An Advanced Finite Element Model for BiCMOS Process Oriented Ultra-Thin Wafer Deformation

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A process-oriented wafer-scale finite element model is developed and validated. The model is used to study the relationship between the in-plane residual stress and the deformation of state-of-the-art 0.13- μ m SiGe BiCMOS fully processed 8-inch wafers. Based on the in-situ wafer bow measurement results, the residual stress values are extracted regarding each deposited material per process step. The extracted material residual stress values are integrated into the in-plane stresses of each back-end redistribution layer by knowing the material densities, greatly reducing the computational effort. An advanced finite element model composed of these integrated redistribution layers is therefore developed by exploiting the first order shear deformation theory. The model is validated using analytical solutions and is used to characterize the wafer thickness-deflection non-linear relationship. As a comparison, 8 fully processed BiCMOS wafers from the same lot are thinned to different thicknesses ranging from 50 μ m to 600 μ m for bow measurement. After taking the gravity-induced deflection and grinding effect into consideration, the wafer bow predicted by the finite element model deviates less than 20% from the measurement results for all the thickness values.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-10
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2022

External IDs

Scopus 85120871638
Mendeley ccf404fc-67c2-3806-b60f-6dc674864907


Research priority areas of TU Dresden


  • BiCMOS process, finite element analysis (FEA), stress modeling, ultra-thin wafer, wafer warping