|SEMITOOL, INC. Patent applications|
|Patent application number||Title||Published|
|20110042224||APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR ELECTROCHEMICAL PROCESSING OF MICROFEATURE WAFERS - Apparatus and methods for electrochemically processing microfeature wafers. The apparatus can have a vessel including a processing zone in which a microfeature wafer is positioned for electrochemical processing. The apparatus further includes at least one counter electrode in the vessel that can operate as an anode or a cathode depending upon the particular plating or electropolishing application. The apparatus further includes a supplementary electrode and a supplementary virtual electrode. The supplementary electrode is configured to operate independently from the counter electrode in the vessel, and it can be a thief electrode and/or a de-plating electrode depending upon the type of process. The supplementary electrode can further be used as another counter electrode during a portion of a plating cycle or polishing cycle. The supplementary virtual electrode is located in the processing zone, and it is configured to counteract an electric field offset relative to the wafer associated with an offset between the wafer and the counter electrode in the vessel when the wafer is in the processing zone.||02-24-2011|
|20100116671||Apparatus and method for electrochemically depositing metal on a semiconductor workpiece - A process for metallization of a workpiece, such as a semiconductor workpiece. In an embodiment, an alkaline electrolytic copper bath is used to electroplate copper onto a seed layer, electroplate copper directly onto a barrier layer material, or enhance an ultra-thin copper seed layer which has been deposited on the barrier layer using a deposition process such as PVD. The resulting copper layer provides an excellent conformal copper coating that fills trenches, vias, and other microstructures in the workpiece. When used for seed layer enhancement, the resulting copper seed layer provide an excellent conformal copper coating that allows the microstructures to be filled with a copper layer having good uniformity using electrochemical deposition techniques. Further, copper layers that are electroplated in the disclosed manner exhibit low sheet resistance and are readily annealed at low temperatures.||05-13-2010|
|20080264774||METHOD FOR ELECTROCHEMICALLY DEPOSITING METAL ONTO A MICROELECTRONIC WORKPIECE - Metal seed layers and/or barrier layers are treated to render them more suitable for subsequent electrochemical deposition of metals thereon. The processes employ thermal techniques to reduce metal oxides that have formed on the surface of the seed layers and/or barrier layers.||10-30-2008|
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