Terrace Free SOI wafers
Okmetic Terrace Free SOI wafers provide more active area and ease of processing for the SOI wafer customers. Terrace Free SOI capability is available for 200 mm Bonded Silicon-On-Insulator BSOI, E-SOI® and Power Management SOI wafers, which provide an optimal platform for the manufacture of MEMS, RF and power devices.
Okmetic Terrace Free SOI capability is available for the 200 mm Bonded Silicon-On-Insulator BSOI, E-SOI® and Power Management SOI wafers. The Terrace Free SOI wafers are manufactured with the optimized version of the established SOI process in which two wafers are bonded together and an insulating oxide layer is left between them. Typically the semiconductor devices or sensing elements are built on the top device layer whilst handle wafer is supporting the structure.
Maximized usable area and compatibility with subsequent processing
The Terrace Free SOI wafers provide device manufacturers with maximized usable area and enable more chips per wafer to be produced. The standard SOI terrace (non-SOI area) is ≤2 mm so the Terrace Free SOI wafers provide a prominent, ca. 4%, increase in the active area. Also, the Fixed Quality Area (FQA) increases by ca. 3% as a result of edge exclusion area decrease from 4.5 mm to 3.0 mm.
Terrace Free SOI wafers provide a prominent increase in the active area and fixed quality area
The Terrace Free SOI wafers’ edge is beveled into optimal shape to enhance compatibility with subsequent device processing. Terrace Free SOI wafers can e.g. facilitate wafer clamping and handling as well as epitaxial growth and lithography process including resist coating.
Typical Terrace Free SOI specifications
|Growth method||Cz, MCz, A-MCz®|
|Crystal orientation||<100>, <111>, <110>|
|N type dopants||Antimony, Phosphorus|
|P type dopants||Boron|
|Resistivity||<0.001 to >7,000 Ohm-cm*|
*Resistivity range varies by dopant and orientation
|Device layer thickness||From 1 µm to 120 µm,|
Tolerance ±0.5 µm (standard BSOI), ±0.3 µm (0.3 SOI), ±0.1 µm (200 mm E-SOI®, Power Management SOI)
|Buried oxide layer thickness||From 0.3 μm to 4 μm, typically between 0.5 μm and 2 μm|
Type: thermal oxide
|Handle wafer thickness||Initially only 725 μm thickness|
|Terrace area||Terrace Free|