Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, KR)

A fin-type active area may be situated on a substrate in the first horizontal direction. A gate line is positioned on the fin type active region in the second horizontal direction. There is also an area for source and drain located on the active regions of the fin type and also adjacent to the line. A circuit integrated can also contain the source/drain pattern that connects the source and drain. The pattern of contact between source and drain could include a first portion and a secondary portion, the first portion having an initial height and the second one with a second elevation lower than the height of the first. A source/drain pattern could include metal plugs in both the first and third portions, as well as an electrically conductive barrier between the wall surfaces of the second part. The first layer of the film that conducts electricity in the second part is lower than that of the top area of the metal plug within the second section.

This inventive concept refers to an integrated device, as well as an approach to manufacturing the identical. Particularly it is applicable to an integrated device that incorporates fin-field-effect transistors as well as a manufacturing method to make the integrated circuit device.

With down-scaling of integrated circuit devices, the precision of operations performed by integrated circuit devices as well as the fast operating speed thereof was a major factor. In this regard, strategies to reduce the area that is occupied by wirings and contacts, reliably securing a distance between contacts and wirings for electrical isolation and to increase the reliability of devices have been created.

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