SEMATECH, a global consortium of chip-makers, and global metallization technology provider, Atotech announced that Atotech has become a member of SEMATECH’s 3D Interconnect Program located at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany. As a member of SEMATECH’s 3D program, Atotech will collaborate with SEMATECH in leading-edge research to enable the development of high yield, low cost copper electroplating solutions that will enable void-free filling of high density 3D through-silicon-vias (TSVs).
The new partnership will result in additional Atotech researchers being located at CNSE’s Albany NanoTech, where Atotech launched a $5 million research and development program in January 2008 in collaboration with the UAlbany NanoCollege.
Robert Preisser, Vice President of Semiconductor Technology for Atotech, said, “We are excited to be part of the SEMATECH 3D Interconnect program, working with the most advanced 300 mm equipment and technologists in developing this leading-edge technology. By building on its presence at CNSE’s world-class Albany NanoTech, Atotech is positioned to make significant contributions to the development production of 3D devices, aiding their rapid adoption into mainstream electronics.”
“The goal of SEMATECH’s 3D program is to make 3D-TSV both manufacturable and affordable,” said John Warlaumont, SEMATECH vice president of advanced technology. “By partnering with Atotech, we have the opportunity to take another major step in developing practical process solutions for 3D TSVs by engaging with a world leader of chip processing technologies.”
“Atotech’s recognized expertise in developing innovative copper-plating technologies will enhance SEMATECH’s 3D Interconnect Program and further strengthen the world-class research and development capabilities at the UAlbany NanoCollege,” said Richard Brilla, Vice President for Strategy, Alliances and Consortia at CNSE. “This new collaboration also underscores the success of the SEMATECH-CNSE partnership in accelerating cutting-edge technology development for the world’s leading nanoelectronics companies.”
Atotech is well known for its innovation and expertise in the area of wafer metallization chemistries, and their participation in SEMATECH’s 3D program will be very valuable,” said Sitaram Arkalgud, SEMATECH’s 3D program director. “SEMATECH engineers are developing leading-edge TSV integration for both die-to-wafer and wafer-to-wafer 3D applications, and we look forward to working with Atotech to deliver cost-effective processes that will accelerate progress toward industry-wide implementation.”
Launched two years ago, SEMATECH’s 3D IC program has been actively engaging with leading edge equipment and materials suppliers and leveraging their expertise to ready TSV technology. During 2008, in collaboration with the UAlbany NanoCollege, the program began addressing the infrastructure and development challenges in 3D-TSV, including materials characterization, unit processes and integration, equipment hardening, reliability, cost and benefit to device and circuit performance. Eventually, 3D interconnects will provide cost-effective ways to integrate diverse CMOS technologies and chips with emerging technologies such as micro and nano electromechanical systems (MEMS, NEMS) and bio-chips.
A global leader in the field of metallization technologies and chemistries, Atotech has more than 3,000 employees that support the integration and use of metallization chemicals in general metal finishing (GMF), electronics (EC) and semiconductors (SC). Sixteen production and service facilities in the different countries assure a close customer support and short turnaround time.
For 20 years, SEMATECH® has set global direction, enabled flexible collaboration, and bridged strategic R&D to manufacturing. Today, we continue accelerating the next technology revolution with our nanoelectronics and emerging technology partners.
The UAlbany CNSE is the first college in the world dedicated to research, development, education, and deployment in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience, and nanoeconomics. In May 2007, it was ranked as the world’s number one college for nanotechnology and microtechnology in the Annual College Ranking by Small Times magazine. CNSE’s Albany NanoTech Complex is the most advanced research enterprise of its kind at any university in the world: a $4.5 billion, 800,000-square-foot megaplex that attracts corporate partners from around the world and offers students a one-of-a-kind academic experience. The UAlbany NanoCollege houses the only fully-integrated, 300mm wafer, computer chip pilot prototyping and demonstration line within 80,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms. More than 2,000 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, and faculty work on site at CNSE’s Albany NanoTech, from companies including IBM, AMD, SEMATECH, Toshiba, ASML, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, Vistec Lithography and Atotech.