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257414000 - RESPONSIVE TO NON-ELECTRICAL SIGNAL (E.G., CHEMICAL, STRESS, LIGHT, OR MAGNETIC FIELD SENSORS)

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257417000 Strain sensors 188
257416000 Acoustic wave 150
257420000 Means to reduce sensitivity to physical deformation 3
20130032906FERROELECTRIC DEVICE - A ferroelectric device comprises: a silicon substrate (a first substrate); a lower electrode (a first electrode) formed on one surface side of first substrate; a ferroelectric film formed on a surface of lower electrode opposite to first substrate side; and an upper electrode (a second electrode) formed on a surface of ferroelectric film opposite to lower electrode side. The ferroelectric film is formed of a ferroelectric material with a lattice constant difference from silicon. The ferroelectric device further comprises a shock absorbing layer formed of a material with better lattice matching with ferroelectric film than silicon and provided directly below the lower electrode. The first substrate is provided with a cavity that exposes a surface of shock absorbing layer opposite to lower electrode side.02-07-2013
20130214370SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MINIMIZING DEFLECTION OF A MEMBRANCE OF AN ABSOLUTE PRESSURE SENSOR - A Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) pressure sensor is disclosed, comprising a gauge wafer, comprising a micromachined structure comprising a membrane region and a pedestal region, wherein a first surface of the micromachined structure is configured to be exposed to a pressure medium that exerts a pressure resulting in a deflection of the membrane region. The gauge wafer also comprises a plurality of sensing elements patterned on the electrical insulation layer on a second surface in the membrane region, wherein a thermal expansion coefficient of the material of the sensing elements substantially matches with a thermal expansion coefficient of the material of the gauge wafer. The pressure sensor comprises a cap wafer coupled to the gauge wafer, which includes a recess on an inner surface of the cap wafer facing the gauge wafer that defines a sealed reference cavity that encloses and prevents exposure of the sensing elements to an external environment.08-22-2013
20100252899PACKAGE INTERFACE PLATE FOR PACKAGE ISOLATION STRUCTURES - A package assembly comprises a package base, a sensor die, an isolation plate, and a package interface plate. The isolation plate is bonded to the sensor die and has a plurality of flexible beams. Each flexible beam is configured to deflect under stress such that effects on the sensor die of a thermal mismatch between the package base and the sensor die are reduced. The package interface plate is bonded to the isolation plate and the package base. The package interface plate is configured to limit the maximum distance each flexible beam is able to deflect.10-07-2010
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20110175177MICROELECTROMECHANICAL SYSTEM (MEMS) DEVICE AND METHODS FOR FABRICATING THE SAME - A method of fabricating a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) device includes providing a semiconductor substrate having a semiconductor layer and an interconnect structure. A passivation layer and a photoresist layer are formed over the interconnect structure and a plurality of openings are formed in the photoresist layer to expose portions of the passivation layer. The passivation layer exposed by the openings and the interconnect structure thereunder are removed, forming a plurality of first trenches. The semiconductor layer exposed by the first trenches is removed, forming a plurality of second trenches in the semiconductor layer. An upper capping substrate is provided over the passivation layer, forming a first composite substrate. The semiconductor layer in the first composite substrate is thinned and portions of the thinned semiconductor layer are etched to form a third trench, wherein a suspended micromachined structure is formed in a region between the first, second and third trenches.07-21-2011
20130043547MEMS DEVICE HAVING CHIP SCALE PACKAGING - A method and device having chip scale MEMS packaging is described. A first substrate includes a MEMS device and a second substrate includes an integrated circuit. The frontside of the first substrate is bonded to the backside of the second substrate. Thus, the second substrate provides a cavity to encase, protect or operate the MEMS device within. The bond may provide an electrical connection between the first and second substrate. In an embodiment, a through silicon via is used to carry the signals from the first substrate to an I/O connection on the frontside of the second substrate.02-21-2013
20130026583VIBRATING DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - A vibrating device has a package having an accommodating space in the interior thereof and a gyro element and an IC chip accommodated in the accommodating space. The package has a plate-like bottom plate having an IC chip mounting area and a vibrating element mounting area. The IC chip mounting area includes an IC chip mounting surface on which the IC chip is mounted. The vibrating element mounting area is arranged in parallel with the IC chip mounting area and includes a vibrating element mounting surface on which the gyro element is mounted. The thickness of the IC chip mounting area is smaller than that of the vibrating element mounting area. The IC chip mounting surface is located closer to a bottom side than the vibrating element mounting surface.01-31-2013
20130026584Micro-Electromechanical System Devices - A micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) device can include a substrate and a first beam suspended relative to a substrate surface. The first beam can include a first portion and a second portion that are separated by an isolation joint made of an insulative material. The first and second portions can each include a first semiconductor and a first dielectric layer. The MEMS device can also include a second beam suspended relative to the substrate surface. The second beam can include a second semiconductor and a second dielectric layer to promote curvature of the second beam. The MEMS device can also include a third beam suspended relative to the substrate surface. The third beam consists essentially of a first material. The second beam is configured to move relative to the third beam in response to an acceleration along an axis perpendicular to the surface of the substrate.01-31-2013
20100117166METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION OF A COMPONENT, AND COMPONENT - A method for producing a component, especially a micromechanical, micro-electro-mechanical or micro-opto-electro-mechanical component, as well as such a component which has an active structure that is embedded in a layer structure. Strip conductor bridges are formed by etching first and second depressions having a first and second, different etching depth into a covering layer of a first layer combination that additionally encompasses a substrate and an insulation layer. The deeper depression is used for insulating the strip conductor bridge while the shallower depression provides a moving space for the active structure with the moving space being bridged by the strip conductor bridge.05-13-2010
20090194829MEMS Packaging Including Integrated Circuit Dies - MEMS packaging schemes having a system-on-package (SOP) configuration and a system-on-board (SOB) configuration are provided. The MEMS package comprises one or more MEMS dies, a cap section having one or more integrated circuit (IC) dies, and a packaging substrate or a printed circuit board (PCB) arranged in a stacking manner. Vertical connectors, such as through-silicon-vias (TSVs), are formed to provide short electrical connections between the various components. The MEMS packaging schemes enable higher integration density, reduced MEMS package footprints, reduced RC delays and power consumption.08-06-2009
20090194830SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE TRANSDUCER AND METHOD - A semiconductor device such as a resonant device has a capacitive, non-piezoelectric, actuator, the actuator comprising a depletion region. A capacitive actuator for a semiconductor device, a method for fabricating such an actuator, and a method for operating a semiconductor device are also provided. In the operating method, a drive voltage is applied across the depletion region of the semiconductor device, such as a drive voltage having an alternating voltage component for driving a resonant semiconductor device.08-06-2009
20090194827Semiconductor Device Having Element Portion and Method of Producing the Same - A semiconductor device includes a semiconductor substrate, an element portion provided in the semiconductor substrate, and a connecting portion connected to the semiconductor substrate electrically, in which the connecting portion is formed of a conductive material in order to perform an electrical connection to an outside. The connecting portion is directly in contact with a surface of the semiconductor substrate such that the connecting portion and the semiconductor substrate are connected electrically.08-06-2009
20090194828METHOD FOR MEMS THRESHOLD SENSOR PACKAGING - Apparatus, methods, and systems for bonding a cover wafer to a MEMS threshold sensors located on a silicon disc. The cover wafer is trenched to form a region when bonded to the silicon wafer that produces a gap over the contact bond pads of the MEMS threshold sensor. The method includes a series of cuts that remove part of the cover wafer over the trenches to permit additional cuts that may avoid the contact bond pads of the MEMS threshold sensor. In addition the glass frit provides for isolation of the sensor with a hermetic seal. The cavity between the MEMS threshold sensor and the cover wafer may be injected with a gas such as nitrogen to influence the properties of the MEMS threshold sensor. The MEMS threshold sensor may be utilized to sense a threshold for pressure, temperature or acceleration.08-06-2009
20100164024HIGH ASPECT RATIO ALL SIGE CAPACITIVELY COUPLED MEMS DEVICES - A method that includes forming an opening between at least one first electrode and a second electrode by forming a recess in a first electrode layer, the recess having sidewalls that correspond to a surface of the at least one first electrode, forming a first sacrificial layer on the sidewalls of the recess, the first sacrificial layer having a first width that corresponds to a second width of the opening, forming a second electrode layer in the recess that corresponds to the second electrode, and removing the first sacrificial layer to form the opening between the second electrode and the at least one first electrode.07-01-2010
20130037891MEMS DEVICE AND METHOD OF FORMATION THEREOF - The present disclosure provides a method including providing a first substrate; and forming a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) device on a first surface of the first substrate. A bond pad is formed on at least one bonding site on the first surface of the first substrate. The bonding site is recessed from the first surface. Thus, a top surface of the bond pad may lie below the plane of the top surface of the substrate. A device with recessed connective element(s) (e.g., bond pad) is also described. In further embodiments, a protective layer is formed on the recessed connective element during dicing of a substrate.02-14-2013
20100072564SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF - A semiconductor device of the invention includes: a substrate having a hollowed hollow section on a top surface; a semiconductor chip mounted in the hollow section of the substrate; and a lid having a substantially plate-shaped top plate section that opposes the substrate and covers the hollow section, and having at least one pair of side wall sections that project from a circumference of the top plate section towards the substrate and that engage with a side surface of the substrate. The substrate and the lid can be accurately positioned.03-25-2010
20100072563SUBSTRATE BONDED MEMS SENSOR - A MEMS sensor includes a first substrate; a second substrate; a movable electrode portion and a fixed electrode portion which are arranged between the first substrate and the second substrate, wherein: conductive supporting portions of the movable electrode portion and the fixed electrode portion are, respectively, fixedly secured to a surface of the first substrate via a first insulating layer; a second insulating layer, a lead layer buried into the second insulating layer, and connection electrode portions that are electrically connected to the lead layer to be individually connected to the conductive supporting portions are provided on a surface of the second substrate; a metallic connection layer is formed on the surface of one of the respective conductive supporting portions; one of the respective connection electrode portions and the metallic connection layer are bonded together by eutectic bonding or diffusion bonding; and, at least each of the connection electrode portions has a thickness of about 4 μm or smaller.03-25-2010
20100072562FUNCTIONAL ELEMENT PACKAGE AND FABRICATION METHOD THEREFOR - A functional element package includes a silicon substrate with a functional element having one of a mobile portion and a sensor thereon; a seal member being bonded with the silicon substrate to form an airtightly sealed space therein, and including a step portion in its height direction; a first wiring portion being connected with the functional element and extending from the airtightly sealed space to an outside thereof; a second wiring portion being different from the first wiring portion and extending from the step portion to an upper surface of the seal member; and a bump on the second wiring portion, in which the first wiring portion is bent towards the airtightly sealed space and connected via a photoconductive member with the second wiring portion on the step portion.03-25-2010
20100072561METHOD FOR FABRICATING MICRO-ELECTRO-MECHANICAL SYSTEM (MEMS) DEVICE - A micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) device includes a substrate, having a first side and second side, the second side has a cavity and a plurality of venting holes in the substrate at the second side with connection to the cavity. However, the cavity is included in option without absolute need. A structural dielectric layer has a dielectric structure and a conductive structure in the dielectric structure. The structural dielectric layer has a chamber in connection to the cavity by the venting holes. A suspension structure layer is formed above the chamber. An end portion is formed in the structural dielectric layer in fix position. A diaphragm has a first portion of the diaphragm fixed on the suspension structure layer while a second portion of the diaphragm is free without being fixed.03-25-2010
20130032904Coated Capacitive Sensor - In one embodiment, a method of forming a MEMS device includes providing a substrate, forming a sacrificial layer above the substrate layer, forming a silicon based working portion on the sacrificial layer, releasing the silicon based working portion from the sacrificial layer such that the working portion includes at least one exposed outer surface, forming a first layer of silicide forming metal on the at least one exposed outer surface of the silicon based working portion, and forming a first silicide layer with the first layer of silicide forming metal.02-07-2013
20130075834Bulk Silicon Moving Member with Dimple - A method for forming a semiconductor device includes forming a substrate, forming a moveable member of bulk silicon and forming a first dimple structure on a first surface of the moveable member, where the first surface faces the substrate.03-28-2013
20130082338MEMS Structures and Methods for Forming the Same - A device includes a micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) device, which includes a movable element and a fixed element. The movable element and the fixed element form two capacitor plates of a capacitor, with an air-gap between the movable element and the fixed element acting as a capacitor insulator of the capacitor. At least one of the movable element and the fixed element has a rugged surface.04-04-2013
20090218641PIEZOELECTRIC SUBSTRATE, FABRICATION AND RELATED METHODS - Improved methods, and related systems and devices, for fabricating selectively patterned piezoelectric substrates suitable for use in a wide variety of systems and devices. A method can include providing a piezoelectric substrate having a protrusion of substrate material, depositing an electrically conductive coating so as to cover a portion of a side of the substrate and protrusion, and removing a portion of the coated protrusion.09-03-2009
20100044811INTEGRATED CIRCUIT ENCAPSULATION AND METHOD THEREFOR02-25-2010
20100044810Semiconductor Structural Element - The semiconductor component is intended for a sensor, in particular for a pressure sensor or differential pressure sensor, and includes a semiconductor substrate (02-25-2010
20100044809Sensor Device Packaging And Method - A sensor device and a method of forming comprises a die pad receives a sensor device, such as a MEMS device. The MEMS device has a first coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE). The die pad is made of a material having a second CTE compliant with the first CTE. The die pad includes a base and a support structure with a CTE compliant with the first and second CTE. The die pad has a support structure that protrudes from a base. The support structure has a height and wall thickness which minimize forces felt by the die pad and MEMS device when the base undergoes thermal expansion or contraction forces from a header.02-25-2010
20100044808 METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A MEMS ELEMENT - The device (02-25-2010
20100102403METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FABRICATING PIEZORESISTIVE POLYSILICON BY LOW-TEMPERATURE METAL INDUCED CRYSTALLIZATION - The present invention provides a method and apparatus for fabricating piezoresistive polysilicon on a substrate by low-temperature metal induced crystallization by: (1) providing the substrate having a passivation layer; (2) performing, at or near room temperature in a chamber without breaking a vacuum or near-vacuum within the chamber, the steps of: (a) creating a metal layer on the passivation layer, and (b) creating an amorphous silicon layer on the metal layer, wherein the metal layer and the amorphous silicon layer have approximately the same thickness; (3) annealing the substrate, the passivation layer, the metal layer and the amorphous silicon layer at a temperature equal to or less than 600° C. and a period of time equal to or less than three hours to form a doped polysilicon layer below a residual metal layer; and (4) removing the residual metal layer to expose the doped polysilicon layer.04-29-2010
20090159997WAFER LEVEL PACKAGE STRUCTURE AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREFOR - A wafer level package structure, in which a plurality of compact sensor devices with small variations in sensor characteristics are formed, and a method of producing the same are provided. This package structure has a semiconductor wafer having plural sensor units, and a package wafer bonded to the semiconductor wafer. The semiconductor wafer has a first metal layer formed with respect to each of the sensor units. The package wafer has a bonding metal layer at a position facing the first metal layer. Since a bonding portion between the semiconductor wafer and the package wafer is formed at room temperature by a direct bonding between activated surfaces of the first metal layer and the bonding metal layer, it is possible to prevent that variations in sensor characteristics occur due to residual stress at the bonding portion.06-25-2009
20090159996Method Of Producing Microsprings Having Nanowire Tip Structures - A stress-engineered microspring is formed generally in the plane of a substrate. A nanowire (or equivalently, a nanotube) is formed at the tip thereof, also in the plane of the substrate. Once formed, the length of the nanowire may be defined, for example photolithographically. A sacrificial layer underlying the microspring may then be removed, allowing the engineered stresses in the microspring to cause the structure to bend out of plane, elevating the nanowire off the substrate and out of plane. Use of the nanowire as a contact is thereby provided. The nanowire may be clamped at the tip of the microspring for added robustness. The nanowire may be coated during the formation process to provide additional functionality of the final device.06-25-2009
20100025783Sensor apparatus for detecting variations in a dynamic quantity while suppressing detection deviations that are caused by bending deformation of a sensor chip - A miniaturized sensor such as a micro-accelerometer includes a sensor chip having a sensor element mounted thereon, with the sensor element being oriented with its central axes passing through the corners of the sensor chip. The corners of the sensor element are thereby located substantially apart from the corners of the sensor chip, so that bending deformation which displaces corners of the sensor chip is substantially prevented from causing displacement of corners of the sensor element. Detection inaccuracy resulting from such displacement can thereby be prevented or reduced.02-04-2010
20100065930Method of etching sacrificial layer, method of manufacturing MEMS device, MEMS device and MEMS sensor - The method of etching a sacrificial layer according to the present invention includes the steps of forming a sacrificial layer having a protrusive shape on a base layer, forming a covering film covering the sacrificial layer, forming a protective film made of a material whose etching selection ratio to the sacrificial layer is greater than the etching selection ratio of the covering film to the sacrificial layer on a portion of the covering film opposed to the side surface of the sacrificial layer, and etching the sacrificial layer after the formation of the protective film.03-18-2010
20120181638METHOD FOR MEMS DEVICE FABRICATION AND DEVICE FORMED - The present invention generally relates to methods for producing MEMS or NEMS devices and the devices themselves. A thin layer of a material having a lower recombination coefficient as compared to the cantilever structure may be deposited over the cantilever structure, the RF electrode and the pull-off electrode. The thin layer permits the etching gas introduced to the cavity to decrease the overall etchant recombination rate within the cavity and thus, increase the etching rate of the sacrificial material within the cavity. The etchant itself may be introduced through an opening in the encapsulating layer that is linearly aligned with the anchor portion of the cantilever structure so that the topmost layer of sacrificial material is etched first. Thereafter, sealing material may seal the cavity and extend into the cavity all the way to the anchor portion to provide additional strength to the anchor portion.07-19-2012
20110001199PRESSURE SENSOR AND PRESSURE SENSOR MANUFACTURING METHOD - A pressure sensor having a second semiconductor layer wherein is formed diffused resistance interconnections, an insulating layer that is formed on top of the second semiconductor layer, and external conducting portions that are formed on top of the insulating layer, wherein contacts for connecting electrically between the external conducting portions and the diffused resistance interconnections are formed in the insulating layer, and wherein the external conducting portions are formed in ranges corresponding to the ranges wherein the diffused resistance interconnections are formed in the second semiconductor layer.01-06-2011
20100001355RF MEMS Switch - An RF MEMS switch having a beam composed of a material having a high resistivity and a large Young's modulus may provide a large restoring force, a large electrostatic force at a low actuation voltage, and good isolation between signal input and output. RF MEMS switch reliability may be improved by reducing failures due to stiction by providing a large restoring force. A reliable contact may be provided with a large electrostatic force.01-07-2010
20090115006SOI substrate and semiconductor acceleration sensor using the same - According to the present invention, a SOI substrate includes a first silicon substrate having first and second surfaces; a second silicon substrate having first and second surfaces; and a first insulating layer formed between first surface of the first silicon substrate and the first surface of the second silicon substrates. The first surface of the first silicon substrate is partly depressed to form a thin-layer region thereat. The first insulating layer is formed at least in the thin-layer region.05-07-2009
20120217593SENSOR MOUNTED IN FLIP-CHIP TECHNOLOGY AT A SUBSTRATE EDGE - The sensor assembly comprises a substrate (08-30-2012
20130069177MICRO ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A method for fabricating a MEMS resonator is provided. A stacked main body including a silicon substrate, a plurality of metallic layers and an isolation layer is formed and has a first etching channel extending from the metallic layers into the silicon substrate. The isolation layer is filled in the first etching channel. The stacked main body also has a predetermined suspended portion. Subsequently, a portion of the isolation layer is removed so that a second etching channel is formed and the remained portion of the isolation layer covers an inner sidewall of the first etching channel. Afterwards, employing the isolation layer that covers the inner sidewall of the first etching channel as a mask, an isotropic etching process through the second etching channel is applied to the silicon substrate, thereby forming the MEMS resonator suspending above the silicon substrate. A micro electronic device is also provided.03-21-2013
20130069178Method of Manufacturing a Device with a Cavity - The invention relates to a micro-device with a cavity, the micro-device comprising a substrate, the method comprising steps of: A) providing the substrate, having a surface and comprising a sacrificial oxide region at the surface; B) covering the sacrificial oxide region with a porous layer being permeable to a vapor HF etchant, and C) selectively etching the sacrificial oxide region through the porous layer using the vapor HF etchant to obtain the cavity. This method may be used in the manufacture of various micro-devices with a cavity, i.e. MEMS devices, and in particular in the encapsulation part thereof, and semiconductor devices, and in particular the BEOL-part thereof.03-21-2013
20130062711MICROELECTROMECHANICAL SYSTEM HAVING MOVABLE ELEMENT INTEGRATED INTO SUBSTRATE-BASED PACKAGE - A semiconductor-centered MEMS device (03-14-2013
20130062710Micro Electrical Mechanical System with Bending Deflection of Backplate Structure - A micro electrical mechanical system includes a membrane structure and a backplate structure. The backplate structure includes a backplate material and at least one pre-tensioning element mechanically connected to the backplate material. The at least one pre-tensioning element causes a mechanical tension on the backplate material for a bending deflection of the backplate structure in a direction away from the membrane structure.03-14-2013
20110012211SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD - Disclosed is a semiconductor device comprising a stack of patterned metal layers (01-20-2011
20090236677Micro Electro-Mechanical Sensor (MEMS) Fabricated with Ribbon Wire Bonds - A micro electro-mechanical sensor is provided. The micro electro-mechanical sensor includes a substrate, and a conducting plane disposed on the substrate. A conducting via is disposed on the substrate, such as adjacent to the conducting plane. A plurality of ribbon conductors are disposed over the conducting plane and electrically connected to the conducting via, such that the plurality of ribbon conductors form a transducer array in combination with the conducting plane, such as through capacitive coupling that changes in response to changes in the physical shape of the plurality of ribbons.09-24-2009
20090008728Semiconductor device and manufacturing method of the same - A semiconductor device includes: a sensor element having a plate shape with a surface and including a sensor structure disposed in a surface portion of the sensor element; and a plate-shaped cap element bonded to the surface of the sensor element. The cap element has a wiring pattern portion facing the sensor element. The wiring pattern portion connects an outer periphery of the surface of the sensor element and the sensor structure so that the sensor structure is electrically coupled with an external element via the outer periphery. The sensor element does not have a complicated multi-layered structure, so that the sensor element is simplified. Further, the dimensions of the device are reduced.01-08-2009
20120235252MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR AN ENCAPSULATED MICROMECHANICAL COMPONENT, CORRESPONDING MICROMECHANICAL COMPONENT, AND ENCAPSULATION FOR A MICROMECHANICAL COMPONENT - A manufacturing method for an encapsulated micromechanical component has the following steps: creating an intermediate substrate having a plurality of perforations; laminating an encapsulation substrate onto a front side of the intermediate substrate, which closes the perforations on the front side; laminating an MEMS functional wafer onto a rear side of the intermediate substrate; the MEMS functional wafer being aligned with the intermediate substrate in such a way that the perforations form cavities over the corresponding functional areas of the MEMS functional wafer.09-20-2012
20120235251WAFER LEVEL PACKAGING OF MEMS DEVICES - A MEMS device is disclosed. The MEMS device comprises a MEMS substrate and a CMOS substrate having a front surface, a back surface and one or more metallization layers. The front surface being bonded to the MEMS substrate. The MEMS device includes one or more conductive features on the back surface of the CMOS substrate and electrical connections between the one or more metallization layers and the one or more conductive features.09-20-2012
20120267732MEMS PACKAGE STRUCTURE - A MEMS package structure, including a substrate, an interconnecting structure, an upper metallic layer, a deposition element and a packaging element is provided. The interconnecting structure is disposed on the substrate. The MEMS structure is disposed on the substrate and within a first cavity. The upper metallic layer is disposed above the MEMS structure and the interconnecting structure, so as to form a second cavity located between the upper metallic layer and the interconnecting structure and communicates with the first cavity. The upper metallic layer has at least a first opening located above the interconnecting structure and at least a second opening located above the MEMS structure. Area of the first opening is greater than that of the second opening. The deposition element is disposed above the upper metallic layer to seal the second opening. The packaging element is disposed above the upper metallic layer to seal the first opening.10-25-2012
20120061777INTEGRALLY FABRICATED MICROMACHINE AND LOGIC ELEMENTS - Embodiments relate to micromachine structures. In one embodiment, a micromachine structure includes a first electrode, a second electrode, and a sensing element. The sensing element is mechanically movable and is disposed intermediate the first and second electrodes and adapted to oscillate between the first and second electrodes. Further, the sensing element includes a FinFET structure having a height and a width, the height being greater than the width.03-15-2012
20120043626MICROSTRUCTURE DEVICE WITH AN IMPROVED ANCHOR - The present disclosure provides a system of fabricating a microstructure device with an improved anchor. A method of fabricating a microstructure device with an improved anchor includes providing a substrate and forming an oxide layer on the substrate. Then, a cavity is etched in the oxide layer, such that the cavity includes a sidewall in the oxide layer. A microstructure device layer is then bonded to the oxide layer over the cavity. Forming a microstructure device, a trench is etched in the device layer to define an outer boundary of the microstructure device. In an embodiment, the outer boundary is substantially outside of the sidewall of the cavity. Then, the sidewall of the cavity is etched away through the trench in the device layer, to thereby suspend the microstructure device over the cavity.02-23-2012
20110278682Optimized Bonding Wire - Any two segments of a wire bonded on two bond pads at different elevations can be distinguished by a stationary node (or zero-displacement) during its second-mode vibration. In order to boost the natural frequency of such a bond wire to avoid a second-mode resonance occurring at the lowest frequency in the in-plane vibration, a wire can be optimized by connecting two equalized (shortest possible) wire segments to replace a wire consisting of a larger segment and a shorter segment. The purpose is to re-distribute a larger vibration movement in the longer segment with a lower stiffness of an arbitrary bond wire to two smaller equalized segments of an optimized wire to reduce an in-plane vibration to significantly improve the wire natural frequency and reliability in a harsh vibration environment such as over 30 kHz.11-17-2011
20090189230METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PACKAGING MEMS DEVICES WITH INCORPORATED GETTER - Methods and systems for packaging MEMS devices such as interferometric modulator arrays are disclosed. One embodiment of a MEMS device package structure includes a seal with a chemically reactant getter. Another embodiment of a MEMS device package comprises a primary seal with a getter, and a secondary seal proximate an outer periphery of the primary seal. Yet another embodiment of a MEMS device package comprises a getter positioned inside the MEMS device package and proximate an inner periphery of the package seal.07-30-2009
20110127622Method for Capping a MEMS Wafer and MEMS Wafer - The invention relates to a method for capping a MEMS wafer (06-02-2011
20100295138METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR FABRICATION OF MEMS CMOS DEVICES - A MEMS integrated circuit including a plurality of layers where a portion includes one or more electronic elements on a semiconductor material substrate. The circuit includes a structure of interconnection layers having a bottom layer of conductor material and a top layer of conductor material where the layers are separated by at least one layer of dielectric material. The bottom layer may be formed above and in contact with an Inter Dielectric Layer. The circuit also includes a hollow space within the structure of interconnection layers and a MEMS device in communication with the structure of interconnection layers.11-25-2010
20110140210MICROELECTROMECHANICAL SENSOR DEVICE PACKAGE AND METHOD FOR MAKING THE SAME - A microelectromechanical sensor device package includes a substrate, a microelectromechanical sensor device and a cap. The substrate has a surface on which a circuit pattern having a plurality of first conductive contacts is provided. The device is mounted on the surface of the substrate and has an active surface on which a plurality of second conductive contacts are provided. A plurality of bonding wires are used to electrically connect the first conductive contacts to the second conductive contacts respectively. The cap is made of an electrically insulating material and attached on the surface of the substrate in a way that the cap covers the microelectromechanical sensor device and a space is formed between the cap and the microelectromechanical sensor device.06-16-2011
20110298063Micromechanical Component - A method is described for manufacturing a micromechanical component. The method includes providing a first substrate, forming a first connecting structure on the first substrate, and forming a microstructure on the first substrate after forming the first connecting structure. The microstructure has at least one movable functional element. The method further includes providing a second substrate having a second connecting structure, and joining the first and second substrates by carrying out a bonding process, the first and second connecting structures being joined to form a common connecting structure, and a sealed cavity being formed in the region of the microstructure. The method provides that the first connecting structure takes the form of a buried connecting structure extending up to an upper surface of the first substrate. Also described is a related micromechanical component.12-08-2011
20110298065ELECTROMECHANICAL SYSTEM HAVING A CONTROLLED ATMOSPHERE, AND METHOD OF FABRICATING SAME - There are many inventions described and illustrated herein. In one aspect, the present invention is directed to a technique of fabricating or manufacturing MEMS having mechanical structures that operate in controlled or predetermined mechanical damping environments. In this regard, the present invention encapsulates the mechanical structures within a chamber, prior to final packaging and/or completion of the MEMS. The environment within the chamber containing and/or housing the mechanical structures provides the predetermined, desired and/or selected mechanical damping. The parameters of the encapsulated fluid (for example, the gas pressure) in which the mechanical structures are to operate are controlled, selected and/or designed to provide a desired and/or predetermined operating environment.12-08-2011
20100006957MICROSCOPIC STRUCTURE PACKAGING METHOD AND DEVICE WITH PACKAGED MICROSCOPIC STRUCTURE - A method of packaging a micro electromechanical structure is disclosed. The method comprises the steps of forming the structure on a substrate, depositing a sacrificial layer over the structure, patterning the sacrificial layer, depositing a porous layer over the patterned sacrificial layer, removing the patterned sacrificial layer through the porous layer, treating the porous layer with a plasma and depositing a capping layer over the plasma-treated porous layer. The plasma treatment step ensures that the capping layer material cannot enter the cavity formed by the removal of the sacrificial layer through the porous layer. A device formed by this method is also disclosed.01-14-2010
20090115008MANUFACTURING METHOD OF AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE INCLUDING OVERMOLDED MEMS DEVICES - A method manufactures an electronic device comprising a MEMS device overmolded in a protective casing. The MEMS device includes an active surface wherein a portion of the MEMS device is integrated, and is sensitive, through a membrane, to chemical/physical variations of a fluid. Prior to the molding step, at least one resin layer is formed on at least one region overlying the active surface in correspondence with the membrane. After, at least one portion of at least one resin layer is removed from at least one region, so that in the region an opening is formed, through which the MEMS device is activated from the outside of the protective casing.05-07-2009
20110284975MICROSTRUCTURE, METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME, DEVICE FOR BONDING A MICROSTRUCTURE AND MICROSYSTEM - A microstructure has at least one bonding substrate and a reactive multilayer system. The reactive multilayer system has at least one surface layer of the bonding substrate with vertically oriented nanostructures spaced apart from one another. Regions between the nanostructures are filled with at least one material constituting a reaction partner with respect to the material of the nanostructures. A method for producing at least one bonding substrate and a reactive multilayer system, includes, for forming the reactive multilayer system, at least one surface layer of the bonding substrate is patterned or deposited in patterned fashion with the formation of vertically oriented nanostructures spaced apart from one another, and regions between the nanostructures are filled with at least one material constituting a reaction partner with respect to the material of the nanostructures. A device for bonding a microstructure, which has at least one bonding substrate and a reactive multilayer system, to a further structure, which has a bonding substrate. The device has a bonding chamber, which can be opened and closed and evacuated and in which the microstructure and the further structure can be introduced and aligned with one another, and also an activation mechanism, which is coupled to the bonding chamber and by means of which the reactive multilayer system of the microstructure, said reactive multilayer system being formed from reactive nanostructures with—situated therebetween—a material constituting a reaction partner with respect to the material of the nanostructures, can be activated mechanically, electrically, electromagnetically, optically and/or thermally in such a way that a self-propagating, exothermic reaction takes place between the nanostructures and the material constituting a reaction partner with respect to the material of the nanostructures. A microsystem is formed from two bonding substrates and a construction lying between the bonding substrates, the construction having a reacted reactive layer system, wherein the reacted reactive layer system is a reacted structure sequence composed of at least one surface layer—provided on the bonding substrate—with vertically oriented nanostructures spaced apart from one another, and regions filled between the nanostructures with at least one material constituting a reaction partner with respect to the material of the nanostructures. The microsystem is a sensor coated with biomaterial and/or has elements composed of polymeric material and/or at least one magnetic and/or piezoelectric and/or piezoresistive component.11-24-2011
20090108381Low temperature bi-CMOS compatible process for MEMS RF resonators and filters - A method of formation of a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) resonator or filter which is compatible with integration with any analog, digital, or mixed-signal integrated circuit (IC) process, after or concurrently with the formation of the metal interconnect layers in those processes, by virtue of its materials of composition, processing steps, and temperature of fabrication is presented. The MEMS resonator or filter incorporates a lower metal level, which forms the electrodes of the MEMS resonator or filter, that may be shared with any or none of the existing metal interconnect levels on the IC. It further incorporates a resonating member that is comprised of at least one metal layer for electrical connection and electrostatic actuation, and at least one dielectric layer for structural purposes. The gap between the electrodes and the resonating member is created by the deposition and subsequent removal of a sacrificial layer comprised of a carbon-based material. The method of removal of the sacrificial material is by an oxygen plasma or an anneal in an oxygen containing ambient. A method of vacuum encapsulation of the MEMS resonator or filter is provided through means of a cavity containing the MEMS device, filled with additional sacrificial material, and sealed. Access vias are created through the membrane sealing the cavity; the sacrificial material is removed as stated previously, and the vias are re-sealed in a vacuum coating process.04-30-2009
20110163396Manufacturing method for a micromechanical component, corresponding composite component, and corresponding micromechanical component - The present invention relates to a manufacturing method for a micromechanical component, a corresponding composite component, and a corresponding micromechanical component. The method has the following steps: providing a first composite (W07-07-2011
20100090296WAFER ASSEMBLY COMPRISING MEMS WAFER WITH POLYMERIZED SILOXANE ATTACHMENT SURFACE - A wafer assembly comprises a wafer having a MEMS layer formed on a frontside and a polymer coating covering the MEMS layer. A holding means is releasably attached to the polymer coating so that the wafer assembly facilitates performance of backside operations on a backside of the wafer. The polymer coating is comprised of a polymerized siloxane.04-15-2010
20090166772MICRO-ELECTRO-MECHANICAL SYSTEMS (MEMS) DEVICE AND PROCESS FOR FABRICATING THE SAME - A micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) device includes a back-plate substrate, having an intended region formed with a plurality of perforating holes. A first structural dielectric layer, disposed on the back-plate substrate, wherein the dielectric layer having an opening above the intended region. An etching stop layer, disposed over the first structural dielectric layer. A second structural dielectric layer, formed over the back-plate substrate. The etching stop layer and the second structural dielectric layer form at least a part of a micro-machine diaphragm, and cover over the opening of the first structural dielectric layer to form a chamber between the micro-machine diaphragm and the back-plate substrate.07-02-2009
20100078740MICROELECTROMECHANICAL DEVICE PROVIDED WITH AN ANTI-STICTION STRUCTURE, AND CORRESPONDING ANTI-STICTION METHOD - An embodiment of a microelectromechanical device having a first structural element, a second structural element, which is mobile with respect to the first structural element, and an elastic supporting structure, which extends between the first and second structural elements to enable a relative movement between the first and second structural elements. The microelectromechanical device moreover possesses an anti-stiction structure, which includes at least one flexible element, which is fixed only with respect to the first structural element and, in a condition of rest, is set at a first distance from the second structural element. The anti-stiction structure is designed to generate a repulsive force between the first and second structural elements in the case of relative movement by an amount greater than the first distance.04-01-2010
20090014819Micromechanical Component, Method for Fabrication and Use - A micromechanical component that can be produced in an integrated thin-film method is disclosed, which component can be produced and patterned on the surface of a substrate as multilayer construction. At least two metal layers that are separated from the substrate and with respect to one another by interlayers are provided for the multilayer construction. Electrically conductive connecting structures provide for an electrical contact of the metal layers among one another and with a circuit arrangement arranged in the substrate. The freely vibrating membrane that can be used for an inertia sensor, a microphone or an electrostatic switch can be provided with matching and passivation layers on all surfaces in order to improve its mechanical properties, said layers being concomitantly deposited and patterned during the layer producing process or during the construction of the multilayer construction. Titanium nitride layers are advantageously used for this.01-15-2009
20090152654MICROMECHANICAL SYSTEM - A micromechanical system includes a substrate, a first planar electrode, a second planar electrode, and a third planar electrode. The second planar electrode is movably positioned at a distance above the first planar electrode and the third planar electrode is positioned at a distance above the second electrode.06-18-2009
20080237756Microelectromechanical systems, and methods for encapsualting and fabricating same - There are many inventions described and illustrated herein. In one aspect, the present invention is directed to a MEMS device, and technique of fabricating or manufacturing a MEMS device, having mechanical structures encapsulated in a chamber prior to final packaging. The material that encapsulates the mechanical structures, when deposited, includes one or more of the following attributes: low tensile stress, good step coverage, maintains its integrity when subjected to subsequent processing, does not significantly and/or adversely impact the performance characteristics of the mechanical structures in the chamber (if coated with the material during deposition), and/or facilitates integration with high-performance integrated circuits. In one embodiment, the material that encapsulates the mechanical structures is, for example, silicon (polycrystalline, amorphous or porous, whether doped or undoped), silicon carbide, silicon-germanium, germanium, or gallium-arsenide.10-02-2008
20080237755Seek-scan probe (SSP) memory including mechanism for track correction - An apparatus comprising a substrate having one or more anchors formed thereon; a movable platform suspended by one or more tether beams from the one or more anchors; an actuator coupled to the movable platform; and a micro-electro-mechanical (MEMS) probe having a proximal end, a distal end and a longitudinal axis extending between the proximal end and the distal end, wherein the proximal end is coupled to the movable platform and the distal end can be actuated in a direction substantially normal to a surface of the substrate. A process comprising forming one or more anchors on a substrate; suspending a movable platform by one or more tether beams coupled to the one or more anchors; coupling an actuator to the movable platform; and coupling a micro-electro-mechanical (MEMS) probe to the movable platform, the MEMS probe having a proximal end, a distal end and a longitudinal axis extending between the proximal end and the distal end, wherein the proximal end is coupled to the movable platform and the distal end can be actuated in a direction substantially normal to a surface of the substrate.10-02-2008
20110266639Method of Producing a MEMS Device - A method of producing a MEMS device removes the bottom side of a device wafer after its movable structure is formed. To that end, the method provides the device wafer, which has an initial bottom side. Next, the method forms the movable structure on the device wafer, and then removes substantially the entire initial bottom side of the device wafer. Removal of the entire initial bottom side effectively forms a final bottom side.11-03-2011
20090146227CAPACITIVE SENSOR AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR - A capacitive sensor according to the present invention includes a semiconductor substrate, a fixed electrode serving as a first electrode formed on a surface of or in the semiconductor substrate, a structure formed on the semiconductor substrate to have a vibratable second electrode that is formed to be spaced from and opposed to the semiconductor substrate and from the fixed electrode serving as the first electrode, a sealing member serving as a first sealing member formed on the semiconductor substrate to be spaced from the structure, to cover the structure, and to have a through hole serving as a first through hole, and a movable electrode serving as a vibratable third electrode formed on the sealing member to block up the through hole, and to be spaced from and opposed to the movable electrode.06-11-2009
20090146229SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD FOR FABRICATING THE SAME - Embodiments relate to a semiconductor device and a method for fabricating the same. According to embodiments, a semiconductor device may include a metal film spaced from a semiconductor substrate at a predetermined interval and in which a plurality of etching holes are formed. A bottom metal pattern disposed on and/or over a space between the semiconductor substrate and metal film and top metal pattern formed on and/or over the bottom metal pattern may be provided. A pillar may be formed on and/or over the semiconductor substrate and may support one side of a low surface of the bottom metal pattern. A pad may be formed on and/or over the semiconductor substrate, and an air layer corresponding to the bottom metal pattern may be inserted therein. According to embodiments, a pyro-electric switch transistor using a bi-metal with different coefficients of thermal expansion may be provided.06-11-2009
20090146226MECHANICAL MEMORY TARNSISTOR - A mechanical memory transistor includes a substrate having formed thereon a source region and a drain region. An oxide is formed upon a portion of the source region and upon a portion of the drain region. A pull up electrode is positioned above the substrate such that a gap is formed between the pull up electrode and the substrate. A movable gate has a first position and a second position. The movable gate is located in the gap between the pull up electrode and the substrate. The movable gate is in contact with the pull up electrode when the movable gate is in a first position and is in contact with the oxide to form a gate region when the movable gate is in the second position. The movable gate, in conjunction with the source region and the drain region and when the movable gate is in the second position, form a transistor that can be utilized as a non-volatile memory element.06-11-2009
20120032284FILM FOR RESIN SPACER, LIGHT-RECEIVING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME, AND MEMS DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME - According to one aspect of the present invention, a film for a resin spacer (02-09-2012
20110084345Apparatuses for generating electrical energy - Electrical energy generation apparatuses, in which a solar battery device and a piezoelectric device are combined in a single body by using a plurality of nano wires formed of a semiconductor material having piezoelectric properties.04-14-2011
20100084722Method for manufacturing a micromechanical chip and a component having a chip of this type - In a method for manufacturing a micromechanical chip, a sacrificial layer and an epitaxy layer are initially applied to a semiconductor substrate to produce a layer stack. An opening is subsequently introduced into the epitaxy layer from the front side of the layer stack. In order to electrically insulate the subsequent filling of the opening using a conductive contact layer from the material of the epitaxy layer, the walls of the opening are provided with an insulating layer. For removing the sacrificial layer and thus for producing the chip, separation trenches are subsequently etched through the epitaxy layer to the sacrificial layer also from the front side of the layer stack, which separation trenches also delimit the lateral extension of the chip.04-08-2010
20100320548Silicon-Rich Nitride Etch Stop Layer for Vapor HF Etching in MEMS Device Fabrication - A thin silicon-rich nitride film (e.g., having a thickness in the range of around 100A to 10000A) deposited using low-pressure chemical vapor deposition (LPCVD) is used for etch stop during vapor HF etching in various MEMS wafer fabrication processes and devices. The LPCVD silicon-rich nitride film may replace, or be used in combination with, a LPCVD stoichiometric nitride layer in many existing MEMS fabrication processes and devices. The LPCVD silicon-rich nitride film is deposited at high temperatures (e.g., typically around 650-900 degrees C.). Such a LPCVD silicon-rich nitride film generally has enhanced etch selectivity to vapor HF and other harsh chemical environments compared to stoichiometric silicon nitride and therefore a thinner layer typically can be used as an embedded etch stop layer in various MEMS wafer fabrication processes and devices and particularly for vapor HF etching processes, saving time and money in the fabrication process.12-23-2010
20120032283SENSOR MODULE - A sensor module includes a substrate system which has multiple substrates situated one on top of the other and connected in each case via a wafer bond connection. The substrate system includes at least one first sensor substrate and at least one second sensor substrate, the first sensor substrate having a first sensor structure and the second sensor substrate having a second sensor structure. The first and second sensor structures are designed for detecting different characteristics. At least the first sensor structure includes a micromechanical functional structure. Moreover, a method for manufacturing such a sensor module is disclosed.02-09-2012
20120032282MICROELECTROMECHANICAL SYSTEM (MEMS) CARRIER AND METHOD OF FABRICATING THE SAME - An MEMS carrier is provided that includes a core board having a first surface and an opposite second surface, a circuit layer formed on the first surface and having a plurality of conductive pads, and a through hole formed through the first and the second surfaces; a carrier layer formed on the second surface of the core board and covering an end of the through hole; a patterned metal layer formed on a portion of the carrier layer that covers the end of the through hole; a solder mask layer formed on the first surface of the core board and the circuit layer, wherein the solder mask layer has a plurality of openings for exposing the conductive pads; and a shielding metal layer disposed on a sidewall of the through hole, the patterned metal layer, and the portion of the carrier layer that covers the end of the through hole. Without the use of a circuit board, the MEMS carrier has reduced height and size.02-09-2012
20090309171Mems Sensor Comprising a Deformation-free Back Electrode - An MEMS sensor constructed on a base chip and having a capacitive mode of operation is disclosed. The MEMS sensor has a patterned layer construction applied on the base chip. A cutout is produced in the layer construction, the moveable electrode, for example a membrane, being arranged in said cutout. The cutout is spanned by a covering layer, which bears on the layer construction around the cutout and comprises the back electrode.12-17-2009
20090309173MEMS SENSOR - The MEMS sensor according to the present invention includes a diaphragm. In the diaphragm, an angle formed by two straight lines connecting supporting portions and the center of a main portion with one another respectively is set to satisfy the relation of the following formula (1):12-17-2009
20090267166METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A DEVICE WITH A CAVITY - The invention relates to a micro-device with a cavity (10-29-2009
20100084721Micro-Electromechanical System Microstructure - A micro-electromechanical system microstructure includes: a substrate adapted to support an electrode thereon; a suspension mechanism supported on the substrate; and a movable active part adapted to cooperate with the electrode to define a capacitor therebetween, and suspended on the substrate through the suspension mechanism so as to be movable to and fro relative to the substrate and the electrode. The suspension mechanism includes at least one supporting frame that protrudes from and that cooperates with an outer surface of the substrate to define a frame space therebetween, and at least one cantilever beam interconnecting the supporting frame and the active part.04-08-2010
20100078739Vertical Mount Package for MEMS Sensors - A vertical mount pre-molded type package for use with a MEMS sensor may be formed with a low moisture permeable molding material that surrounds a portion of the leadframes and forms a cavity in which one or multiple dies may be held. The package includes structures to reduce package vibration, reduce die stress, increase vertical mount stability, and improve solder joint reliability. The vertical mount package includes a first leadframe having first leads and molding material substantially surrounding at least a portion of the first leads. The molding material forms a cavity for holding the MEMS sensor and forms a package mounting plane for mounting the package on a base. The cavity has a die mounting plane that is substantially non-parallel to the package mounting plane. The first leads are configured to provide electrical contacts within the cavity and to provide electrical contacts to the base.04-01-2010
20110062532MEMS Chip And Package Method Thereof - The present invention proposes a MEMS chip and a package method thereof. The package method comprises; making a capping wafer by: providing a first substrate and forming an etch stop layer on the first substrate; making a device wafer by: providing a second substrate and forming a MEMS device and a material layer surrounding the MEMS device on the second substrate; bonding the capping wafer and the device wafer; after bonding, etching the first substrate to form at least one via; etching the etch stop layer through the via; etch the material layer; and forming a sealing layer on the first substrate.03-17-2011
20100006958Tilting Actuator with Close-Gap Electrodes - An electromechanical tilting device including a first and a second electrode structures, shaped, positioned and oriented to define at least partially interdigitated electrodes, and a suspension defining a tilt-containing motion path for the second structure with respect to the first structure. The motion path is selected to cause changes in overlapping regions and overlapping regions' gaps of the interdigitated electrodes. The device is configured such that an increase in one or more voltage bias applied to interdigitated driving electrodes makes a decrease in a total area of overlapping regions of the driving electrodes electrically energetically favorable.01-14-2010
20100006959PACKAGE OF MEMS DEVICE AND METHOD FOR FABRICATING THE SAME - A package of a micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) device includes a cap wafer, a plurality of bonding bumps formed over the cap wafer, a plurality of array pads arrayed on an outer side of the bonding bumps, and an MEMS device wafer bonded to an upper portion of the cap wafer in a manner to expose the array pads.01-14-2010
20090267165WAFER LEVEL PACKAGE STRUCTURE, AND SENSOR DEVICE OBTAINED FROM THE SAME PACKAGE STRUCTURE - A wafer level package structure with a plurality of compact sensors such as acceleration sensors and gyro sensors is provided. This package structure is composed of a semiconductor wafer with plural sensor units, and a pair of package wafers bonded to both surfaces of the semiconductor wafer. Each of the sensor units has a frame having an opening, a movable portion held in the opening to be movable relative to the frame, and a detecting portion for outputting an electric signal according to a positional displacement of the movable portion. Since the semiconductor wafer is bonded to each of the package wafers by a solid-phase direct bonding without diffusion between a surface-activated region formed on the frame and a surface-activated region formed on the package wafer, it is possible to prevent that variations in sensor characteristics occur due to residual stress at the bonding interface.10-29-2009
20090045473Devices having horizontally-disposed nanofabric articles and methods of making the same - New devices having horizontally-disposed nanofabric articles and methods of making same are described. A discrete electro-mechanical device includes a structure having an electrically-conductive trace. A defined patch of nanotube fabric is disposed in spaced relation to the trace; and the defined patch of nanotube fabric is electromechanically deflectable between a first and second state. In the first state, the nanotube article is in spaced relation relative to the trace, and in the second state the nanotube article is in contact with the trace. A low resistance signal path is in electrical communication with the defined patch of nanofabric. Under certain embodiments, the structure includes a defined gap into which the electrically conductive trace is disposed. The defined gap has a defined width, and the defined patch of nanotube fabric spans the gap and has a longitudinal extent that is slightly longer than the defined width of the gap.02-19-2009
20090090987Mems element, mems device and mems element manufacturing method - An MEMS element (A04-09-2009
20080211042METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - To provide a method for manufacturing a semiconductor device and a semiconductor device manufactured by the method. In the method, a movable portion formed on a semiconductor substrate can be released by etching an insulation layer in a shorter time and more readily controlling the etching amount in a section direction of the insulation layer.09-04-2008
20110198712Pressure Sensor - A pressure sensor (08-18-2011
20110198711SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AN INTEGRATED ELECTRONIC AND OPTICAL MEMS BASED SENSOR - This patent discloses an integrated electronic and optical MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems) based sensor wherein the same embossed diaphragm is used as the sensing element of both integrated parts. The optical part of the sensor is based on a Fabry-Perot cavity and the electronic part of the sensor is based on the piezoresistive effect. The signal output obtained from the electronic part of the sensor will be used to assist the fabrication of the Fabry-Perot cavities and as a reference to establish the quiescence point (Q-point) of the signal output from the optical part of the sensor. The invention includes sensors for detecting mechanical movements, such as those caused by pressure, sound, magnetic fields, temperature, chemical reaction or biological activities.08-18-2011
20090278214Microelectromechanical Systems Encapsulation Process - An encapsulated MEMS process including a high-temperature anti-stiction coating that is stable under processing steps at temperatures over 450 C is described. The coating is applied after device release but before sealing vents in the encapsulation layer. Alternatively, an anti-stiction coating may be applied to released devices directly before encapsulation.11-12-2009
20130099332WAFER LEVEL PACKAGING - A method of wafer level packaging includes providing a substrate including a buried oxide layer and a top oxide layer, and etching the substrate to form openings above the buried oxide layer and a micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) resonator element between the openings, the MEMS resonator element enclosed within the buried oxide layer, the top oxide layer, and sidewall oxide layers. The method further includes filling the openings with polysilicon to form polysilicon electrodes adjacent the MEMS resonator element, removing the top oxide layer and the sidewall oxide layers adjacent the MEMS resonator element, bonding the polysilicon electrodes to one of a complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) wafer or a carrier wafer, removing the buried oxide layer adjacent the MEMS resonator element, and bonding the substrate to a capping wafer to seal the MEMS resonator element between the capping wafer and one of the CMOS wafer or the carrier wafer.04-25-2013
20090289313MICRO ELECTRIC MECHANICAL SYSTEM DEVICE AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME - A MEMS device comprises a substrate, an island-shaped first insulating layer formed on the substrate, a second insulating film formed on the top and side surfaces of the first insulating layer and the top surface of the substrate, and having a thickness smaller than that of the first insulating layer, a metal layer formed on the second insulating film in an island-shaped region where the first insulating layer is formed, and a MEMS system element formed on the metal layer.11-26-2009
20090294879Method for Capping a MEMS Wafer - A method for capping a MEMS wafer to form a hermetically sealed device. The method includes applying a glass bonding agent to the cap wafer and burning off organic material in the glass bonding agent. The cap wafer/glass bonding agent combination is then cleaned to reduce lead in the combination. The cleaning is preferably accomplished using an oxygen plasma. The MEMS device is coated with a WASA agent. The cap wafer is then bonded to the MEMS wafer by heating this combination in a capping gas atmosphere of hydrogen molecules in a gas such as nitrogen, argon or neon. This method of capping the MEMS wafer can reduce stiction in the MEMS device.12-03-2009
20120292722PACKAGE STRUCTURE HAVING MEMS ELEMENTS AND FABRICATION METHOD THEREOF - A package structure having MEMS elements includes: a wafer having MEMS elements, electrical contacts and second alignment keys; a plate disposed over the MEMS elements and packaged airtight; transparent bodies disposed over the second alignment keys via an adhesive; an encapsulant disposed on the wafer to encapsulate the plate, the electrical contacts and the transparent bodies; bonding wires embedded in the encapsulant and each having one end connecting a corresponding one of the electrical contacts and the other end exposed from a top surface of the encapsulant; and metal traces disposed on the encapsulant and electrically connected to the electrical contacts via the bonding wires. The present invention eliminates the need to form through holes in a silicon substrate as in the prior art so as to reduce fabrication costs. Further, the present invention accomplishes wiring processes by using a common alignment device to thereby reduce equipment costs.11-22-2012
20130214367MEMS-BASED DUAL AND SINGLE PROOF-MASS ACCELEROMETER METHODS AND APPARATUS - An integrated MEMS inertial sensor device includes one or more three-axis MEMS inertial sensor devices, such as accelerometers, with dual or single proof mass configurations. These designs can be compact and can decouple the motion of each axis to minimize the measurement errors due to cross-axis sensitivity. Some embodiments include a frame to decouple the motion of two axes and to provide geometric symmetry. Some embodiments also include double-folded springs. In a specific embodiment, the three axes of an integrated MEMS accelerometer device are entirely decoupled. Thus, the actuation of each axis, through a force due to acceleration, has little or substantially no effect on the other axes.08-22-2013
20130214365MEMS PRESSURE TRANSDUCER ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF PACKAGING SAME - An assembly (08-22-2013
20080272447METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A MICRO-ELECTRO-MECHANICAL DEVICE, IN PARTICULAR AN OPTICAL MICROSWITCH, AND MICRO-ELECTRO-MECHANICAL DEVICE THUS OBTAINED - A method for manufacturing a micro-electro-mechanical device, which has supporting parts and operative parts, includes providing a first semiconductor wafer, having a first layer of semiconductor material and a second layer of semiconductor material arranged on top of the first layer, forming first supporting parts and first operative parts of the device in the second layer, forming temporary anchors in the first layer, and bonding the first wafer to a second wafer, with the second layer facing the second wafer. After bonding the first wafer and the second wafer together, second supporting parts and second operative parts of said device are formed in the first layer. The temporary anchors are removed from the first layer to free the operative parts formed therein.11-06-2008
20080277747MEMS device support structure for sensor packaging - A sensor device and a method of forming comprises a die pad receives a MEMS device. The MEMS device has a first coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE). The die pad is made of a material having a second CTE compliant with the first CTE. The sensor device includes a support structure with a CTE not compliant with the first and second CTE. The support structure has a cylindrical port that protrudes from a base and is coupled to the die pad. The cylindrical port has a height and wall thickness which minimize forces felt by the die pad and MEMS device when the support structure undergoes thermal expansion or contraction. The base and cylindrical port can have different or similar outer diameters. The die pad has an aperture which communicates with an aperture of the MEMS device, whereby the die pad aperture has a smaller diameter than the MEMS aperture.11-13-2008
20080283943Electronic Device Comprising a Mems Element - The device (11-20-2008
20080283942PACKAGE AND PACKAGING ASSEMBLY OF MICROELECTROMECHANICAL SYSYEM MICROPHONE - A package of a MEMS microphone is suitable for being mounted on a printed circuit board. The package includes a substrate, at least one MEMS microphone, and a conductive sealing element. The MEMS microphone is arranged on the substrate, and electrically connected to a conductive layer on a bottom surface of the substrate. The conductive sealing element is arranged on the substrate and around the MEMS microphone for connecting the printed circuit board, and constructs an acoustic housing with the printed circuit board and the substrate. The acoustic housing has at least one acoustic hole passing through the substrate. The acoustic hole has a metal layer on the inner wall thereof for connecting the conductive layer on the bottom surface of the substrate to another conductive layer on the top surface of the substrate.11-20-2008
20080272446Packaged MEMS device assembly - A packaged micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) device assembly includes a MEMS device, a substrate within which the MEMS device is disposed, and a lid disposed over the substrate. The assembly may include one or more first cavities within the lid having a predetermined volume satisfying packaging specifications for the packaged MEMS device assembly. The assembly may include one or more second cavities within the lid and one or more corresponding overflow areas within the lid, where each second cavity contains a material and each corresponding overflow area is adapted to catch overflow of the material. The assembly may include one or more third cavities within the lid and one or more channels within one of the substrate and the lid to fluidically connect the MEMS device to the third cavities.11-06-2008
20100127340MEMS PACKAGE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE MEMS PACKAGE - An MEMS chip is mounted face-down on a semiconductor wafer such that a movable section is opposed to the semiconductor wafer. A resin layer is formed on the semiconductor wafer around the MEMS chip to reduce a step between the MEMS chip and the semiconductor wafer. After the semiconductor substrate is removed, the land electrode is formed on the resin layer.05-27-2010
20080211044Micro-electro-mechanical systems device - According to an aspect of an embodiment, a micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) device comprises a substrate, a MEMS and a movable absorber.09-04-2008
20120139065MEMS DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD - A MEMS manufacturing method and device in which a spacer layer is provided over a side wall of at least one opening in a structural layer which will define the movable MEMS element. The opening extends below the structural layer. The spacer layer forms a side wall portion over the side wall of the at least one opening and also extends below the level of the structural layer to form a contact area.06-07-2012
20110006380UNIAXIAL ACCELERATION SENSOR - One-dimensional acceleration sensor includes: a semiconductor substrate having a constant thickness; parallel second through trenches through the substrate defining a flexible beam therebetween, having width significantly smaller than thickness; four piezo resistors formed at four corner regions of the flexible beam; first through trench through the substrate, continuous with ends of the first through trenches to define a weight continuous with one end of the flexible beam, including a pair of symmetrical first portions sandwiching the flexible beam and a second portion coupling the first portions and one end of the flexible beam, and having a center of gravity at an intermediate position on a longitudinal center line of the flexible beam; and one-layer wirings formed above the flexible beam, serially connecting piezo resistors at a same edge, and leading interconnection points generally along a longitudinal direction of the flexible beam.01-13-2011
20090127639SEMICONDUCTOR APPARATUS - A semiconductor apparatus includes: a first chip including a MEMS device which has a structure supported in midair therein, and having first pads and a first joining region electrically connected to the MEMS device on a top face thereof; a second chip including a circuit having a semiconductor device electrically connected to the MEMS device therein, and having second pads and a second joining region electrically connected to the semiconductor device on a top face thereof, the second chip being disposed in opposition to the first chip so as to oppose the second pads and the second joining region respectively to the first pads and the first joining region; electrical connection parts which electrically connect the first pads to the second pads, respectively; and joining parts provided between the first joining region and the second joining region opposed to the first joining region to join the first chip and the second chip to each other.05-21-2009
20090127638ELECTRICAL DEVICE AND METHOD - An electrical device and method is disclosed. One embodiment provides a substrate, a sensor chip disposed completely above a plane section of a surface of the substrate. A structurally homogeneous material layer is disposed above the substrate and the sensor chip. A cavity is formed between the substrate and the material layer. The sensor chip is disposed inside the cavity.05-21-2009
20090140355SEMICONDUCTOR PRESSURE SENSOR AND ITS FABRICATION METHOD - A semiconductor pressure sensor comprises a silicon support substrate (06-04-2009
20120068276MICROSTRUCTURE WITH AN ENHANCED ANCHOR - The present disclosure provides a microstructure device with an enhanced anchor and a narrow air gap. One embodiment of a microstructure device provided herein includes a layered wafer. The layered wafer includes a silicon handle layer, a buried oxide layer formed on the handle layer, and a silicon device layer formed on the buried oxide layer. A top oxide layer is formed on the device layer. The top oxide layer, the device layer, and the buried oxide layer are etched, thereby forming trenches to create an anchor and a microstructure device in the device layer. In process of fabricating the device, a thermal oxide layer is formed along sides of the microstructure device to enclose the microstructure device in the buried oxide layer, the top oxide layer and the thermal oxide layer. Then, a poly layer if formed to fill in the trenches and enclose the anchor. After the poly layer fills in the trenches, the oxide layers enclosing the microstructure device are etched away, releasing the microstructure device.03-22-2012
20090050989Semiconductor device - A semiconductor device of the present invention includes a semiconductor substrate, a semiconductor element formed in the semiconductor substrate, a surface layer formed on the semiconductor substrate, and a capacitance type sensor formed on the surface layer. The surface layer has a planar portion whose surface is planar. The capacitance type sensor includes a lower thin film parallelly opposed to the surface of the planar portion and an upper thin film opposed to the lower thin film at a prescribed interval on the side opposite to the surface layer.02-26-2009
20090050990SEMICONDUCTOR SENSOR DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME - Provided is a semiconductor sensor device which is manufactured by an MEMS technology wherein machining technology and/or material technology is combined with semiconductor technology for detecting and measuring various physical quantities. In the semiconductor sensor device, cracks which generate in a cap chip and a molding resin are eliminated and air-tightness between a semiconductor sensor chip and the cap chip is ensured. The cracks due to vibration applied when being cut can be eliminated by having the circumference side surface of the cap chip as a wet-etched surface. Furthermore, insulation is ensured by coating the cap chip side surface with an insulating protection film.02-26-2009
20090050988MEMS APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A MEMS apparatus includes a MEMS unit formed on a semiconductor substrate and a cover provided with a pore and serving to seal the MEMS unit. The pore is sealed with a sealing material shaped in a sphere or a hemisphere.02-26-2009
20120104519MEMS DEVICE HAVING A MOVABLE ELECTRODE - A microelectromechanical system (MEMS) device includes a semiconductor substrate, a MEMS including a fixed electrode and a movable electrode formed on the semiconductor substrate through an insulating layer, and a well formed in the semiconductor substrate below the fixed electrode. The well is one of an n-type well and a p-type well. The p-type well applies a positive voltage to the fixed electrode while the n-type well applies a negative voltage to the fixed electrode.05-03-2012
20120104518PRESSURE SENSOR - A pressure sensor has a sensor body at least partly formed with an electrically insulating material, particularly a ceramic material, defining a cavity facing on which is a diaphragm provided with an electric detector element, configured for detecting a bending of the diaphragm. The sensor body supports a circuit arrangement, including, a plurality of circuit components, among which is an integrated circuit, for treating a signal generated by the detection element. The circuit arrangement includes tracks made of electrically conductive material directly deposited on a surface of the sensor body made of electrically insulating material. The integrated circuit is made up of a die made of semiconductor material directly bonded onto the surface of the sensor body and the die is connected to respective tracks by means of wire bonding, i.e. by means of thin connecting wires made of electrically conductive material.05-03-2012
20120104517PACKAGE STRUCTURE WITH MICRO-ELECTROMECHANICAL ELEMENT AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF - A package structure includes a micro-electromechanical element having a plurality of electrical contacts; a package layer enclosing the micro-electromechanical element and the electrical contacts, with a bottom surface of the micro-electromechanical element exposed from a lower surface of the package layer; a plurality of bonding wires embedded in the package layer, each of the bonding wires having one end connected to one of the electrical contacts, and the other end exposed from the lower surface of the package layer; and a build-up layer structure provided on the lower surface of the package layer, the build-up layer including at least one dielectric layer and a plurality of conductive blind vias formed in the dielectric layer and electrically connected to one ends of the bonding wires. The package structure is easier to accurately control the location of an external electrical contact, and the compatibility of the manufacturing procedures is high.05-03-2012
20090101997Micromechanical Capacitive Pressure Transducer and Production Method - The present invention describes a method for producing a micromechanical capacitive pressure transducer and a micromechanical component produced by this method. First, a first electrode is produced in a doped semiconductor substrate.04-23-2009
20090200619SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MEMS DEVICE FABRICATION - Systems and methods for MEMS device fabrication. A layer of photoresist is formed on a substrate. A first region of the substrate is exposed to a radiation source through a photomask. The first region of exposed photoresist is developed with a developer solution in order to etch the exposed regions to a first depth. A second region is exposed to radiation through a second photomask. The second photomask defines areas in which a bump feature is intended on the substrate. The second region is developed with the developer solution, preparing the first and second exposed regions for a layer of metal. A layer of metal is deposited on the substrate, such that the metal attaches to both the substrate and any remaining photoresist on the substrate. The remaining photoresist and its attached metal is dissolved away leaving an interconnect pattern and at least one bump feature.08-13-2009
20090230486PIEZOELECTRIC DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - A piezoelectric device includes an integrated circuit (IC) chip and a piezoelectric resonator element, a part of the piezoelectric resonator element being disposed so as to overlap with a part of the IC chip when viewed in plan. The IC chip includes: an inner pad disposed on an active face and in an area where is overlapped with the piezoelectric resonator when viewed in plan; an insulating layer formed on the active face; a relocation pad disposed on the insulating layer and in an area other than a part where is overlapped with the piezoelectric resonator element, the relocation pad being coupled to an end part of a first wire; and a second wire electrically coupling the inner pad and the relocation pad, the second wire having a relocation wire and a connector that penetrates the insulating layer, the relocation wire being disposed between the insulating layer and the active face.09-17-2009
20090230485ELEMENT WAFER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A recessed portion is provided in first and second insulating films, the first insulating film being stacked on a semiconductor wafer, the second insulating film being stacked on the first insulating film. The first and second insulating films are processed to form wiring in a formation region of the semiconductor wafer in which an acceleration sensor is to be formed. After a sacrificial film is stacked on the wiring and processed, a conductive film is stacked on the wiring and processed to form a plurality of thin film structures in the formation region. The recessed portion surrounds the formation region.09-17-2009
20130214366MEMS ELEMENT AND ELECTRICAL DEVICE USING THE SAME - In a MEMS element 08-22-2013
20090243004Integrated structure for MEMS device and semiconductor device and method of fabricating the same - The present invention relates to an integrated structure for a MEMS device and a semiconductor device and a method of fabricating the same, in which an etch stopping device is included on a substrate between the MEMS device and the semiconductor device for protecting the semiconductor device from lateral damage when an oxide releasing process is performed to fabricate the MEMS device. The etch stopping device has various profiles and is selectively formed by an individual fabricating process or is simultaneously formed with the semiconductor device in the same fabricating process. It is a singular structure or a combined stacked multilayered structure, for example, a plurality of rows of pillared etch-resistant material plugs, one or a plurality of wall-shaped etch-resistant material plugs, or a multilayered structure of a stack of which and an etch-resistant material layer.10-01-2009
20090212377SEMICONDUCTOR INPUT CONTROL DEVICE - A force input control device suitable for high-volume applications such as cell phones, portable gaming devices and other handheld electronic devices along with other applications like medical equipment, robotics, security systems and wireless sensor networks is disclosed. The device can be one-axis or two-axis or three-axis sensitive broadening the range of applications. The device comprises a force sensor die formed within semiconductor substrate and containing a force sensor providing electrical output signal in response to applied external force, and electrical connection elements for mounting and/or wire bonding. Signal conditioning and processing integrated circuit can be integrated within some devices. A package enclosing at least a portion of the force sensor die and comprising a force-transferring element cooperated with the sensor die for transferring an external force to the force sensor die.08-27-2009
20090243006ELECTRONIC PART WITH AFFIXED MEMS - According to an aspect of the invention, an electronic part includes a substrate having a first planar surface, a first bump affixed to the first planar surface of the substrate, a second bump affixed to the first planar surface of the substrate a predetermined distance from the first bump, a MEMS chip including a element, the MEMS chip coupled to the first bump and the second bump, the MEMS chip distanced from the first planar surface, an adhesive region bonding with the first bump, the substrate and the MEMS chip.10-01-2009
20080315333SUBSTRATE-LEVEL ASSEMBLY FOR AN INTEGRATED DEVICE, MANUFACTURING PROCESS THEREOF AND RELATED INTEGRATED DEVICE - A substrate-level assembly having a device substrate of semiconductor material with a top face and housing a first integrated device, including a buried cavity formed within the device substrate, and with a membrane suspended over the buried cavity in the proximity of the top face. A capping substrate is coupled to the device substrate above the top face so as to cover the first integrated device in such a manner that a first empty space is provided above the membrane. Electrical-contact elements electrically connect the integrated device with the outside of the substrate-level assembly. In one embodiment, the device substrate integrates at least a further integrated device provided with a respective membrane, and a further empty space, fluidically isolated from the first empty space, is provided over the respective membrane of the further integrated device.12-25-2008
20090243005Semiconductor physical quantity sensor and method for manufacturing the same - A method for manufacturing a semiconductor physical quantity sensor having a fixed portion, a movable portion and an output terminal includes: forming a metal layer on a semiconductor layer; forming a resist on the metal layer; forming an opening and a side etching hole in the resist; anisotropically etching the metal layer via the opening and the hole; anisotropically etching the semiconductor layer via the opening so that the fixed portion is formed in the semiconductor layer; and side etching the metal layer from the opening and the hole so that the output terminal is formed on a part of the fixed portion, and a metal member is formed on another part of the fixed portion in such a manner that the metal member is electrically separated from the output terminal.10-01-2009
20100148283INTEGRATED STRUCTURE OF MEMS DEVICE AND CMOS IMAGE SENSOR DEVICE AND FABRICATING METHOD THEREOF - An integrated structure of MEMS device and CIS device and a fabricating method thereof includes providing a substrate having a CIS region and a MEMS region defined therein with a plurality of CIS devices positioned in the CIS region; performing a multilevel interconnect process to form a multilevel interconnect structure in the CIS region and the MEMS region and a micro-machined mesh metal in the MEMS region on a front side of the substrate; performing a first etching process to form a chamber in MEMS region in the front side of the substrate; forming a first mask pattern and a second mask pattern respectively in the CIS region and the MEMS region on a back side of the substrate; and performing a second etching process to form a plurality of vent holes connecting to the chamber on the back side of the substrate through the second mask pattern.06-17-2010
20120193734STRESS SENSOR FOR IN-SITU MEASUREMENT OF PACKAGE-INDUCED STRESS IN SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES - A stress sensor is disclosed herein. The stress sensor includes a plurality of carbon nanotubes in a substrate, and first and second contacts electrically connectable with the plurality of carbon nanotubes. Methods of making and using the stress sensor are also disclosed.08-02-2012
20090256217CARBON NANOTUBE MEMORY CELLS HAVING FLAT BOTTOM ELECTRODE CONTACT SURFACE - The present invention is directed to structures and methods of fabricating nanotube electromechanical memory cells having a bottom electrode with a substantially planar contact surface. The bottom electrode is configured so that during the operation of the memory cell the nanotube crossbar of the cell can make contact with a substantially planar surface of the bottom electrode.10-15-2009
20100038731NON-VOLATILE MEMORY DEVICE - A non-volatile memory device and method of manufacturing a non-volatile micro-electromechanical memory cell. The method comprises the first step of depositing a first layer of sacrificial material on a substrate by use of Atomic Layer Deposition The second step of the method is providing a cantilever (02-18-2010
20100264498MANUFACTURING A MEMS ELEMENT HAVING CANTILEVER AND CAVITY ON A SUBSTRATE - Method for manufacturing a capacitor on a substrate, the capacitor including a first electrode (10-21-2010
20100013031MEMS Substrates, Devices, and Methods of Manufacture Thereof - Micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) substrates, devices, and methods of manufacture thereof are disclosed. In one embodiment, a MEMS device includes a workpiece having an isolation ring in a top portion thereof, and a moveable element disposed within the isolation ring.01-21-2010
20120193733CAPACITANCE TYPE MEMS SENSOR - A capacitance type MEMS sensor has a first electrode portion and a second electrode portion facing each other. The sensor includes a semiconductor substrate having a recess dug in a thickness direction of the semiconductor substrate, the recess having sidewalls, one of which serves as the first electrode portion. The sensor further includes a diaphragm serving as the second electrode portion, the diaphragm arranged within the recess to face the first electrode portion in a posture extending along a depth direction of the recess, the diaphragm having a lower edge spaced apart from the bottom surface of the recess, and is made of the same material as the semiconductor substrate. The sensor further includes an insulating film arranged to join the diaphragm to the semiconductor substrate.08-02-2012
20120193731EDGE-MOUNTED SENSOR - Sensor packages and methods for making a sensor device package for side mounting on a circuit board. A sensor device(s) in a mechanical layer of silicon is sandwiched between first and second layers of glass to create a wafer. A first via(s) is created in the first or second layers to expose a predefined area of the mechanical layer of silicon. A second via(s) is created in the first or second layers. The least one second via has a depth dimension that is less than a depth dimension of the first via. A metallic trace is applied between the exposed area on the mechanical layer and a portion of the second via. The wafer is sliced such that the second via is separated into two sections, thereby creating a sensor die. The sensor die is then electrically and mechanically bonded to a circuit board at the sliced second via.08-02-2012
20100155861MICROELECTROMECHANICAL DEVICE WITH ISOLATED MICROSTRUCTURES AND METHOD OF PRODUCING SAME - A microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) device (06-24-2010
20100155862PACKAGE FOR ELECTRONIC COMPONENT, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF AND SENSING APPARATUS - A package for electronic component comprises a rectangular package body having a flat cut surface to be abutted on a flat mounting surface of a mounting substrate, a first side surface intersecting with the flat cut surface, and a first notch part formed at a boundary between the flat cut surface and the first side surface, an electronic component installed in the package body, and a first pad electrically connected to the electronic component and formed on an inner wall surface of the first notch part.06-24-2010
20090315126Bonded Microfluidic System Comprising Thermal Bend Actuated Valve - A microfluidic system comprising a MEMS integrated circuit bonded to a microfluidics platform. The microfluidics platform comprises a polymeric body having at least one microfluidic channel defined therein. The MEMS integrated circuit comprises at least one thermal bend actuator. The microfluidic system is configured such that movement of the actuator causes closure of the channel.12-24-2009
20100148284MEMS DEVICE HAVING A MOVABLE ELECTRODE - A microelectromechanical system (MEMS) device includes a semiconductor substrate, a MEMS including a fixed electrode and a movable electrode formed on the semiconductor substrate through an insulating layer, and a well formed in the semiconductor substrate below the fixed electrode. The well is one of an n-type well and a p-type well. The p-type well applies a positive voltage to the fixed electrode while the n-type well applies a negative voltage to the fixed electrode.06-17-2010
20100258884Method for attaching a first carrier device to a second carrier device and micromechanical components - A method for attaching a first carrier device to a second carrier device includes forming at least one first bond layer and/or solder layer on a first exterior of the first carrier device, a partial surface being framed by the at least one first bond layer and/or solder layer, and placing the first carrier device on the second carrier device and fixedly bonding or soldering the first carrier device to the second carrier device. The at least one first bond layer and/or solder layer includes a first cover area which is larger than a first contact area.10-14-2010
20100013032Method for Housing an Electronic Component in a Device Package and an Electronic Component Housed in the Device Package - A method for housing an electronic component in a device package includes providing a first substrate, wherein the electronic component is arranged in a component area on a first main surface of the first substrate, and wherein first contact pads are arranged outside of the component area, forming an open top frame structure around the component area on the first main surface of the first substrate, providing a second substrate having second contact pads, arranged symmetrically to the first contact pads and electrically and mechanically connecting the first main surface of the first substrate with the first main surface of the second substrate, so that the frame structure and the second substrate from a cavity or recess around the electronic component on the first substrate.01-21-2010
20100258882FRONT END MICRO CAVITY - The present invention relates to a method of forming a micro cavity having a micro electrical mechanical system (MEMS) in a process, such as a CMOS process. MEMS resonators are being intensively studied in many research groups and some first products have recently been released. This type of device offers a high Q-factor, small size, high level of integration and potentially low cost. These devices are expected to replace bulky quartz crystals in high-precision oscillators and may also be used as RF filters. The oscillators can be used in time-keeping and frequency reference applications such as RF modules in mobile phones, devices containing blue-tooth modules and other digital and telecommunication devices10-14-2010
20080211041Micro electrical mechanical system device - A micro electrical mechanical system device includes a frame portion having an upper surface with a rectangular shape; a functional element; a beam portion extending from one of sides of the frame portion toward an opposite one and having a first side surface, a second side surface opposite to the first side surface, and upper and lower surfaces between the first and second side surfaces; and a movable portion supported on the beam portion inside the frame portion to be movable. The beam portion includes a constricted portion formed in the first side surface and the second side surface along the functional element, and having a main surface and two side surfaces facing each other. The movable portion includes a center portion having four corner portions and protruding portions extending from the corner portions and away from the frame portion and the beam portion.09-04-2008
20090079017Semiconductor device having multiple substrates - A semiconductor device includes a first substrate including first, second and third layers; and a second substrate including fourth, fifth and sixth layers. The first substrate provides an electric device. The second substrate provides a physical quantity sensor. The first layer of the first substrate and the fourth layer of the second substrate are shields for protecting the electric device and the physical quantity sensor. The device is protected from outside disturbance without adding an additional shield.03-26-2009
20100258885Mems structure preventing stiction - A MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical-System) structure preventing stiction, comprising: a substrate; and at least two structural layers above the substrate, wherein at least one of the at least two structural layers is a movable part, and anyone or more of the at least two structural layers is provided with at least one bump to prevent the movable part from sticking to another portion of the MEMS structure.10-14-2010
20100258883Metal-Ceramic Multilayer Structure - A metal-ceramic multilayer structure is provided. The underlying layers of the metal/ceramic multilayer structure have sloped sidewalls such that cracking of the metal-ceramic multilayer structure may be reduced or eliminated. In an embodiment, a layer immediately underlying the metal-ceramic multilayer has sidewalls sloped less than 75 degrees. Subsequent layers underlying the layer immediately underlying the metal/ceramic layer have sidewalls sloped greater than 75 degrees. In this manner, less stress is applied to the overlying metal/ceramic layer, particularly in the corners, thereby reducing the cracking of the metal-ceramic multilayer. The metal/ceramic multilayer structure includes one or more alternating layers of a metal seed layer and a ceramic layer.10-14-2010
20100013033Enablement of IC devices during assembly - A method for packaging sensitive micro devices and devices formed by the method are presented. The method comprises acts of standard packaging, but with the devices' protective layers remaining intact until before sealing. Three principle acts of the method include (1) singulating the devices into individuals or subsets, (2) attaching the devices with packaging, and (3) hermetically sealing the devices. One may wire-bond the devices as well as remove the sacrificial layer before hermetically sealing. This method is especially useful for micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) whereby the movable components are protected.01-21-2010
20100176465METHOD OF EPITAXIALLY GROWING PIEZORESISTORS - A method of forming a device with a piezoresistor is disclosed herein. In one embodiment, the method includes providing a substrate, etching a trench in the substrate to form a vertical wall, growing a piezoresistor layer epitaxially on the vertical wall, and separating the vertical wall from an underlying layer of the substrate that extends along a horizontal plane such that the piezoresistor layer is movable with respect to the underlying layer within the horizontal plane.07-15-2010
20100176466Semiconductor device and method of making the same - A semiconductor device includes a sensor member and a cap member. The sensor member has a surface and includes a first sensing section. The first sensing section includes first and second portions that are located on the surface side of the sensor member and electrically insulated from each other. The cap member has a surface and includes a cross wiring portion. The surface of the cap member is joined to the surface of the sensor member in such a manner that the first sensing section is sealed by the sensor member and the cap member. The cross wiring portion electrically connects the first portion to the second portion.07-15-2010
20120139063PRESSURE SENSOR AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLING SAME - A method of packaging a pressure sensing die includes providing a lead frame with lead fingers and attaching the pressure sensing die to the lead fingers such that bond pads of the die are electrically coupled to the lead fingers and a void is formed between the die and the lead fingers. A gel material is dispensed via an underside of the lead frame into the void such that the gel material substantially fills the void. The gel material is then cured and the die and the lead frame are encapsulated with a mold compound. The finished package does not include a metal lid.06-07-2012
20100237447MEMS DEVICE AND PROCESS - A MEMS transducer comprises a substrate (09-23-2010
20120193732MEMS DEVICE AND METHOD FOR FORMING THE SAME - An MEMS device and a method for forming the same are provided. The MEMS device comprises a first interlayer dielectric layer on a semiconductor substrate; a cavity in the first interlayer dielectric layer; first openings in the first interlayer dielectric layer over the cavity and connected with the cavity, each first opening comprising a lower portion and an upper portion having non-aligned sidewalls, convex sections are formed in the first interlayer dielectric layer between the lower and upper portions; an electrode being suspended in the cavity and movable relative to the substrate; a second interlayer dielectric layer on the first interlayer dielectric layer; second openings in the second interlayer dielectric layer and connected with the first openings, each second opening is disposed at a location that does not extend past the convex section; a third interlayer dielectric layer fully filling at least the second openings to seal the cavity.08-02-2012
20100252897PERFORMANCE-ENHANCING TWO-SIDED MEMS ANCHOR DESIGN FOR VERTICALLY INTEGRATED MICROMACHINED DEVICES - An anchoring assembly for anchoring MEMS device is disclosed. The anchoring assembly comprises: a top substrate; a bottom substrate substantially parallel to the top substrate; and a first portion of the anchor between the top substrate and the bottom substrate. The first portion of the anchor is rigidly connected to the top substrate; and the first portion of the anchor is rigidly connected to the bottom substrate. A second portion of the anchor is between the top substrate and the bottom substrate. The second portion of the anchor is rigidly connected to the top substrate; the second portion of the anchor being an anchoring point for the MEMS device. A substantially flexible mechanical element coupling the first portion of the anchor and the second portion of the anchor; the flexible element providing the electrical connection between the first portion of the anchor and the second portion of the anchor.10-07-2010
20100224945SENSOR DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF - In manufacturing a sensor device, a sensor chip having a sensing portion on a surface thereof is mounted on one surface of a substrate, and a resin having a volatile property is arranged on the surface of the sensor chip, thereby covering the surface of the sensor chip. Then, the sensor chip and the substrate are sealed by a sealing member. After that, the sealing member is cured, and the resin is heated to be vaporized so that a void is formed between a covered portion in the surface of the sensor chip, which is covered by the sealing member, and the sealing member.09-09-2010
20100013034ELECTROMECHANICAL DEVICE COMPRISING ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS AND AT LEAST ONE NANOTUBE-BASED INTERFACE, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD - The invention relates to an electromechanical device comprising a package and at least one component surface-mounted in the package, characterized in that it also comprises at least one nanotube-based interface providing a mechanical link for vibratory and thermal filtering between said component and the package.01-21-2010
20090278215ELECTRONIC DEVICE, SYSTEM, AND METHOD COMPRISING DIFFERENTIAL SENSOR MEMS DEVICES AND DRILLED SUBSTRATES - Electronic device which comprises a substrate provided with at least one passing opening, a MEMS device with function of differential sensor provided with a first and a second surface and of the type comprising at least one portion sensitive to chemical and/or physical variations of fluids present in correspondence with a first and a second opposed active surface thereof, the first surface of the MEMS device leaving the first active surface exposed and the second surface being provided with a further opening which exposes said second opposed active surface, the electronic device being characterized in that the first surface of the MEMS device faces the substrate and is spaced therefrom by a predetermined distance, the sensitive portion being aligned to the passing opening of the substrate, and in that it also comprises a protective package, which incorporates at least partially the MEMS device and the substrate so as to leave the first and second opposed active surfaces exposed respectively through the passing opening of the substrate and the further opening of the second surface.11-12-2009
20090236678SENSOR DEVICE AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREFOR - A sensor device having small variations in sensor characteristics and improved resistance to electrical noise is provided. This sensor device has a sensor unit, which is provided with a frame having an opening, a movable portion held in the opening to be movable relative to the frame, and a detecting portion for outputting an electric signal according to a positional displacement of the movable portion, and a package substrate made of a semiconductor material, and bonded to a surface of the sensor unit. The package substrate has an electrical insulating film on a surface facing the sensor unit. The package substrate is bonded to the sensor unit by forming a direct bonding between an activated surface of the electrical insulating film and an activated surface of the sensor unit at room temperature.09-24-2009
20090166771DEVICE COMPRISING A SENSOR MODULE07-02-2009
20090146228Microminiature moving device - A microminiature moving device has disposed on a single-crystal silicon substrate movable elements such as a movable rod and a movable comb electrode that are displaceable in parallel to the substrate surface and stationary parts that are fixedly secured to the single-crystal silicon substrate with an insulating layer sandwiched between. Depressions are formed in the surface regions of the single-crystal silicon substrate where no stationary parts are present and the movable parts are positioned above the depressions. The depressions form gaps large enough to prevent foreign bodies from causing shorts and malfunctioning of the movable parts.06-11-2009
20110108933MEMS DEVICE - A MEMS device according to the present invention includes a movable member, a supporting member supporting the movable member, an opposing member opposed to the movable member, and a wall member formed to an annular shape surrounding the movable member and connected to the supporting member and the opposing member.05-12-2011
20090115009Multibit electro-mechanical memory device and manufacturing method thereof - Provided are a multibit electro-mechanical memory device and a method of manufacturing the same. The device may include at least one bit line in a first direction on a substrate; at least one gate line and at least one lower word line in parallel by a given interval and in a second direction intersecting the first direction on the at least one bit line; at least one contact pad adjacent to the at least one gate line on the at least one bit line; and at least one cantilever electrode coupled to the at least one contact pad, configured to float with a void above and beneath the at least one cantilever electrode and configured to curve in a third direction vertical to the first and second directions.05-07-2009
20090115007MEMES PACKAGE STRUCTURE - A package structure including a chip, a lid, a substrate, a plurality of wires, an encapsulant, and a moisture resistive layer is provided. The chip has an active area where at least one MEMS device is disposed. The lid is covered on the chip, and the substrate is used to carry the chip and the lid. The plurality of wires is electrically connected between the substrate and the chip. The encapsulant is sealed around the lid and exposes an upper surface of the lid. The moisture resistive layer is covered on the encapsulant to enhance the airtightness and the moisture resistance of the encapsulant.05-07-2009
20090072333SENSOR ARRAY HAVING A SUBSTRATE AND A HOUSING, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A SENSOR ARRAY - In a sensor array having a substrate and a housing, and in a method for manufacturing a sensor array are proposed, the housing substantially completely surrounds the substrate in a first substrate area, the housing is provided in a second substrate area at least partly open via an opening, and the second substrate area is provided protruding from the housing in the area of the opening.03-19-2009
20080211043METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR FLIP CHIP PACKAGING OF MICRO-MIRROR DEVICES - A package for a micro-electromechanical device includes a substrate adapted to support the micro-electromechanical device. The micro-electromechanical device is electrically coupled to a plurality of electrodes. The package also includes a thermally conductive structure coupled to the substrate, an electrical contact layer having a plurality of traces in electrical communication with the plurality of electrodes, and an interposer structure coupled to the substrate. The interposer structure includes a continuous annular region defining a recessed region bounded by a bond surface. The package further includes a transparent cover coupled to the interposer structure and sealing the micro-electromechanical device in the recessed region to isolate the micro-electromechanical device in a controlled environment.09-04-2008
20090115005Semiconductor IC and manufacturing method of the same - There are disclosed a semiconductor IC whose constitution can be miniaturized to facilitate manufacturing and improve a production efficiency, and a manufacturing method of the semiconductor IC. The manufacturing method of the semiconductor IC includes: forming a wiring line and a circuit element at a front surface of a silicon substrate; forming a concave portion to store a vibration element in a back surface of the silicon substrate by reactive ion etching; forming through holes which pass through the front surface of the silicon substrate and the concave portion in the back surface of the silicon substrate; forming electrode pads on the through holes on the side of the concave portion; storing the vibration element in the concave portion to connect the electrode pads to the vibration element by bump adhesion or adhesion using a conductive adhesive; and sealing the vibration element with a cover.05-07-2009
20100308423MEMS DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF - A MEMS device includes: a movable element supported by a supporting member on a substrate; an encapsulation structure provided above the substrate so as to encapsulate the movable element; and a fin that is made of an insulation film, provided above the substrate, and provided inside of the encapsulation structure and outside of the movable element, and a part of the fin being positioned between a height from the substrate when the movable element are turned ON and a height from the substrate when the movable element are turned OFF.12-09-2010
20110127620MEMS INTEGRATED CHIP AND METHOD FOR MAKING SAME - The present invention discloses a MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical System) chip and a method for making the MEMS chip. The MEMS chip comprises: a first substrate having a first surface and a second surface opposing each other; a microelectronic device area on the first surface; a first MEMS device area on the second surface; and a conductive interconnection structure electrically connecting the microelectronic device area and the first MEMS device area.06-02-2011
20090152653Surface mount multi-axis electronics package for micro-electrical mechanical systems(MEMS) devices - A surface mount multi-axis cavity package for micro-electrical mechanical systems (MEMS) devices includes a substantially cubical housing having a plurality of sides and at least one internal cavity. A first plurality of solder pads are positioned on at least one side of the housing and a second plurality of solder pads are positioned on a bottom of the housing. A MEMS sensor is then mounted within the at least one internal cavity in any axis for increasing the versatility of the MEMS device.06-18-2009
20110127621Electrostatic vibrator and electronic apparatus - A silicon oxide film 06-02-2011
20100301430MEMS DEVICE AND METHOD OF FABRICATING THE SAME - A micro electrical-mechanical system (MEMS) device comprises a suspended thin film microstructure which includes an anchoring portion adhered to the top surface of the substrate and a suspended portion above the top surface of the substrate. Having a base plane configured in parallel to the substrate, the suspended portion further includes a first recess portion spaced at a first vertical clearance with the substrate, the first vertical clearance being configured differentially smaller than a base clearance of the suspended portion outside the first recess portion. The method for processing a MEMS device includes: depositing a first carbon film, etch-removing a first sacrificial pre-removal portion and an anchor portion of the first carbon film, depositing a second carbon film conformally topping the first carbon film and the substrate, etch-removing the anchor portion of the second carbon film, depositing and patterning the suspended thin film microstructure onto the first carbon film, the second carbon film and the substrate, removing the first carbon film and the second carbon film to release the suspended thin film microstructure above the substrate by selective gaseous oxidation or nitridation preferably enhanced via plasma.12-02-2010
20110001198MEMS DEVICE AND INTERPOSER AND METHOD FOR INTEGRATING MEMS DEVICE AND INTERPOSER - A method for producing Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) and related devices using Silicon-On-Insulator (SOI) wafer includes providing an SOI wafer, performing a mesa etch to at least partially define the MEMS device, bonding the SOI wafer to an interposer by direct boding, removing the handle layer of the SOI wafer, removing the oxide layer of the SOI wafer, and further etching the device layer of the SOI wafer to define the MEMS device. A structure manufactured according to the above described processes includes an interposer comprising an SOI wafer and a MEMS device mounted on the interposer. The MEMS device comprises posts extending from a silicon plate. The MEMS device is directly mounted to the interposer by bonding the posts of the MEMS device to the device layer of the interposer.01-06-2011
20110018076MEMS Component, Method for Producing a MEMS Component, and Method for Handling a MEMS Component - A MEMS component includes a substrate in which at least one cavity is present. The cavity is closed off toward an active side of the substrate. An inactive side is arranged opposite the active side of the substrate, and the substrate is covered with a covering film on the inactive side.01-27-2011
20110018075STRUCTURE AND FABRICATION METHOD OF A SENSING DEVICE - A sensing device comprises a substrate having an upper surface, a sensor member, at least an external conductive wire, and a standing-ring member. The sensor member, the external conductive wire and the stand-ring member are on the upper surface. The sensor member is located at the central area on the upper surface, and the standing-ring member surrounds the sensor member. The standing-ring member and the sensor member are electrically connected through the at least an external conductive wire.01-27-2011
20110108934MICRO-ELECTRO-MECHANICAL-SYSTEM DEVICE WITH PARTICLES BLOCKING FUNCTION AND METHOD FOR MAKING SAME - The present invention discloses a MEMS device with particles blocking function, and a method for making the MEMS device. The MEMS device comprises: a substrate on which is formed a MEMS device region; and a particles blocking layer deposited on the substrate.05-12-2011
20110024850MICRO ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR FABRICATING MICRO ELECTROMECHANICAL SYSTEM RESONATOR THEREOF - A method for fabricating a MEMS resonator is provided. A stacked main body including a silicon substrate, a plurality of metallic layers and an isolation layer is formed and has a first etching channel extending from the metallic layers into the silicon substrate. The isolation layer is filled in the first etching channel. The stacked main body also has a predetermined suspended portion. Subsequently, a portion of the isolation layer is removed so that a second etching channel is formed and the remained portion of the isolation layer covers an inner sidewall of the first etching channel. Afterwards, employing the isolation layer that covers the inner sidewall of the first etching channel as a mask, an isotropic etching process through the second etching channel is applied to the silicon substrate, thereby forming the MEMS resonator suspending above the silicon substrate. The method for fabricating MEMS resonator can be integrated with the process of fabricating the CMOS circuit, thereby the process of fabricating a microelectronic device can be simplified and the cost of fabricating a micro electronic device can be reduced. A micro electronic device is also provided in the present invention.02-03-2011
20110042761EUTECTIC FLOW CONTAINMENT IN A SEMICONDUCTOR FABRICATION PROCESS - A disclosed semiconductor fabrication process includes forming a first bonding structure on a first surface of a cap wafer, forming a second bonding structure on a first surface of a device wafer, and forming a device structure on the device wafer. One or more eutectic flow containment structures are formed on the cap wafer, the device wafer, or both. The flow containment structures may include flow containment micro-cavities (FCMCs) and flow containment micro-levee (FCMLs). The FCMLs may be elongated ridges overlying the first surface of the device wafer and extending substantially parallel to the bonding structure. The FCMLs may include interior FCMLs lying within a perimeter of the bonding structure, exterior FCMLs lying outside of the bonding structure perimeter, or both. When the two wafers are bonded, the FCMLs and FCMCs confine flow of the eutectic material to the region of the bonding structure.02-24-2011
20110115036DEVICE PACKAGES AND METHODS OF FABRICATING THE SAME - Provided is a method for fabricating a device package. The method includes: preparing a substrate where respectively corresponding device structures and input and output pads are disposed on an active surface; preparing a carrier substrate where a metal lid corresponding to the device structure is disposed on one surface; and contacting the active surface of the substrate with the metal lid of the carrier substrate to cover and seal the device structure corresponding to the metal lid.05-19-2011
20110241135MEMS ELEMENT - According to an embodiment of the present invention, a MEMS element includes: a semiconductor substrate; an island insulating layer formed on the substrate, the insulating layer including an air gap layer having an air gap group, the air gap group including a plurality of air gaps disposed in an in-plane direction; and a MEMS capacitor formed above the air gap group on the insulating layer.10-06-2011
20100164023MICROMECHANICAL COMPONENT AND CORRESPONDING PRODUCTION METHOD - A micromechanical component having a conductive substrate, a first conductive layer provided above the substrate and that forms, above a cavity provided in the substrate, an elastically deflectable diaphragm region of monocrystalline silicon and an adjacent peripheral region, a circuit trace level provided above the first conductive layer in a manner that is electrically insulated from the first conductive layer, the circuit trace level having above the diaphragm region a first electrode region and having above the peripheral region a first connection region electrically connected to the same, and a second conductive layer that is provided above the circuit trace level, the second conductive layer having above the diaphragm region a second electrode region that is electrically insulated from the first electrode region, and having above the peripheral region a second connection region electrically insulated from the second electrode region and electrically connected to the first connection region. Also provided is a suitable production method.07-01-2010
20110084344MEMS DEVICE WITH A COMPOSITE BACK PLATE ELECTRODE AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME - A method of fabricating MEMS device includes: providing a substrate with a first surface and a second surface. The substrate includes at least one logic region and at least one MEMS region. The logic region includes at least one logic device positioned on the first surface of the substrate. Then, an interlayer material is formed on the first surface of the substrate within the MEMS region. Finally, the second surface of the substrate within the MEMS region is patterned. After the pattern process, a vent pattern is formed in the second surface of the substrate within the MEMS region. The interlayer material does not react with halogen radicals. Therefore, during the formation of the vent pattern, the substrate is protected by the interlayer material and the substrate can be prevented from forming any undercut.04-14-2011
20110084346Pressure sensor and method of manufacturing the same - The present invention provides a pressure sensor and a method of manufacturing the same, which can change resistance to load smoothly in a relatively small load range and detect the pressure to the extent of relatively large load range. An uneven layer 04-14-2011
20090315127METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IMPROVING MEASUREMENT ACCURACY OF MEMS DEVICES - A system for improving the performance of a microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) device that is housed in a package and implemented on a printed circuit board (PCB) comprises a footprint, an isolation channel, and a bridge. A portion of the isolation channel is removed to mechanically isolate the MEMS device.12-24-2009
20090321857SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REDUCED STRESS ANCHORS - Anchor systems and methods anchor components of a Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) device to a substrate. An exemplary embodiment has a trace anchor bonded to a substrate, a device anchor bonded to the substrate, and an anchor flexure configured flexibly couple the trace anchor and the device anchor to substantially prevent transmission of a stress induced in the trace anchor from being transmitted to the device anchor.12-31-2009
20100032775THIN-FILM LID MEMS DEVICES AND METHODS - Thin film encapsulation devices and methods for MEMS devices and packaging are provided. For a MEMS device encapsulated by a sacrificial layer, a lid layer can be deposited over the MEMS device without touching the MEMS device. The lid layer can be patterned and etched with a distribution of release etch holes, which provide access to the sacrificial layer encapsulating the MEMS device. The sacrificial material can be removed through the release etch holes, and the release etch holes can be filled with a seal layer. The seal layer can be removed from the substrate except where it seals the etch holes, leaving a series of plugs that can prevent other materials from entering the MEMS device cavity. In addition, a seal metal layer can be deposited and patterned so that it covers and encloses the plugged etch holes, and a barrier layer can cover the entire encapsulation structure.02-11-2010
20100038732MICRO MOVABLE DEVICE - A micro movable device includes a protection cap for protecting a movable unit arranged above a semiconductor substrate and the movable unit, signal line for transmitting a high-frequency signal formed above the semiconductor substrate, and insulation layer that has projection formed to project upward from the semiconductor substrate and coated surfaces with the signal line.02-18-2010
20100237446THIN FILM ENCAPSULATION OF MEMS DEVICES - A method of manufacturing a miniature electromechanical system (MEMS) device includes the steps of forming a moving member on a first substrate such that a first sacrificial layer is disposed between the moving member and the substrate, encapsulating the moving member, including the first sacrificial layer, with a second sacrificial layer, coating the encapsulating second sacrificial layer with a first film formed of a material that establishes an hermetic seal with the substrate, and removing the first and second sacrificial layers.09-23-2010
20120199921SENSOR DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SENSOR DEVICE - Provided is a technique for packaging a sensor structure having a contact sensing surface and a signal processing LSI that processes a sensor signal. The sensor structure has the contact sensing surface and sensor electrodes. The signal processing integrated circuit is embedded in a semiconductor substrate. The sensor structure and the semiconductor substrate are bonded by a bonding layer, forming a sensor device as a single chip. The sensor electrodes and the integrated circuit are sealed inside the sensor device, and the sensor electrodes and external terminals of the integrated circuit are led out to the back surface of the semiconductor substrate through a side surface of the semiconductor substrate.08-09-2012
20120199920STRUCTURED GLASS WAFER FOR PACKAGING A MICROELECTROMECHANICAL-SYSTEM (MEMS) WAFER - A structured glass wafer for packaging a microelectromechanical-system (MEMS) wafer. The structured glass wafer includes a sheet of glass, and an access hole. The sheet of glass has a first side and a second side, and is configured to provide a protective covering for MEMS devices. The access hole extends through the sheet of glass from the first side to the second side of the sheet of glass, and is configured to provide access to a group of electrical contacts of a group of MEMS devices. A packaged MEMS wafer including the structured glass wafer, and a method for fabricating a packaged MEMS wafer are also provided.08-09-2012
20120241876SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMPROVING FREQUENCY RESPONSE - An electrical system and method for making the same includes a main circuit board and a plurality of contact pads located on a surface of the main circuit board. The contact pads are electrically conductive. Additionally, an integrated circuit package having at least one electrical device is attached to the surface of the main circuit board. A ball grid array made from a plurality of solder balls is located on a bottom side of the integrated circuit package. The ball grid array has a plurality of solder balls being electrically conductive and in electrical communication with the at least one electrical device. The solder balls further include solder balls of different material properties.09-27-2012
20100065929SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - An object of the invention is to provide a smaller semiconductor device of which the manufacturing process is simplified and the manufacturing cost is reduced. Furthermore, an object of the invention is to provide a semiconductor device having a cavity. A device element 03-18-2010
20100127339MICROMECHANICAL COMPONENT HAVING AN ANTI-ADHESIVE LAYER - A micromechanical component, having a substrate and a functional element, the functional element having a functional surface which has an anti-adhesion layer, that has been applied at least in regions, for reducing the surface adhesion forces, and in which the anti-adhesion layer is stable to a temperature of more than 800° C.05-27-2010
20110101474METHOD FOR PROTECTING ENCAPSULATED SENSOR STRUCTURES USING STACK PACKAGING - A method of protecting a micro-mechanical sensor structure embedded in a micro-mechanical sensor chip, in which the micro-mechanical sensor structure is fabricated with a protective membrane, the micro-mechanical sensor chip is arranged so that a surface of the protective membrane faces toward a second chip, and the micro-mechanical sensor chip is secured to the second chip.05-05-2011
20110073966INDEXING OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES DISTRIBUTED ON DIFFERENT CHIPS - An embodiment of a method is proposed for indexing electronic devices. The embodiment includes the steps of forming a plurality of first chips in a first wafer, forming a plurality of second chips in a second wafer, forming the electronic devices by coupling each first chip with a corresponding second chip, and forming an index on each electronic device; the index is indicative of a position of the corresponding first chip in the first wafer. In an embodiment, the step of forming an index includes forming a first portion of the index on the first chip, and forming a second portion of the index on the second chip.03-31-2011
20110068420Semiconductor Structure with Lamella Defined by Singulation Trench - A method for fabricating a semiconductor structure includes etching a first opening into a substrate; etching a chip singulation trench into the substrate to define a lamella between the first opening and the chip singulation trench; fabricating a sense element for sensing a deflection of the lamella; and singulating the semiconductor structure at the chip singulation trench.03-24-2011
20120119312METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A MICROELECTROMECHANICAL COMPONENT; AND A MICROELECTROMECHANICAL COMPONENT - The invention relates to microelectromechanical components, like microelectromechanical gauges used in measuring e.g. acceleration, angular acceleration, angular velocity, or other physical quantities. The microelectromechanical component, according to the invention, comprises a microelectromechanical chip part, sealed by means of a cover part, and an electronic circuit part, suitably bonded to each other. The aim of the invention is to provide an improved method of manufacturing a microelectromechanical component, and to provide a microelectromechanical component, which is applicable for use particularly in small microelectromechanical sensor solutions.05-17-2012
20090026560SENSOR PACKAGE - A sensor package is disclosed. One embodiment provides a sensor device having a carrier, a semiconductor sensor mounted on the carrier and an active surface. Contact elements are electrically connecting the carrier with the semiconductor sensor. A protective layer made of an inorganic material covers at least the active surface and the contact elements.01-29-2009
20120126345MEMS DEVICE WITH STRESS ISOLATION AND METHOD OF FABRICATION - A MEMS device (05-24-2012
20110254110MEMS DEVICE HAVING A MOVABLE ELECTRODE - A microelectromechanical system (MEMS) device includes a semiconductor substrate, a MEMS including a fixed electrode and a movable electrode formed on the semiconductor substrate through an insulating layer, and a well formed in the semiconductor substrate below the fixed electrode. The well is one of an n-type well and a p-type well. The p-type well applies a positive voltage to the fixed electrode while the n-type well applies a negative voltage to the fixed electrode.10-20-2011
20110031564MEMS DEVICE AND FABRICATION METHOD THEREOF - A micro electro mechanical system (MEMS) device includes: a fixed electrode made of silicon and provided above a semiconductor substrate; a movable electrode made of silicon and arranged in a mechanically movable manner by having a gap from the semiconductor substrate; and a wiring layered part that is provided around the movable electrode, covers a portion of the fixed electrode and includes wiring. One of the fixed electrode and the movable electrode is implanted with an impurity ion and at least a part of the portion of the fixed electrode covered by the wiring layered part is silicidized.02-10-2011
20120267731SENSOR MOUNTED IN FLIP-CHIP TECHNOLOGY ON A SUBSTRATE - The sensor assembly comprises a substrate (10-25-2012
20120267730MICRO-ELECTROMECHANICAL SYSTEM (MEMS) DEVICE - A micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) device for measuring accelerations, angular rates, or for actuation comprises at least two substrates and at least one movable structure arranged in a cavity between the substrates. An electrically conducting frame surrounding the movable structure is arranged at an interface of the two substrates. The frame is electrically separated from the movable structure and connected by at least first and second electrically conducting connections to the first and second substrates, respectively. The frame may have a width of not more than 150 preferably not more than 50 μm. The first connection is at an interface between the frame and the first substrate. The second connection is a layer applied at an outer periphery of the frame and a peripheral face of the second substrate. The structure keeps electrical fields and electromagnetic disturbances away from the sensor and may also be used for shielding micro-electronic circuits.10-25-2012
20110248363PHYSICAL QUANTITY DETECTION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A physical quantity detection device includes: an insulating layer; a semiconductor layer on the insulating layer; and first and second electrodes in the semiconductor layer. Each electrode has a wall part, one of which includes two diaphragms and a cover part. The diaphragms facing each other provide a hollow cylinder having an opening covered by the cover part. One diaphragm faces the other wall part or one diaphragm in the other wall part. A distance between the one diaphragm and the other wall part or the one diaphragm in the other wall part is changed with pressure difference between reference pressure in the hollow cylinder and pressure of an outside when a physical quantity is applied to the diaphragms. The physical quantity is detected by a capacitance between the first and second electrodes.10-13-2011
20100252898SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A semiconductor device includes a first semiconductor substrate, a second semiconductor substrate, and a sealing member. The first semiconductor substrate has a surface and includes a sensing portion on the surface side. The sensing portion has a movable portion. The first semiconductor substrate and the second semiconductor substrate are bonded together to form a stacked substrate. The stacked substrate defines a hermetically sealed space for accommodating the sensing portion between the first and second semiconductor substrates. The stacked substrate further defines a recess extending between the first semiconductor substrate and the second semiconductor substrate to penetrate an interface between the first semiconductor substrate and the second semiconductor substrate. The sealing member is located in the recess.10-07-2010
20100244161WAFER LEVEL PACKAGING USING FLIP CHIP MOUNTING - A semiconductor packaged device, and method of packaging that incorporates the formation of cavities about electronic devices during the packaging process. In one example, the device package includes a first substrate having a first recess formed therein, a second substrate having a second recess formed therein, and an electronic device mounted in the first recess. The first and second substrates are joined together with the first and second recesses substantially overlying one another so as to form a cavity around the electronic device.09-30-2010
20100244159EUTECTIC FLOW CONTAINMENT IN A SEMICONDUCTOR FABRICATION PROCESS - Eutectic Flow Containment in a Semiconductor Fabrication Process A disclosed semiconductor fabrication process includes forming a first bonding structure on a first surface of a cap wafer, forming a second bonding structure on a first surface of a device wafer, and forming a device structure on the device wafer. One or more eutectic flow containment structures are formed on the cap wafer, the device wafer, or both. The flow containment structures may include flow containment micro-cavities (FCMCs) and flow containment micro-levee (FCMLs). The FCMLs may be elongated ridges overlying the first surface of the device wafer and extending substantially parallel to the bonding structure. The FCMLs may include interior FCMLs lying within a perimeter of the bonding structure, exterior FCMLs lying outside of the bonding structure perimeter, or both. When the two wafers are bonded, the FCMLs and FCMCs confine flow of the eutectic material to the region of the bonding structure.09-30-2010
20100038730SEMICONDUCTOR STRUCTURES INCLUDING A MOVABLE SWITCHING ELEMENT, SYSTEMS INCLUDING SAME AND METHODS OF FORMING SAME - Semiconductor structures including a movable switching element having a base disposed on a conductive pad, a body extending from the base, and an end laterally adjacent and spaced apart from a conductive contact are disclosed. Upon application of a threshold voltage, the movable switching element may deform toward the conductive contact via an electrical field, establishing electrical contact between the conductive pad and the conductive contact. Various methods may be used to form such semiconductor structures, and switching devices including such semiconductor structures. Memory devices and electronic systems include such switching devices.02-18-2010
20090001487PACKAGED DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A packaged device includes a package having an inner surface defining a closed internal space, a device chip fixed to the package in the internal space, and a parylene film covering at least a part of the inner surface of the package and/or at least a part of a surface of the device chip.01-01-2009
20090309172SENSOR AND A METHOD OF MAKING A SENSOR - A sensor is provided, which includes a plurality of conducting elements spaced apart from each other and at least one deformable electrolyte bridge contacting each of the conducting elements at one or more contact points having an aggregate contact area. Upon formation of an ionic circuit between two of the conducting elements, a first resistivity between the two conducting element exists. Upon application of a compressive force on the at least one deformable electrolyte bridge directed toward at least one of the conducting elements, the aggregate contact area increases such that a second resistivity between the two conducting elements exists.12-17-2009
20080315334Packaged chip devices with atomic layer deposition protective films - A low-temperature inorganic dielectric ALD film (e.g., Al12-25-2008
20080315332Micromechanical Component and Manufacturing Method - A micromechanical component has a substrate, a first intermediate layer which is situated thereupon, and a first layer which is situated thereupon and is structured down to the first intermediate layer. A second intermediate layer is situated above the first layer. A second layer is situated on the former, at least one movable micromechanical structure being structured into the second layer. The second intermediate layer is removed in a sacrificial zone beneath the movable micromechanical structure and the first intermediate layer is partially removed in zones beneath the first layer. The movable micromechanical structure is provided with at least one stop surface on a bottom face, this stop surface being contactable with a zone of the first layer which is supported by the first intermediate layer by deflection of the movable micromechanical structure. A method for producing such a micromechanical component is also described.12-25-2008
20090140356INTEGRATED SENSOR AND CIRCUITRY AND PROCESS THEREFOR - A micromachined sensor having a capacitive sensing structure. The sensor includes a first substrate with first and second conductive layers separated by a buried insulator layer, and a member defined by the first and second conductive layers and the buried insulator layer. A first set of elements defined with the first conductive layer is connected to the member and includes first and second elements that are electrically isolated from each other by the buried insulator layer. A second set of elements is defined with the first conductive layer and capacitively coupled with the first set of elements. A second substrate is bonded to the first substrate so that the member and the first set of elements are movably supported above the second substrate. The second set of elements is anchored to the second substrate, and the first and second sets of elements are physically interconnected through the second substrate.06-04-2009
20110254108FINGER SENSOR INCLUDING CAPACITIVE LENS AND ASSOCIATED METHODS - A finger sensing device may include a mounting substrate, an integrated circuit (IC) die carried by the mounting substrate and having an array of electric field-based finger sensing elements, and first electrical connections coupling the mounting substrate and the IC die. In addition, the finger sensing device may include a protective plate attached over the array of electric field-based finger sensing elements and having a dielectric constant greater than 5 in all directions and a thickness greater than 40 microns to define a capacitive lens for the array of electric field-based finger sensing elements. The finger sensing device may also include an encapsulating material adjacent the mounting substrate and the IC die and around at least the first electrical connections.10-20-2011
20110163397Composition and Manufacturing Method - A device includes a substrate (07-07-2011
20110254107METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FORMING MEMS DEVICE - The disclosure is generally directed to fabrication steps, and operation principles for microelectromechanical (MEMS) transducers. In one embodiment, the disclosure relates to a texture morphing device. The texture morphing device includes: a plurality of supports arranged on a substrate to support a deformable mirror; an ITO layer; and a Distributed Bragg Reflector (DBR) layer. A pair of adjacent supports form a cavity with the ITO layer and the deformable mirror. When the height of the cavity changes responsive to an external pressure, the internal reflection within the cavity is changed. The change in the height of the cavity causes the exterior texture to morph. Similar principles are disclosed for constructing sensor and actuators.10-20-2011
20110133295REGION DIVIDED SUBSTRATE AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - A region divided substrate includes a substrate, a plurality of trenches, a conductive layer, and an insulating member. The substrate has a first surface and a second surface opposed to each other. The trenches penetrate the substrate from the first surface to the second surface and divide the substrate into a plurality of partial regions. The conductive layer is disposed on a sidewall of each of the trenches from a portion adjacent to the first surface to a portion adjacent to the second surface. The conductive layer has an electric conductivity higher than an electric conductivity of the substrate. The insulating member fills each of the trenches through the conductive layer.06-09-2011
20110133294MICRO ELECTROMECHANICAL SYSTEMS (MEMS) HAVING A GAP STOP AND METHOD THEREFOR - A method of forming a micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) includes providing a cap substrate, providing a support substrate, depositing a conductive material over the support substrate, patterning the conductive material to form a gap stop and a contact, wherein the gap stop is separated form the contact by an opening, forming a bonding material over the contact and in the opening, wherein the gap stop and the contact prevent the bonding material from extending outside the opening, and attaching the cap substrate to the support substrate by the step of forming the bonding material. In addition, the structure is described.06-09-2011
20100244160MEMS SENSOR, MEMS SENSOR MANUFACTURING METHOD, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A MEMS sensor formed by processing a multi-layer wiring structure, includes: a movable weight portion coupled to a fixed frame portion with an elastic deformable portion and having a hollow portion formed at the periphery; a capacitance electrode portion including a fixed electrode portion fixed to the fixed frame portion and a movable electrode portion connected to the movable weight portion and arranged to face the fixed electrode portion; and an adjusting layer for adjusting at least one of amass of the movable weight portion, a damping coefficient of the movable electrode portion, and spring characteristics in the elastic deformable portion, wherein the adjusting layer includes at least one insulating layer that is a constituent element of the multi-layer wiring structure.09-30-2010
20110254109INTEGRATED CIRCUIT WITH SPURRIOUS ACOUSTIC MODE SUPPRESSION AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE THEREOF - An integrated circuit (IC) apparatus includes a substrate having opposed first and second major sides and one or more edges defining an outer periphery of the substrate. The substrate may be a semiconductor material. The IC apparatus may further include one or more transducers situated on the first major side of the substrate; and an attenuation pattern formed in at least one of the second major side and one or more of the edges of the substrate.10-20-2011
20110169107Method for manufacturing a component, method for manufacturing a component system, component, and component system - A process for manufacturing a component is described. In a first manufacturing step a base structure having a substrate, a diaphragm, and a cavern region is provided. The diaphragm is oriented substantially parallel to a main plane of extension of the substrate. The cavern region is situated between the substrate and the diaphragm, and has an access opening. In a second manufacturing step, a first conductive layer is provided at least partially in the cavern region, in particular on a second side of the diaphragm facing the substrate, perpendicularly to the main plane of extension.07-14-2011
20110169106MICRO ELECTRONIC MECHANICAL SYSTEM STRUCTURE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF - A micro electronic mechanical system structure and a manufacturing method thereof are provided. A substrate has a plurality of conductive regions is provided. A dielectric layer is formed on the substrate. A plurality of openings and recesses are formed in the dielectric layer, wherein the openings expose the conductive regions. The recesses are located between the openings. A conductive layer is formed on the dielectric layer and the openings and the recesses are filled with the conductive layer. The conductive layer is patterned to form a plurality of strips of the first conductive patterns on the dielectric layer and a second conductive pattern on the sidewall and the bottom of each recess, wherein the first conductive patterns are connected with each other through the second conductive patterns. The dielectric layer is removed. The second conductive patterns between the first conductive patterns are removed.07-14-2011
20100117167Semiconductor dymamic quantity sensor and method of producing the same - A semiconductor dynamic quantity sensor includes a sensor part and a cap connected to the sensor part. Dynamic quantity is detected based on a capacitance of a capacitor defined between a movable electrode and a fixed electrode of the sensor part. A float portion of the sensor part is separated from a support board of the sensor part to define a predetermined interval. At least one of the cap and the support board has a displacing portion displacing the float portion in a direction perpendicular to the support board so as to change the predetermined interval. The movable electrode has a displacement in accordance with the displaced float portion.05-13-2010
20110079863Micromechanical structure, method for manufacturing a micromechanical structure, and use of a micromechanical structure - A micromechanical structure which includes a substrate having a main plane of extension, and a seismic mass which is movable relative to the substrate. The micromechanical structure includes a fixed electrode which is connected to the substrate, and a counterelectrode which is connected to the seismic mass. The fixed electrode has a first fixed electrode region and a second fixed electrode region which is connected in an electrically conductive manner to the first fixed electrode region. The counterelectrode is partially situated between the first and the second fixed electrode region, perpendicular to the main plane of extension.04-07-2011
20110095384Single Crystal Silicon Sensor with Additional Layer and Method of Producing the Same - A SOI-based MEMS device has a base layer, a device layer, and an insulator layer between the base layer and the device layer. The device also has a deposited layer having a portion that is spaced from the device layer. The device layer is between the insulator layer and the deposited layer.04-28-2011
20110095383MEMS DEVICE HAVING A MOVABLE ELECTRODE - A microelectromechanical system (MEMS) device includes a semiconductor substrate, a MEMS including a fixed electrode and a movable electrode formed on the semiconductor substrate through an insulating layer, and a well formed in the semiconductor substrate below the fixed electrode. The well is one of an n-type well and a p-type well. The p-type well applies a positive voltage to the fixed electrode while the n-type well applies a negative voltage to the fixed electrode.04-28-2011
20110260266SEMICONDUCTOR PACKAGE STRUCTURE AND PACKAGE PROCESS - A semiconductor package structure and a package process are provided, wherein a lower surface of a die pad of a leadframe is exposed by an encapsulant so as to improve the heat dissipation efficiency of the semiconductor package structure. In addition, two chips are disposed at the same sides of the leadframe and the end portion of each of leads bonding to the upper chip is encapsulated by the encapsulant such that the scratch on the lead tips in wire bonding and die attach steps can be prevented and thus the wire bondability can be enhanced.10-27-2011
20110140211Flow Sensor, Method for Manufacturing Flow Sensor and Flow Sensor Module - The invention provides a flow sensor structure for sealing the surface of an electric control circuit and a part of a semiconductor device via a manufacturing method capable of preventing occurrence of flash or chip crack when clamping the semiconductor device via a mold. The invention provides a flow sensor structure comprising a semiconductor device having an air flow sensing unit and a diaphragm formed thereto, and a board or a lead frame having an electric control circuit for controlling the semiconductor device disposed thereto, wherein a surface of the electric control circuit and a part of a surface of the semiconductor device is covered with resin while having the air flow sensing unit portion exposed. The invention further provides flow sensor structure in which surfaces of a resin mold, a board or a pre-mold component surrounding the semiconductor device are continuously not in contact with three walls of the semiconductor device orthogonal to a side on which the air flow sensing unit portion is disposed, or a manufacturing method for absorbing the dimensional variation of the semiconductor device by the deformation of springs or deformation of an elastic film in the thickness direction.06-16-2011
20110147861MEMS SWITCH AND FABRICATION METHOD - A MEMS switch (06-23-2011
20110147860MICROMECHANICAL STRUCTURE COMPRISING A MOBILE PART HAVING STOPS FOR OUT-OF-PLANE DISPLACEMENTS OF THE STRUCTURE AND ITS PRODUCTION PROCESS - Process for producing a micromechanical structure comprising a substrate and a stack of at least two layers arranged on the substrate, a mobile part formed in the stack and a fixed part relative to the substrate formed in the stack, and an opposite surface formed between the fixed part and the mobile part, forming for example stop means to limit displacement of the mobile part in a direction substantially perpendicular to the stack, which process using at least one sacrificial layer between the substrate and the stack made of material suitable to be etched selectively relative to the materials of the stack.06-23-2011
20110147859SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A semiconductor device includes a base substrate made of silicon, a cap substrate and a leading electrode having a metal part. The base substrate has base semiconductor regions being insulated and separated from each other at a predetermined portion of a surface layer thereof. The cap substrate is bonded to the predetermined portion of the surface layer of the base substrate. The leading electrode has a first end connected to one of the plurality of base semiconductor regions of the base substrate and extends through the cap substrate such that a second end of the leading electrode is located adjacent to a surface of the cap substrate for allowing an electrical connection with an external part, the surface being opposite to a bonding surface at which the base substrate and the cap substrate are bonded. The leading electrode defines a groove between an outer surface thereof and the cap substrate.06-23-2011
20110260267MEMS DEVICES AND FABRICATION THEREOF - A MEMS device and method, comprising: a substrate; a beam; and a cavity located therebetween; the beam comprising a first beam layer and a second beam layer, the first beam layer being directly adjacent to the cavity, the second beam layer being directly adjacent to the first beam layer; the first beam layer comprising a metal or a metal alloy containing silicon; and the second beam layer comprising a metal or a metal alloy substantially not containing silicon. Preferably the second beam layer is thicker than the first beam layer e.g. at least five times thicker, and the first beam layer comprises a metal or alloy containing between 1% and 2% of silicon. The second beam layer provides desired mechanical and/or optical properties whilst the first beam layer prevents spiking.10-27-2011
20110215427SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - According to one embodiment, a semiconductor device includes: a substrate; an organic insulating film provided on the substrate; an inorganic insulating film formed thinner than the organic insulating film on the organic insulating film; a hollow sealing structure that is formed on the inorganic insulating film, and seals a MEMS element in an inside while ensuring a space between the hollow sealing structure itself and the MEMS element; a through hole formed so as to penetrate the organic insulating film and the inorganic insulating film; and a conductive member that is filled into the through hole, and electrically connects the MEMS element and an electrode formed by being filled into the through hole.09-08-2011
20110215430MICROMECHANICAL DEVICE WITH MICROFLUIDIC LUBRICANT CHANNEL - A micromechanical device assembly includes a micromechanical device enclosed within a processing region and a lubricant channel formed through an interior wall of the processing region and in fluid communication with the processing region. Lubricant is injected into the lubricant channel via capillary forces and held therein via surface tension of the lubricant against the internal surfaces of the lubrication channel. The lubricant channel containing the lubricant provides a ready supply of fresh lubricant to prevent stiction from occurring between interacting components of the micromechanical device disposed within the processing region.09-08-2011
20110215429MANUFACTURING METHOD OF ELECTRONIC DEVICE PACKAGE, ELECTRONIC DEVICE PACKAGE, AND OSCILLATOR - An electronic device package manufacturing method includes: forming a metal film on both surfaces of the cover substrate so that the metal film on one surface and the metal surface on the other surface conduct with each other; aligning and superimposing the cover substrate and the base substrate; and bonding the base substrate and the cover substrate together via the metal film by anodic bonding by bringing a negative electrode plate into contact with the base substrate on an entire surface opposite to a surface bonded to the cover substrate, bringing a positive electrode plate into contact with the cover substrate on an entire surface opposite to a surface bonded to the base substrate, and applying a voltage between the positive and negative electrode plates. The base substrate and the cover substrates can be thus bonded together via the metal film by anodic bonding in a stable manner.09-08-2011
20110215428MEMS STRUCTURE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF - In a MEMS structure, a first trench which penetrates the first layer, the second layer and the third layer is formed, and a second trench which penetrates the fifth layer, the forth layer and the third layer is formed. The first trench forms a first part of an outline of the movable portion in a view along the stacked direction. The second trench forms a second part of the outline of the movable portion in the view along the stacked direction. At least a part of the first trench overlaps with the first extending portion in the view along the stacked direction.09-08-2011
20090001486Forming a cantilever assembly for verticle and lateral movement - In one embodiment, the present invention includes a method for forming a sacrificial oxide layer on a base layer of a microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) probe, patterning the sacrificial oxide layer to provide a first trench pattern having a substantially rectangular form and a second trench pattern having a substantially rectangular portion and a lateral portion extending from the substantially rectangular portion, and depositing a conductive layer on the patterned sacrificial oxide layer to fill the first and second trench patterns to form a support structure for the MEMS probe and a cantilever portion of the MEMS probe. Other embodiments are described and claimed.01-01-2009
20090174014Micromechanical Actuators Comprising Semiconductors on a Group III Nitride Basis - A semiconductor actuator includes a substrate base, a bending structure which is connected to the substrate base and can be deflected at least partially relative to the substrate base. The bending structure has semiconductor compounds on the basis of nitrides of main group III elements and at least two electrical supply contacts which impress an electrical current in or for applying an electrical voltage to the bending structure. At least two of the supply contacts are disposed at a spacing from each other respectively on the bending structure and/or integrated in the latter.07-09-2009
20130193528SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONDUCTIVE PILLARS - Systems and methods for conductive pillars are provided. In one embodiment, a system comprises an electrical board comprising an electrical device, and a packaged die, the packaged die bonded to the electrical board. The packaged die comprises a substrate layer, the substrate layer comprising a recessed area, a conductive trace, wherein a portion of the conductive trace is formed in the recessed area, and an epitaxial device layer bonded to the substrate layer. The device layer comprises a MEMS device, and an epitaxial conductive pillar, wherein a first side of the epitaxial conductive pillar is electrically connected to the conductive trace and the second side of the epitaxial conductive pillar is electrically connected to the electrical board, wherein the epitaxial conductive pillar extends through the epitaxial device layer to electrically couple the conductive trace to an interface surface on the epitaxial device layer.08-01-2013
20120205754PIEZOELECTRIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING PIEZOELECTRIC DEVICE - A piezoelectric device includes a piezoelectric thin film formed by separating and forming a piezoelectric single crystal substrate, an inorganic layer formed on a back surface of the piezoelectric thin film, an elastic body layer disposed on a surface opposite to the piezoelectric thin film of the inorganic layer, and a support pasted to a surface opposite to the inorganic layer of the elastic body layer. In a membrane structure portion, the inorganic layer and the elastic body layer are disposed on the piezoelectric thin film through a gap layer. The elastic body layer reduces a stress caused by pasting the piezoelectric thin film including the inorganic layer and the support and has a certain elastic modulus. The inorganic layer is formed with a material having an elastic modulus higher than that of the elastic body layer and suppresses damping caused by disposing the elastic body layer.08-16-2012
20090039449FINGERPRINT SENSING DEVICE HAVING FLEXIBLE PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD SERVING AS SIGNAL TRANSMISSION STRUCTURE AND THE METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A fingerprint sensing device includes a chip substrate, a plurality of first connecting pads and a flexible printed circuit board. The chip substrate has a plurality of fingerprint sensing cells. The first connecting pads are respectively disposed on the fingerprint sensing cells and exposed from a top surface of the chip substrate. The flexible printed circuit board is disposed above the chip substrate and has a plurality of signal transmission structures exposed from a bottom surface of the flexible printed circuit board. The fingerprint sensing cells are respectively electrically connected to the signal transmission structures, and a top surface of the flexible printed circuit board serves as a contact surface for a finger so that sensed fingerprint signals of the finger are transmitted to the fingerprint sensing cells through the signal transmission structures. A method of manufacturing the fingerprint sensing device is also disclosed.02-12-2009
20120306031SEMICONDUCTOR SENSOR DEVICE AND METHOD OF PACKAGING SAME - A semiconductor sensor die is packaged with a footed lid that has side walls and a top portion with a central hole. Gel material is dispensed into a cavity formed by the side walls such that it covers the die prior to attaching the lid top portion.12-06-2012
20120038010FILM STRESS MANAGEMENT FOR MEMS THROUGH SELECTIVE RELAXATION - An apparatus comprising a microelectromechanical system. The microelectromechanical system includes a crystalline structural element having dislocations therein. For at least about 60 percent of adjacent pairs of the dislocations, direction vectors of the dislocations form acute angles of less than about 45 degrees.02-16-2012
20120168884PRESSURE SENSOR AND METHOD OF PACKAGING SAME - A method of packaging a pressure sensor die includes providing a lead frame having a die pad and lead fingers that surround the die pad. A tape is attached to a first side of the lead frame. A pressure sensor die is attached to the die pad on a second side of the lead frame and bond pads of the die are connected to the lead fingers. An encapsulant is dispensed onto the second side of the lead frame and covers the lead fingers and the electrical connections thereto. A gel is dispensed onto a top surface of the die and covers the die bond pads and the electrical connections thereto. A lid is attached to the lead frame and covers the die and the gel, and sides of the lid penetrate the encapsulant.07-05-2012
20110163395Pressure Sensor and Method - A method for providing a pressure sensor substrate comprises creating a first cavity that extends inside the substrate in a first direction perpendicular to a main surface of the substrate, and that extends inside the substrate, in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, into a first venting area of the substrate; creating a second cavity that extends in the first direction inside the substrate, that extends in parallel to the first cavity in the second direction, and that does not extend into the first venting area; and opening the first cavity in the first venting area.07-07-2011
20090072334Semiconductor device, pre-mold package, and manufacturing method therefor - A pre-mold package of a semiconductor device is constituted of a lead frame, a mold resin having a box-like shape constituted of a side wall and a bottom for mounting at least one semiconductor chip, and a cover composed of a conductive material. The lead frame includes a shield plate embedded in the bottom of the mold resin, a plurality of arms, and a plurality of external terminals that are exposed on the backside of the bottom of the mold resin. The arms are embedded in the side wall so that the distal ends thereof are exposed on the upper end of the side wall and are electrically connected to the cover. Instead of the arms, a plurality of internal terminals is included in the lead frame so that the distal ends thereof are exposed on the upper surfaces of racks formed inside of the mold resin.03-19-2009
20110316098PLANAR CAVITY MEMS AND RELATED STRUCTURES, METHODS OF MANUFACTURE AND DESIGN STRUCTURES - A method of forming at least one Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) includes forming a lower sacrificial material used to form a lower cavity. The method further includes forming a cavity via connecting the lower cavity to an upper cavity. The cavity via is formed with a top view profile of rounded or chamfered edges. The method further includes forming an upper sacrificial material within and above the cavity via, which has a resultant surface based on the profile of the cavity via. The upper cavity is formed with a lid that is devoid of structures that would interfere with a MEMS beam, including: depositing a lid material on the resultant surface of the upper sacrificial material; and venting the upper sacrificial material to form the upper cavity such the lid material forms the lid which conforms with the resultant surface of the upper sacrificial material.12-29-2011
20110316099PLANAR CAVITY MEMS AND RELATED STRUCTURES, METHODS OF MANUFACTURE AND DESIGN STRUCTURES - A method of forming at least one Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) includes forming a lower wiring layer on a substrate. The method further includes forming a plurality of discrete wires from the lower wiring layer. The method further includes forming an electrode beam over the plurality of discrete wires. The at least one of the forming of the electrode beam and the plurality of discrete wires are formed with a layout which minimizes hillocks and triple points in subsequent silicon deposition.12-29-2011
20110316097PLANAR CAVITY MEMS AND RELATED STRUCTURES, METHODS OF MANUFACTURE AND DESIGN STRUCTURES - A method of forming at least one Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) cavity includes forming a first sacrificial cavity layer over a wiring layer and substrate. The method further includes forming an insulator layer over the first sacrificial cavity layer. The method further includes performing a reverse damascene etchback process on the insulator layer. The method further includes planarizing the insulator layer and the first sacrificial cavity layer. The method further includes venting or stripping of the first sacrificial cavity layer to a planar surface for a first cavity of the MEMS.12-29-2011
20120061775DEVICE FOR USE AS DUAL-SIDED SENSOR PACKAGE - A sensor package, and in one embodiment a sensor package for surface mount applications, that comprises a leadframe with an upper and lower surface for receiving a device thereon. Embodiments of the sensor package comprise a first device secured to the upper surface, and a second device secured to the lower surface so as to place connective pads from each of the first device and the second device proximate to one side of the leadframe. The sensor package further comprises a lead that is positioned in the sensor package in a manner that prevents electrical connection with circuitry that is external of the housing. The lead has an end proximate the side of the lead frame where the connective pads are positioned on the upper and lower surfaces. The end configured to receive connections, e.g., wirebonds, from the connective pads in a manner connecting the first device and the second device independent of any external connections of the sensor package.03-15-2012
20120043627MEMS Sensor Device With Multi-Stimulus Sensing and Method of Fabricating Same02-23-2012
20120061776WAFER LEVEL PACKAGING - A method of wafer level packaging includes providing a substrate including a buried oxide layer and a top oxide layer, and etching the substrate to form openings above the buried oxide layer and a micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) resonator element between the openings, the MEMS resonator element enclosed within the buried oxide layer, the top oxide layer, and sidewall oxide layers. The method further includes filling the openings with polysilicon to form polysilicon electrodes adjacent the MEMS resonator element, removing the top oxide layer and the sidewall oxide layers adjacent the MEMS resonator element, bonding the polysilicon electrodes to one of a complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) wafer or a carrier wafer, removing the buried oxide layer adjacent the MEMS resonator element, and bonding the substrate to a capping wafer to seal the MEMS resonator element between the capping wafer and one of the CMOS wafer or the carrier wafer.03-15-2012
20120001274WAFER LEVEL PACKAGE HAVING A PRESSURE SENSOR AND FABRICATION METHOD THEREOF - A wafer level package having a pressure sensor and a fabrication method thereof are provided. A wafer having the pressure sensor is bonded to a lid, and electrical connecting pads are formed on the wafer. After the lid is cut, wire-bonding and packaging processes are performed. Ends of bonding wires are exposed and serve as an electrical connecting path. A bottom opening is formed on a bottom surface of the wafer, in order to form a pressure sensor path.01-05-2012
20120001275SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - A semiconductor device in which intrusion of the cutting water and cutting wastes in the singulation process can be prevented, and reliability is improved includes: a substrate; at least one semiconductor element having a piezoelectric conversion function and mounted on the main surface of the substrate; a casing fixed to the main surface of the substrate to cover the semiconductor element; a through hole formed in the substrate or the casing; and a predetermined substance filled into the through hole to close the through hole, wherein the predetermined substance has properties such that the predetermined substance wettably spreads by heating to open the through hole.01-05-2012
20110156178Micro-Electro-Mechanical System Having Movable Element Integrated into Leadframe-Based Package - A MEMS may integrate movable MEMS parts, such as mechanical elements, flexible membranes, and sensors, with the low-cost device package, leaving the electronics and signal-processing parts in the integrated circuitry of the semiconductor chip. The package may be a leadframe-based plastic molded body having an opening through the thickness of the body. The movable part may be anchored in the body and extend at least partially across the opening. The chip may be flip-assembled to the leads to span across the foil, and may be separated from the foil by a gap. The leadframe may be a prefabricated piece part, or may be fabricated in a process flow with metal deposition on a sacrificial carrier and patterning of the metal layer. The resulting leadframe may be flat or may have an offset structure useful for stacked package-on-package devices.06-30-2011
20120056281HIGH ASPECT RATIO CAPACITIVELY COUPLED MEMS DEVICES - A method that includes forming an opening between at least one first electrode and a second electrode by forming a recess in a first electrode layer, the recess having sidewalls that correspond to a surface of the at least one first electrode, forming a first sacrificial layer on the sidewalls of the recess, the first sacrificial layer having a first width that corresponds to a second width of the opening, forming a second electrode layer in the recess that corresponds to the second electrode, and removing the first sacrificial layer to form the opening between the second electrode and the at least one first electrode.03-08-2012
20120056280MEMS Sensor Package - A MEMS sensor package includes a support and a MEMS sensor chip having a mounting side adhered on the support by a point-shaped adhesive or a linear-shaped adhesive in such a way that the MEMS sensor chip has a free side opposite to the mounting and suspended above the support. Because the MEMS sensor chip has the free side that is not restrained on the support, the stress due to deformation of the support will not affect the accuracy of the MEMS sensor chip.03-08-2012
20120056279PACKAGE STRUCTURE HAVING MEMS ELEMENT AND FABRICATION METHOD THEREOF - A package structure having an MEMS element includes: a packaging substrate having first and second wiring layers on two surfaces thereof and a chip embedded therein; a first dielectric layer disposed on the packaging substrate and the chip; a third wiring layer disposed on the first dielectric layer; a second dielectric layer disposed on the first dielectric layer and the third wiring layer and having a recessed portion; a lid disposed in the recessed portion and on the top surface of the second dielectric layer around the periphery of the recessed portion, wherein the portion of the lid on the top surface of the second dielectric layer is formed into a lid frame on which an adhering material is disposed to allow a substrate having an MEMS element to be attached to the packaging substrate with the MEMS element corresponding in position to the recessed portion, thereby providing a package structure of reduced size and costs with better electrical properties.03-08-2012
20120007195APPARATUS FOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT PACKAGING - Apparatuses are disclosed, such as those involving integrated circuit packaging. In one embodiment, a chip package includes: an encapsulation having a top surface and a bottom surface facing away from the top surface. The package further includes a leadframe including a plurality of leads. Each of the leads includes an exposed portion exposed through one of edges of the bottom surface of the encapsulation. The exposed portion has a length. At least one of exposed portions positioned along one of the edges of the bottom surface of the encapsulation has a length different from other exposed portions along the edge. The package can also include a dummy pad exposed through a corner of the bottom surface. The configuration can enhance solder joint reliability of the package when the package is attached to a printed circuit board.01-12-2012
20120119311SEMI-CONDUCTOR SENSOR FABRICATION - Methods of fabricating semiconductor sensor devices include steps of fabricating a hermetically sealed MEMS cavity enclosing a MEMS sensor, while forming conductive vias through the device. The devices include a first semi-conductor layer defining at least one conductive via lined with an insulator and having a lower insulating surface; a central dielectric layer above the first semiconductor layer; a second semiconductor layer in contact with the at least one conductive via, and which defines a MEMS cavity; a third semiconductor layer disposed above the second semiconductor layer, and which includes a sensor element aligned with the MEMS cavity; a cap bonded to the third semiconductor to enclose and hermetically seal the MEMS cavity; wherein the third semiconductor layer separates the cap and the second semiconductor layer.05-17-2012
20120205752Strengthened Micro-Electromechanical System Devices and Methods of Making Thereof - In an embodiment, a micro-electromechanical device can include a substrate, a beam, and an isolation joint. The beam can be suspended relative to a surface of the substrate. The isolation joint can be between a first portion and a second portion of the beam, and can have a non-linear shape. In another embodiment, a micro-electromechanical device can include a substrate, a beam, and an isolation joint. The beam can be suspended relative to a surface of the substrate. The isolation joint can be between a first portion and a second portion of the beam. The isolation joint can have a first portion, a second portion, and a bridge portion between the first portion and the second portion. The first and second portions of the isolation joint can each have a seam and a void, while the bridge portion can be solid.08-16-2012
20120205753MICRO-ELECTROMECHANICAL SYSTEM DEVICES AND METHODS OF MAKING MICRO-ELECTROMECHANICAL SYSTEM DEVICES - A micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) device includes a substrate, a first beam, a second beam, and a third beam. The first beam includes first and second portions separated by an isolation joint. The first and second portions each comprise a semiconductor and a first dielectric layer. An electrically conductive trace is mechanically coupled to the first beam and electrically coupled to the second portion's semiconductor but not the first portion's semiconductor. The second beam includes a second dielectric layer. The profile of each of the first, second, and third beams has been formed by a dry etch. A cavity separates a surface of the substrate from the first, second, and third beams. The cavity has been formed by a dry etch. A side wall of each of the first, second, and third beams has substantially no dielectric layer disposed thereon, and the dielectric layer has been removed by a vapor-phase etch.08-16-2012
20120012949PRESSURE SENSOR PACKAGE SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Embodiments relate to integrated circuit (IC) sensors and sensing systems and methods. In an embodiment, an IC sensor device includes at least one sensing element; a framing element disposed around the at least one sensing element at a wafer-level; and a package having at least one port predefined at the wafer-level by the framing element, the at least one port configured to expose at least a portion of the at least one sensing element to an ambient environment.01-19-2012
20120012950FUNCTIONAL DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF - A functional device includes: a substrate; a functional structure formed on the substrate; a cavity in which the functional structure is disposed; and a cover which covers the cavity, wherein the cover includes a bumpy structure including rib shaped portions, or groove shaped portions, which cross a covering range covering at least the cavity.01-19-2012
20110049650Electro-Mechanical Transistor - An electromechanical transistor includes a source electrode and a drain electrode spaced apart from each other. A source pillar is between the substrate and the source electrode. A drain pillar is between the substrate and the drain electrode. A moveable channel is spaced apart from the source electrode and the drain electrode. A gate nano-pillar is between the moveable channel and the substrate. A first dielectric layer is between the moveable channel and the gate nano-pillar. A second dielectric layer is between the source pillar and the source electrode. A third dielectric layer is between the drain pillar and the drain electrode.03-03-2011
20110049649INTEGRATED CIRCUIT SWITCHES, DESIGN STRUCTURE AND METHODS OF FABRICATING THE SAME - Integrated MEMS switches, design structures and methods of fabricating such switches are provided. The method includes forming at least one tab of sacrificial material on a side of a switching device which is embedded in the sacrificial material. The method further includes stripping the sacrificial material through at least one opening formed on the at least one tab which is on the side of the switching device, and sealing the at least one opening with a capping material.03-03-2011
20110049648MEMS DEVICE WITH STRESS ISOLATION AND METHOD OF FABRICATION - A MEMS device (03-03-2011
20120112293SEALED CAVITY AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SUCH A SEALED CAVITY - A method for producing a sealed cavity, including: a) producing a sacrificial layer on a substrate; b) producing a cover layer covering at least the sacrificial layer and a portion of the face of the substrate not covered by the sacrificial layer, the cover layer including lateral flanks forming, with the substrate, an angle of less than 90°; c) producing a hole through one of the lateral flanks of the cover layer such that a maximum distance between the substrate and an edge of the hole is less than approximately 3 μm, the hole crossing a portion of the cover layer deposited on a portion of the substrate not covered by the sacrificial layer; d) eliminating the sacrificial layer through the hole, forming the cavity; and e) depositing at least one material plugging the hole in a sealed fashion.05-10-2012
20090057792CHARGE BIASED MEM RESONATOR - A resonator has a vibrating element (03-05-2009
20120025333MEMS ELEMENT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME - An acceleration sensor is formed using an etched layer sandwiched between first and second substrates. In this case, a structure including a movable portion which is displaceable in the thickness direction of the substrates, and a support frame are formed in the etched layer. In addition, first and second fixed electrodes are formed on the first and second substrates, respectively, at a position facing the movable portion. Further, a remaining sacrificial layer is provided on the substrate by leaving a portion of a second sacrificial layer when a first sacrificial layer is entirely etched away. Therefore, when the first sacrificial layer is etched away, corrosion of the structure and the support beams is prevented because the second sacrificial layer is preferentially corroded as compared to the structure.02-02-2012
20120025332SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MOUNTING INERTIAL SENSORS - Systems and methods for mounting inertial sensors on a board. On a wafer containing one or more sensor packages having a substrate layer, a sensor layer and an insulator layer located between the sensor layer and the substrate layer, a V-groove is anisotropically etched into one of the substrate layer. The substrate layer is in the 100 crystal plane orientation. The sensor package is then separated from the wafer. Then, a surface of the substrate layer formed by the etching is attached to a board. In one example, three sensor packages are mounted to the board so that their sense axis are perpendicular to each other.02-02-2012
20120025331HORIZONTAL COPLANAR SWITCHES AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURE - A MEMS structure and methods of manufacture. The method includes forming a sacrificial metal layer at a same level as a wiring layer, in a first dielectric material. The method further includes forming a metal switch at a same level as another wiring layer, in a second dielectric material. The method further includes providing at least one vent to expose the sacrificial metal layer. The method further includes removing the sacrificial metal layer to form a planar cavity, suspending the metal switch. The method further includes capping the at least one vent to hermetically seal the planar cavity.02-02-2012
20120061778Method and Apparatus for Producing Chip Devices, and Chip Device Produced by Means of the Method - A chip device is produced providing at least one wafer having a plurality of chip components. The wafer or wafers are separated into the individual chip components and/or into groups of chip components. The individual chip components and/or the groups of chip components are applied to a carrier element, in such a way that interspaces having a predetermined width are formed between the individual chip components and/or the groups of chip components. A polymer is introduced into the interspaces in order to form a composite element composed of the chip components and a polymer matrix. The composite element is separated in such a way that chip devices composed of in each case one of the chip components and at least one section of the polymer matrix are formed. The invention furthermore relates to a chip device produced by means of the method.03-15-2012
20120153409Thin Semiconductor Device Having Embedded Die Support and Methods of Making the Same - Ultra-thin semiconductor devices, including piezo-resistive sensing elements can be formed a wafer stack that facilitates handling many thin device dice at a wafer level. Three embodiments are provided to form the thin dice in a wafer stack using three different fabrication techniques that include anodic bonding, adhesive bonding and fusion bonding. A trench is etched around each thin die to separate the thin die from others in the wafer stack. A tether layer, also known as a tether, is used to hold thin dice or dice in a wafer stack. Such as wafer stack holds many thin dice together at a wafer level for handling and enables easier die picking in packaging processes.06-21-2012
20120153408MEMS DEVICE FORMING METHOD AND DEVICE WITH MEMS STRUCTURE - A method of forming a MEMS device by encapsulating a MEMS element with a sacrificial layer portion deposited over a substrate arrangement, the portion defining a cavity for the MEMS element, forming at least one strip of a further sacrificial material extending outwardly from the portion, forming a cover layer portion over the sacrificial layer portion, the cover layer portion terminating on the at least one strip, removing the sacrificial layer portion and the at least one strip, the removal of the at least one strip defining at least one vent channel extending laterally underneath the cover layer portion and sealing the at least one vent channel. A device including such a packaged micro electro-mechanical structure.06-21-2012
20100096712HERMETIC SEALING AND ELECTRICAL CONTACTING OF A MICROELECTROMECHANICAL STRUCTURE, AND MICROSYSTEM (MEMS) PRODUCED THEREWITH - Disclosed are methods and microsystems for vertically through-plating (04-22-2010
20100096713MEMS PACKAGE AND PACKAGING METHOD THEREOF - Provided are a Micro Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) package and a method of packaging the MEMS package. The MEMS package includes: a MEMS device including MEMS structures formed on a substrate, first pad electrodes driving the MEMS structures, first sealing parts formed at an edge of the substrate, and connectors formed on the first pad electrodes and the first sealing parts; and a MEMS driving electronic device including second pad electrodes and second sealing parts respectively corresponding to the first pad electrodes and the first sealing parts to be sealed with and bonded to the MEMS device through the connectors to form an air gap having a predetermined width.04-22-2010
20100096711MICROELECTROMECHANICAL SYSTEM MICROPHONE PACKAGE - An MEMS microphone package includes a substrate, a cover, a plurality of conductive members, and an insulative adhesive. The cover is mounted to the substrate. The conductive members are disposed between the substrate and the cover. Each of the conductive members can be a golden wire, a conductive bump, or a conductive metal. Upper ends of the conductive members are connected with the cover and the lower ends of the conductive members are connected with the substrate to enable a conductive loop. The insulative adhesive encapsulates the conductive members. In this way, the substrate, the conductive members, and the cover jointly construct a shielding against EMI.04-22-2010
20110068419MICROMECHANICAL SYSTEM - A micromechanical system includes a substrate, a first conductive layer situated above the substrate and a second conductive layer situated above the first conductive layer. The first conductive layer and the second conductive layer are conductively interconnected by a connecting element. The connecting element has a conductive edge surrounding a nonconductive region.03-24-2011
20100181631FABRICATION OF MEMS BASED CANTILEVER SWITCHES BY EMPLOYING A SPLIT LAYER CANTILEVER DEPOSITION SCHEME - Embodiments discussed herein generally disclose novel alternative methods that can be employed to overcome the gradient stress formed in refractory materials to be used for thin film MEMS cantilever switches. The use of a ‘split layer’ cantilever fabrication method, as described herein enables thin film MEMS cantilever switches to be fabricated resulting in low operating voltage devices while maintaining the mechanical rigidity of the landing portion of the final fabricated cantilever switch.07-22-2010
20090134482Power semiconductor module having a substrate and a pressure device - A power semiconductor module having a substrate, a housing and a pressure device. The substrate further includes a body formed of an insulating material and structured conductor tracks which are arranged thereon and have load and auxiliary potentials. The substrate also includes recesses in the region of the structured conductor tracks in at least two areas that are not covered by a power semiconductor component. Furthermore, the pressure device has latching lugs, which are disposed in the recesses and are arranged therein in a form-fitting and/or frictional manner, at least two points on the side of the pressure device which faces the substrate.05-28-2009
20090134481Molded Sensor Package and Assembly Method - A method of forming a molded sensor includes providing a sensor assembly having a sensor, and a cap coupled to a portion of the sensor, the cap having an opening and forming an interior area. The method also includes blocking the opening in the cap, and molding a moldable material around a portion of the sensor assembly and a portion of a base such that the moldable material is coupled to the sensor assembly and the base, the interior area being substantially free of the moldable material.05-28-2009
20110089503SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD OF FABRICATING THE SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - To provide a semiconductor device prevented from giving a limitation on the sensitivity of HEMS devices due to isolation regions thereof and a method of fabricating the same. The semiconductor device includes: a semiconductor substrate with a recess portion formed in an upper surface; a supporting body provided around the recess portion on the semiconductor substrate; a beam-type movable portion which includes a movable electrode provided above the recess portion and is fixed to the supporting body at a position away from the movable electrode; a beam-type fixed electrode provided above the recess portion to be opposed to the movable electrode and fixed to the supporting body; and isolation regions each including a separation column made of a semiconductor and a separation insulating film provided on a side surface of the separation column, the isolation regions being provided between the movable electrode and the supporting body and between the fixed electrode and the supporting body to electrically separate the movable and fixed electrodes from the supporting body.04-21-2011
20120313189METHOD OF PREVENTING STICTION OF MEMS DEVICES - A method and apparatus are disclosed for reducing stiction in MEMS devices. The method comprises patterning a CMOS wafer to expose Titanium-Nitride (TiN) surface for a MEMS stop and patterning the TiN to form a plurality of stop pads on the top metal aluminum surface of the CMOS wafer. The method is applied for a moveable MEMS structure bonded to a CMOS wafer. The TiN surface and/or plurality of stop pads minimize stiction between the MEMS structure and the CMOS wafer. Further, the TiN film on top of aluminum electrode suppresses the formation of aluminum hillocks which effects the MEMS structure movement.12-13-2012
20120161256FLOW SENSING DEVICE AND PACKAGING THEREOF - There is described a flow sensing device having a semiconductor chip with a flow channel integrated therein and a sensing element positioned in the flow channel, and a package base attached to the semiconductor chip and allowing access to the two passage-openings of the flow channel from opposite sides of the package base.06-28-2012
20100289096VIBRATING NANO-SCALE OR MICRO-SCALE ELECTROMECHANICAL COMPONENT WITH ENHANCED DETECTION LEVEL - A vibrating nano-scale or micro-scale electromechanical component including a vibrating mechanical element that cooperates with at least one detection electrode. The detection electrode is flexible and is configured to vibrate in phase opposition relative to the vibrating mechanical element. Such a component may find, for example, application to resonators or motion sensors.11-18-2010
20120126344SENSOR DEVICE AND METHOD - A sensor device and method. One embodiment provides a first semiconductor chip having a sensing region. A porous structure element is attached to the first semiconductor chip. A first region of the porous structure element faces the sensing region of the first semiconductor chip. An encapsulation material partially encapsulates the first semiconductor chip and the porous structure element.05-24-2012
20100207218ELECTRONIC COMPONENT DEVICE, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A method of manufacturing an electronic component device, includes the steps of preparing a wiring substrate, which includes a silicon substrate, a concave portion provided on its upper surface side, a through hole formed to penetrate the silicon substrate on a bottom surface side of the concave portion, an insulating layer formed on the silicon substrate, a penetration electrode constructed by a lower conductor portion formed to a halfway position of a height direction from a bottom portion of the through hole and a connection metal member (indium layer) formed on the lower conductor portion in the through hole, and an electronic component having a terminal metal member (gold bump) on a lower surface side, and softening the connection metal member of the wiring substrate in a heating atmosphere and then sticking the terminal metal member of the electronic component into the connection metal member and connecting thereto.08-19-2010
20100207217Micro-Electro-Mechanical System Having Movable Element Integrated into Substrate-Based Package - Semiconductor-centered MEMS (08-19-2010
20100207216CORROSION-RESISTANT MEMS COMPONENT AND METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION THEREOF - An MEMS component including a monolithically integrated electronic component with a multi-plane conductor track layer stack which is arranged on a substrate and into which is integrated a cantilevered elastically movable metallic actuator which is arranged in the multi-plane conductor track layer stack at the level of a conductor track plane and is connected by via contacts to conductor track planes which are arranged thereabove or therebeneath and which apart from an opening in the region of the actuator are separated from the conductor track plane of the actuator by a respective intermediate plane insulator layer, wherein the actuator is formed from a metallically conductive layer or layer combination which is resistant to corrosive liquids or gases and which contains titanium nitride or consists of titanium nitride.08-19-2010
20120133003MICROMECHANICAL COMPONENT - A micromechanical component includes: a substrate having a multitude of trench structures which separate a first and a second mass element of the substrate from a web element of the substrate, in such a way that the first and second mass elements enclose the web element along an extension direction of the main surface of the substrate and are disposed to allow movement relative to the substrate in the direction of a surface normal of the main surface; a first electrode layer applied on the main surface of the substrate and forms a first electrode on the web element between the first and second mass elements; and a second electrode layer applied on the first and second mass elements and forming a self-supporting second electrode above the first electrode in the area of the web element, the first and second electrode forming a capacitance.05-31-2012
20110180887Encapsulation, MEMS and Encapsulation Method - A method and encapsulation of a sensitive mechanical component structure in one embodiment includes a semiconductor substrate, and a film covering a component structure on the substrate, said film including at least one polymer layer, and at least one cavity formed between the component structure and the film, wherein at least one through contact penetrates through the film.07-28-2011
20110180886Method for Manufacturing a Micromachined Device and the Micromachined Device Made Thereof - Methods for manufacturing micromachined devices and the devices obtained are disclosed. In one embodiment, the method comprises providing a structural layer comprising an amorphous semiconductor material, forming a shielding layer on a first portion of the structural layer and leaving exposed a second portion of the structural layer, and annealing the second portion using a first fluence. The method further comprises removing the shielding layer, and annealing the first portion and the second portion using a second fluence that is less than half the first fluence. In an embodiment, the device comprises a substrate layer, an underlying layer formed on the substrate layer, and a sacrificial layer formed on only a portion of the underlying layer. The device further comprises a structural layer that is in contact with the underlying layer and comprises a first region annealed using a first fluence and a second region annealed using a second fluence.07-28-2011
20110180885METHOD FOR ENCAPSULATING AN MEMS COMPONENT - Method for producing an MST device, and MST device07-28-2011
20120161255SEALED MEMS CAVITY AND METHOD OF FORMING SAME - Embodiments of the invention provide methods of sealing a micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) cavity and devices resulting therefrom. A first aspect of the invention provides a method of sealing a micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) cavity in a substrate, the method comprising: forming in a substrate a cavity filled with a sacrificial material; forming a lid over the cavity; forming at least one vent hole over the lid extending to the cavity; removing the sacrificial material from the cavity; depositing a first material onto the lid such that a size of at least one vent hole at a surface of the substrate is reduced but not sealed; and depositing a second material onto the first material to seal the at least one vent hole, wherein a MEMS cavity within the substrate and beneath the at least one vent hole substantially retains a pressure at which the at least one vent hole is sealed by the second material.06-28-2012
20120161254Method of Providing a Semiconductor Structure with Forming A Sacrificial Structure - A method for providing a semiconductor structure includes forming a sacrificial structure by etching a plurality of trenches from a first main surface of a substrate. The method further includes covering the plurality of trenches at the first main surface with a cover material to define cavities within the substrate, removing a part of the substrate from a second main surface opposite to the first main surface to a depth at which the plurality of trenches are present, and etching away the sacrificial structure from the second main surface of the substrate.06-28-2012
20120248552Method for creating monocrystalline piezoresistors - An electrically insulating sheathing for a piezoresistor and a semiconductor material are provided such that the piezoresistor is able to be used in the high temperature range, e.g., for measurements at higher ambient temperatures than 200° C. A doped resistance area is initially laterally delineated by at least one circumferential essentially vertical trench and is undercut by etching over the entire area. An electrically insulating layer is then created on the wall of the trench and the undercut area, so that the resistance area is electrically insulated from the adjacent semiconductor material by the electrically insulating layer.10-04-2012
20120168883RF MEMS SWITCH AND FABRICATING METHOD THEREOF - A RF MEMS switch includes a substrate, a first electrode, a first insulating layer, a second insulating layer, a second electrode and a movable electrode. The first electrode is disposed on the substrate. The first insulating layer covers the first electrode. The second insulating layer covers a portion of the substrate. The second electrode is disposed in the second insulating layer and is located at a plane different from a plane of the first electrode. The movable electrode is partially disposed on a surface of the second insulating layer, and extends over the first electrode and the second electrode. A portion of the movable electrode not disposed on the surface of the second insulating layer is a movable portion. The second insulating layer has a gap exposing a space between the movable portion and the first insulating layer and a space between the movable portion and the second electrode.07-05-2012
20120248553SENSOR DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF - A sensor device and a manufacturing method thereof are provided in which no resin seal is used when a sensor is packaged, a change in connection relation according to a change in specifications of the control IC and others is facilitated when a control IC is packaged together with the sensor and high reliability is kept. The sensor device of the present invention includes a substrate containing an organic material and being formed a wiring, a sensor arranged on the substrate and electrically connected to the wiring, and a package cap arranged on the substrate and containing an organic material and covering the sensor, and the inside of the package cap is hollow.10-04-2012
20100052081A SEALING STRUCTURE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A method of manufacturing a structure (03-04-2010
20090096040Sensor geometry for improved package stress isolation - The sensor geometry for improved package stress isolation is disclosed. A counterbore on the backing plate improves stress isolation properties of the sensor. The counterbore thins the wall of the backing plate maintaining the contact area with the package. The depth and diameter of the counterbore can be adjusted to find geometry for allowing the backing plate to absorb more package stresses. Thinning the wall of the backing plate make it less rigid and allows the backing plate to absorb more of the stresses produced at the interface with the package. The counterbore also keeps a large surface area at the bottom of the backing plate creating a strong bond with the package.04-16-2009
20120256282MEMS SENSOR DEVICE WITH MULTI-STIMULUS SENSING10-11-2012
20120175714Embedded Microelectromechanical Systems Sensor and Related Devices and Methods - Embodiments of embedded MEMS sensors and related methods are described herein. Other embodiments and related methods are also disclosed herein.07-12-2012
20120175715ENCAPSULATED MICRO-ELECTROMECHANICAL SYSTEM SWITCH AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - Encapsulated MEMS switches are disclosed along with methods of manufacturing the same. A non-polymer based sacrificial layer is used to form the actuation member of the MEMS switch while a polymer based sacrificial layer is used to form the enclosure that encapsulates the MEMS switch. The first non-polymer based sacrificial layer allows for highly reliable MEMS switches to be manufactured while also protecting the MEMS switch from carbon contamination. The polymer based sacrificial layer allows for the manufacture of more spatially efficient encapsulated MEMS switches.07-12-2012
20100025784FIBROUS MICRO-COMPOSITE MATERIAL - Fibrous micro-composite materials are formed from micro fibers. The fibrous micro-composite materials are utilized as the basis for a new class of MEMS. In addition to simple fiber composites and microlaminates, fibrous hollow and/or solid braids, can be used in structures where motion and restoring forces result from deflections involving torsion, plate bending and tensioned string or membrane motion. In one embodiment, fibrous elements are formed using high strength, micron and smaller scale fibers, such as carbon/graphite fibers, carbon nanotubes, fibrous single or multi-ply graphene sheets, or other materials having similar structural configurations. Cantilever beams and torsional elements are formed from the micro-composite materials in some embodiments.02-04-2010
20100270629PRESSURE SENSOR AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF - The pressure sensor according to the present invention has a sensor chip having a first semiconductor layer that has an opening portion, and a second semiconductor layer, formed on the first semiconductor layer, having a recessed portion that forms a diaphragm and a base, having a pressure guiding hole that is connected to the opening portion, bonded to the sensor chip. The recessed portion in the second semiconductor layer is larger than the opening portion of the first semiconductor layer. The opening portion of the first semiconductor layer has an opening diameter on the second semiconductor layer side that is larger than the opening diameter on the base side.10-28-2010
20100270630Semiconductor device and method for manufacturing the same - A semiconductor device includes: a first substrate made of semiconductor and having first regions, which are insulated from each other and disposed in the first substrate; and a second substrate having electric conductivity and having second regions and insulation trenches. Each insulation trench penetrates the second substrate so that the second regions are insulated from each other. The first substrate provides a base substrate, and the second substrate provides a cap substrate. The second substrate is bonded to the first substrate so that a sealed space is provided between a predetermined surface region of the first substrate and the second substrate. The second regions include an extraction conductive region, which is coupled with a corresponding first region.10-28-2010
20100270628MULTIFUNCTION MENS ELEMENT AND INTEGRATED METHOD FOR MAKING MOS AND MULTIFUNCTION MENS - A multifunction MENS element includes a first cantilever, a second cantilever and a MENS component. The first cantilever, the second cantilever and the MENS component together form a MENS structure. The MENS component includes an inductor device.10-28-2010
20110095382MEMS DEVICE - A MEMS device of an embodiment includes: a MEMS element; a first cavity region provided on the MEMS element; a second cavity region provided on a surrounding portion outside the MEMS element, the second cavity region having a lower height than the first cavity region; a third cavity region provided on a surrounding portion outside the second cavity region, the third cavity region having a lower height than the second cavity region; an insulating film provided to cover upper portions and side surfaces of the first to the third cavity regions; an opening provided in the insulating film on the first to the third cavity regions; and a sealant provided on the insulating film to seal the opening and to retain the first to the third cavity regions.04-28-2011
20120181637BULK SILICON MOVING MEMBER WITH DIMPLE - A method for forming a semiconductor device includes forming a substrate, forming a moveable member of bulk silicon and forming a first dimple structure on a first surface of the moveable member, where the first surface faces the substrate.07-19-2012
20120223402CAPACITIVE SEMICONDUCTOR PRESSURE SENSOR - A capacitive semiconductor pressure sensor, comprising: a bulk region of semiconductor material; a buried cavity overlying a first part of the bulk region; and a membrane suspended above said buried cavity, wherein, said bulk region and said membrane are formed in a monolithic substrate, and in that said monolithic substrate carries structures for transducing the deflection of said membrane into electrical signals, wherein said bulk region and said membrane form electrodes of a capacitive sensing element, and said transducer structures comprise contact structures in electrical contact with said membrane and with said bulk region.09-06-2012
20120223400INFRARED SENSOR DESIGN USING AN EPOXY FILM AS AN INFRARED ABSORPTION LAYER - A MEMS IR sensor, with a cavity in a substrate underlapping an overlying layer and a temperature sensing component disposed in the overlying layer over the cavity, may be formed by forming an IR-absorbing sealing layer on the overlying layer so as to cover access holes to the cavity. The sealing layer is may include a photosensitive material, and the sealing layer may be patterned using a photolithographic process to form an IR-absorbing seal. Alternately, the sealing layer may be patterned using a mask and etch process to form the IR-absorbing seal.09-06-2012
20120223401CAVITY PROCESS ETCH UNDERCUT MONITOR - A MEMS device having a device cavity in a substrate has a cavity etch monitor proximate to the device cavity. An overlying layer including dielectric material is formed over the substrate. A monitor scale is formed in or on the overlying layer. Access holes are etched through the overlying layer and a cavity etch process forms the device cavity and a monitor cavity. The monitor scale is located over a lateral edge of the monitor cavity. The cavity etch monitor includes the monitor scale and monitor cavity, which allows visual measurement of a lateral width of the monitor cavity; the lateral dimensions of the monitor cavity being related to lateral dimensions of the device cavity.09-06-2012
20110108932Micromechanical Capacitive Sensor Element - A manufacturing method for producing a micromechanical sensor element which may be produced in a monolithically integrable design and has capacitive detection of a physical quantity is described. In addition to the manufacturing method, a micromechanical device containing such. a sensor element, e.g., a pressure sensor or an acceleration sensor, is described.05-12-2011
20120228726MEMS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - According to one embodiment, a MEMS includes a first electrode, a first auxiliary structure and a second electrode. The first electrode is provided on a substrate. The first auxiliary structure is provided on the substrate and adjacent to the first electrode. The first auxiliary structure is in an electrically floating state. The second electrode is provided above the first electrode and the first auxiliary structure,09-13-2012
20120228725Multi-Stage Stopper System for MEMS Devices - A MEMS sensing system includes a movable mass having at least one contact surface, a stopper system for stopping the movement of the mass, the stopper system having at least one contact surface that contacts a corresponding contact surface of the mass if a sufficient movement of the mass occurs in a direction, at least one stopper gap formed between the at least one contact surface of the stopper system and the corresponding contact surface of the mass, and a spring system in communication with the at least one stopper gap.09-13-2012
20110121412PLANAR MICROSHELLS FOR VACUUM ENCAPSULATED DEVICES AND DAMASCENE METHOD OF MANUFACTURE - Low temperature, multi-layered, planar microshells for encapsulation of devices such as MEMS and microelectronics. The microshells include a planar perforated pre-sealing layer, below which a non-planar sacrificial layer is accessed, and a sealing layer to close the perforation in the pre-sealing layer after the sacrificial material is removed. In an embodiment, the pre-sealing layer has perforations formed with a damascene process to be self-aligned to the chamber below the microshell. The sealing layer may include a nonhermetic layer to physically occlude the perforation and a hermetic layer over the nonhermetic occluding layer to seal the perforation. In a particular embodiment, the hermetic layer is a metal which is electrically coupled to a conductive layer adjacent to the microshell to electrically ground the microshell.05-26-2011
20100327379CAPPED INTEGRATED DEVICE WITH PROTECTIVE CAP, COMPOSITE WAFER INCORPORATING INTEGRATED DEVICES AND PROCESS FOR BONDING INTEGRATED DEVICES WITH RESPECTIVE PROTECTIVE CAPS - A capped integrated device includes a semiconductor chip, incorporating an integrated device and a protective cap, bonded to the semiconductor chip for protection of the integrated device by means of a bonding layer made of a bonding material. The bonding material forms anchorage elements within recesses, formed in at least one between the semiconductor chip and the protective cap.12-30-2010
20120319218APPARATUSES FOR GENERATING ELECTRICAL ENERGY - Electrical energy generation apparatuses, in which a solar battery device and a piezoelectric device are combined in a single body by using a plurality of nano wires formed of a semiconductor material having piezoelectric properties.12-20-2012
20120319217Semiconductor Devices and Methods of Fabrication Thereof - In one embodiment, a method of manufacturing a semiconductor device includes oxidizing a substrate to form local oxide regions that extend above a top surface of the substrate. A membrane layer is formed over the local oxide regions and the top surface of the substrate. A portion of the substrate under the membrane layer is removed. The local oxide regions under the membrane layer is removed.12-20-2012
20120261774MEMS PACKAGE OR SENSOR PACKAGE WITH INTRA-CAP ELECTRICAL VIA AND METHOD THEREOF - A MEMS device structure including a lateral electrical via encased in a cap layer and a method for manufacturing the same. The MEMS device structure includes a cap layer positioned on a MEMS device layer. The cap layer covers a MEMS device and one or more MEMS device layer electrodes in the MEMS device layer. The cap layer includes at least one cap layer electrode accessible from the surface of the cap layer. An electrical via is encased in the cap layer extending across a lateral distance from the cap layer electrode to the one or more MEMS device layer electrodes. An isolating layer is positioned around the electrical via to electrically isolate the electrical via from the cap layer.10-18-2012
20120235254METHOD OF FORMING A DIE HAVING AN IC REGION ADJACENT A MEMS REGION - A method that includes forming a first layer having a first dopant concentration, the first layer having an integrated circuit region and a micro-electromechanical region and doping the micro-electromechanical region of the first layer to have a second dopant concentration is presented. The method includes forming a second layer having a third dopant concentration overlying the first layer, doping the second layer that overlies the micro-electromechanical region to have a fourth dopant concentration, forming a micro-electromechanical structure in the micro-electromechanical region using the first and second layers, and forming active components in the integrated circuit region using the second layer.09-20-2012
20120235253Vertical Mount Package for MEMS Sensors - A vertical mount pre-molded type package for use with a MEMS sensor may be formed with a low moisture permeable molding material that surrounds a portion of the leadframes and forms a cavity in which one or multiple dies may be held. The package includes structures to reduce package vibration, reduce die stress, increase vertical mount stability, and improve solder joint reliability. The vertical mount package includes a first leadframe having first leads and molding material substantially surrounding at least a portion of the first leads. The molding material forms a cavity for holding the MEMS sensor and forms a package mounting plane for mounting the package on a base. The cavity has a die mounting plane that is substantially non-parallel to the package mounting plane. The first leads are configured to provide electrical contacts within the cavity and to provide electrical contacts to the base.09-20-2012
20120299130ACCELEROMETER AND PRODUCTION METHOD - A MEMS accelerometer uses capacitive sensing between two electrode layers. One of the electrode layers has at least four independent electrodes arranged as two pairs of electrodes, with one pair aligned orthogonally to the other such that tilting of the membrane can be detected as well as normal-direction movement of the membrane. In this way, a three axis accelerometer can be formed from a single suspended mass, and by sensing using a set of capacitor electrodes which are all in the same plane. This means the fabrication is simple and is compatible with other MEMS manufacturing processes, such as MEMS microphones.11-29-2012
20120299129Process and Structure for High Temperature Selective Fusion Bonding - A method to prevent movable structures within a MEMS device, and more specifically, in recesses having one or more dimension in the micrometer range or smaller (i.e., smaller than about 10 microns) from being inadvertently bonded to non-moving structures during a bonding process. The method includes surface preparation of silicon both structurally and chemically to aid in preventing moving structures from bonding to adjacent surfaces during bonding, including during high force, high temperature fusion bonding.11-29-2012
20120299128METHOD OF BONDING SEMICONDUCTOR SUBSTRATE AND MEMS DEVICE - A method of bonding a semiconductor substrate in which a first semiconductor substrate is bonded with a second semiconductor substrate by eutectic bonding with pressurization and heating, an aluminum containing layer primarily made of aluminum and a germanium layer in a polymer state being interposed between a bonding surface of the first semiconductor substrate and a bonding surface of the second semiconductor substrate, the method including a step of: setting a weight ratio of the germanium layer to an aluminum containing layer to be eutectic alloyed is between 27 wt % to 52 wt %.11-29-2012
20120299127DYNAMIC QUANTITY SENSOR DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF THE SAME - A dynamic quantity sensor device includes: first and second dynamic quantity sensors having first and second dynamic quantity detecting units; and first and second substrates, which are bonded to each other to provide first and second spaces. The first and second units are air-tightly accommodated in the first and second spaces, respectively. A SOI layer of the first substrate is divided into multiple semiconductor regions by trenches. First and second parts of the semiconductor regions provide the first and second units, respectively. The second part includes: a second movable semiconductor region having a second movable electrode, which is provided by a sacrifice etching of the embedded oxide film; and a second fixed semiconductor region having a second fixed electrode. The second sensor detects the second dynamic quantity by measuring a capacitance between the second movable and fixed electrodes, which is changeable in accordance with the second dynamic quantity.11-29-2012
20110037132MEMS PACKAGE STRUCTURE AND METHOD FOR FABRICATING THE SAME - A method for fabricating MEMS package structure includes the following steps. Firstly, a substrate is provided. Next, a plurality of lower metallic layers and first oxide layers are formed to compose a MEMS structure and an interconnecting structure. Next, an upper metallic layer is formed on the MEMS structure and the interconnecting structure. The upper metallic layer has a first opening and a second opening. Next, the first opening and the second opening are employed as etching channels to remove a portion of the first oxide layers so as to form a first cavity surrounding the MEMS structure and form a second cavity above the interconnecting structure. The first cavity communicates with the second cavity. Next, the second opening is sealed in a vacuum environment. Next, a packaging element is formed on the upper metallic layer in a non-vacuum environment to seal the first opening.02-17-2011
20100140723NANOTUBE AND GRAPHENE SEMICONDUCTOR STRUCTURES WITH VARYING ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES - Nanotube and graphene transducers are disclosed. A transducer according to the present invention can include a substrate, a plurality of semiconductive structures, one or more metal pads, and a circuit. The semiconductive structures can be nanotubes or graphene located entirely on a surface of the substrate, such that each of the semiconductive structures is supported along its entire length by the substrate. An electrical property of the semiconductive structures can change when a force is applied to the substrate. The metal pads can secure at least one of the semiconductive structures to the substrate. The circuit can be coupled to at least some of the semiconductive structures to provide an output responsive to the change in the electrical property of the semiconductive structures, so as to indicate the applied force.06-10-2010
20110227175Stacked Die Package for MEMS Resonator System - A stacked die package for an electromechanical resonator system includes a chip that contains an electromechanical resonator bonded onto the control chip for the electromechanical resonator by a thermally and/or electrically conductive epoxy. In various embodiments, the electromechanical resonator can be a micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) resonator or a nano-electromechanical system (NEMS) resonator. Packaging configurations that may include the chip that contains the electromechanical resonator and the control chip include chip-on-lead (COL), chip-on-paddle (COP), and chip-on-tape (COT) packages. The stacked die package provides small package footprint and/or low package thickness, as well as low thermal resistance and a robust conductive path between the chip that contains the electromechanical resonator and the control chip.09-22-2011
20110227174SEMICONDUCTOR PHYSICAL QUANTITY SENSOR AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - In a semiconductor physical quantity sensor, a pattern portion including a wiring pattern as a wiring is formed on a surface of a first semiconductor substrate. A support substrate having a surface made of an electrically insulating material is prepared. The first semiconductor substrate is joined to the support substrate by bonding the pattern portion to the surface of the support substrate. Further, a sensor structure is formed in the first semiconductor substrate. The sensor structure is electrically connected to the wiring pattern. A cap is bonded to the first semiconductor substrate such that the sensor structure is hermetically sealed.09-22-2011
20110227173MEMS SENSOR WITH INTEGRATED ASIC PACKAGING - A sensor assembly comprises an integrated circuit (IC) substrate having an upper surface and operating circuitry, and a micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) sensor die attached to the upper surface of the IC substrate in a stacked configuration. The MEMS sensor die in operative communication with the operating circuitry of the IC substrate. A seal ring surrounds an outer periphery of the upper surface of the IC substrate, and a seal cap is secured to the seal ring over the MEMS sensor die.09-22-2011
20120080763ELECTRONIC COMPONENT, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE ELECTRONIC COMPONENT - An electronic component includes: a semiconductor element including a circuit; a vibration element; a first electrode arranged on a first surface of the semiconductor element and connected to the circuit and the vibration element arranged on the first surface side; a second electrode arranged on the first surface; a first wiring board including a first wire connected to the second electrode; and a second wiring board including a second wire to which the first wire is connected At least a part of an inner side region of an outer contour of the vibration element is arranged to overlap the second electrode in plan view facing the first surface.04-05-2012
20120080762Plating process and apparatus for through wafer features - A method for forming through features in a substrate uses a seed layer deposited over a first substrate, and a second substrate bonded to the seed layer. The features may be formed in the first substrate, by plating a conductive filler material onto the seed layer. The first substrate and the second substrate may then be bonded to a third substrate, and the second substrate is removed, leaving through features and first substrate adhered to the third substrate. The through features may provide at least one of electrical access and motion to a plurality of devices formed on the third substrate, or may impart movement to a moveable feature on the first substrate, wherein the third substrate supports the first substrate after removal of the second substrate.04-05-2012
20110241136MEMS DEVICE - A MEMS device includes a substrate, an insulating layer section formed above the substrate and having a cavity, a functional element contained in the cavity, and a fuse element contained in the cavity and electrically connected with the functional element. It is preferable that the fuse element is spaced apart from the substrate.10-06-2011
20120280334ACCELERATION SENSOR - In an acceleration sensor, a sensor unit includes a weight portion having a recess section with one open surface and a solid section one-piece formed with the recess section, beam portions for rotatably supporting the weight portion such that the recess section and the solid section are arranged along a rotation direction, a movable electrode, fixed electrodes, detection electrodes electrically connected to the fixed electrodes to detect a capacitance between the movable electrode and the fixed electrodes. A fixed plate is arranged in a spaced-apart relationship with a surface of the weight portion on which the movable electrode is provided, and embedment electrodes are embedded in the fixed plate to extend along a thickness direction of the fixed plate, the embedment electrodes having one end portions facing the movable electrode to serve as the fixed electrodes and the other end portions configured to serve as the detection electrodes.11-08-2012
20120280333MULTI-NANOMETER-PROJECTION APPARATUS FOR LITHOGRAPHY, OXIDATION, INSPECTION, AND MEASUREMENT - An apparatus, method for manufacturing the apparatus, and method for processing a substrate using the apparatus are disclosed. An exemplary apparatus includes a substrate having a plurality of cells, wherein each cell includes a cell structure. The cell structure includes a piezoelectric film portion and a tip disposed over the piezoelectric film portion. The tip is physically coupled with the piezoelectric film portion.11-08-2012
20120326248METHODS FOR CMOS-MEMS INTEGRATED DEVICES WITH MULTIPLE SEALED CAVITIES MAINTAINED AT VARIOUS PRESSURES - A Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) structure comprises a MEMS wafer. A MEMS wafer includes a handle wafer with cavities bonded to a device wafer through a dielectric layer disposed between the handle and device wafers. The MEMS wafer also includes a moveable portion of the device wafer suspended over a cavity in the handle wafer. Four methods are described to create two or more enclosures having multiple gas pressure or compositions on a single substrate including, each enclosure containing a moveable portion. The methods include: A. Forming a secondary sealed enclosure, B. Creating multiple ambient enclosures during wafer bonding, C. Creating and breaching an internal gas reservoir, and D. Forming and subsequently sealing a controlled leak/breach into the enclosure.12-27-2012
20120091543ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - An electromechanical transducer includes multiple elements each including at least one cellular structure, the cellular structure including: a semiconductor substrate, a semiconductor diaphragm, and a supporting portion for supporting the diaphragm so that a gap is formed between one surface of the substrate and the diaphragm. The elements are separated from one another at separating locations of a semiconductor film including the diaphragm. Each of the elements includes in a through hole passing through a first insulating layer including the supporting portion and the semiconductor substrate: a conductor which is connected to the semiconductor film including the diaphragm; and a second insulating layer for insulating the conductor from the semiconductor substrate.04-19-2012
20120286380PROCESSES AND MOUNTING FIXTURES FOR FABRICATING ELECTROMECHANICAL DEVICES AND DEVICES FORMED THEREWITH - Processes and fixtures for producing electromechanical devices, and particularly three-dimensional electromechanical devices such as inertial measurement units (IMUs), through the use of a fabrication process and a three-dimensional assembly process that entail joining single-axis device-IC chips while positioned within a mounting fixture that maintains the orientations and relative positions of the chips during the joining operation.11-15-2012
20120286377Nanoelectromechanical Structures Exhibiting Tensile Stress And Techniques For Fabrication Thereof - Improved nano-electromechanical system devices and structures and systems and techniques for their fabrication. In one embodiment, a structure comprises an underlying substrate separated from first and second anchor points by first and second insulating support points, respectively. The first and second anchor points are joined by a beam. First and second deposition regions overlie the first and second anchor points, respectively, and the first and second deposition regions exert compression on the first and second anchor points, respectively. The compression on the first and second anchor points causes opposing forces on the beam, subjecting the beam to a tensile stress. The first and second deposition regions suitably exhibit an internal tensile stress having an achievable maximum varying with their thickness, so that the tensile stress exerted on the beam depends at least on part on the thickness of the first and second deposition regions.11-15-2012
20120286378MICROELECTROMECHANICAL SYSTEM WITH BALANCED CENTER OF MASS - MEMS and fabrication techniques for positioning the center of mass of released structures in MEMS are provided. A released structure may include a member with a recess formed into an end face of its free end. A released structure may include a plurality of members, with the longitudinal lengths of the members being of differing lengths. Mass of a member disposed below a plane of a flexure may be balanced by mass of a second substrate affixed to the member. In an embodiment, a mirror substrate is affixed to a member partially released from a first substrate and a through hole formed in the second substrate is accessed to complete release of the member.11-15-2012
20120286379SENSOR ELEMENT - A sensor element includes: a first substrate in which a diaphragm is configured on a main surface; a second substrate which is provided on the side opposite to the diaphragm of the first substrate; a cavity which is provided just below the diaphragm of the first substrate; a bonding position which is provided at a bonding position between the first substrate and the second substrate for airtight sealing of the cavity; and a bump portion which is provided at the fitting portion, and protects a fitted state between the first substrate and the second substrate.11-15-2012
20120286381ELECTRONIC MEMS DEVICE COMPRISING A CHIP BONDED TO A SUBSTRATE AND HAVING CAVITIES AND MANUFACTURING PROCESS THEREOF - An electronic MEMS device is formed by a chip having with a main face and bonded to a support via an adhesive layer. A cavity extends inside the chip from its main face and is closed by a flexible film covering the main face of the chip at least in the area of the cavity. The support has a depressed portion facing the cavity and delimited by a protruding portion facing the main face of the chip. Inside the depressed portion, the adhesive layer has a greater thickness than the projecting portion so as to be able to absorb any swelling of the flexible film as a result of the expansion of the gas contained inside the cavity during thermal processes.11-15-2012
20120133002Method for producing MEMS structures, and MEMS structure - A method for producing microelectromechanical structures in a substrate includes: arranging at least one metal-plated layer on a main surface of the substrate in a structure pattern; leaving substrate webs open beneath a structure pattern region by introducing first trenches into the substrate perpendicular to a surface normal of the main surface in a region surrounding the structure pattern; coating the walls of the first trenches perpendicular to the surface normal of the main surface with a passivation layer; and introducing cavity structures into the substrate at the base of the first trenches in a region beneath the structure pattern region.05-31-2012
20120139064MEMS SENSOR AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING MEMS SENSOR, AND MEMS PACKAGE - A capacitance type gyro sensor includes a semiconductor substrate, a first electrode integrally including a first base portion and first comb tooth portions and a second electrode integrally including a second base portion and second comb tooth portions, formed by processing the surface portion of the semiconductor substrate. The first electrode has first drive portions that extend from opposed portions opposed to the respective second comb tooth portions on the first base portion toward the respective second comb tooth portions. The second electrode has second drive portions formed on the tip end portions of the respective second comb tooth portions opposed to the respective first drive portions. The first drive portions and the second drive portions engage with each other at an interval like comb teeth.06-07-2012
20130015536MEMS WITH SINGLE USE VALVE AND METHOD OF OPERATIONAANM Feyh; AndoAACI Palo AltoAAST CAAACO USAAGP Feyh; Ando Palo Alto CA USAANM Chen; Po-JuiAACI SunnyvaleAAST CAAACO USAAGP Chen; Po-Jui Sunnyvale CA US - In one embodiment, a method of opening a passageway to a cavity includes providing a donor portion, forming a heating element adjacent to the donor portion, forming a first sacrificial slab abutting the donor portion, wherein the donor portion and the sacrificial slab are a shrinkable pair, forming a first cavity, a portion of the first cavity bounded by the first sacrificial slab, generating heat with the heating element, forming a first reduced volume slab from the first sacrificial slab using the generated heat and the donor portion, and forming a passageway to the first cavity by forming the first reduced volume slab.01-17-2013
20130015537PIEZORESISTIVE PRESSURE SENSOR AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCING A PIEZORESISTIVE PRESSURE SENSORAANM Nowak; BirgitAACI TeltowAACO DEAAGP Nowak; Birgit Teltow DEAANM Ostrick; BernhardAACI TeltowAACO DEAAGP Ostrick; Bernhard Teltow DEAANM Peschka; AndreasAACI MichendorfAACO DEAAGP Peschka; Andreas Michendorf DE - A pressure sensor (01-17-2013
20100090295Folded lead-frame packages for MEMS devices - The MEMS package comprises a first and a second pre-molded lead-frame substrate, at least one of them having a cavity formed by plastic sidewalls along its periphery. The first and second pre-molded lead-frame substrates are interconnected with metal leads. At least one MEMS device is attached to one of the substrates. The first pre-molded lead-frame substrate is folded over and joined to the second pre-molded lead-frame substrate to house the at least one MEMS device. In one embodiment, the first pre-molded lead-frame substrate has metal leads extending outside of sidewalls of the cavities. The extended metal leads are folded over the top of the second pre-molded lead-frame substrate to form surface mounting pads. In some embodiments, extended metal leads are folded along the sidewalls and connected to ground for electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding.04-15-2010
20100090297Pressure sensor and method for manufacturing the pressure sensor - A pressure sensor of the present invention includes a lower substrate which has an insulating layer having a through-hole penetrating from one side to the other side, and an active layer formed to have a uniform thickness on the insulating layer and having a portion facing the through-hole as an oscillating portion capable of oscillating in a direction opposing the through-hole; a lower electrode formed on the oscillating portion; an upper substrate arranged opposite to the active layer and having a recess at a portion opposed to the oscillating portion; and an upper electrode formed on the recess.04-15-2010
20080237757MICRO MOVABLE DEVICE, WAFER, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING WAFER - A micro movable device is made by processing a material substrate of a multilayer structure including a first layer, a second layer having a finely rough region on its surface on the side of the first layer, and an intermediate layer provided between the first and the second layer. The micro movable device includes a first structure formed in the first layer and a second structure formed in the second layer. The second structure includes a portion opposing the first structure via a gap and having a finely rough region on the side of the first structure, and being relatively displaceable with respect to the first structure.10-02-2008
20080230857SENSOR CHIP AND SUBSTRATE ASSEMBLY FOR MEMS DEVICE - A sensor chip and substrate assembly for use in a MEMS device includes a substrate and a sensor chip. The substrate has a top surface, a bottom surface opposite to the top surface, and a passage obliquely penetrating through the top surface and the bottom surface. The sensor chip is mounted on the top surface of the substrate and provided with a sensing zone facing the passage of the substrate. The oblique passage provides a buffering effect to prevent damage to the sensor chip when the quantity of the physical property sending from the detected object increases sharply.09-25-2008
20080230856INTERMEDIATE PROBE STRUCTURES FOR ATOMIC FORCE MICROSCOPY - An intermediate probe structure for atomic force microscopy is disclosed. The probe structure comprises a semiconductor substrate with one or more moulds formed on a surface of one side of the substrate. The probe structure further comprises one or more probe configurations formed on the one side of the semiconductor substrate, wherein each probe configuration comprises a contact region and at least one set of a probe tip and a cantilever. The probe structure further comprises one or more holders attached to each of the contact regions, wherein the surface area of each contact region is smaller in size than the surface area of the holder which is attached to the contact region.09-25-2008
20130168782MICRO-ELECTRO-MECHANICAL SYSTEM (MEMS) STRUCTURES AND DESIGN STRUCTURES - Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) structures, methods of manufacture and design structures are disclosed. The method includes forming at least one fixed electrode on a substrate. The method further includes forming a Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) beam with a varying width dimension, as viewed from a top of the MEMS beam, over the at least one fixed electrode.07-04-2013
20130168783MICRO-ELECTRO-MECHANICAL SYSTEM (MEMS) CAPACITIVE OHMIC SWITCH AND DESIGN STRUCTURES - A micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS), methods of forming the MEMS and design structures are provided. The method comprises forming a coplanar waveguide (CPW) comprising a signal electrode and a pair of electrodes on a substrate. The method comprises forming a first sacrificial material over the CPW, and a wiring layer over the first sacrificial material and above the CPW. The method comprises forming a second sacrificial material layer over the wiring layer, and forming insulator material about the first sacrificial material and the second sacrificial material. The method comprises forming at least one vent hole in the insulator material to expose portions of the second sacrificial material, and removing the first and second sacrificial material through the vent hole to form a cavity structure about the wiring layer and which exposes the signal line and pair of electrodes below the wiring layer. The vent hole is sealed with sealing material.07-04-2013
20130168784SEMICONDUCTOR PACKAGE AND FABRICATION METHOD THEREOF - A semiconductor package includes: a chip having a first portion and a second portion disposed on the first portion, wherein the second portion has at least a through hole therein for exposing a portion of the first portion, and the first portion and/or the second portion has a MEMS; and an etch stop layer formed between the first portion and the second portion and partially exposed through the through hole of the second portion. The invention allows an electronic element to be received in the through hole so as for the semiconductor package to have integrated functions of the MEMS and the electronic element. Therefore, the need to dispose the electronic element on a circuit board as in the prior art can be eliminated, thereby saving space on the circuit board.07-04-2013
20130168785SENSOR AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE THEREOF - A pressure sensor having a structure, which includes a supporting body, a circuit arrangement and at least one circuit support. The circuit arrangement includes circuit components, amongst which detection means for generating electrical signals representing a quantity to be detected. The at least one circuit support is connected to the supporting body and has a surface, formed on which is a plurality of said circuit components, amongst which electrically conductive paths, where the circuit support is laminated on the first face of the supporting body.07-04-2013
20130140650MEMS Devices and Methods for Forming the Same - A method includes forming a Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) device on a front surface of a substrate. After the step of forming the MEMS device, a through-opening is formed in the substrate, wherein the through-opening is formed from a backside of the substrate. The through-opening is filled with a dielectric material, which insulates a first portion of the substrate from a second portion of the substrate. An electrical connection is formed on the backside of the substrate. The electrical connection is electrically coupled to the MEMS device through the first portion of the substrate.06-06-2013
20130140651MICROELECTROMECHANICAL SYSTEMS (MEMS) RESONATORS AND RELATED APPARATUS AND METHODS - Devices having piezoelectric material structures integrated with substrates are described. Fabrication techniques for forming such devices are also described. The fabrication may include bonding a piezoelectric material wafer to a substrate of a differing material. A structure, such as a resonator, may then be formed from the piezoelectric material wafer.06-06-2013
20080224241ELECTRONIC DEVICE, RESONATOR, OSCILLATOR AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ELECTRONIC DEVICE - An electronic device includes a substrate, a functional structural body formed on the substrate and a covering structure for defining a cavity part having the functional structural body disposed therein, wherein the covering structure is provided with a side wall provided on the substrate and comprising an interlayer insulating layer surrounding the cavity part and a wiring layer; a first covering layer covering an upper portion of the cavity part and having an opening penetrating through the cavity part and composed of a laminated structure including a corrosion-resistant layer; and a second covering layer for closing the opening.09-18-2008
20130200473MICROMECHANICAL COMPONENT AND METHOD FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF SAME - A method for manufacturing a micromechanical component is described in which a trench etching process and a sacrificial layer etching process are carried out to form a mass situated movably on a substrate. The movable mass has electrically isolated and mechanically coupled subsections of a functional layer. A micromechanical component having a mass situated movably on a substrate is also described.08-08-2013
20130181302METHOD FOR MAKING A SUSPENDED MEMBRANE STRUCTURE WITH BURIED ELECTRODE - A microsystem and/or nanosystem type device is disclosed, comprising: 07-18-2013
20090065882Semiconductor device, lead frame, and microphone package therefor - A semiconductor device is constituted of a mold sheet for mounting a sensor chip and a cover having a box-like shape, both of which are combined together so as to form a cavity therebetween. The mold sheet includes a stage having a rectangular shape in a plan view, a plurality of cutouts formed in the periphery of the stage, and a plurality of lead terminals arranged inside of the cutouts. The lead terminals include a plurality of connection portions electrically connected to the sensor chip and a plurality of support leads which are externally extended from the periphery of the stage. The stage and the lead terminals are sealed with a mold resin, by which they are electrically insulated from each other. The recesses of the support leads are sealed with the insulating resin mold relative to the surface of the mold sheet so as to mount the opening end of the cover.03-12-2009
20130134529ELECTRIC DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - There is provided an electric device including a base member, a beam elastically deformable to bend upward and having an outline partially defined by a slit formed in the base member, a conductive pattern provided on a top surface of the beam, a contact electrode provided above the conductive pattern, the contact electrode coming into contact with the conductive pattern, and a bridge electrode elastically deformable, the bridge electrode connecting the conductive pattern and a portion of the base member outside the outline.05-30-2013
20130134528ETCHANT-FREE METHODS OF PRODUCING A GAP BETWEEN TWO LAYERS, AND DEVICES PRODUCED THEREBY - Etchant-free methods of producing a gap between two materials are provided. Aspects of the methods include providing a structure comprising a first material and a second material, and subjecting the structure to conditions sufficient to cause a decrease in the volume of at least a portion of at least one of the first material and the second material to produce a gap between the first material and the second material. Also provided are devices produced by the methods (e.g., MEMS and NEMS devices), structures used in the methods and methods of making such structures.05-30-2013
20130093030UNATTACHED CONTAINED SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES - An unattached, contained semiconductor device includes a semiconductor die, for example a MEMS pressure sensor die. The semiconductor die is unattached from the interior cavity of a surrounding containment body in that the semiconductor die is free of adherence to the containment body to mitigate packaging stress and strain between the containment body and the semiconductor die.04-18-2013
20130113055SENSOR DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD AND SENSOR DEVICE - A method for manufacturing a sensor device is provided. The method prevents corrosion of metal electrodes of a sensor due to outside air with high humidity and preventing the occurrence of warpage of the sensor due to resin sealing of the sensor, thereby reducing the influence on sensor characteristics, and provides the sensor device. The method includes arranging a sensor on a substrate, the sensor having a fixed part, a movable part positioned inside the fixed part, a flexible part connecting the fixed part and the movable part, and a plurality of metal electrodes, electrically connecting the plurality of metal electrodes of the sensor and a plurality of terminals of the substrate with bonding wires, and covering portions of the plurality of metal electrodes of the sensor connected to the bonding wires with a resin so that a part of the bonding wires between the plurality of metal electrodes and the plurality of terminals is exposed.05-09-2013
20130187245MICRO ELECTRO MECHANICAL SYSTEM STRUCTURES - A micro electro mechanical system (MEMS) structure includes a first substrate structure including a bonding pad structure. The bonding pad structure has at least one recess therein. A second substrate structure is bonded with the bonding pad structure of the first substrate structure.07-25-2013
20130140652MAGNETIC PRESSURE SENSOR - A magnetic pressure sensor is provided that includes a semiconductor body with a top side and a back side, a Hall sensor formed on the top side of the semiconductor body, a spacer connected to the semiconductor body, whereby the spacer has a recess in the center, and a membrane covering the recess, whereby the membrane has a first material and has a ferromagnetic substance. The ferromagnetic substance concentrates a magnetic flux density of a source formed outside the ferromagnetic material, and the spacer is formed as a circumferential wall and has a second material and the second material is different from the first material in at least one element.06-06-2013
20130140653MEMS DEVICE ETCH STOP - The present disclosure provides a micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) device and a method for fabricating such a device. In an embodiment, a MEMS device includes a substrate, a dielectric layer above the substrate, an etch stop layer above the dielectric layer, and two anchor plugs above the dielectric layer, the two anchor plugs each contacting the etch stop layer or a top metal layer disposed above the dielectric layer. The device further comprises a MEMS structure layer disposed above a cavity formed between the two anchor plugs and above the etch stop layer from release of a sacrificial layer.06-06-2013
20100276765SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device includes: a bonding step of bonding a first substrate with optical transparency and a second substrate having a surface on which a functional element is provided to each other such that the functional element faces the first substrate; a thinning step of thinning at least one of the first and second substrates; and a through-hole forming step of forming a cavity and a through-hole communicated with the cavity in at least part of a bonding portion between the first and second substrates. According to the present invention, it is possible to prevent irregularities or cracks caused by the presence or absence of the cavity and more regularly thin the substrate. In addition, it is possible to manufacture a semiconductor device capable of contributing to the miniaturization of devices and electronic equipment having the devices, using a more convenient process.11-04-2010
20130146994METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A HERMETICALLY SEALED STRUCTURE - A method for providing hermetic sealing within a silicon-insulator composite wafer for manufacturing a hermetically sealed structure, comprising the steps of: patterning a first silicon wafer to have one or more recesses that extend at least partially through the first silicon wafer; filling said recesses with an insulator material able to be anodically bonded to silicon to form a first composite wafer having a plurality of silicon-insulator interfaces and a first contacting surface consisting of insulator material; and using an anodic bonding technique on the first contacting surface and an opposing second contacting surface to create hermetic sealing between the silicon-insulator interfaces, wherein the second contacting surface consists of silicon.06-13-2013
20110210408SENSOR DEVICE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SENSOR DEVICE, MOTION SENSOR, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING MOTION SENSOR - A sensor device includes: a silicon substrate; a first electrode provided at an active surface side of the silicon substrate; an external connection terminal provided at the active surface side so as to be electrically connected to the first electrode; a stress relief layer provided between the silicon substrate and the external connection terminal; and a vibrating gyro element as a sensor element including a extraction electrode. The vibrating gyro element is held to the silicon substrate by connection between the extraction electrode and the external connection terminal.09-01-2011
20130126989Microstructure Device with an Improved Anchor - A microelectromechanical system (MEMS) device includes a substrate and an oxide layer formed on the substrate. A cavity is etched in the oxide layer. A microstructure device layer is bonded to the oxide layer, over the cavity. The microstructure device layer includes a substantially solid microstructure MEMS device formed in the microstructure device layer and suspended over a portion of the cavity. An anchor is formed in the device layer and configured to support the microstructure device, the anchor having an undercut in the oxide layer. The undercut has a length along the anchor that is less than one-half a length of an outer boundary dimension of the microstructure MEMS device.05-23-2013
20130126988SEMICONDUCTOR SENSOR DEVICE WITH FOOTED LID - A semiconductor sensor device is packaged using a footed lid instead of a pre-molded lead frame. A semiconductor sensor die is attached to a first side of a lead frame. The die is then electrically connected to leads of the lead frame. A gel material is dispensed onto the sensor die. The footed lid is attached to the substrate such that the footed lid covers the sensor die and the electrical connections between the die and the lead frame. A molding compound is then formed over the substrate and the footed lid such that the molding compound covers the substrate, the sensor die and the footed lid.05-23-2013
20130175643METHOD FOR PRODUCTION OF A STRUCTURE WITH A BURIED ELECTRODE BY DIRECT TRANSFER AND STUCTURE OBTAINED IN THIS MANNER - A device is described of the micro-system and/or nano-system type including: 07-11-2013
20110227176MEMS chip and package method thereof - The present invention proposes a MEMS chip and a package method thereof. The package method comprises: making a capping wafer by: providing a first substrate and forming an etch stop layer on the first substrate; making a device wafer by: providing a second substrate and forming a MEMS device and a material layer surrounding the MEMS device on the second substrate; bonding the capping wafer and the device wafer; after bonding, etching the first substrate to form at least one via; etching the etch stop layer through the via; etch the material layer; and forming a sealing layer on the first substrate.09-22-2011
20100308424Triple-Axis MEMS Accelerometer Having a Bottom Capacitor - An integrated circuit structure includes a substrate having a top surface; a first conductive layer over and contacting the top surface of the substrate; a dielectric layer over and contacting the first conductive layer, wherein the dielectric layer includes an opening exposing a portion of the first conductive layer; and a proof-mass in the opening and including a second conductive layer at a bottom of the proof-mass. The second conductive layer is spaced apart from the portion of the first conductive layer by an air space. Springs anchor the proof-mass to portions of the dielectric layer encircling the opening. The springs are configured to allow the proof-mass to make three-dimensional movements.12-09-2010
20130207207METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR HIGH PRESSURE SENSOR DEVICE - A pressure sensor package is provided that reduces the occurrence of micro gaps between molding material and metal contacts that can store high-pressure air. The present invention provides this capability by reducing or eliminating interfaces between package molding material and metal contacts. In one embodiment, a control die is electrically coupled to a lead frame and then encapsulated in molding material, using a technique that forms a cavity over a portion of the control die. The cavity exposes contacts on the free surface of the control die that can be electrically coupled to a pressure sensor device using, for example, wire bonding techniques. In another embodiment, a region of a substrate can be encapsulated in molding material, using a technique that forms a cavity over a sub-portion of the substrate that includes contacts. A pressure sensor device can be electrically coupled to the exposed contacts.08-15-2013
20120086086MEMS DEVICE AND COMPOSITE SUBSTRATE FOR AN MEMS DEVICE - An MEMS device and a composite substrate for an MEMS device are provided. The MEMS device comprises a first silicon structure layer and a second silicon structure layer fixedly connecting to the first silicon structure layer. The first silicon structure layer has a twistable rod and a first plane. The first silicon structure layer has a first crystal direction with a miller index of <100> and a second crystal direction with a miller index of <110>. The first crystal direction and the second crystal direction are both parallel to the first plane. The rod has an axis direction, which is parallel to the first plane and intersected by the second crystal direction. In this manner, the torsional stiffness of the rod can be improved.04-12-2012
20110233691HF-MEMS SWITCH - A high frequency-MEMS switch with a bendable switching element, whose one end is placed on a high resistivity substrate provided with an insulator, furthermore with a contact electrode to supply charge carriers to the substrate, wherein an electrical field can be produced to create an electrostatic bending force on the switching element between the switching element and the substrate, wherein at least one implantation zone is formed in the substrate, essentially directly beneath the insulator, the implantation zone is contacted with the contact electrode, which is located above the insulator, through an opening in the insulator, and also has ohmic contact with the substrate.09-29-2011
20130154031INTEGRALLY MOLDED DIE AND BEZEL STRUCTURE FOR FINGERPRINT SENSORS AND THE LIKE - A biometric sensor device, such as a fingerprint sensor, comprises a substrate to which is mounted a die on which is formed a sensor array and at least one conductive bezel. The die and the bezel are encased in a unitary encapsulation structure to protect those elements from mechanical, electrical, and environmental damage, yet with a portion of the sensor array and the bezel exposed or at most thinly covered by the encapsulation or other coating material structure.06-20-2013
20130154032System With Recessed Sensing Or Processing Elements - Backside recesses in a base member host components, such as sensors or circuits, to allow closer proximity and efficient use of the surface space and internal volume of the base member. Recesses may include covers, caps, filters and lenses, and may be in communication with circuits on the frontside of the base member, or with circuits on an active backside cap. An array of recessed components may a form complete, compact sensor system.06-20-2013
20110298064SENSOR MODULE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SENSOR MODULES - Sensor module, comprising a carrier, at least one sensor chip and at least one evaluation chip which is electrically coupled to the sensor chip. The carrier has a cutout, in which the sensor chip is at least partly situated. The evaluation chip is arranged on the carrier and at least partly covers the cutout.12-08-2011
20130119489METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR WAFER-LEVEL SOLDER HERMETIC SEAL ENCAPSULATION OF MEMS DEVICES - A plurality of MEMS devices are formed on a substrate, a sacrificial layer is formed to cover each of the MEMS devices and a protective cap layer is formed on the sacrificial layer. A release hole is formed through the protective cap layer to the underlying sacrificial layer, and a releasing agent is introduced through the release hole to remove the sacrificial layer under the protective cap layer and expose a MEMS device. Optionally, the MEMS device can be released with the same releasing agent or, optionally, with a secondary releasing agent. The release hole is solder sealed, to form a hermetic seal of the MEMS device. Optionally, release holes are formed at a plurality of locations, each over a MEMS device and the releasing forms a plurality of hermetic sealed MEMS devices on the wafer substrate, which are singulated to form separate hermetically sealed MEMS devices.05-16-2013
20110303993SEMICONDUCTOR SENSOR DEVICE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR SENSOR DEVICE, PACKAGE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING PACKAGE, MODULE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING MODULE, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A semiconductor sensor device is provided which is composed of: a semiconductor sensor chip that includes a first substrate, a sensor circuit formed on the first substrate, a first conductive portion electrically connected to the sensor circuit, and a first redistribution layer electrically connected to the first conductive portion; a semiconductor chip that includes a second substrate, a processing circuit, formed on the second substrate, that processes an electrical signal output from the sensor circuit, a second conductive portion electrically connected to the processing circuit, and a second redistribution layer electrically connected to the second conductive portion; and a conductive connection component that electrically connects the first redistribution layer and the second redistribution layer, wherein at least one of the thickness of the first redistribution layer and the thickness of the second redistribution layer is 8 to 20 μm.12-15-2011
20110303992SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE THEREOF - A semiconductor device includes a substrate, an element formed on the substrate, a nitride film formed on the substrate, a anti-peel film formed on the nitride film, and a molded resin covering the anti-peel film and the element. The anti-peel film has residual compressive stress.12-15-2011
20120018819PROCESS FOR MANUFACTURING A MICROMECHANICAL STRUCTURE HAVING A BURIED AREA PROVIDED WITH A FILTER - A process for manufacturing a micromechanical structure envisages: forming a buried cavity within a body of semiconductor material, separated from a top surface of the body by a first surface layer; and forming an access duct for fluid communication between the buried cavity and an external environment. The method envisages: forming an etching mask on the top surface at a first access area; forming a second surface layer on the top surface and on the etching mask; carrying out an etch such as to remove, in a position corresponding to the first access area, a portion of the second surface layer, and an underlying portion of the first surface layer not covered by the etching mask until the buried cavity is reached, thus forming both the first access duct and a filter element, set between the first access duct and the same buried cavity.01-26-2012
20120018818MEMS APPARATUS - According to an embodiment of the present invention, a MEMS apparatus includes a plurality of recesses opened to a surface, a substrate having an insulator, an air gap, or an insulator and an air gap formed in the recesses, an insulating layer formed on the substrate, and a MEMS device having a signal line formed on the insulating layer, wherein the position of the signal line in a direction parallel to the surface of the substrate overlaps the position of the recess in the direction.01-26-2012
20130193529MICRO-ELECTROMECHANICAL SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENT AND METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION THEREOF - The micro-electromechanical semiconductor component is provided with a first semiconductor substrate, which has an upper face, and a second semiconductor substrate, which has an upper face. Both semiconductor substrates are bonded resting on the upper faces thereof. A cavity is introduced into the upper face of at least one of the two semiconductor substrates. The cavity is defined by lateral walls and opposing top and bottom walls, which are formed by the two semiconductor substrates. The top or the bottom wall acts as a reversibly deformable membrane and an opening extending through the respective semiconductor substrate is arranged in the other of said two walls of the cavity.08-01-2013
20130193530Semiconductor Component and Corresponding Production Method - A semiconductor component includes a substrate, a molded package, and a semiconductor chip. The semiconductor chip is suspended on the molding compound above the substrate in the molded package in such a way that a cavity mechanically decouples the semiconductor chip from the substrate. The cavity extends along an underside facing the substrate.08-01-2013
20130193531PHYSICAL QUANTITY SENSOR WITH SON STRUCTURE, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF - Provided by some aspects of the invention is a relatively low-cost, relatively highly accurate physical quantity sensor, and a manufacturing method thereof, that relaxes thermal stress from an outer peripheral portion of a diaphragm in a silicon-on-nothing (“SON”) structure. By providing a stress relaxation region (trench groove) in an outer peripheral portion of a diaphragm in a SON structure, there can be, in some aspects of the invention, a benefit of relaxing the transmission to the diaphragm of thermal stress generated by the difference in linear expansion coefficient between a package and chip, and it is possible to relax the transmission to an electronic circuit disposed in an outer peripheral portion of mechanical stress generated by a measured pressure. As a result of this, it is possible to provide a highly accurate physical quantity sensor.08-01-2013
20130193532CAPACITIVE PRESSURE SENSING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - A capacitive pressure sensing semiconductor device is provided, which has pressure resistance against pressure applied by a pressing member and can detect the pressure surely and efficiently. The pressure sensing semiconductor device includes a pressure detecting part, which detects pressure as a change in capacitance, and a package that receives the pressure detecting part within. The pressure detecting part includes a first electrode and a second electrode disposed to oppose the first electrode, with a determined distance therebetween. Capacitance is formed between the first electrode and the second electrode, and changes according to a change in said distance caused by pressure transmitted to the first electrode by a pressing member. The package also includes a pressure transmitting member that transmits, to the first electrode of the pressure detecting part, the pressure applied by the pressing member.08-01-2013

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