Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing had 72 patents in artificial intelligence during Q4 2023. The patents filed by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd in Q4 2023 focus on innovative semiconductor devices and processes. These include devices with edge couplers and deflector structures for optical signal redirection, semiconductor devices with waveguides forming neural network layers, methods for making photonic devices with waveguide patterns, a thin-film deposition system with sensor-based control, and systems for monitoring wafer bonding and detecting defects. GlobalData’s report on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing gives a 360-degreee view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing grant share with artificial intelligence as a theme is 40% in Q4 2023. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Light deflection structure to increase optical coupling (Patent ID: US20230418002A1)

The patent filed by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd describes a semiconductor device with a dielectric structure, an edge coupler with optical core segments, and a deflector structure to redirect optical signals. The device includes various components such as lenses, optical fibers, and deflector layers to manipulate the optical signals efficiently. Additionally, a semiconductor package is detailed, where multiple IC chips and a photonic chip are electrically coupled, with the photonic chip converting optical signals to electrical signals for the IC chips to process.

The method for forming the semiconductor structure involves creating photonic devices, insulator structures, and dielectric layers to house the edge coupler and deflector structure. The process includes etching, forming waveguides, and interconnect structures to ensure proper functionality of the semiconductor device. The method also includes bonding electronic IC structures and substrates, highlighting a comprehensive approach to manufacturing the semiconductor device with precise optical signal manipulation capabilities.

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