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Novel accelerometer on (111) substrate with differential electrode
Author(s): Hsin-Hwa Hu; Weileun Fang
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Paper Abstract

This work aims to design a novel monolithic accelerometer on (111) substrate. A new micro fabrication process is proposed to integrate the electrode and spring-mass system on single wafer without bonding process. This accelerometer has spring with high aspect ratio and large lump mass, which can produce pure in-plane motion. In order to get large capacitance variation, a new design of differential electrode was also proposed. This comb-shape electrode also plays as mask for metal deposition. Furthermore, this process needs only two masks to define spring-mass system and electrode from front side and backside respectively. Anisotropic etching is then used to separate mass from electrode. This step forms a surrounding gap to the opening of the top layer, which insulates top and bottom electrodes automatically.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 November 2001
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4592, Device and Process Technologies for MEMS and Microelectronics II, (21 November 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.449000
Show Author Affiliations
Hsin-Hwa Hu, National Tsing Hua Univ. (Taiwan)
Weileun Fang, National Tsing Hua Univ. (Taiwan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4592:
Device and Process Technologies for MEMS and Microelectronics II
Jung-Chih Chiao; Lorenzo Faraone; H. Barry Harrison; Andrei M. Shkel, Editor(s)

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