Planar fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator (FDSOI) technology potentially offers comparable transistor performance as FinFETs. pFET FDOSI devices are based on a silicon germanium (cSiGe) layer on top of a buried oxide (BOX). Ndoped interfacial layer (IL), high-k (HfO2) layer and the metal gate stacks are then successively built on top of the SiGe layer. In-line metrology is critical in precisely monitoring the thickness and composition of the gate stack and associated underlying layers in order to achieve desired process control. However, any single in-line metrology technique is insufficient to obtain the thickness of IL, high-k, cSiGe layers in addition to Ge% and N-dose in one single measurement. A hybrid approach is therefore needed that combines the capabilities of more than one measurement technique to extract multiple parameters in a given film stack. This paper will discuss the approaches, challenges, and results associated with the first-in-industry implementation of XPS-XRF hybrid metrology for simultaneous detection of high-k thickness, IL thickness, N-dose, cSiGe thickness and %Ge, all in one signal measurement on a FDSOI substrate in a manufacturing fab. Strong correlation to electrical data for one or more of these measured parameters will also be presented, establishing the reliability of this technique.
Complexity of process steps integration and material systems for next-generation technology nodes is reaching unprecedented levels, the appetite for higher sampling rates is on the rise, while the process window continues to shrink. Current thickness metrology specifications reach as low as 0.1A for total error budget – breathing new life into an old paradigm with lower visibility for past few metrology nodes: accuracy. Furthermore, for advance nodes there is growing demand to measure film thickness and composition on devices/product instead of surrogate planar simpler pads. Here we extend our earlier work in Hybrid Metrology to the combination of X-Ray based reference technologies (high performance) with optical high volume manufacturing (HVM) workhorse metrology (high throughput). Our stated goal is: put more “eyes” on the wafer (higher sampling) and enable move to films on pattern structure (control what matters). Examples of 1X front-end applications are used to setup and validate the benefits.