SEMI International Standards
Standards New Activity Report Form (SNARF)
Date Prepared: 04/01/2012Revised (if Applicable):

Document Number: 5410
SNARF for: New Standard: Guide for Metrology Techniques to be used in Measurement of Geometrical Parameters of Through-Silicon Vias (TSVs) in 3DS-IC Structures

Originating Global Technical Committee: 3DS-IC
Originating TC Chapter: North America
Task Force (TF) in which work is to be carried out: 3DS-IC Inspection and Metrology
Note: If a new task force is needed, also submit a task force organization form (TFOF)

1. Rationale:
a. Describe the need or problem addressed by this activity.
(Indicate the customer, what benefits they will receive, and if possible, quantify the impact on the return on investment [ROI] if the Document is implemented.)
This Guide will assist the user in selection and use of TSV metrology tools, as well as a protocol for performing TSV measurements of geometrical parameters of an individual TSV, or of an array of TSV’s, such as pitch, top CD, top diameter, top area, depth, taper (or sidewall angle), bottom area, bottom CD, bottom diameter, and possibly others (e.g. scalloping and overall tilt). This guide will address the various metrology techniques that are currently available that enable TSV measurements used for 3DS-IC packaging. New TSV dimensions with higher aspect ratios and smaller diameters may challenge TSV metrology techniques. The Guide will provide examples of measurements in TSV’s at different aspect ratios, TSV measurement limits for a variety of metrology tools, the relative levels of substrate interaction, and recommendations by application. Subsequently this guide can assist producers and users of TSV metrology to develop products and conduct meaningful evaluations.

b. Estimate effect on industry.
2: Major effect on an industry sector - identify the relevant sector
Sector or Company Information:

c. Estimate technical difficulty of the activity.
II: Some Difficulty - Disagreements on known requirements exist but developing consensus is possible

2. Scope:
a: Describe the technical areas to be covered or addressed by this Document development activity. For Subordinate Standards, list common concepts or criteria that the Subordinate Standard inherits from the Primary Standard, as well as differences from the Primary Standard:
A number of technologies have been developed to measure TSV’s including (but not limited to) SEM (cross-section or FIB), backside IR interferometry, front-side white light interferometry, optical microscopy, IR confocal microscopy, model-based IR, and through-focus scanning optical microscopy (TSOM). These technologies each have unique strengths and weaknesses. Some measure the wafer from the front-side and others from the back-side; some techniques are in-line and others are destructive. In this activity, we will provide examples of the capabilities of these technologies and prepare a guide to the use and applicability of these tools for different TSV measurement applications (aspect ratios). Recent studies and reports conducted at SEMATECH will be used as part of this guide.

The proposed guideline will provide guidance on key dimensional metrics related to TSV metrology techniques including the various technologies that are used, along with any limitations and/or issues and needs particular to that technology. The guide will also include applicable ranges for valid measurements where possible.

b: Expected result of activity
New Standard

For a new Subordinate Standard, identify the Primary Standard here:

For Standards, identify the Standard Subtype below:

Miscellaneous (describe below):

3. Projected Timetable for Completion:

a: General Milestones
a. Activity Start: 04/03/2012b. 1st Draft by: 09/01/2012
c. (Optional) Informational Ballot by: d. Letter Ballot by: 01/01/2013
e. TC Chapter Approval By:04/01/2013

4. Liaisons with other Global Technical Committees/TC Chapters/Subcommittees/TFs:
List global technical committees, TC Chapters, subcommittees, or task forces in your or other Regions/Locales that should be kept informed regarding the progress of this activity. (Refer to SEMI Standards organization charts and global technical committee charters as needed.)
Taiwan 3DS-IC Committee

b. Intercommittee Ballots:

Identify the recipient global technical committee(s):

5. Safety Considerations:
The resulting document is expected:
NOT to be a Safety Guideline

NOTE FOR "to be a Safety Guideline": When all safety-related information is removed from the Document, the Document is NOT technically sound and complete - Refer to Section 15.1 of the Regulations for special procedures to be followed.

NOTE FOR "NOT to be a Safety Guideline": When all safety-related information is removed from the Document, the Document is still technically sound and complete.

6. Intellectual Property Considerations:
a. For a new Standard or Safety Guideline and for any part to be modified or added in a Revision of published Standards and Safety Guidelines:
the use of patented technology or a copyrighted item(s) is NOT required

If "patented technology is intended to be included in the proposed Standard(s) or Safety Guideline(s) " is selected above, then also check one:

b. For Revision, Reapproval, Reinstatement, or Withdrawal of existing Standard(s) and Safety Guideline(s):

c. The body of the Document and any Appendices, Complementary Files, Related Information sections, or Various Materials that may or may not be a part of the Document by reference:
will NOT include copyrighted material

NOTE FOR "the use of patented technology or a copyrighted item(s) is NOT required": If in the course of developing the document, it is determined that patented technology or copyrighted item(s) must be used to comply with the standard or safety guideline, the provisions of Section 16 of the Regulations must be followed.)

NOTE FOR "will include reproduced copyrighted material": A copyright release letter must be obtained from the copyright owner.

7. Comments, Special Circumstances:

8. TC Member Review:

Member Review Start Date; None.
Member Review End Date: None.

NOTE FOR ‘TC Member Review’ is required by the Regulations for a period of at least two weeks
before approval of a new, or a major revision of an existing, Standard or Safety Guideline. (See Regulations 8.2.1)
9.. SNARF Approval Dates:
TC Chapter or GCS04/03/2012
Recorded in TC Minutes04/03/2012
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