US Patent No: 7,157,778

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The invention encompasses a method of forming an oxide region over a semiconductor substrate. A nitrogen-containing layer is formed across at least some of the substrate. After the nitrogen-containing layer is formed, an oxide region is grown from at least some of the substrate. The nitrogen of the nitrogen-containing layer is dispersed within the oxide region. The invention also encompasses a method of forming a pair of transistors associated with a semiconductor substrate. A substrate is provided. A first region of the substrate is defined, and additionally a second region of the substrate is defined. A first oxide region is formed which covers at least some of the first region of the substrate, and which does not cover any of the second region of the substrate. A nitrogen-comprising layer is formed across at least some of the first oxide region and across at least some of the second region of the substrate. After the nitrogen-comprising layer is formed, a second oxide region is grown from the second region of the substrate. A first transistor gate is formed over the first oxide region, and a second transistor gate is formed over the second oxide region.

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MICRON TECHNOLOGY, INC.BOISE, ID21303

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Moore, John T Boise, ID 261 2488

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5,882,978 Methods of forming a silicon nitride film, a capacitor dielectric layer and a capacitor 68 1997
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6,174,821 Semiconductor processing method of depositing polysilicon 25 1997
5,844,771 Capacitor construction 65 1997
6,063,713 Methods for forming silicon nitride layers on silicon-comprising substrates 26 1997
6,150,226 Semiconductor processing methods, methods of forming capacitors, methods of forming silicon nitride, and methods of densifying silicon nitride layers 13 1998
6,111,744 Capacitor constructions having silicon nitride dielectric materials 19 1998
6,323,138 Capacitor, methods of forming capacitors, methods for forming silicon nitride layers on silicon-comprising substrates, and methods of densifying silicon nitride layers 13 1999
6,093,661 Integrated circuitry and semiconductor processing method of forming field effect transistors 44 1999
6,878,585 Methods of forming capacitors 8 2001
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6,875,707 Method of forming a capacitor dielectric layer 9 2003
6,891,215 Capacitors 8 2003
 
TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD. (13)
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6,100,163 Gap filling of shallow trench isolation by ozone-tetraethoxysilane 30 1999
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6,207,532 STI process for improving isolation for deep sub-micron application 75 1999
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6,362,085 Method for reducing gate oxide effective thickness and leakage current 32 2000
6,436,771 Method of forming a semiconductor device with multiple thickness gate dielectric layers 42 2001
 
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5,970,345 Method of forming an integrated circuit having both low voltage and high voltage MOS transistors 32 1998
6,399,445 Fabrication technique for controlled incorporation of nitrogen in gate dielectric 28 1998
6,268,296 Low temperature process for multiple voltage devices 30 1998
6,331,492 Nitridation for split gate multiple voltage devices 37 1998
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6,323,114 Stacked/composite gate dielectric which incorporates nitrogen at an interface 28 1999
 
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6,245,616 Method of forming oxynitride gate dielectric 24 1999
 
GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC. (5)
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LUCENT TECHNOLOGIES INC. (5)
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LSI LOGIC CORPORATION (4)
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SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. (4)
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UNITED MICROELECTRONICS CORP. (4)
5,393,702 Via sidewall SOG nitridation for via filling 37 1993
5,436,481 MOS-type semiconductor device and method of making the same 129 1994
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6,350,707 Method of fabricating capacitor dielectric 17 1999
 
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6,051,865 Transistor having a barrier layer below a high permittivity gate dielectric 30 1998
 
FUJITSU LIMITED (3)
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5,716,864 Method of manufacturing a non-volatile semiconductor memory device with peripheral transistor 41 1996
 
INTEL CORPORATION (3)
5,258,333 Composite dielectric for a semiconductor device and method of fabrication 83 1992
5,763,922 CMOS integrated circuit having PMOS and NMOS devices with different gate dielectric layers 120 1997
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KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA (3)
5,051,794 Non-volatile semiconductor memory device and method for manufacturing the same 40 1989
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5,620,908 Manufacturing method of semiconductor device comprising BiCMOS transistor 46 1995
 
MATSUSHITA ELECTRIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD. (3)
5,972,783 Method for fabricating a semiconductor device having a nitrogen diffusion layer 70 1997
6,265,327 Method for forming an insulating film on semiconductor substrate surface and apparatus for carrying out the method 59 1998
6,482,690 Method for fabricating semiconductor device 22 2001
 
NEC ELECTRONICS CORPORATION (3)
5,254,489 Method of manufacturing semiconductor device by forming first and second oxide films by use of nitridation 120 1991
5,994,749 Semiconductor device having a gate electrode film containing nitrogen 36 1998
6,091,109 Semiconductor device having different gate oxide thicknesses by implanting halogens in one region and nitrogen in the second region 39 1999
 
RENESAS ELECTRONICS CORPORATION (3)
5,459,105 Method of manufacturing a semiconductor device having multilayer insulating films 38 1994
5,972,800 Method for fabricating a semiconductor device with multi-level structured insulator 33 1997
6,492,690 Semiconductor device having control electrodes with different impurity concentrations 44 1999
 
SONY CORPORATION (3)
5,518,946 Process for fabricating capacitors in dynamic RAM 55 1994
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APPLIED MATERIALS, INC. (2)
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6,450,116 Apparatus for exposing a substrate to plasma radicals 44 1999
 
AVAGO TECHNOLOGIES GENERAL IP (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD. (2)
5,164,331 Method of forming and etching titanium-tungsten interconnects 44 1991
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6,146,948 Method for manufacturing a thin oxide for use in semiconductor integrated circuits 29 1997
5,960,289 Method for making a dual-thickness gate oxide layer using a nitride/oxide composite region 150 1998
 
HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P. (2)
5,330,920 Method of controlling gate oxide thickness in the fabrication of semiconductor devices 86 1993
5,596,218 Hot carrier-hard gate oxides by nitrogen implantation before gate oxidation 89 1993
 
HITACHI, LTD. (2)
4,891,684 Semiconductor device 51 1987
5,504,029 Method of producing semiconductor integrated circuit device having memory cell and peripheral circuit MISFETs 64 1994
 
NEC CORPORATION (2)
5,330,936 Method of producing a silicon nitride film and method of fabricating a semiconductor device 24 1992
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QIMONDA AG (2)
5,998,253 Method of forming a dopant outdiffusion control structure including selectively grown silicon nitride in a trench capacitor of a DRAM cell 32 1997
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SEMICONDUCTOR ENERGY LABORATORY CO., LTD. (2)
5,663,077 Method of manufacturing a thin film transistor in which the gate insulator comprises two oxide films 286 1994
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SPANSION LLC (2)
6,080,682 Methodology for achieving dual gate oxide thicknesses 61 1997
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AJINOMOTO CO., INC. (1)
6,090,597 Method of producing L-lysine 11 1997
 
ASM AMERICA, INC. (1)
6,348,420 Situ dielectric stacks 101 1999
 
BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM (1)
5,674,788 Method of forming high pressure silicon oxynitride gate dielectrics 112 1995
 
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6,399,448 Method for forming dual gate oxide 32 1999
 
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5,897,354 Method of forming a non-volatile memory device with ramped tunnel dielectric layer 47 1996
 
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LG DISPLAY CO., LTD. (1)
5,500,380 Method for fabricating thin film transistor 32 1994
 
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MITSUBISHI DENKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA (1)
6,410,991 Semiconductor device and method of manufacturing the same 34 1998
 
MOTOROLA, INC. (1)
5,464,792 Process to incorporate nitrogen at an interface of a dielectric layer in a semiconductor device 92 1994
 
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5,378,645 Method of making a semiconductor device with a capacitor 31 1993
 
ROUND ROCK RESEARCH, LLC (1)
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ROVEC ACQUISITIONS LTD. L.L.C. (1)
6,091,110 MOSFET device having recessed gate-drain shield and method 30 1999
 
RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY (1)
5,861,651 Field effect devices and capacitors with improved thin film dielectrics and method for making same 154 1997
 
SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION (1)
5,685,949 Plasma treatment apparatus and method 64 1996
 
SGS-THOMSON MICROELECTRONICS S.R.L. (1)
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6,184,110 Method of forming nitrogen implanted ultrathin gate oxide for dual gate CMOS devices 41 1998
 
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MICRON TECHNOLOGY, INC. (2)
8,440,515 Method of forming a field effect transistor 0 2008
8,058,130 Method of forming a nitrogen-enriched region within silicon-oxide-containing masses 0 2008
 
GLOBALFOUNDRIES SINGAPORE PTE. LTD. (1)
7,928,020 Method of fabricating a nitrogenated silicon oxide layer and MOS device having same 0 2007

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