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Laser-induced microfracture leading to high-density metal-to-metal connections
Author(s): Joseph B. Bernstein; Thomas M. Ventura; Aaron T. Radomski
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Paper Abstract

Laser programmed inter-level metal connections have been developed as a means to achieve high density linking for customization in programmable gate arrays and for additive redundancy in restructurable integrated circuits. This work reports on the linking of 4 X 4 micrometers crossings of standard two-level metal interconnect lines and subsequent microstructural analyses aimed at understanding the mechanism of link formation. The links were formed by focusing a laser on metal 1 through an annular region of metal 2. The mechanism of link formation appears to be a physical connection made by a fracture of the inter-level dielectric (ILD) layer due to the stress of thermal expansion of the metallization with molten metal 2 filling the crack. Focussed ion-beam (FIB) cross sectional micrography and finite element analysis (FEA) have allowed us to analyze the successfully formed links as well as the failures to link. As a result of our analysis, we have begun to understand how to optimize the device geometry for very high reliability laser linking.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 September 1994
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2335, Microelectronics Technology and Process Integration, (9 September 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.186055
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Joseph B. Bernstein, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Thomas M. Ventura, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Aaron T. Radomski, Dept. of Defense (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2335:
Microelectronics Technology and Process Integration
Fusen E. Chen; Shyam P. Murarka, Editor(s)

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