18 June 2013
EV Group and Dynaloy jointly develop complete single-wafer cleaning solution
EV Group (EVG) of St Florian, Austria, a supplier of wafer bonding and lithography equipment, and manufacturer of chemicals for the electronics industry Dynaloy LLC (a wholly owned subsidiary of Eastman Chemical Company) have introduced CoatsClean. A single-wafer photoresist and residue removal technology, CoatsClean is designed to address thick films and difficult-to-remove material layers for the 3D-ICs/through-silicon vias (TSVs), advanced packaging, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and compound semiconductor markets.
"Increasing wafer processing challenges associated with the adoption of new materials, device architectures and packaging schemes requires a new, holistic view of wafer cleaning, where the chemistry, process and equipment are all critically important and must be addressed in combination," said Steven Dwyer, business director at Dynaloy. "We're pleased to be working with EV Group on developing and commercializing CoatsClean technology to meet the needs of our customers for a more cost-effective, flexible approach to thick-film resist removal."
CoatsClean incorporates a number of key features to boost performance and productivity, as well as reduce CoO, compared to wet bench and other traditional wafer cleaning approaches, say the firms. The CoatsClean process and chemical formulation are engineered to perform at higher temperatures, resulting in faster stripping rates and cycle times. This enables CoatsClean to operate as a single-wafer process for thick resist films and difficult-to-remove resists-resulting in improved performance, consistency, reproducibility and repeatability. The engineered formulation also enables selective stripping of the resist.
CoatsClean is unique, it is claimed, in its ability to dispense a small amount of material on the top of the wafer, and then activate the material with direct heat. This direct utilization of the material and heat dramatically reduces the strip material used. CoatsClean uses fresh solution for each processed wafer compared to competing techniques that use an immersion bath-resulting in greater process efficiency and eliminating cross contamination. The highly selective application of resist strip material eliminates damage to the wafer backside. The entire CoatsClean process is performed in a single bowl, which reduces tool footprint.
"CoatsClean applies the right chemistry at the right process conditions to provide optimal cleaning results," said Paul Lindner, EV Group's executive technology director. "By combining our respective strengths, EV Group and Dynaloy can now offer our customers a complete wafer cleaning solution that significantly reduces their CoO and achieves superior performance."
The CoatsClean tool series, which includes EV Group's EVG301RS and EVG320RS XT platforms, leverage EV Group's core competencies in controlled dispense, heating and temperature control, fluid rinse and wafer handling technologies. The EVG301RS system targets research and development, as well as low-volume production on substrates up to 300 mm in diameter, while the EVG320RS XT features up to eight process modules to address high-volume production requirements on substrates up to 300 mm in diameter.
EV Group will be responsible for selling the CoatsClean systems and providing customer support, while Dynaloy will be responsible for selling the CoatsClean resist stripping materials. CoatsClean systems have already been installed for customer demonstrations, and EVG and Dynaloy are now accepting orders for the systems and resist stripping materials.