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Bottom-up Copper Filling of Millimeter Size Through Silicon Vias



Daniel Josell, Thomas P. Moffat, Lyle Menk, Andrew Hollowell, M Blain


This work demonstrates void-free Cu filling of millimeter size Through Silicon Vias (mm-TSV) in an acid copper sulfate electrolyte using a combination of a polyoxamine suppressor and chloride, analogous to previous work filling TSV that were an order of magnitude smaller in size. For high chloride concentration (i.e., 1 mmol/L) bottom-up deposition is demonstrated with the growth front being convex in shape. Instabilities in filling profile arise as the growth front approaches the free-surface due to non-uniform coupling with electrolyte hydrodynamics. Filling is negatively impacted by large lithography-induced reentrant notches that increase the via cross section at the bottom. In contrast, deposition from low chloride electrolytes, proceeds with a passive-active transition on the via sidewalls. For a given applied potential the location of the transition is fixed in time and the growth front is concave in nature reflecting the gradient in chloride surface coverage. Application of a suitable potential wave form enables the location of the sidewall transition to be advanced thereby giving rise to void-free filling of the TSV.
Journal of the Electrochemical Society


interconnect, superfill, copper, electrodeposition, TSV, through silicon via


Josell, D. , Moffat, T. , Menk, L. , Hollowell, A. and Blain, M. (2019), Bottom-up Copper Filling of Millimeter Size Through Silicon Vias, Journal of the Electrochemical Society (Accessed December 4, 2023)
Created January 12, 2019, Updated February 26, 2020