Lab and Coral NameICL / DCVD
ModelAMAT Centura 5200
SpecialistEric Lim    (Robert Bicchieri)
Physical Location2F 4-South Diffusion
Process CategoryDeposition
Material KeywordsSilicon, SiO2, SiNx
Sample Size6" Wafers
AlternativeICL / Concept1
Keywordsmulti wafer, load lock, top side of sample, conformal dep, vacuum, plasma, temperature, requires flat
The DCVD is a PECVD tool with two chambers to deposit dielectrics as well as amorphous silicon. Because the tool is for front-end processes, a wafer clean prior to deposition is required. A piranha clean is required, or an RCA clean if the wafers continue on to the diffusion furnaces for further processing or annealing. See Procedures-Cleaning for details about wafer cleaning. The DCVD chamber typically runs an etch-back step inbetween processing.

Best forThin dielectric films on silicon wafers without metal, dielectric films that go into diffusion furnaces
LimitationsGeared for front-end deposition, thus more restrictive on sample types. Thick films are discouraged and should be deposited in the [Concept1] instead. Recipes can only be edited by staff.
Characteristics/FOMa-Si, SiO2, SiN, SiOxNy
Caution withThe backside of double sided wafers can get scratched by the robot arm.
Machine Charges (academic rate)7pu/wafer + 1pu/um

Process Matrix Details

Germanium on surfaceSamples with germanium on the surface (typically grown films)
Germanium buriedSamples with germanium buried below a different film
Any exposure to CMOS metalIf the sample had ever seen a CMOS metal (or a tool that accepts CMOS metal), then some frontend tools could be contaminated by this.
CMOS metal buriedCMOS compatible metals covered entirely by a different material. These are Al,Ni,Pt,Ti,TiN. Other metals such as Au are *NOT* part of this.
Been in the STS DRIEThe DRIE etch leaves behind polymer residues on the sidewall ripples, which can be a contamination concern for some tools.
Been in the SEMA sample viewed in the SEM must have used the appropriate chuck to avoid cross-contamination
(With Appropriate Chuck),
Been in the Concept1The Concep1 deposits dielectrics on GREEN wafers, however it also accepts metal and there can be cross-contamination for diffusion area
Coming from KOHAfter a KOH etch, the samples must receive a special clean because the K ions are highly contaminating to CMOS frontend tools
Coming from CMPAfter a CMP, the samples must receive a special clean, because the slurry residues otherwise introduce contamination and particles.
Requires Piranha CleanA Piranha clean in ICL was carried out immediately before
(Must do)

Not Allowed
Ever been in EMLSamples from EML are never permitted to return to ICL or TRL
Been in the ALDSamples that have been in any of the ALD systems
Pyrex SubstratesPyrex substrates can be a concern due to high sodium content, which contaminates CMOS frontend tools
III-V SubstratesAny III-V substrates, e.g. GaAs, GaN, InP, and so on. Note though that many common III-V substrates will also carry the Au flag, but there are some GREEN III-V substrates.
PiecesWafer pieces may not be handled by the equipment, and are harder to thoroughly clean - preventing them from running in certain tools.
Gold or RED color codeRED color code substrates. These are gold-contaminated or have been processed in gold contaminated tools. Gold and other metals can contaminate silicon devices (GREEN color code) and have to be separated.
CMOS metal on surfaceCMOS compatible metals exposed on the surface. These are Al,Ni,Pt,Ti,TiN. Other metals such as Au are *NOT* part of this.
Has PhotoresistSamples with photoresist cannot be exposed to high temperatures, which is typical in deposition tools. Outgassing can be a concern.
Has PolyimidePolyimide is a very chemically resistant polymer, and can tolerate higher temperatures but cannot be exposed to typical PECVD deposition temperatures or diffusion furnaces. Outgassing can be a concern.
Has Cured SU8Not fully cured SU8 residues can heavily contaminated plasma chambers or destroy other user's samples, but fully cured SU8 is permitted in certain tools.
Has been past RCA clean for over 4 hoursFor some diffusion furnaces, the samples must immideatly enter the furnace and cannot be stored in a box for a long time.

For more details or help, please consult PTC matrix, email, or ask the research specialist (Eric Lim)