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JEDEC JEP 139

Constant Temperature Aging to Characterize Aluminum Interconnect Metallization for Stress-Induced Voiding

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Organization: JEDEC
Publication Date: 1 December 2000
Status: active
Page Count: 20
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This document describes a constant temperature (isothermal) aging method for testing aluminum (Al) metallization test structures on microelectronics wafers for susceptibility to stress-induced voiding.

This method is valid for metallization/dielectric systems in which the dielectric is deposited onto the metallization at a temperature considerably above the intended use temperature, and above or equal to the deposition temperature of the metal.

If the metallization is a single-alloy component, such as AlSi or AlCu, the failure criterion of the method is an open-circuit of the test structure. The failure criterion for layered metallizations with refractory shunt layers (such as titanium (Ti), titanium nitride (TiN), tungsten (W), etc.) is a preselected percent increase in resistance of the test structure.

The method assumes that void growth and therefore resistance changes can be modeled, as described by Rauch and Sullivan [1, 2], to obtain an acceleration factor for void growth.

Although this is a wafer test, it is not a fast (less than 5 minutes per probe) test. It is intended to be used for lifetime prediction and failure analysis, not for production Go-NoGo lot checking.

Document History

JEDEC JEP 139
December 1, 2000
Constant Temperature Aging to Characterize Aluminum Interconnect Metallization for Stress-Induced Voiding
This document describes a constant temperature (isothermal) aging method for testing aluminum (Al) metallization test structures on microelectronics wafers for susceptibility to stress-induced...
December 1, 2000
Constant Temperature Aging to Characterize Aluminum Interconnect Metallization for Stress-Induced Voiding
This document describes a constant temperature (isothermal) aging method for testing aluminum (Al) metallization test structures on microelectronics wafers for susceptibility to stress-induced...

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