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Model-based control of chemical mechanical polishing
Author(s): Anthony J. Toprac
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Paper Abstract

Chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) of silicon oxide interlayer dielectric is a critical process in modern multi- layer metal integrated circuit manufacturing. In this process, the rate of planarization of features on a silicon wafer surface changes with age of the polishing pad. This effect creates the need for adjustment of polishing times to compensate for changes in planarization rates. The way that planarization rate varies with polish time must be defined to develop robust control of this process. In this work, a theoretical model for the dependence of planarization rate on polish time was developed. This model was then applied to data from a Westech 472 CMP system and shown to accurately capture the time variation of measured removal rates. A control algorithm using this model was tried using a different CMP tool, the Westech 372, creating a mismatch between the control model and process. Nonetheless, the control model quickly adapted to the new conditions and controlled the process well.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 August 1997
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3213, Process, Equipment, and Materials Control in Integrated Circuit Manufacturing III, (25 August 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.284626
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Anthony J. Toprac, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3213:
Process, Equipment, and Materials Control in Integrated Circuit Manufacturing III
Abe Ghanbari; Anthony J. Toprac, Editor(s)

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