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With formation of opening (i.e., viahole) in insulative layer

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438 - Semiconductor device manufacturing: process

438584000 - COATING WITH ELECTRICALLY OR THERMALLY CONDUCTIVE MATERIAL

438597000 - To form ohmic contact to semiconductive material

438618000 - Contacting multiple semiconductive regions (i.e., interconnects)

438622000 - Multiple metal levels, separated by insulating layer (i.e., multiple level metallization)

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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
438638000 Having viaholes of diverse width 4
20090155996PLATING SEED LAYER INCLUDING AN OXYGEN/NITROGEN TRANSITION REGION FOR BARRIER ENHANCEMENT - An interconnect structure which includes a plating seed layer that has enhanced conductive material, preferably, Cu, diffusion properties is provided that eliminates the need for utilizing separate diffusion and seed layers. Specifically, the present invention provides an oxygen/nitrogen transition region within a plating seed layer for interconnect metal diffusion enhancement. The plating seed layer may include Ru, Ir or alloys thereof, and the interconnect conductive material may include Cu, Al, AlCu, W, Ag, Au and the like. Preferably, the interconnect conductive material is Cu or AlCu. In more specific terms, the present invention provides a single seeding layer which includes an oxygen/nitrogen transition region sandwiched between top and bottom seed regions. The presence of the oxygen/nitrogen transition region within the plating seed layer dramatically enhances the diffusion barrier resistance of the plating seed.06-18-2009
20110201197METHOD FOR MAKING VIA INTERCONNECTION - The present invention provides a method of forming a via hole (08-18-2011
20090209097METHOD OF FORMING INTERCONNECTS - A method of forming interconnects includes etching a first set of openings in a hard mask using a first photo resist layer with a first pattern of openings as a first etch mask, and etching a second set of openings in the hard mask using a second photo resist layer with a second pattern of openings as a second etch mask. The method includes shrinking the openings in at least one of the first pattern and the second pattern prior to etching the openings in the hard mask.08-20-2009
20100055897WET CLEANING STRIPPING OF ETCH RESIDUE AFTER TRENCH AND VIA OPENING FORMATION IN DUAL DAMASCENE PROCESS - After trench line pattern openings and via pattern openings are formed in a inter-metal dielectric insulation layer of a semiconductor wafer using trench-first dual damascene process, the wafer is wet cleaned in a single step wet clean process using a novel wet clean solvent composition. The wet clean solvent effectively cleans the dry etch residue from the plasma etching of the dual damascene openings, etches back the TiN hard mask layer along the dual damascene openings and forms a recessed surface at the conductor metal from layer below exposed at the bottom of the via openings of the dual damascene openings.03-04-2010
438639000 Having viahole with sidewall component 3
20120171861METHODS OF FABRICATING THREE-DIMENSIONAL SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - A method of fabricating a three-dimensional semiconductor device includes forming a stacked structure, and the stacked structure includes a first layer, a second layer, a third layer, and a fourth layer sequentially stacked on a substrate. The method also includes forming a sacrificial spacer on a sidewall of the stacked structure such that the sacrificial spacer exposes a sidewall of the third layer, and recessing the exposed sidewall of the third layer thereby forming a recess region between the second and fourth layers.07-05-2012
20120003831Methods of Forming Nonvolatile Memory Devices Using Nonselective and Selective Etching Techniques to Define Vertically Stacked Word Lines - Methods of forming nonvolatile memory devices include forming a stack of layers of different materials on a substrate. This stack includes a plurality of first layers of a first material and a plurality of second layers of a second material arranged in an alternating sequence of first and second layers. A selected first portion of the stack of layers is isotropically etched for a sufficient duration to define a first trench therein that exposes sidewalls of the alternating sequence of first and second layers. The sidewalls of each of the plurality of first layers are selectively etched relative to sidewalls of adjacent ones of the plurality of second layers. Another etching step is then performed to recess sidewalls of the plurality of second layers and thereby expose portions of upper surfaces of the plurality of first layers. These exposed portions of the upper surfaces of the plurality of first layers, which may act as word lines of a memory device, are displaced laterally relative to each other.01-05-2012
20080220608MODIFIED VIA BOTTOM STRUCTURE FOR RELIABILITY ENHANCEMENT - The present invention provides an interconnect structure that can be made in the BEOL which exhibits good mechanical contact during normal chip operations and does not fail during various reliability tests as compared with the conventional interconnect structures described above. The inventive interconnect structure has a kinked interface at the bottom of a via that is located within an interlayer dielectric layer. Specifically, the inventive interconnect structure includes a first dielectric layer having at least one metallic interconnect embedded within a surface thereof; a second dielectric layer located atop the first dielectric layer, wherein said second dielectric layer has at least one aperture having an upper line region and a lower via region, wherein the lower via region includes a kinked interface; at least one pair of liners located on at least vertical walls of the at least one aperture; and a conductive material filling the at least one aperture.09-11-2008
438640000 Having viahole of tapered shape 2
20090239375Dual Damascene Process - Structures and methods of forming metallization layers on a semiconductor component are disclosed. The method includes etching a metal line trench using a metal line mask, and etching a via trench using a via mask after etching the metal line trench. The via trench is etched only in regions common to both the metal line mask and the via mask.09-24-2009
20120129339METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE HAVING A CONTACT PLUG - There is provided a semiconductor device that includes: a transistor having a gate electrode, a source region, and a drain region; a first inter-layer insulation film covering the transistor; a first contact plug formed penetrating through the first inter-layer insulation film and connected to either the source region or the drain region; a second inter-layer insulation film covering the first contact plug; a groove extending in the second inter-layer insulation film in a same direction as an extending direction of the gate electrode and exposing a top surface of the first contact plug at a bottom thereof; a second contact plug connected to the first contact plug and formed in the groove; and a wiring pattern extending on the second inter-layer insulation film so as to traverse the groove and integrated with the second contact plug.05-24-2012
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20090191703PROCESS WITH SATURATION AT LOW ETCH AMOUNT FOR HIGH CONTACT BOTTOM CLEANING EFFICIENCY FOR CHEMICAL DRY CLEAN PROCESS - A method for removing oxides from the bottom surface of a contact hole is provided. The method provides efficient cleaning of the bottom surface without distortion of the contact hole upper and sidewall surfaces.07-30-2009
20100112804MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE EMBEDDED SUBSTRATE - A manufacturing method for a semiconductor device embedded substrate, includes: a first step including: a step of forming a connection terminal on an electrode pad formed on a semiconductor integrated circuit, a step of forming a first insulating layer on the semiconductor integrated circuit, a step of providing a plate-like body on the first insulating layer, a step of exposing a part of the connection terminal, and a step of removing the plate-like body to manufacture a semiconductor device; a second step of arranging the semiconductor device on one surface of a support body; a third step of forming a second insulating layer on the one surface of the support body; a fourth step of removing the support body; and a fifth step of forming a first wiring pattern electrically connected to the exposed portion on a surface of each of the first insulating layer and the second insulating layer.05-06-2010
20130034957METHOD OF FORMING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - A method of forming a semiconductor device may include, but is not limited to, the following processes. A multi-layered structure is prepared over a semiconductor substrate. The multi-layered structure may include, but is not limited to, first and second patterns of a first insulating film, a second insulating film covering the first pattern of the first insulating film, and a first conductive film covering the second pattern of the first insulating film. The second insulating film and the first conductive film are polished under conditions that the first and second insulating films are greater in polishing rate than the first conductive film, to expose the first and second patterns of the first insulating film.02-07-2013
20130029485METHOD OF MAKING A DIE WITH RECESSED ALUMIUM DIE PADS - A method for making a semiconductor device comprises forming an electrical interconnect layer, forming a first dielectric layer over the interconnect layer, forming an opening in the first dielectric layer over a first electrical interconnect of the interconnect layer, forming an aluminum layer over the first dielectric layer, etching the aluminum layer to form an aluminum die pad, forming a second dielectric layer over the aluminum die pad and the first dielectric layer, and forming a conductive via through the first and second dielectric layers to contact a second electrical interconnect of the interconnect layer.01-31-2013
20090124076METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - A method for manufacturing a semiconductor device is provided, the method includes forming a coated film by coating a solution containing a solvent and an organic component above an insulating film located above a semiconductor substrate and having a recess, baking the coated film at a first temperature which does not accomplish cross-linking of the organic component to obtain an organic film precursor, polishing the organic film precursor using a slurry containing resin particles to leave the organic film precursor in the recess, baking the left organic film precursor at a second temperature which is higher than the first temperature to remove the solvent to obtain a first organic film embedded in the recess, forming a second organic film on the insulating film, thereby obtaining an underlying film, forming an intermediate layer and a resist film successively above the underlying film, and subjecting the resist film to patterning exposure.05-14-2009
20110003472WIRING SUBSTRATE FOR MOUNTING SEMICONDUCTORS, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND SEMICONDUCTOR PACKAGE - A wiring substrate for mounting semiconductors is provided with an insulation film, wires formed in the insulation film, and a plurality of electrode pads that electrically connect to the wires through vias. The electrode pads are provided to have their surfaces exposed to both of the front surface and the rear surface of the insulation film, and at least a part of the side surface of the electrode pads is buried in the insulation film. The insulation film is formed by forming electrode pads on the respective two metallic plates, thereafter, laminating an insulation layer and wires on the respective metallic plates to cover the electrode pad, and adhering the insulation layers to each other for integration, and thereafter, removing the metallic plates.01-06-2011
20090305499INTRALEVEL CONDUCTIVE LIGHT SHIELD - A conductive light shield is formed over a first dielectric layer of a via level in a metal interconnect structure. The conductive light shield is covers a floating drain of an image sensor pixel cell. A second dielectric layer is formed over the conductive light shield and at least one via extending from a top surface of the second dielectric layer to a bottom surface of the first dielectric layer is formed in the metal interconnect structure. The conductive light shield may be formed within a contact level between a top surface of a semiconductor substrate and a first metal line level, or may be formed in any metal interconnect via level between two metal line levels. The inventive image sensor pixel cell is less prone to noise due to the blockage of light over the floating drain by the conductive light shield.12-10-2009
20090104767METHODS FOR FABRICATING RESIDUE-FREE CONTACT OPENINGS - A two-step via cleaning process that removes metal polymer and oxide polymer residues from a via with substantially no damage to the via or underlying structures on a semiconductor substrate. The via is formed through a dielectric layer and a barrier layer that are disposed over a metal-containing trace disposed on a semiconductor substrate. The sidewalls of the via may be coated with a residue layer including a distinct oxide polymer component and a distinct metal polymer component. The two-step cleaning process comprises subjecting the residue layer to a nitric acid dip that removes the metal polymer component to expose the oxide polymer component. The oxide polymer component is then subjected to a phosphoric acid dip that removes the oxide polymer component. The oxide polymer and metal polymer residues may also be removed during the fabrication of the via by removing them directly after their respective formations.04-23-2009
20090093114METHOD OF FORMING A DUAL-DAMASCENE STRUCTURE USING AN UNDERLAYER - A method of forming a dual-damascene wire. The method includes forming a via opening in a dielectric layer, filling the via opening with a polymeric formation including at least about 6% by weight of solids of thermal acid generator; heating the polymeric underlayer to a temperature greater than room temperature but less than about 180° C.; lithographically forming a trench in the dielectric layer and filling the via opening and the trench with an electrical conductor, a top surface of the electrical conductor substantially co-planer with the top surface of the second dielectric capping layer.04-09-2009
20090275195Interconnect Structure Having a Silicide/Germanide Cap Layer - An interconnect structure of an integrated circuit and a method for forming the same are provided. The interconnect structure includes a semiconductor substrate, a low-k dielectric layer over the semiconductor substrate, a conductor in the low-k dielectric layer, and a cap layer on the conductor. The cap layer has at least a top portion comprising a metal silicide/germanide.11-05-2009
20120225551PATTERN-SPLIT DECOMPOSITION STRATEGY FOR DOUBLE-PATTERNED LITHOGRAPHY PROCESS - An integrated circuit may be formed by a process of forming a first interconnect pattern in a plurality of parallel route tracks, and forming a second interconnect pattern in the plurality of parallel route tracks. The first interconnect pattern includes a first lead pattern which extends to a first point in an instance of the first plurality of parallel route tracks, and the second interconnect pattern includes a second lead pattern which extends to a second point in the same instance of the plurality of parallel route tracks, such that the second point is laterally separated from the first point by a distance one to one and one-half times a space between adjacent parallel lead patterns in the plurality of parallel route tracks. A metal interconnect formation process is performed which forms metal interconnect lines in an interconnect level defined by the first interconnect pattern and the second interconnect pattern.09-06-2012
20120225550HYBRID PITCH-SPLIT PATTERN-SPLIT LITHOGRAPHY PROCESS - An integrated circuit may be formed by a process of forming a three interconnect patterns in a plurality of parallel route tracks, using photolithography processes which have illumination sources capable of a pitch distance twice the pitch distance of the parallel route tracks. The first interconnect pattern includes a first lead pattern which extends to a first point. The second interconnect pattern includes a second lead pattern which is parallel to and immediately adjacent to the first lead pattern. The third interconnect pattern includes a third lead pattern which is parallel to and immediately adjacent to the second pattern and which extends to a second point in the first instance of the parallel route tracks, laterally separated from the first point by a distance less than one and one-half times a space between adjacent patterns in the parallel route tracks.09-06-2012
20130065390CHIPS HAVING REAR CONTACTS CONNECTED BY THROUGH VIAS TO FRONT CONTACTS - A method of fabricating a microelectronic unit can include providing a semiconductor element having front and rear surfaces, a plurality of conductive pads each having a top surface exposed at the front surface and a bottom surface remote from the top surface, and a first opening extending from the rear surface towards the front surface. The method can also include forming at least one second opening extending from the first opening towards the bottom surface of a respective one of the pads. The method can also include forming a conductive via, a conductive interconnect, and a contact, the conductive via in registration with and in contact with the conductive pad and extending within the second opening, the contact exposed at an exterior of the microelectronic unit, the conductive interconnect electrically connecting the conductive via with the contact and extending away from the via at least partly within the first opening.03-14-2013
20110021021METHOD OF FABRICATING DUAL DAMASCENE STRUCTURE - A method of fabricating a dual damascene structure is described. A dielectric layer and a metal hard mask layer are sequentially formed on a substrate having thereon a conductive layer and a liner layer. The metal hard mask layer and the dielectric layer are patterned to form a via hole exposing a portion of the liner layer. A gap-filling layer is filled in the via hole, having a height of ¼ to ½ of the depth of the via hole. A trench is formed in the metal hard mask layer and the dielectric layer. The gap-filling layer is removed to expose the portion of the liner layer, which is then removed. A metal layer is formed filling in the via hole and the trench, and then the metal hard mask layer is removed.01-27-2011
20090047779METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - A method for manufacturing a semiconductor device, including: forming a first conductive layer on a first insulating film; forming a second insulating film so as to cover the first conductive layer; forming a resist mask on the second insulating film; forming a hole reaching the first conductive layer in the second insulating film by means of first dry etching using the resist mask; removing the resist mask; removing the first conductive layer exposed at the bottom of the hole by means of second dry etching, so that the hole reaches the first insulating film and the first conductive layer exposes at a side surface within the hole; forming a conductive plug in contact with the first conductive layer exposed at the side surface within the hole by burying a conductive material in the hole; and forming a second conductive layer to be connected to the conductive plug on the second insulating film.02-19-2009
20120115322METHOD FOR FABRICATING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - A method for fabricating a semiconductor device includes: forming a plurality of photoresist patterns over a substrate structure; forming an insulation layer for a spacer over a structure including the photoresist patterns; forming a plurality of spacers on sidewalls of the photoresist patterns by anisotropically etching the insulation layer, and forming a first opening through the insulation layer; and forming second openings in the insulation layer to expose the substrate structure.05-10-2012
20110027986LOW COST METHOD OF FABRICATION OF VERTICAL INTERCONNECTIONS COMBINED TO METAL TOP ELECTRODES - A method is for forming a vertical interconnection through a dielectric layer between upper and lower electrically conductive layers of an integrated circuit. The method includes forming an opening through the dielectric layer and placing a solidifiable electrically conductive filler into the opening via a printing technique. The solidifiable electrically conductive filler is solidified to thereby form a solidified electrically conducting filler in the opening. A metallization layer is formed over the dielectric layer and the solidified electrically conducting filler to thereby form the vertical interconnection through the dielectric layer between the upper and lower electrically conductive layers of the integrated circuit.02-03-2011
20090130842Method of forming contact hole and method of manufacturing semiconductor memory device using the same - A contact hole forming method and a method of manufacturing semiconductor device using the same may include forming a layer on a substrate; anisotropically etching the layer to form a dummy contact hole exposing the substrate; isotropically etching a sidewall of the dummy contact hole to form a contact hole by alternatively and repeatedly supplying an etching solution including a fluoride salt in a low-polarity organic solvent and deionized water to the dummy contact hole. The methods increase reliability of semiconductor memory devices.05-21-2009
20120108056METHOD FOR FABRICATING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - A method for fabricating a semiconductor device includes: forming a plurality of photoresist patterns over a substrate structure; forming an insulation layer for a spacer over a structure including the photoresist patterns; forming a plurality of spacers on sidewalls of the photoresist patterns by anisotropically etching the insulation layer, and forming a first opening through the insulation layer; and forming second openings in the insulation layer to expose the substrate structure.05-03-2012
20090017613METHOD OF MANUFACTURING INTERCONNECT SUBSTRATE AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - An interconnect substrate includes an interconnect, an insulating layer, a non-photosensitive resin layer, a photosensitive resin layer, a first electrode pad, and a second electrode pad. The non-photosensitive resin layer is constructed with a non-photosensitive insulating material. Also, the non-photosensitive resin layer has a first opening. The photosensitive resin layer is constructed with a photosensitive insulating material. Also, the photosensitive resin layer has a second opening. The opening area of the second opening is larger than that of the first opening. The first electrode pad is disposed on the first surface side of the insulating layer. The first electrode pad is exposed to the first opening. The second electrode pad is disposed on the second surface side of the insulating layer. The second electrode pad is exposed to the second opening.01-15-2009
20090098729METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - A method for manufacturing a semiconductor device includes that can prevent formation of fences of reaction by-products around chain holes during a dual damascene process, so subsequent metal gap fill defects are prevented, making it possible to prevent device failure. The method may include forming a via hole in an interlayer insulating layer exposing a bottom anti-reflection coating, and then filling the via hole with a first material, and then removing a portion of the first material, and then forming an oxide film over the first material to refill the via hole, and then forming a trench by etching the interlayer insulating layer and the oxide film, and then opening the via hole by removing the first material in the via hole to the bottom anti-reflection coating, and then etching the bottom anti-reflection coating to expose the metal wire, and then filling the opened via hole and trench with metal.04-16-2009
20100035426MULTI-LAYER CIRCUIT SUBSTRATE FABRICATION AND DESIGN METHODS PROVIDING IMPROVED TRANSMISSION LINE INTEGRITY AND INCREASED ROUTING DENSITY - An integrated circuit substrate is designed and fabricated with a selectively applied transmission line reference plane metal layer to achieve signal path shielding and isolation, while avoiding drops in impedance due to capacitance between large diameter vias and the transmission line reference plane metal layer. The transmission line reference plane defines voids above (or below) the signal-bearing plated-through holes (PTHs) that pass through a rigid substrate core, so that the signals are not degraded by an impedance mismatch that would otherwise be caused by shunt capacitance from the top (or bottom) of the signal-bearing PTHs to the transmission line reference plane. For voltage-plane bearing PTHs, no voids are introduced, so that signal path conductors can be routed above or adjacent to the voltage-plane bearing PTHs, with the transmission line reference plane preventing shunt capacitance between the signal path conductors and the PTHs.02-11-2010
20080318413METHOD FOR MAKING AN INTERCONNECT STRUCTURE AND INTERCONNECT COMPONENT RECOVERY PROCESS - A method is provided for making an interconnect structure. The method includes applying a removable layer to an electronic device or to a base insulative layer; applying an adhesive layer to the electronic device or to the base insulative layer; and securing the electronic device to the base insulative layer using the adhesive layer.12-25-2008
20110171825Method of Fabricating Integrated Circuitry - The invention includes methods of fabricating integrated circuitry. In one implementation, at least two different elevation conductive metal lines are formed relative to a substrate. Then, interconnecting vias are formed in a common masking step between, a) respective of the at least two different elevation conductive metal lines, and b) respective conductive nodes. Interconnecting conductive metal is provided within the interconnecting vias. Other aspects and implementations are contemplated.07-14-2011
20100081272Methods of Forming Electrical Interconnects Using Electroless Plating Techniques that Inhibit Void Formation - Methods of forming electrical interconnects include forming a copper pattern on a semiconductor substrate and then forming an electrically insulating capping layer on the copper pattern and an interlayer insulating layer on the electrically insulating capping layer. A contact hole is then formed, which extends through the interlayer insulating layer and the electrically insulating capping layer and exposes an upper surface of the copper pattern. An electroless plating step is then performed to form a copper pattern extension onto the exposed upper surface of the copper pattern. The copper pattern extension may have a thickness that is less than a thickness of the electrically insulating capping layer, which may be formed as a SiCN layer.04-01-2010
20090263964INTERCONNECTIONS FOR INTEGRATED CIRCUITS - An interconnect connection structure having first and second interconnects and multiple connection elements that electrically connect the first interconnect to the second interconnect is described. The multiple connection elements are formed laterally in a lateral region of the first and second interconnects relative to an overlay orientation of the interconnects. A central region may be free of connection elements so that electro-migration properties of the connection structure are improved and the current-carrying capacity is increased10-22-2009
20100124820Method of Making a Contact in a Semiconductor Device - To form a semiconductor device, an insulating layer is formed over a conductive region and a pattern transfer layer is formed over the insulating layer. The pattern transfer layer is patterned in the reverse tone of a layout of recesses to be formed in the insulating layer such that the pattern transfer layer remains over regions where the recesses are to be formed. A mask material is formed over the insulating layer and is aligned with the pattern transfer layer. Remaining portions of the pattern transfer layer are removed and recesses are etched in the insulating layer using the mask material as a mask.05-20-2010
20080206984CONDUCTIVE VIA FORMATION UTILIZING ELECTROPLATING - A method for forming a conductive via is discussed and includes forming a seed layer over a first side of a semiconductor substrate, wherein the semiconductor substrate includes a first side opposite a second side, forming a via hole in a semiconductor substrate from the second side of the semiconductor substrate, wherein the via hole exposes the seed layer; and electroplating a conductive via material in the via hole from the seed layer. In one embodiment, a continuous conductive layer is formed over and electrically coupled to the seed layer. The continuous conductive layer can serve as the current source while electroplating the conductive via material.08-28-2008
20090170308METHOD FOR FORMING METAL LINE OF SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - A method for forming metal lines of a semiconductor device is disclosed. The metal line forming method includes forming plugs by perforating via-holes in an interlayer dielectric layer formed on a semiconductor substrate and burying a conductive material in the via-holes, sequentially forming at least two metal layers on the interlayer dielectric layer formed with the plugs, the metal layers having a difference in the size of metal grains of each metal layer, etching an uppermost first metal layer of the at least two metal layers using a photoresist pattern formed on the first metal layer as an etching mask using a first etching gas, and etching the partially etched first metal layer using a second etching gas.07-02-2009
20080280434Enhanced Mechanical Strength Via Contacts - The present invention provides an enhanced interconnect structure with improved reliability. The inventive interconnect structure has enhanced mechanical strength of via contacts provided by embedded metal liners. The embedded metal liners may be continuous or discontinuous. Discontinuous embedded metal liners are provided by a discontinuous interface at the bottom of the via located within the interlayer dielectric layer.11-13-2008
20080286963Method for Producing Through-Contacts in Semi-Conductor Wafers - The invention relates to a method for producing vertical through-contacts (micro-vias) in semi-conductor wafers in order to produce semi-conductor components, i.e. contacts on the front side of the wafer through the semi-conductor wafer to the rear side of the wafer. The invention also relates to a method which comprises the following steps: blind holes on the contact connection points are laser drilled from the rear side of the wafer into the semi-conductor substrate, the wafer is cleaned, the semi-conductor substrate is plasma etched in a material selected manner until the active layer stack of the wafer is reached, the active layer stack of the wafer is plasma etched in a material selective manner until the contacts, which are to be connected to the rear side of the wafer, are reached, a plating base is applied to the rear side of the wafer and into the blind holes and gold is applied by electrodeposition onto the metallizied rear side of the wafer and the blind holes.11-20-2008
20080286964SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND A METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - For simplifying the dual-damascene formation steps of a multilevel Cu interconnect, a formation step of an antireflective film below a photoresist film is omitted. Described specifically, an interlayer insulating film is dry etched with a photoresist film formed thereover as a mask, and interconnect trenches are formed by terminating etching at the surface of a stopper film formed in the interlayer insulating film. The stopper film is made of an SiCN film having a low optical reflectance, thereby causing it to serve as an antireflective film when the photoresist film is exposed.11-20-2008
20080318414METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device according to embodiments includes forming an interlayer dielectric film with a damascene pattern over a semiconductor substrate having a lower metal wire. A seed layer may be formed over the interlayer dielectric film including the damascene pattern. Impurities generated during the formation of the seed layer be removed through an annealing process using H12-25-2008
20090298280STRUCTURE AND METHOD FOR CREATING RELIABLE VIA CONTACTS FOR INTERCONNECT APPLICATIONS - A reliable and mechanical strong interconnect structure is provided that does not include gouging features in the bottom of the an opening, particularly at a via bottom. Instead, the interconnect structures of the present invention utilize a Co-containing buffer layer that is selectively deposited on exposed surfaces of the conductive features that are located in a lower interconnect level. The selective deposition is performed through at least one opening that is present in a dielectric material of an upper interconnect level. The selective deposition is performed by electroplating or electroless plating. The Co-containing buffer layer comprises Co and at least one of P and B. W may optionally be also present in the Co-containing buffer layer.12-03-2009
20090142921METHOD FOR REDUCING DIELECTRIC OVERETCH WHEN MAKING CONTACT TO CONDUCTIVE FEATURES - In a first preferred embodiment of the present invention, conductive features are formed on a first dielectric etch stop layer, and a second dielectric material is deposited over and between the conductive features. A via etch to the conductive features which is selective between the first and second dielectrics will stop on the dielectric etch stop layer, limiting overetch. In a second embodiment, a plurality of conductive features is formed in a subtractive pattern and etch process, filled with a dielectric fill, and then a surface formed coexposing the conductive features and dielectric fill. A dielectric etch stop layer is deposited on the surface, then a third dielectric covers the dielectric etch stop layer. When a contact is etched through the third dielectric, this selective etch stops on the dielectric etch stop layer. A second etch makes contact to the conductive features.06-04-2009
20090137114METHOD OF MAKING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - A semiconductor device is manufactured by a method including forming a first interlayer insulating film. A first etching stopper film is formed on the first interlayer insulating film. A conductive layer is formed on the first etching stopper film. A second etching stopper film is formed to cover the conductive layer, an upper surface of the conductive layer and both side surfaces of the conductive layer. A second interlayer insulating film is formed on the second etching stopper film. A hole is formed penetrating the second interlayer insulating film in a direction of thickness and reaching the conductive layer. An interconnect is formed in the hole. The step of forming a hole includes etching the second interlayer insulating film under a first etching condition, and etching the second etching stopper film under a second etching condition different from the first etching condition. The second etching condition includes using an etching gas containing C, F, and H.05-28-2009
20090142920METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - A method for manufacturing a semiconductor device includes can prevent defects of a semiconductor device due to the deterioration of electro migration (EM)/stress migration (SM) properties of the device as a result of metal corrosion and void generation in burying a novolac material. Embodiments can also prevent the generation of fencing in a metal wire structure.06-04-2009
20100003814Interconnections Having Double Capping Layer and Method for Forming the Same - Provided are an interconnection of a semiconductor device which includes a capping layer and a method for forming the interconnection. The interconnection of the semiconductor device is a copper damascene interconnection where the capping layer is formed as a dual layer of a silicon nitride layer and silicon carbide layer on a copper layer processed by chemical mechanical polishing (CMP). Therefore, it is possible to maintain a high etching selectivity and a low dielectric constant of the silicon carbide layer while providing superior leakage suppression.01-07-2010
20100003815SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A semiconductor device and method for manufacturing the same is provided, capable of gap-filling a copper metal wiring while minimizing void generation. A semiconductor device according to an embodiment includes a copper sulfide layer formed on a first barrier metal formed in a via and trench; and a via plug and an upper metal wiring formed in the via hole and the trench, respectively, on the copper sulfide layer and an exposed lower metal wiring.01-07-2010
20090075473METHOD FOR FABRICATING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - A method for fabricating a semiconductor device capable of improving electrical junction capability between a pad metal line and an upper metal line by removing a foreign substance present on the surface of the pad metal line prior to formation of the upper metal line.03-19-2009
20100029076METHOD OF MAKING AN INTERCONNECT STRUCTURE - A damascene process is described using a copper fill process to fill a trench (02-04-2010
20090017614SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - In order to block hydrogen ions produced when forming an interlayer insulating film by HDP-CVD or the like to thereby suppress an adverse effect of the hydrogen ions on a device, in a semiconductor device including a contact layer, a metal interconnection and an interlayer insulating film on a semiconductor substrate having a gate electrode formed thereon, the interlayer insulating film is formed on the metal interconnection by bias-applied plasma CVD using source gas containing hydrogen atoms, and a silicon oxynitride film is provided in the underlayer of the metal interconnection and the interlayer insulating film.01-15-2009
20090017612METHODS FOR FABRICATING ARRAY SUBSTRATES - Methods for fabricating array substrates are provided. A method for fabricating an array substrate includes forming a first metal layer over a substrate and then patterned by a first photolithography to forming a gate line, a gate electrode connecting the gate line, and a pad over the substrate. An insulating layer, a semiconductor layer, and an ohmic contact layer are formed over the substrate to cover the gate line, the gate electrode and the pad. The ohmic contact layer, the semiconductor layer, and portions of the insulating layer are patterned by a second photolithography to forming a semiconductor structure over the substrate and a via hole in the insulating layer over the pad to exposing a part of the pad.01-15-2009
20080318415INTERCONNECT STRUCTURES WITH ENCASING CAP AND METHODS OF MAKING THEREOF - A method of making an interconnect comprising: providing an interconnect structure in a dielectric material, recessing the dielectric material such that a portion of the interconnect structure extends above an upper surface of the dielectric; and depositing an encasing cap over the extended portion of the interconnect structure.12-25-2008
20090137113Method for fabricating a Microstructure - A method for fabricating a microstructure is to form at least one insulation layer including a micro-electro-mechanical structure therein over an upper surface of a silicon substrate. The micro-electro-mechanical structure includes at least one microstructure and a metal sacrificial structure that are independent with each other. In the metal sacrificial structure are formed a plurality of metal layers and a plurality of metal via layers connected to the respective metal layers. A barrier layer is formed over an upper surface of the insulation layer, and an etching stop layer is subsequently formed over a lower surface of the silicon substrate. An etching operation is carried out from the lower surface of the silicon substrate to form a space corresponding to the micro-electro-mechanical structure, and then the metal sacrificial structure is etched, thus achieving a microstructure suspension.05-28-2009
20090004845Method for Making Semiconductor Structures Implementing Sacrificial Material - Methods of fabricating semiconductor structures on a substrate, where the substrate has transistors formed thereon, are provided. One method includes forming interconnect metallization structures in a plurality of levels. The forming of the interconnect metallization structures includes depositing a sacrificial layer and performing a process to etch trenches, vias, and stubs into the sacrificial layer. The method further includes filling and planarizing the trenches, vias, and stubs that were etched and then etching away the sacrificial layer throughout the plurality of levels of the interconnect metallization structures. The etching leaving a voided interconnect metallization structure that is structurally supported by stubs that are non-electrically functional.01-01-2009
20080261392CONDUCTIVE VIA FORMATION - A method involves depositing a first electrically conductive material, using a deposition technique, into a via formed in a material, the via having a diameter at a surface of the material of less than about 10 μm and a depth of greater than about 50 μm, so as to form a seed layer within the via, then creating a thickening layer on top of the seed layer by electrolessly plating the seed layer with a second electrically conductive material without performing any activation process within the via between via formation and the creating the thickening layer, and then electroplating a conductor metal onto the thickening layer until a volume bounded by the thickening layer within the via is filled with the conductor metal.10-23-2008
20090246951METHOD FOR PATTERNING A METALLIZATION LAYER BY REDUCING RESIST STRIP INDUCED DAMAGE OF THE DIELECTRIC MATERIAL - By forming a hardmask layer in combination with one or more cap layers, undue exposure of a sensitive dielectric material to resist stripping etch ambients may be reduced and integrity of the hardmask may also be maintained so that the trench etch process may be performed with a high degree of etch selectivity during the patterning of openings in a metallization layer of a semiconductor device.10-01-2009
20100261346 CIRCUIT MANUFACTURING AND DESIGN TECHNIQUES FOR REFERENCE PLANE VOIDS WITH STRIP SEGMENT - Manufacturing circuits with reference plane voids over vias with a strip segment interconnect permits routing critical signal paths over vias, while increasing via insertion capacitance only slightly. The transmission line reference plane defines voids above (or below) signal-bearing plated-through holes (PTHs) that pass through a rigid substrate core, so that the signals are not degraded by an impedance mismatch that would otherwise be caused by shunt capacitance from the top (or bottom) of the signal-bearing PTHs to the transmission line reference plane. In order to provide increased routing density, signal paths are routed over the voids, but disruption of the signal paths by the voids is prevented by including a conductive strip through the voids that reduces the coupling to the signal-bearing PTHs and maintains the impedance of the signal path conductor.10-14-2010
20100190334THREE-DIMENSIONAL SEMICONDUCTOR STRUCTURE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A semiconductor circuit structure includes a support substrate which carries an interconnect region and electronic circuitry. The semiconductor circuit structure includes a device substrate coupled to the interconnect region through a conductive bonding layer. The device substrate includes a planarized surface which faces the conductive bonding layer. The device substrate can carry laterally oriented semiconductor devices which are connected to the electronic circuitry carried by the support substrate. The device substrate can be processed to form vertically oriented semiconductor devices which are connected, through the interconnect region and conductive bonding layer, to the electronic circuitry carried by the support substrate.07-29-2010
20100216303SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE HAVING REINFORCED LOW-K INSULATING FILM AND ITS MANUFACTURE METHOD - A semiconductor device manufacture method has the steps of: (a) coating a low dielectric constant low-level insulating film above a semiconductor substrate formed with a plurality of semiconductor elements; (b) processing the low-level insulating film to increase a mechanical strength of the low-level insulating film; (c) coating a low dielectric constant high-level insulating film above the low-level insulating film; and (d) forming a buried wiring including a wiring pattern in the high-level insulating film and a via conductor in the low-level insulating film. The low-level insulating film and high-level insulating film are made from the same material. The process of increasing the mechanical strength includes an ultraviolet ray irradiation process or a hydrogen plasma applying process.08-26-2010
20100159693Method of Forming Via Recess in Underlying Conductive Line - A method of fabricating a semiconductor device includes forming a via in a dielectric layer that opens to a conductive line underlying the dielectric layer, and forming a via recess in the conductive line at the via. The via recess in the conductive line has a depth ranging from about 100 angstroms to about 600 angstroms. Via-fill material fills the via recess and at least partially fills the via, such that the via-fill material is electrically connected to the conductive line. The via recess may have a same size or smaller cross-section area than that of the via, for example. Such via structure may be part of a dual damascene structure in an intermetal dielectric structure, for example.06-24-2010
20100151675WIRING STRUCTURE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME - There are provided with a wiring structure and a method for manufacturing the same wherein in a wiring structure of multi-layered wiring in which a metal wiring is formed on a substrate forming a semiconductor element thereby obtaining connection of the element, no damage to insulation property between the abutting wirings by occurrence of leakage current and no deterioration of insulation resistance property between the abutting wirings are achieved in case that fine metal wiring is formed in a porous insulation film. The insulation barrier layer 06-17-2010
20100227471Pseudo Hybrid Structure for Low K Interconnect Integration - A method and apparatus are described for fabricating an ultra low-k interconnect structure by depositing and curing a first via layer (09-09-2010
20100112803Methods of Forming Integrated Circuit Devices Using Contact Hole Spacers to Improve Contact Isolation - Methods of forming integrated circuit devices include upper sidewall spacers in contact holes to provide enhanced electrical isolation to contact plugs therein while maintaining relatively low contact resistance. These methods include forming an interlayer insulating layer on a semiconductor substrate. The interlayer insulating layer includes at least a first electrically insulating layer of a first material on the semiconductor substrate and a second electrically insulating layer of a second material on the first electrically insulating layer. A contact hole is formed that extends through the interlayer insulating layer and exposes a primary surface of the semiconductor substrate. This contact hole may be formed by selectively etching the second electrically insulating layer and the first electrically insulating layer in sequence and at a faster etch rate of the first material relative to the second material. This sequential etching of the first material at a faster rate than the second material may yield a contact hole having a recessed sidewall.05-06-2010
20100112805SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD OF FABRICATING THE SAME - There is provided a semiconductor device and method of fabricating the same that employs an insulation film of a borazine-based compound to provided enhanced contact between a material for insulation and that for interconnection, increased mechanical strength, and other improved characteristics. The semiconductor device includes a first insulation layer having a recess with a first conductor layer buried therein, an etching stopper layer formed on the first insulation layer, a second insulation layer formed on the etching stopper layer, a third insulation layer formed on the second insulation layer, and a second conductor layer buried in a recess of the second and third insulation layers. The second and third insulation layers are grown by chemical vapor deposition with a carbon-containing borazine compound used as a source material and the third insulation layer is smaller in carbon content than the second insulation layer.05-06-2010
20100197133METHOD OF FORMING A METALLIZATION SYSTEM OF A SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE BY USING A HARD MASK FOR DEFINING THE VIA SIZE - In a “via first/trench last” approach for forming metal lines and vias in a metallization system of a semiconductor device, a combination of two hard masks may be used, wherein the desired lateral size of the via openings may be defined on the basis of spacer elements, thereby resulting in significantly less demanding lithography conditions compared to conventional approaches.08-05-2010
20080305627METHOD OF FORMING A CONTACT PLUG AND METHOD OF FORMING A SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - A method of forming a contact plug includes the following processes. A dummy film is formed over a substrate. The dummy film may include amorphous carbon as a main material. At least one contact hole is formed in the dummy film. At least one contact plug is formed in the at least one contact hole.12-11-2008
20080280433Method for manufacturing semiconductor device - A four-layer structured hard mask composed of a SiC film, a first SiO11-13-2008
20100297843Method for Forming Vias in a Semiconductor Substrate and a Semiconductor Device having the Semiconductor Substrate - The present invention relates to a method for forming vias in a semiconductor substrate, including the following steps: (a) providing a semiconductor substrate having a first surface and a second surface; (b) forming a groove on the semiconductor substrate; (c) filling the groove with a conductive metal; (d) removing part of the semiconductor substrate which surrounds the conductive metal, wherein the conductive metal is maintained so as to form an accommodating space between the conductive metal and the semiconductor substrate; and (e) forming an insulating material in the accommodating space. In this way, thicker insulating material can be formed in the accommodating space, and the thickness of the insulating material in the accommodating space is even.11-25-2010
20090068834METHOD OF FORMING A CONTACT PLUG OF A SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - In a method of forming a contact plug of a semiconductor device, a nitride layer is prevented from being broken by forming a passivation layer over the nitride layer when contact holes are formed by etching an insulating layer between select lines formed over a semiconductor substrate. In an etch process of forming the contact plug, the passivation layer formed on sidewalls of the select lines is formed twice to protect the sidewalls of the select lines. Accordingly, the sidewalls of the select lines can be prevented from being damaged. Consequently, a process margin necessary to form a contact plug can be increased and, therefore, a smaller contact plug can be formed.03-12-2009
20090068833METHOD OF FORMING CONTACT HOLE OF SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - The present invention relates to a method of forming a contact hole of a semiconductor device. According to the method of forming a contact hole of a semiconductor device, a semiconductor substrate in which gates and junctions are formed is provided. A self-aligned contact (SAC) nitride layer is formed on a surface of the gates. A pre-metal dielectric layer is formed on the SAC nitride layer. A contact hole is formed to thereby expose the junction between the gates. A passivation layer is formed on sidewalls of the contact hole. A contact plug is formed, thus gap-filling the contact hole.03-12-2009
20090075474METHODS FOR FORMING DUAL DAMASCENE WIRING USING POROGEN CONTAINING SACRIFICIAL VIA FILLER MATERIAL - Methods for fabricating dual damascene interconnect structures are provided in which a sacrificial material containing porogen (a pore forming agent) is used for filling via holes in an interlayer dielectric layer such that the sacrificial material can be transformed to porous material that can be quickly and efficiently removed from the via holes without damaging or removing the interlayer dielectric layer.03-19-2009
20110086508SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE HAVING METAL WIRINGS OF LAMINATED STRUCTURE - A semiconductor device that includes a metal wiring formed on the insulating film and having a main wiring portion laminated with a plurality of metal films and a metal protection film formed at least on the upper surfaces of the main wiring portion and made of a precious metal material.04-14-2011
20100015797MANUFACTURING METHOD OF SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - When a tungsten film (01-21-2010
20100130004SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME - In a pad forming region electrically connecting an element forming region to the outside, in which a low dielectric constant insulating film is formed in association with in the element forming region, a Cu film serving as a via formed in the low dielectric constant insulating film in the pad forming region is disposed in higher density than that of a Cu film serving as a via in the element forming region. Hereby, when an internal stress occurs, the stress is prevented from disproportionately concentrating on the via, and deterioration of a function of a wiring caused thereby can be avoided.05-27-2010
20080305628SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE WITH CONNECTING VIA AND DUMMY VIA AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - An underlying interconnect including a first barrier metal layer, an interconnect metal layer and a second barrier metal layer is formed on a semiconductor substrate, and an interlayer dielectric is formed thereon. Etching is performed with a photoresist defining an opening for a first via, and an opening for a second via having a larger bottom area than the first via opening, so as to form a first via hole and a second via hole in the interlayer dielectric. Since the second via hole has a larger diameter than the second via hole, the second via hole is opened up prior to the second via hole, and the underlying interconnect is exposed first at the bottom of the second via hole.12-11-2008
20080305626METHOD OF FORMING SOLID BLIND VIAS THROUGH THE DIELECTRIC COATING ON HIGH DENSITY INTERCONNECT SUBSTRATE MATERIALS - A method is provided comprising: coating an electrically conductive core with a first removable material, creating openings in the first removable material to expose portions of the electrically conductive core, plating a conductive material onto the exposed portions of the electrically conductive core, coating the conductive material with a second removable material, removing the first removable material, electrophoretically coating the electrically conductive core with a dielectric coating, and removing the second removable material.12-11-2008
20090081864SiC Film for Semiconductor Processing - A silicon carbide (SiC) film for use in backend processing of integrated circuit manufacturing, is generated by including hydrogen in the reaction gas mixture. This SiC containing film is suitable for integration into etch stop layers, dielectric cap layers and hard mask layers in interconnects of integrated circuits.03-26-2009
20080213993Method and Apparatus of Stress Relief in Semiconductor Structures - A method, apparatus and system are provided for relieving stress in the via structures of semiconductor structures whenever a linewidth below a via is larger than a ground-rule, including providing a via at least as large as the groundrule, providing a landing pad above the via, providing a via bar in place of a via, slotting the metal linewidth below the via, or providing an oversize via with a sidewall spacer.09-04-2008
20100279502METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT DEVICE AND A METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A THIN FILM PROBE SHEET FOR USING THE SAME - A probe having a sufficient height is manufactured by selectively depositing, over the main surface of a wafer, a copper film in a region in which a metal film is to be formed and a region which will be outside an adhesion ring when a probe card is fabricated; forming the metal film, polyimide film, interconnect, another polyimide film, another interconnect and a further polyimide film; and then removing the wafer and copper film. According to the present invention, when probe testing is performed using a prober (thin film probe) having the probe formed in the above-described manner while utilizing the manufacturing technology of semiconductor integrated circuit devices, it is possible to prevent breakage of the prober and a wafer to be tested.11-04-2010
20080254616SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND A METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - For simplifying the dual-damascene formation steps of a multilevel Cu interconnect, a formation step of an antireflective film below a photoresist film is omitted. Described specifically, an interlayer insulating film is dry etched with a photoresist film formed thereover as a mask, and interconnect trenches are formed by terminating etching at the surface of a stopper film formed in the interlayer insulating film. The stopper film is made of an SiCN film having a low optical reflectance, thereby causing it to serve as an antireflective film when the photoresist film is exposed.10-16-2008
20110021020SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND FABRICATION PROCESS THEREOF - A semiconductor device includes a first interconnection pattern embedded in a first insulation film, a second insulation film covering the first interconnection pattern over the first insulation film, an interconnection trench formed in an upper part of the second insulation film, a via-hole extending downward from the interconnection trench at a lower part of the second insulation film, the via-hole exposing the first interconnection pattern, a second interconnection pattern filling the interconnection trench, a via-plug extending downward in the via-hole from the second interconnection pattern and making a contact with the first interconnection pattern, and a barrier metal film formed between the second interconnection pattern and the interconnection trench, the barrier metal film covering a surface of the via-plug continuously, wherein the via-plug has a tip end part invading into the first interconnection pattern across a surface of said first interconnection pattern, the interconnection trench has a flat bottom surface, and the barrier metal film has a larger film thickness at the tip end part of the via-plug as compared with a sidewall surface of the via-plug.01-27-2011
20100240212Method of manufacturing a semiconductor device - A semiconductor device manufacturing method includes a process for filling holes in a dielectric film with tungsten. The process deposits tungsten in the holes, partially etches the deposited tungsten, and then deposits additional tungsten in the holes. Voids that may be left by the first tungsten deposition step are made accessible by openings formed in the etching step, and are then filled in by the second tungsten deposition step. Tungsten hexafluoride may be used as both a deposition source gas and an etching gas, providing a simple and inexpensive process that is suitable for high-volume production.09-23-2010
20110086507METHOD FOR PROVIDING OXIDE LAYERS - A method for providing an oxide layer on a semiconductor substrate is disclosed. In one aspect, the method includes obtaining a semiconductor substrate. The substrate may have a three-dimensional structure, which may comprise at least one hole. The method may also include forming an oxide layer on the substrate, for example, on the three-dimensional structure, by anodizing the substrate in an acidic electrolyte solution.04-14-2011
20100144138METHODS OF FORMING CONTACT STRUCTURES AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES FABRICATED USING CONTACT STRUCTURES - Provided are methods of forming contact structures and semiconductor devices fabricated using the contact structures. The formation of a contact structure can include forming a first molding pattern on a substrate, forming an insulating layer to cover at least a sidewall of the first molding pattern, forming a second molding pattern to cover a sidewall of the insulating layer and spaced apart from the first molding pattern, removing a portion of the insulating layer between the first and second molding patterns to form a hole, and forming an insulating pattern between the first and second molding patterns, and forming a contact pattern in the hole.06-10-2010
20100022085Method of Forming Support Structures for Semiconductor Devices - Support structures for semiconductor devices and methods of manufacturing thereof are disclosed. In some embodiments, the support structures include a plurality of support members that is formed in a substantially annular shape beneath a wire bond region. The central region inside the substantially annular shape of the plurality of support members may be used to route functional conductive lines for making electrical contact to active areas of the semiconductor device. Dummy support structures may optionally be formed between the functional conductive lines. The support structures may be formed in one or more conductive line layers and semiconductive material layers of a semiconductor device. In other embodiments, support members are not formed in an annular shape, and are formed in insulating layers that do not comprise low dielectric constant (k) materials.01-28-2010
20100022084Method for Forming Interconnect Structures - Methods of fabricating interconnect structures in a semiconductor integrated circuit (IC) are presented. A preferred embodiment comprises forming interconnect lines and vias through a dual-damascenes process. It includes forming a via dielectric layer, an etch stop layer directly over the via dielectric layer, and a trench dielectric layer over the etch stop layer. The etch stop layer is patterned through a first photolithography and etch process to form openings in the etch stop layer, prior to the formation of the trench dielectric layer. A second photolithography and etch process is performed after formation of the trench dielectric layer to create trench openings in the trench dielectric layer and via openings in the via dielectric layer, where the patterned etch stop layer acts as a hard-mask in forming vias in the via dielectric layer.01-28-2010
20110306202METHOD FOR FABRICATING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - A method for fabricating a semiconductor device includes: forming a plurality of photoresist patterns over a substrate structure; forming an insulation layer for a spacer over a structure including the photoresist patterns; forming a plurality of spacers on sidewalls of the photoresist patterns by anisotropically etching the insulation layer, and forming a first opening through the insulation layer; and forming second openings in the insulation layer to expose the substrate structure.12-15-2011
20120302057SELF ALIGNING VIA PATTERNING - A method for patterning self-aligned vias in a dielectric. The method includes forming a first trench partially through a hard mask, where the trench corresponds to a desired wiring path in the dielectric. The trench should be formed on a sub-lithographic scale. Then, form a second trench, also of a sub-lithographic scale, that intersects the first trench. The intersection forms a pattern extending through the depth of the hard mask, and corresponds to a via hole in the dielectric. The via hole is etched into the dielectric through the hard mask. Then the first trench is extended through the hard mask and the exposed area is etched to form the wiring path, which intersects the via hole. Conductive material is deposited to form a sub-lithographic via and wiring. This method may be used to form multiple vias of sub-lithographic proportions and with a sub-lithographic pitch.11-29-2012
20110143532Method of forming semiconductor cell structure, method of forming semiconductor device including the semiconductor cell structure, and method of forming semiconductor module including the semiconductor device - In a method of forming a semiconductor cell structure, a first insulating layer may be formed on a semiconductor substrate. A connection pattern may be formed in the first insulating layer. Second and third insulating layers may be sequentially formed on the connection pattern. The third insulating layer may be etched at least twice and the second insulating layer may be etched at least once to form a through hole in the second and third insulating layers. The through hole may expose the connection pattern.06-16-2011
20090311859METHOD FOR ENABLING HARD MASK FREE INTEGRATION OF ULTRA LOW-K MATERIALS AND STRUCTURES PRODUCED THEREBY - A method of fabricating an interconnect structure on a substrate includes steps of: providing a dielectric with at least one etched opening; filling the at least one etched opening with at least one conductive material; planarizing the conductive material to provide a planarized structure; subjecting the planarized structure to a plasma preclean process; and exposing the planarized structure to a silylating repair agent which is a silane derivative; and forming a dielectric cap layer on the planarized structure.12-17-2009
20120040525METHOD FOR FORMING INTERCONNECTION LEVELS OF AN INTEGRATED CIRCUIT - A method for forming interconnection levels of an integrated circuit, including the steps of: (a) forming an interconnection level including conductive tracks and vias separated by a porous dielectric material; (b) forming, on the interconnection level, a layer of a non-porous insulating material, said layer comprising openings above portions of porous dielectric material; (c) repeating steps (a) and (b) to obtain the adequate number of interconnection levels; and (d) annealing the structure.02-16-2012
20120003830METHOD FOR MANUFACTURE OF INTEGRATED CIRCUIT PACKAGE SYSTEM WITH PROTECTED CONDUCTIVE LAYERS FOR PADS - A method for manufacture of an integrated circuit package system includes: providing an integrated circuit die having a contact pad; forming a protection cover over the contact pad; forming a passivation layer having a first opening over the protection cover with the first opening exposing the protection cover; developing a conductive layer over the passivation layer; forming a pad opening in the protection cover for exposing the contact pad having the conductive layer partially removed; and an interconnect directly on the contact pad and only adjacent to the protection cover and the passivation layer.01-05-2012
20120070978SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD - A miniaturized semiconductor device is provided by reducing the design thickness of a wiring line protecting film covering the surface of a wiring layer, and reducing the distance between the wiring layer and via plugs formed by a self-aligning process. Dummy mask layers extending in the same layout pattern as the wiring layer is formed above the wiring layer covered with a protecting film composed of a cap layer and side wall layers. In the self-aligning process for forming via plugs in a self-aligned manner with the wiring layer and its protecting film, the thickness of the cap layer is reduced and the design interval between the via plugs is reduced, whereby the miniaturization of the semiconductor device is achieved.03-22-2012
20120108054Dual Damascene Copper Process Using a Selected Mask - A method for creating a dual damascene structure while using only one lithography and masking step. Conventional dual damascene structures utilize two lithography steps: one to mask and expose the via, and a second step to mask and expose the trench interconnection. The novel method for creating a dual damascene structure allows for a smaller number of processing steps, thus reducing the processing time needed to complete the dual damascene structure. In addition, a lower number of masks may be needed. The exemplary mask or reticle used within the process incorporates different regions possessing different transmission rates. During the exposing step, light from an exposing source passes through the mask to expose a portion of the photoresist layer on top of the wafer. Depending on the transmission rate of the different regions, different thickness of the photoresist layer are exposed and later removed by a developing solution, which allows a subsequent etch process to remove portions of both the dielectric layer and photoresist layer to create a dual damascene structure.05-03-2012
20120108055MANUFACTURING PROCESS OF SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - After forming a ring-shaped trench penetrating through a semiconductor substrate from a rear surface side thereof and forming an insulating film inside the trench and on the rear surface of the semiconductor substrate, a through hole is formed in the insulating film and semiconductor substrate on an inner side of the ring-shaped trench from the rear surface side, thereby exposing a surface protection insulating film formed on a front surface of the semiconductor substrate at a bottom of the through hole. After removing the surface protection insulating film at the bottom of the through hole to form an opening to expose an element surface electrode, a contact electrode connected to the element surface electrode is formed on inner walls of the through hole and opening, and a pad electrode made of the same layer as the contact electrode is formed on the rear surface of the semiconductor substrate.05-03-2012
20110092068SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD FOR FABRICATING THE SAME - A semiconductor device includes: a first insulation film formed over a semiconductor substrate; and a plurality of first interconnects selectively formed in the first insulation film. A plurality of gaps are formed in part of the first insulation film located between adjacent ones of the first interconnects so that each of the gaps has a cylindrical shape extending vertically to a principal surface of the semiconductor substrate. A cap film is formed of metal or a material containing metal in upper part of each of the first interconnects.04-21-2011
20110065272STACKED MULTILAYER STRUCTURE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF - A stacked multilayer structure according to an embodiment of the present invention comprises: a stacked layer part including a plurality of conducting layers and a plurality of insulating layers, said plurality of insulating layers being stacked alternately with each layer of said plurality of conducting layers, one of said plurality of insulating layers being a topmost layer among said plurality of conducting layers and said plurality of insulating layers; and a plurality of contacts, each contact of said plurality of contacts being formed from said topmost layer and each contact of said plurality of contacts being in contact with a respective conducting layer of said plurality of conducting layers, a side surface of each of said plurality of contacts being insulated from said plurality of conducting layers via an insulating film.03-17-2011
20110104889Methods of Forming Integrated Circuit Devices Using Contact Hole Spacers to Improve Contact Isolation - Methods of forming integrated circuit devices include upper sidewall spacers in contact holes to provide enhanced electrical isolation to contact plugs therein while maintaining relatively low contact resistance. These methods include forming an interlayer insulating layer on a semiconductor substrate. The interlayer insulating layer includes at least a first electrically insulating layer of a first material on the semiconductor substrate and a second electrically insulating layer of a second material on the first electrically insulating layer. A contact hole is formed that extends through the interlayer insulating layer and exposes a primary surface of the semiconductor substrate. This contact hole may be formed by selectively etching the second electrically insulating layer and the first electrically insulating layer in sequence and at a faster etch rate of the first material relative to the second material. This sequential etching of the first material at a faster rate than the second material may yield a contact hole having a recessed sidewall.05-05-2011
20110104888SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES HAVING REDISTRIBUTION STRUCTURES AND PACKAGES, AND METHODS OF FORMING THE SAME - Semiconductor devices and methods of forming the same, including forming a chip pad on a chip substrate, forming a passivation layer on the chip pad and the chip substrate, forming a first insulation layer on the passivation layer, forming a recess and a first opening in the first insulation layer, forming a second opening in the passivation layer to correspond to the first opening, forming a redistribution line in a redistribution line area of the recess, the first opening, and the second opening, forming a second insulation layer on the redistribution line and the first insulation layer, and forming an opening in the second insulation to expose a portion of the redistribution line as a redistribution pad.05-05-2011
20090130841METHOD FOR FORMING CONTACT IN SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - A method for forming a contact in a semiconductor device, comprises providing a substrate, forming a plurality of conductive patterns and a passivation layer surrounding the conductive patterns over the substrate, forming an insulation layer covering the conductive patterns and passivation layer, forming a mask pattern for a contact over the insulation layer, forming a first opening by performing an isotropic etch process on the insulation layer using the mask pattern as an etch mask, wherein the isotropic etch process is performed until the insulation layer meets the passivation layer, forming a barrier layer over a resultant structure of the first opening, exposing the insulation layer by performing an anisotropic etch process using the mask pattern as an etch mask, and forming a second opening exposing the substrate by performing a self aligned contact (SAC) process using the mask pattern and barrier layer as an etch mask.05-21-2009
20110183513SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND A METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - For simplifying the dual-damascene formation steps of a multilevel Cu interconnect, a formation step of an antireflective film below a photoresist film is omitted. Described specifically, an interlayer insulating film is dry etched with a photoresist film formed thereover as a mask, and interconnect trenches are formed by terminating etching at the surface of a stopper film formed in the interlayer insulating film. The stopper film is made of an SiCN film having a low optical reflectance, thereby causing it to serve as an antireflective film when the photoresist film is exposed.07-28-2011
20120129338METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - When a wiring structure is formed by a trench-first dual damascene method, a first hard mask for forming via holes and a second hard mask for forming wiring trenches are sequentially formed on an interlayer insulating film, openings are formed at the first hard mask while using the second hard mask as a mask, and thereafter, the openings are expanded in a lateral direction by an isotropic etching to form openings, via holes are formed by etching the interlayer insulating film while using the first hard mask and the second hard mask as masks, and wiring trenches communicating with the via holes are formed by etching the interlayer insulating film while using the second hard mask as a mask.05-24-2012
20100210103Method of manufacturing semiconductor device - There is provided a method of manufacturing a semiconductor device including: preparing a semiconductor substrate, forming a first insulating layer, a first redistribution layer, a second insulating layer, a second redistribution layer, and at least one of first processing, in which, after the first electrically conductive material is filled in the first opening to form a first via interconnect, the first redistribution layer is formed on the first insulating layer with the first electrically conductive material such that the first redistribution layer is electrically connected to the first via interconnect; or second processing, in which, after the second electrically conductive material is filled in the second opening to form a second via interconnect, the second redistribution layer is formed on the second insulating layer with the second electrically conductive material such that the second redistribution layer is electrically connected to the second via interconnect.08-19-2010
20120231624Process for Producing Vertical Interconnections Through Structured Layers - A process is provided for producing at least one interconnecting well to achieve a conductive pathway between at least two connection layers of a component comprising a stack of at least one first substrate and one second substrate which are electrically insulated from one another, the process including defining a surface contact region of a surface connection layer over a surface of the stack and of at least one first contact region embedded in the stack starting from a first embedded connection layer of the first substrate. A region devoid of material is positioned between the first substrate and second substrates and which comprises a stage of producing a interconnecting well which passes through the second substrate and extends between the surface contact region and the first embedded contact region and passes through the region devoid of material, and also a first layer which covers the first embedded connection layer.09-13-2012
20100173491METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - A method of forming an insulating layer on an conductive layer; forming a first mask layer and a second mask layer on the insulating layer; forming a resist layer on the second mask layer; patterning the resist layer; patterning the second mask layer by using the resist layer as a mask; etching the first mask layer halfway through its thickness by using the resist layer and the second mask layer as a mask; removing the resist layer; etching a remaining portion of the first mask layer using the second mask layer as a mask; forming an interconnect groove by etching the insulating layer using the first mask layer as a mask; and forming an electrically conductive material into the interconnect groove, thereby forming an interconnect layer connected to the conductive layer.07-08-2010
20120220119SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PATTERNING VERTICAL CONTACTS AND METAL LINES IN A COMMON ETCH PROCESS - Interlayer connections, i.e., vertical connections, may be formed on the basis of a hard mask material, which may be positioned below, within or above an interlayer dielectric material, wherein one lateral dimension is defined by a trench mask, thereby obtaining a desired interlayer connection in a common patterning process. Furthermore, the thickness of at least certain portions of the metal lines may be adjusted with a high degree of flexibility, thereby providing the possibility of significantly reducing the overall resistivity of metal lines in metal levels, in which device performance may significantly depend on resistivity rather than parasitic capacitance.08-30-2012
20090061619METHOD OF FABRICATING METAL LINE - A method of fabricating a metal line of a semiconductor device that prevents formation of serrations in a metal line to thereby increase operational reliability of a semiconductor device. The method includes forming a lower metal line in a semiconductor substrate; and then forming a first nitride layer as an etching stop layer over the semiconductor substrate including the lower metal line; and then forming a first insulating layer over the first nitride layer; and then forming a second nitride layer over the first insulating layer; and then forming a contact hole partially exposing the uppermost surface of the lower metal line by performing a first etching process; and then simultaneously forming a second insulating layer over the second nitride layer and a void in the contact hole; and then forming a trench corresponding spatially to the contact hole and partially exposing the uppermost surface of the lower metal line by performing a second etching process.03-05-2009
20120225552TWO-TRACK CROSS-CONNECTS IN DOUBLE-PATTERNED METAL LAYERS USING A FORBIDDEN ZONE - An integrated circuit is formed by forming a first interconnect pattern in parallel route tracks, and forming a second interconnect pattern in alternating parallel route tracks. The first interconnect pattern includes a first lead pattern in the parallel route tracks, and the second interconnect pattern includes a second lead pattern in an immediately adjacent route track. The first interconnect pattern includes a crossover pattern which extends from the first lead pattern to the second lead pattern. An exclusion zone in the route track immediately adjacent to the crossover pattern is free of a lead pattern for a lateral distance of two to three times the width of the crossover pattern. Metal interconnect lines are form in the first interconnect pattern and the second interconnect pattern areas, including a continuous metal crossover line through the crossover pattern area. The exclusion zone is free of the metal interconnect lines.09-06-2012
20120083115METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE HAVING AN INTERCONNECT STRUCTURE AND A REINFORCING INSULATING FILM - A semiconductor device includes in an interconnect structure which includes a first interconnect made of a copper-containing metal, a first Cu silicide layer covering the upper portion of the first interconnect, a conductive first plug provided on the upper portion of the Cu silicide layer and connected to the first interconnect, a Cu silicide layer covering the upper portion of the first plug, a first porous MSQ film provided over the side wall from the first interconnect through the first plug and formed to cover the side wall of the first interconnect, the upper portion of the first interconnect, and the side wall of the first plug, and a first SiCN film disposed under the first porous MSQ film to contact with the lower portion of the side wall of the first interconnect and having the greater film density than the first porous MSQ film.04-05-2012
20120264289INTEGRATED CIRCUIT INTERCONNECT STRUCTURE - An integrated circuit (IC) interconnect structure that includes a first via positioned in a dielectric and coupled to a high current device at one end, and a buffer metal segment positioned in a dielectric and coupled to the first via at an opposite end thereof. The buffer metal segment includes a plurality of electrically insulating inter-dielectric (ILD) pads forming an ILD cheesing pattern thereon, to direct current. The IC interconnect structure further includes a second via positioned in a dielectric formed over the buffer metal segment and coupled to the buffer metal segment at one end and a metal power line formed in a dielectric and coupled to the second via at an opposite end thereof. The use of the ILD pads on the buffer metal segment enables a more even distribution of current along the metal power line.10-18-2012
20090004846WIRING BOARD, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF - The invention provides a wiring board having a small-scale and high-performance functional circuit while realizing a multi-layer wiring with a small number of steps. In addition, the invention provides a semiconductor device in which a display device is integrated with such high-performance functional circuit on the same substrate. According to the invention, first to third wirings, first and second interlayer insulating films and first and second contact holes are formed over a substrate having an insulating surface. The second wiring is wider than the first wiring, or the third wiring is wider than the first wiring or the second wiring. The second contact hole has a larger diameter than the first contact hole.01-01-2009
20120270390SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF THE SAME - In a semiconductor device, capacitance between copper interconnections is decreased and the insulation breakdown is improved simultaneously, and a countermeasure is taken for misalignment via by a manufacturing method including the steps of forming an interconnection containing copper as a main ingredient in an insulative film above a substrate, forming insulative films and a barrier insulative film for a reservoir pattern, forming an insulative film capable of suppressing or preventing copper from diffusing on the upper surface and on the lateral surface of the interconnection and above the insulative film and the insulative film, forming insulative films of low dielectric constant, in which the insulative film is formed such that the deposition rate above the opposing lateral surfaces of the interconnections is larger than the deposition rate therebelow to form an air gap between the adjacent interconnections and, finally, planarizing the insulative film by interlayer CMP.10-25-2012
20120276735METHOD OF FORMING A SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - An improved method of forming a semiconductor device including an interconnect layer formed using multilayer hard mask comprising metal mask and dielectric mask is provided. To form the second opening pattern being aligned to the first pattern, after the multilayer hard mask is used at the first step, then the dielectric mask is used to form a damascene structure in an insulator layer at the second step followed by removing the metal mask.11-01-2012
20100203724METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT DEVICE - A manufacturing technique is disclosed for producing a semiconductor integrated circuit device having plural layers of buried wirings, and such that there is prevented the occurrence of a discontinuity caused by stress migration at an interface between a plug connected at a bottom thereof to a buried wiring and the buried wiring. For example, in the case where the width of a first Cu wiring is not smaller than about 0.9 μm and is smaller than about 1.44 μm, and the width of a second Cu wiring and the diameter of a plug are about 0.18 μm, there are arranged two or more plugs which connect the first wirings and the second Cu wirings electrically with each other.08-12-2010
20100167525SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE THEREOF - A seal ring is provided between a region where a circuit is formed on a semiconductor substrate and a dicing region. The seal ring has a portion where sealing layers of which the cross sectional form is in T-shape are layered and a portion where sealing layers of which the cross sectional form is rectangular are layered.07-01-2010
20100130003Method of Forming Through-Silicon Vias - A method of forming a semiconductor device having a through-silicon via (TSV) is provided. A semiconductor device is provided having a first dielectric layer formed thereon. One or more dielectric layers are formed over the first dielectric layer, such that each of the dielectric layers have a stacking structure, wherein the stacking structures in the one or more dielectric layers are vertically aligned. The stacking structures may be, for example, metal rings. The stacking structures are then removed to form a first recess. A second recess is formed by extending the first recess into the substrate. The second recess is filled with a conductive material to form the TSV.05-27-2010
20080233737METHOD OF FABRICATING INTERGRATED CIRCUIT CHIP - A method of manufacturing an integrated circuit (IC) chip is provided. The method includes the following steps. First, a substrate is provided. The substrate is divided into an internal region and an external region by a die seal ring region. A number of circuit units are then formed in the internal region on the substrate. Thereafter, a dielectric layer is formed over the substrate, interconnects are formed in the dielectric layer within the internal region, and a number of bonding pad structures are formed in the dielectric layer within the external region. Finally, a cutting process is performed along a number of scribed lines on the substrate to form a number of chips. The bonding pad structures are exposed at the sides of each chip.09-25-2008
20130171817STRUCTURE AND METHOD FOR REDUCING VERTICAL CRACK PROPAGATION - A semiconductor device and a method of fabricating the same, includes vertically stacked layers on an insulator. Each of the layers includes a first dielectric insulator portion, a first metal conductor embedded within the first dielectric insulator portion, a first nitride cap covering the first metal conductor, a second dielectric insulator portion, a second metal conductor embedded within the second dielectric insulator portion, and a second nitride cap covering the second metal conductor. The first and second metal conductors form first vertically stacked conductor layers and second vertically stacked conductor layers. The first vertically stacked conductor layers are proximate the second vertically stacked conductor layers, and at least one air gap is positioned between the first vertically stacked conductor layers and the second vertically stacked conductor layers. An upper semiconductor layer covers the first vertically stacked conductor layers, the air gap and the second plurality of vertically stacked conductor layers.07-04-2013
20130102147Methods of Forming Conductive Structures in Dielectric Layers on an Integrated Circuit Device - One method disclosed herein includes the steps of forming a ULK material layer, forming a hard mask layer above the ULK material layer, forming a patterned photoresist layer above the hard mask layer, performing at least one etching process to define an opening in at least the ULK material layer for a conductive structure to be positioned in at least the ULK material layer, forming a fill material such that it overfills the opening, performing a process operation to remove the patterned photoresist layer and to remove the fill material positioned outside of the opening, removing the fill material from within the opening and, after removing the fill material from within the opening, forming a conductive structure in the opening.04-25-2013
20080206985Method of fabricating a semiconductor device - Methods of fabricating a semiconductor device is provided. The methods include forming an interlayer insulating layer on a semiconductor substrate having a first region and a second region. First contact plugs may be formed on a portion of the second region to fill a plurality of first contact holes. A plurality of first contact mask layers and a plurality of first dummy mask layers may be formed on the interlayer insulating layer. The first contact mask layers may be formed in the first region. The first dummy mask layers may be formed in the second region. A plurality of second contact mask layers may be formed between two adjacent first contact mask layers. A plurality of second dummy mask layers may be formed between two adjacent first dummy mask layers. The interlayer insulating layer may be etched using the first contact mask layers and the second contact mask layers as etch stop layers to form a plurality of second contact holes through the interlayer insulating layer formed in the first region.08-28-2008
20080200025METHOD OF FORMING COMPOSITE OPENING AND METHOD OF DUAL DAMASCENE PROCESS USING THE SAME - A dual damascene process is provided. A dielectric layer is formed on a substrate and then a via opening is formed in the dielectric layer to expose a liner formed on the substrate. A gap fill (GF) layer is filled into the via opening and a resistant layer is formed on the substrate. A photolithographic process and an etching process are performed to form a trench in the dielectric layer and to remain the gap fill material having a top surface with a convex shape. In the etching process, an etching rate of the gap fill material layer is larger than that of the resistant layer. The gap fill material, the resistant layer, and the liner exposed by the via opening are removed. A conductive layer fills out the trench and the via opening. This invention is focusing on controlling etch-rate to avoid shielding effect when forming the composite opening.08-21-2008
20110256711MICROFEATURE WORKPIECES HAVING CONDUCTIVE INTERCONNECT STRUCTURES FORMED BY CHEMICALLY REACTIVE PROCESSES, AND ASSOCIATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Microfeature workpieces having conductive vias formed by chemically reactive processes, and associated systems and methods are disclosed. A method in accordance with one embodiment includes disposing a conductive lining on walls of a via in a microfeature workpiece, so that a space is located between opposing portions of the lining facing toward each other from opposing portions of the wall. The method can further include chemically reacting the lining with a reactive material to form a chemical compound from a constituent of the reactive material and a constituent of the lining. The method can still further include at least partially filling the space with the compound. In particular embodiments, the conductive lining includes copper, the reactive material includes sulfur hexafluoride, and the chemical compound that at least partially fills the space in the via includes copper sulfide.10-20-2011
20130157456METHODS RELATING TO THE FABRICATION OF DEVICES HAVING CONDUCTIVE SUBSTRATE VIAS WITH CATCH-PAD ETCH-STOPS - An electronic device having a conductive substrate via extending between a conductor on a rear face and a conductor over a front face of the substrate includes a multi-layered etch-stop beneath the front surface conductor. The etch-stop permits use of a single etchant to penetrate both the substrate and any overlying semiconductor and/or dielectric without attacking the overlying front surface conductor. This is especially important when the semiconductor and dielectric are so thin as to preclude changing etchants when these regions are reached during etching. The etch-stop is preferably a stack of N≧2 pairs of sub-layers, where a first sub-layer comprises stress relieving and/or adhesion promoting material (e.g., Ti), and the second sub-layer comprises etch resistant material (e.g., Ni). In a further embodiment, where the device includes field effect transistors having feedback sensitive control gates, the etch-stop material is advantageously used to form gate shields.06-20-2013
20130157457INTERCONNECTS FOR STACKED NON-VOLATILE MEMORY DEVICE AND METHOD - A method of forming a memory device includes providing a substrate having a surface region, defining a cell region and first and second peripheral regions, sequentially forming a first dielectric material, a first wiring structure for a first array of devices, and a second dielectric material over the surface region, forming an opening region in the first peripheral region, the opening region extending in a portion of at least the first and second dielectric materials to expose portions of the first wiring structure and the substrate, forming a second wiring material that is overlying the second dielectric material and fills the opening region to form a vertical interconnect structure in the first peripheral region, and forming a second wiring structure from the second wiring material for a second array of devices, the first and second wiring structures being separated from each other and electrically connected by the vertical interconnect structure.06-20-2013
20120021602LOW RESISTANCE AND RELIABLE COPPER INTERCONNECTS BY VARIABLE DOPING - A method and system is provided for efficiently varying the composition of the metal interconnects for a semiconductor device. A metal interconnect according to the present disclosure has an intermediate layer on a dielectric material, the intermediate layer having a relatively higher concentration of an impurity metal along with a primary metal, the impurity metal having a lower reduction potential than the primary metal. The metal interconnect has a main layer of the metal alloy interconnect on top of the intermediate layer and surrounded by the intermediate layer, the main layer having a relatively higher concentration of the primary metal than the intermediate layer, wherein the intermediate and main layers of the metal alloy interconnect each maintains a material uniformity.01-26-2012
20120021601Methods of Forming Through Substrate Interconnects - A method of forming a through substrate interconnect includes forming a via into a semiconductor substrate. The via extends into semiconductive material of the substrate. A liquid dielectric is applied to line at least an elevationally outermost portion of sidewalls of the via relative a side of the substrate from which the via was initially formed. The liquid dielectric is solidified within the via. Conductive material is formed within the via over the solidified dielectric and a through substrate interconnect is formed with the conductive material.01-26-2012
20120028460SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD OF FABRICATING THE SAME - A semiconductor device according to one embodiment includes: a semiconductor substrate provided with a semiconductor element; a first conductive member formed on the semiconductor substrate; a first insulating film formed on the same layer as the first conductive member; a second conductive member formed so as to contact with a portion of an upper surface of the first conductive member; a second insulating film formed on the first insulating film so as to contact with a portion of the upper surface of the first conductive member, and including at least one type of element among elements contained in the first insulating film except Si; and an etching stopper film formed on the second insulating film so as to contact with a portion of a side surface of the second conductive member, and having an upper edge located below the upper surface of the second conductive member.02-02-2012
20120028459MANUFACTURING PROCESS OF CIRCUIT SUBSTRATE - A manufacturing process of a circuit substrate is provided. A conductive structure including a first patterned conductive layer, a first dielectric layer, a second dielectric layer, a first conductive layer, and a second conductive layer is provided. The first dielectric layer and the second dielectric layer are respectively disposed on two opposite surfaces of the first patterned conductive layer. The first conductive layer and the second conductive layer are respectively disposed on the first dielectric layer and the second dielectric layer. The first dielectric layer is between the first patterned conductive layer and the first conductive layer. The second dielectric layer is between the first patterned conductive layer and the second conductive layer. A conductive via is formed at the conductive structure. The first conductive layer and the second conductive layer are patterned to respectively form a second patterned conductive layer and a third patterned conductive layer.02-02-2012
20130196501METHODS FOR FORMING INTERCONNECTS IN MICROELECTRONIC WORKPIECES AND MICROELECTRONIC WORKPIECES FORMED USING SUCH METHODS - Methods for forming interconnects in microelectronic workpieces and microelectronic workpieces formed using such methods are disclosed herein. One embodiment, for example, is directed to a method of processing a microelectronic workpiece including a semiconductor substrate having a plurality of microelectronic dies. The method can include forming a first opening in the substrate from a back side of the substrate toward a front side and in alignment with terminals of the dies. The first opening separates an island of substrate material from the substrate. The method can also include depositing an insulating material into at least a portion of the first opening, and then removing the island of substrate material to form a second opening. In several embodiments, the method may include constructing an electrically conductive interconnect in at least a portion of the second opening and in electrical contact with the terminal.08-01-2013
20120070977Methods For Forming Contacts in Semiconductor Devices - Mask sets, layout design, and methods for forming contacts in devices are described. In one embodiment, a semiconductor device includes a plurality of contacts disposed over a substrate, the plurality of contacts being disposed as rows and columns on an orthogonal grid, each row of the plurality of contacts is spaced from an neighboring row of the plurality of contacts by a first distance, and each column of the plurality of contacts is spaced from an neighboring column of the plurality of contacts by a second distance.03-22-2012
20120094482MICROELECTRONIC DEVICES AND METHODS FOR FILING VIAS IN MICROELECTRONIC DEVICES - Microelectronic devices and methods for filling vias and forming conductive interconnects in microfeature workpieces and dies are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a method includes providing a microfeature workpiece having a plurality of dies and at least one passage extending through the microfeature workpiece from a first side of the microfeature workpiece to an opposite second side of the microfeature workpiece. The method can further include forming a conductive plug in the passage adjacent to the first side of the microelectronic workpiece, and depositing conductive material in the passage to at least generally fill the passage from the conductive plug to the second side of the microelectronic workpiece.04-19-2012

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