SEMI M52 - Guide for Specifying Scanning Surface Inspection Systems for Silicon Wafers for the 130 nm to 11 nm Technology Generations

Volume(s): Materials
Language: English
Type: Single Standards Download (.pdf)

This Standard was technically approved by the Silicon Wafer Global Technical Committee. This edition was approved for publication by the global Audits and Reviews Subcommittee on December 23, 2013. Available at and in February 2014; originally published November 2002; previously published September 2012.

This Guide provides recommendations for specifying scanning surface inspection systems (SSIS) for the 130, 90, 65, 45, 32, 22, 16, and 11 nm technology generations. The number and size of localized light scatterers (LLS) on silicon wafers are specified by customers of silicon wafer suppliers and are usually part of Certificates of Compliance. Suppliers of silicon wafers and their customers might measure these parameters using measurement systems provided by different manufacturers of such systems or using different generations of measurement systems from one supplier. Therefore, standardization of various aspects of such measurement systems both improves data exchange and data interpretation and aids in procurement of appropriate measurement systems.

This Guide outlines and recommends basic specifications for SSIS equipment used for the 130, 90, 65, 45, 32, 22, 16, and 11 nm technology generations as driven by the 2010 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) and in the forecasts of the major manufacturers of semiconductor devices.

The Guide covers generic equipment characteristics of (Table 1), materials to be measured by (Table 2), and metrology specific equipment characteristics of (Table 3) measurement systems used for verifying the quality parameter LLS counts per wafer in large scale production of bare polished or epitaxial surfaces of silicon wafers, the back surface of which may be polished or acid etched, either bare or covered by an unpatterned, homogeneous layer of polysilicon or low temperature oxide (LTO). Reference materials for calibrating measurement systems might have different properties.

The Guide also applies to measurement systems that provide only a subset of the measurement features outlined in Table 3.

This Guide does not apply to measurement systems used to control intermediate process steps during silicon wafer manufacturing. However, it may be completely or partly used for measurement systems for those applications provided corresponding constraints are appropriately identified.

This Guide does not apply to measurement systems for silicon on insulator (SOI) wafers or patterned wafers.

Referenced SEMI Standards

SEMI E1.9 — Mechanical Specification for Cassettes Used to Transport and Store 300 mm Wafers
SEMI E5 — SEMI Equipment Communications Standard 2 Message Content (SECS-II)
SEMI E10 — Specification for Definition and Measurement of Equipment Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability (RAM) and Utilization
SEMI E19 — Standard Mechanical Interface (SMIF)
SEMI E30 — Generic Model for Communications and Control of Manufacturing Equipment (GEM)
SEMI E37 — High Speed SECS Message Services (HSMS) Generic Services
SEMI E47 — Specification for 150 mm/200 mm Pod Handles
SEMI E47.1 — Mechanical Specification for FOUPs Used to Transport and Store 300 mm Wafers
SEMI E58 — Automated Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability Standard (ARAMS): Concepts, Behavior, and Services
SEMI E89 — Guide for Measurement System Analysis (MSA)
SEMI E158 — Mechanical Specification for Fab Wafer Carrier Used to Transport and Store 450 mm Wafers (450 FOUP) and Kinematic Coupling
SEMI E159 — Mechanical Specification for Multi Application Carrier (MAC) Used to Transport and Ship 450 mm Wafers
SEMI M1 — Specifications for Polished Single Crystal Silicon Wafers
SEMI M31 — Mechanical Specification for Front-Opening Shipping Box Used to Transport and Ship 300 mm Wafers
SEMI M33 — Test Method for the Determination of Residual Surface Contamination on Silicon Wafers by Means of Total Reflection X-Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy (TXRF)
SEMI M35 — Guide for Developing Specifications for Silicon Wafer Surface Features Detected by Automated Inspection
SEMI M38 — Specification for Polished Reclaimed Silicon Wafers
SEMI M50 — Test Method for Determining Capture Rate and False Count Rate for Surface Scanning Inspection Systems by the Overlay Method
SEMI M53 — Practice for Calibrating Scanning Surface Inspection Systems Using Certified Depositions of Monodisperse Polystyrene Latex Sphere on Unpatterned Semiconductor Wafer Surfaces
SEMI M58 — Test Method for Evaluating DMA Based Particle Deposition Systems and Processes
SEMI M59 — Terminology for Silicon Technology
SEMI M80 — Mechanical Specification for Front-Opening Shipping Box Used to Transport and Ship 450 mm Wafers

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