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Hinge sensitivity in a micro-rotating structure for predicting induced thermo mechanical stress in integrated circuit metal interconnects

Lookup NU author(s): Sorin Soare, Professor Steve BullORCiD, Dr Alton Horsfall, Professor Nick Wright


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The process-induced stress in interconnects within integrated circuits (IC) has a direct influence on the mean time to failure of the devices. Since measurement of stress in individual metallised lines is not possible by existing techniques, another approach has been adopted where a test structure is generated during fabrication based on a micro-rotating cantilever sensor. To support the design, finite element modeling (FEM) has been performed. By comparing the rotation predicted by FEM simulations and that observed experimentally, a clear discrepancy is observed which is critically dependent on the details of the sensor design, the pattern transfer of the lithographic process and on the dry etching processing.

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Author(s): Soare SM; Wright NG; Bull SJ; Horsfall AB; dos Santos JMM; Wang K

Editor(s): Corcoran, S.G., Joo, Y.C., Moody, N.R., Suo, Z.

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Thin Films: Stresses and Mechanical Properties X

Year of Conference: 2004

Pages: 467-472

ISSN: 0272-9172

Publisher: Materials Research Society

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

Series Title: MRS Proceedings

ISBN: 9781558997332