TiN Metal Hardmask Etch Residue Removal on Advanced Porous Low-k and Cu Device with Corner Rounding Scheme

A novel wet cleaning formulation approach was developed with a TiN etch rate of more than 30 Å/min at room temperature and more than 100 Å/min at 50ºC. The chemicals are compatible with Cu and low-k materials, and are suitable for Cu dual damascene interconnect 28 nm and smaller technology node applications. The chemicals offer a route to in situ controlled TiN pullback or even complete removal of the TiN mask during the cleaning process in single wafer tool applications. The chemicals do not contain NH4OH or TMAH and so are very user-friendly.

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