24 May 2004 Fine tune W-CMP process with alignment mark selection for optimal metal layer overlay and yield benefits
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Alignment performance and overlay control of metal layer from W-CMP process highly depends on the process influence on the alignment mark. While in a manufacturing environment, there could be introduced many changes into W-CMP process for defect reduction, cost reduction and yield improvement to further guarantee our success in this highly competitive industry. This study characterizes the CMP effect, especially erosion and dishing effect, polishing selectivity on alignment mark profile, which results in different alignment performance. We illustrate that how we seek solution to achieve an optimal alignment performance with the existing mark in according to different CMP slurry process by further fine tuning W-CMP process, such as over-polishing, final polish. The CMP effect on different alignment mark types is also evaluated; future alignment mark selection and design based on future CMP process, film deposition can thus be proposed. This work explains a good working method of optimizing alignment for process, fine tuning process for alignment mark, feed-backing solutions for mark selection while taking into considerations of cost, throughput, defect, yield.
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Yuanting Cui, Yuanting Cui, Albert So, Albert So, Sean Louks, Sean Louks, } "Fine tune W-CMP process with alignment mark selection for optimal metal layer overlay and yield benefits", Proc. SPIE 5375, Metrology, Inspection, and Process Control for Microlithography XVIII, (24 May 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.534343; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.534343

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