an intergate insulating film on the first conductive layer, forming a second conductive layer on the intergate insulating film, dividing the conductive layers and the intergate insulating film with a mask pattern formed on the second conductive layer, thereby forming a plurality of gate electrodes, forming a first recess on a first side wall of the first conductive layer and a second recess on a second side wall of the second conductive layer with side surfaces of the gate electrodes being exposed, and burying insulating films between the gate electrodes respectively and forming air gap portions respectively in portions of the buried insulating films corresponding to the recesses.05-05-2011
20110183511SEMICONDUCTOR MEMORY DEVICE AND METHOD OF FABRICATING THE SAME - A semiconductor memory includes a memory cell array area provided with first and second memory cells and having a first active area and a first element isolation area constituting a line & space structure, and having a floating gate electrode and a control gate electrode in the first active area, a word line contact area adjacent to the memory cell array area and having a second active area, first and second word lines with a metal silicide structure, functioning respectively as the control gate electrodes of the first and second memory cells and arranged to straddle the memory cell array area and the word line contact area. A dummy gate electrode is arranged just below the first and second word lines in the second active area.07-28-2011
20100173488NON-VOLATILE MEMORY WITH ERASE GATE ON ISOLATION ZONES - The present invention provides a non-volatile memory device and a method for manufacturing such a device. The device comprises a floating gate (07-08-2010
20100048014METHOD OF FORMING GATE LINE OF SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - A method of forming a gate line of a semiconductor device, wherein when an etch process for forming a gate line is performed, a loading effect is improved, thereby enhancing the operating speed of a semiconductor device. According to a method of forming a gate line of a semiconductor device in accordance with an aspect of the invention, a stack layer is formed over a semiconductor substrate that includes a first area and a second area. Hard mask patterns are formed over the stack layer so that the hard mask patterns are denser in the first area than in the second area. Next, a loading compensation layer is formed before the stack layer is etched, or the loading compensation layer is deposited after the stack layer is partially etched. Accordingly, a loading effect occurring when the stack layer is etched can be offset.02-25-2010
20100048015Methods of Forming Void-Free Layers in Openings of Semiconductor Substrates - In a method of manufacturing a floating gate of a non-volatile semiconductor memory, a pattern is formed on a substrate to have an opening that exposes a portion of the substrate. A first preliminary polysilicon layer is formed on the pattern and the exposed portion of the substrate to substantially fill the opening. A first polysilicon layer is formed by partially etching the first preliminary polysilicon layer until a first void formed in the first preliminary polysilicon layer is exposed. A second polysilicon layer is formed on the first polysilicon layer.02-25-2010
20100291766Transistor Constructions and Processing Methods - A transistor construction includes a first floating gate having a first conductive or semiconductive surface and a second floating gate having a second conductive or semiconductive surface. A dielectric region is circumferentially surrounded by the first surface. The region is configured to reduce capacitive coupling between the first and second surfaces. Another transistor construction includes a floating gate having a cavity extending completely through the floating gate from a first surface of the floating gate to an opposing second surface of the floating gate. The floating gate otherwise encloses the cavity, which is filled with at least one dielectric. A method includes closing an upper portion of an opening in insulator material with a gate material during the deposition before filling a lower portion with the gate material. The depositing and closing provide an enclosed cavity within the lower portion of the opening.11-18-2010
20120258586SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A semiconductor device has a semiconductor substrate, a plurality of first conductive patterns, a second conductive pattern having a top surface of which stepwisely or gradually decreases in height in a direction from a side facing the first conductive pattern toward an opposite side, a first insulation film formed over the plurality of first conductive patterns and the second conductive pattern, and a third conductive pattern formed over the first insulation film.10-11-2012
20120190185PLASMA TREATMENT OF SILICON NITRIDE AND SILICON OXYNITRIDE - A method of forming a semiconductor device is disclosed. Nitrogen layers of an IPD stack are deposited using silane and a nitrogen plasma to yield a nitride layer plasma treated through its entire thickness. In addition to nitriding the bottom nitride layer of the stack, the middle nitride layer may also be nitrided. Depositing silicon from silane in a nitrogen plasma may be accomplished using high density plasma, ALD, or remote plasma processes. Elevated temperature may be used during deposition to reduce residual hydrogen in the deposited layer.07-26-2012
20110039407SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD - A semiconductor device manufacturing method, the method including: forming an insulation layer having a protruding portion, the insulation layer having a surface and a rising surface that protrudes upward from the surface, on a semiconductor substrate; forming a conductive layer to cover the insulation layer having the protruding portion; and removing a predetermined region of the conductive layer by patterning the predetermined region according to an etching process using microwave plasma, which uses a microwave as a plasma source, while applying bias power of 70 mW/cm02-17-2011
20120100707METHOD FOR FABRICATING NON-VOLATILE MEMORY DEVICE WITH THREE-DIMENSIONAL STRUCTURE - A method for fabricating a non-volatile memory device with a three-dimensional structure includes forming a pipe gate conductive layer on a substrate, forming a pipe channel hole in the pipe gate conductive layer, burying a first sacrificial layer in the pipe channel hole, stacking interlayer dielectric layers and gate conductive layers on the pipe gate conductive layer including the first sacrificial layer, forming a pair of cell channel holes in the interlayer dielectric layers and the gate conductive layers, forming a second sacrificial layer on a resultant structure including the pair of cell channel holes, and forming a third sacrificial layer with etching selectivity relative to the second sacrificial layer on the second sacrificial layer and filling the cell channel holes with the third sacrificial layer.04-26-2012
20120142181CMOS STRUCTURE AND METHOD FOR FABRICATION THEREOF USING MULTIPLE CRYSTALLOGRAPHIC ORIENTATIONS AND GATE MATERIALS - Methods for fabricating a CMOS structure use a first gate stack located over a first orientation region of a semiconductor substrate. A second gate material layer is located over the first gate stack and a laterally adjacent second orientation region of the semiconductor substrate. A planarizing layer is located upon the second gate material layer. The planarizing layer and the second gate material layer are non-selectively etched to form a second gate stack that approximates the height of the first gate stack. An etch stop layer may also be formed upon the first gate stack. The resulting CMOS structure may comprise different gate dielectrics, metal gates and silicon gates.06-07-2012
20080233728SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND A METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME - Provided is a manufacturing method of a semiconductor device which has the following steps of forming a plurality of layered patterns obtained by stacking an insulating film, a conductor film for forming a floating gate electrode and another insulating film over a semiconductor substrate in the order of mention, forming sidewalls over the side surfaces of the plurality of layered patterns, removing a damage layer of the semiconductor substrate between any two adjacent layered patterns by dry etching, forming an insulating film over the semiconductor substrate between two adjacent layered patterns, and forming a plurality of assist gate electrodes over the insulating film between two adjacent layered patterns in self alignment therewith. According to the present invention, a semiconductor device having a flash memory has improved reliability.09-25-2008
20080220605METHOD OF MANUFACTURING FLASH MEMORY DEVICE - The present invention discloses a method of manufacturing a flash memory device comprising the steps of forming a first insulating layer and a first conductive layer on a semiconductor substrate; etching the first conductive layer, the first insulating layer and the semiconductor substrate to form a trench; forming an isolation layer on a region on which the trench is formed; forming a second conductive layer to make the second conductive layer contact with the first conductive layer; and removing the second conductive layer formed on the isolation layer.09-11-2008
20130171814METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device includes: forming a conductive film on a semiconductor substrate; patterning the conductive film in a memory region to form a first gate electrode; after forming the first gate electrode, forming a mask film above each of the conductive film in a logic region and the first gate electrode; removing the mask film in the logic region; forming a first resist film above the mask film left in the memory region and above the conductive film left in the logic region; and forming a second gate electrode in the logic region by etching the conductive film using the first resist film as a mask.07-04-2013
20100317186ENHANCING NAND FLASH FLOATING GATE PERFORMANCE - Embodiments described herein generally relate to flash memory devices and methods for manufacturing flash memory devices. In one embodiment, a method for selective removal of nitrogen from the nitrided areas of a substrate is provided. The method comprises positioning a substrate comprising a material layer disposed adjacent to an oxide containing layer in a processing chamber, exposing the substrate to a nitridation process to incorporate nitrogen onto the material layer and the exposed areas of the oxide containing layer, and exposing the nitrided material layer and the nitrided areas of the oxide containing layer to a gas mixture comprising a quantity of a hydrogen containing gas and a quantity of an oxygen containing gas to selectively remove nitrogen from the nitrided areas of the oxide containing layer relative to the nitrided material layer using a radical oxidation process.12-16-2010

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