Compound materials enable the production of advanced, easy-to-use power devices, ultra-high frequency radio devices and more. These emerging products become more and more prevalent in electric or hybrid cars for example, or in power management and distribution devices related to renewable energy sources. For reliable production, composition and defects, dopant concentration, electrical and optical qualities must be regularly monitored. Semilab offers several products for this purpose. Most products are non-contact and non-destructive, and in many cases, they reveal properties directly related to device characteristics or performance.
The MCV systems allow the elimination of the need for costly metal and poly deposition processes by using a pneumatically controlled, non-damaging contact probe design. The system features an extremely stable contact area and uses only a small quantity of mercury to make highly repeatable CV and IV measurements for process development and process monitoring applications. MCV is a superior technique for both bulk/epitaxial- and dielectric layer characterization.
The Hg C-V technique uses a high repeatability, non-scrubbing, vertical arm probe. The probe includes a 2 cm long capillary that holds a small volume of mercury and is electrostatically shielded to reduce stray capacitance and it’s positional dependence. The epitaxial wafer is placed on the stage, processed side up, either manually or with a robot. The Hg probe is then lowered from the topside in a controlled manner to form a high quality Schottky contact.
Dielectric constant calculation depends upon two factors:
APPLICATION AND SPECS
C-V measurements of low-K dielectrics, High-k Dielectrics
IV measurements of low-K dielectrics, High-k Dielectrics, Memory Capacitors
The MCV product line also has powerful features for the Epi Resistivity Measurements and Compound Material Characterization.
Semilab’s mercury (Hg) Schottky C-V technique is suitable for either production or R&D monitoring offering speed, high repeatability, and sensitivity.
All Semilab's MCV systems are equipped with automated, full hand-off, mercury handling system to increase safety and reliability. The user friendly software environment controls the measurements and also offers a great flexibility for detailed analysis of the measured structures. Full map capability up to 12"/300 mm. All features listed, including optional ones, are compatible with both the manual MCV-530(L) and the automatic
On top of the standard CV measurements and standard electronic units, a number of advanced metrology options are available to extend measurement capabilities:
The MCV automatic mapping systems provide a Mercury C-V measurement for non-patterned wafers used in epitaxial silicon production and front-end semiconductor processing.
In MCV-2200, MCV-2500 and MCV-3000/3000P the wafers are robotically loaded onto the mapping stage from an open cassette or FOUP. The test wafer moves to each site specified in a pre-programmed map as electrical characterization tests are made. The system stores test data and reports them in a variety of formats.
The MCV-530 system is designed for the fast and reliable testing of dielectric and epitaxial layers by mercury probe, and it is ideal for R&D or small volume production.
MCV-530/530L systems are manual loading measurement equipments, however they have the same measurement abilities like the automatic MCV-2200/2500 products.
Manual wafer handling:
Our innovative MCV-3000S system is configured with Semilab’s new self-aligning probe head design allowing more accurate epitaxial layer characterization on a wide variety of materials up to 300 mm sample sizes, less dependence on sample properties and easier overall maintenance for Si wafermakers.
Semilab MCV-3000S metrology system uses a novel measurement technique, allowing the measurement to be less dependent on sample properties. As a result of the fully renewed measurement chamber design the system become capable of accurate characterization of samples with insulating or semi-insulating substrates and samples with a P/N junction, in addition to the capabilities of original MCV tools.
The system is designed to adapt perfectly for fully automated wafer handling of samples up to 300 mm diameter and is equipped with dual load ports that support feed-dump wafer flow, making it ideal for high volume front-end semiconductor production process monitoring. The system’s mini environment provides stable measurement conditions.
Semilab’s Mercury-contact C-V metrology system is a highly advanced and versatile tool designed for accurate and precise doping and resistivity (valid only for Si) profiling of epitaxial layer structures on bare substrates and characterization of dielectric layers and dielectric-semiconductor interfaces.