Advanced wet and dry cleaning coming together for next generation

Marc Heyns, Paul W. Martens, Jerzy Ruzyllo, Maggie Y.M. Lee

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Wafer cleaning is the most frequently repeated step in IC manufacturing. Commonly used wet cleaning techniques will remain dominant because of their overall higher cleaning strength. Alternate processes that either reduce or replace chemical usage are being sought because of the current challenges of submicron particle removal, environmental impact from high consumption of water and chemicals, integration into cluster tools, as well as increasing costs. Dry cleaning processes will not replace wet cleans, but will rather complement them and can be used in processes where wet cleans are impractical or inadequate. We will discuss here the latest advances in new wet and dry cleaning techniques and the much needed synergy between them for semiconductor processing in the next millennium.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages11
Specialist publicationSolid State Technology
StatePublished - Mar 1 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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