Microbridge Formation for Low Resistance Interline Connection Using Pulsed Laser Techniques

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MakeLink® technology has been applied in many semiconductor devices to achieve high performance. Sometimes one-type-link design doesn't make desirous links for all IC manufacturing processes. In this work, four new structures, called microbridge, were designed to form all types of link. Laser processing experiments were performed to verify the designs. The results show that two-lower-level-metal-line design has higher performance (low link resistance), higher productivity (broad energy window), and higher yield than the three-lower-level-metal-line design. Therefore, it can be considered as the optimal design from the processing point of view. Two-lower-level-metal-line with lateral gap structure provides better scalability and it can be used in next generation ICs. If high-speed is the primary concern, an advanced-lateral structure is best, corresponding to its much lower resistance. The reliability tests indicate that the median-times-to-failure of all test structures are greater than nine years in operating condition, presenting reasonable lifetimes for integrated circuits used in the market.

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