What are Processing Steps after Silicon Crystal Grown?

What are Processing Steps after Silicon Crystal Grown?

As a semiconductor wafer supplier, silicon wafers by FZ or CZ are provided at prime grade, test grade and so on. More wafer specifications, please view https://www.powerwaywafer.com/silicon-wafer. The post-processing of the silicon crystal from PAM-XIAMEN is introduced below.

After the silicon crystal is grown, the whole wafer production is only halfway through. Next, the crystal must be cut and tested. The crystal rod with the head and tail cut off will undergo a series of processing such as outer diameter grinding and slicing.

1. Silicon Crystal Slicing

For a long time, wafer slicing has used an inner diameter saw. The saw blade is a ring-shaped thin blade, and the inner diameter edge is inlaid with diamond particles. Avoid breakage caused by the blade leaving the ingot during the final cut-off stage.

wafer slicing

Wafer Slicing

The thickness, bow and warp of the sliced wafer are the key points of process control.

In addition to the stability and design of the cutting machine itself, the factors affecting the quality of the wafer have a great influence on the tension of the saw blade and the maintenance of the sharpness of the diamond.

2. Edge Rounding of Diced Silicon Wafer

The edge of the just-cut wafer is a sharp right angle perpendicular to the cutting plane. Due to the hard and brittle material characteristics of silicon single crystal, this angle is easily cracked, which not only affects the strength of the wafer, but also is a source of contamination particles in the process. In the subsequent semiconductor fabrication, the unprocessed wafer edge also affects the thickness of the optical group and the epitaxial layer, and the edge shape and outer diameter of the sliced wafer are automatically trimmed by a computer numerical machine.

However, the equipment required is expensive and the technical level is high. Unless required by customer, this process will not be carried out.

edge rounding

Wafer Edge Rounding

3. Lapping of Silicon Wafer

The purpose of lapping is to remove saw marks or surface damage layers caused by dicing or wheel grinding, and at the same time bring the wafer surface to a flatness that can be polished.

wafer laping

Wafer Lapping

4. Silicon Wafer Etching

After the above-mentioned processing process, a damaged layer is formed on the surface of the silicon wafer due to processing stress, which must be removed by chemical etching before polishing. The etching solution can be divided into two types: acidic and alkaline.

wafer etching

Wafer Etching

5. Silicon Wafer Gettering

The flaws and defects on the wafer are felt in the lower half layer by sandblasting to facilitate the subsequent IC process.

6. Silicon Wafer Surface Polishing

Surface polishing is the last step in wafer processing. It removes about 10-20 microns of wafer surface thickness. The purpose is to improve the micro-defects left in the previous process, and achieve the optimization of local flatness to meet the requirements of IC process. Basically, this process is a chemical-mechanical reaction mechanism. The top layer of the wafer is corroded by NaOH, KOH, and NH4OH in the abrasive, and the power source of corrosion is provided by mechanical friction.

wafer polishing

Wafer Polishing

7. Wafer Cleaning

After polishing, the silicon wafers are physically and chemically cleaned with ultrapure water and chemicals, respectively.

wafer cleaning

Wafer Cleaning

8. Wafer Inspection

Wafer flatness and graininess are key influencing factors in integrated circuit devices. Therefore, the flatness and particle size of each silicon wafer need to be checked by specially designed instruments to ensure the wafer quality.

wafer inspect

Wafer Inspection

9. Wafer Packaging

Inspected silicon wafers are loaded into ultra-clean ship-ready cassettes and vacuum-sealed in special moisture-proof bags.

wafer packaging

Wafer Packaging


For more information, please contact us email at victorchan@powerwaywafer.com and powerwaymaterial@gmail.com.

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