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SBIR Phase I: Novel Slurry for Direct Shallow Trench Isolation (STI) …

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
84565
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0637261
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Sinmat Inc
1912 NW 67th Place Gainesville, FL 32653-1649
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: SBIR Phase I: Novel Slurry for Direct Shallow Trench Isolation (STI) Planarization Process for Sub-50 nm Devices
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0637261
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) project proposes to develop a novel single step shallow trench isolation (STI) planarization. An ideal STI Chemical Mechanical Planarization (CMP) process is expected to be a single step process, which directly and rapidly removes the overburden dielectric layer with minimum topography formation or defect generation. However, the present state of the art processes are plagued with several challenges including (a) poor planarization, (b) small processing window, and (c) high defectivity. We propose to develop a novel high planarity and high selectivity (HP-HS) direct STI CMP process based on combination of coated silica particles and chemical additives. The unique feature of this process is the use of surfactant additives in combination with coated particles to obtain non-linear pressure dependent polishing characteristics, which results in high planarity polishing of the silica surface. The successful implementation of the single step STI CMP process is expected to meet or exceed the technical performance levels of the 45 nm manufacturing node while decreasing chip manufacturing costs by up to $800 million. The reduction in costs is largely due to the simplification of the manufacturing process, higher throughput and increased yield.

Principal Investigator:

Deepika L. Singh
ScD
3523347237
singh@sinmat.com

Business Contact:

Deepika L. Singh
ScD
3523347237
singh@sinmat.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

SINMAT, INC.
2153 SE HAWTHORNE RD STE 129 Suite 440 GAINESVILLE, FL 32641

EIN/Tax ID: 593645729
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No