Optimize Wafer Quality and Yield with Real-time Data
During the CMP Process

Originally held on September 29, 2022
Now available for On Demand viewing


Semiconductor manufacturing has several critical processes where accurate control is paramount to production efficiency and yield. Chemical Mechanical Planarization (CMP) is a procedure that involves chemical reactions and mechanical abrasion to uniformly remove material from wafers. This method is widely used by wafer manufacturers to polish the wafer surface to meet the final surface quality. It is also used to planarize uneven topography generated during semiconductor manufacturing, as well as to separate interconnects (copper, aluminum, and tungsten) and shallow trench isolation (STI).

The success of a CMP process relies heavily on a precise slurry mixture. Slurry concentrations are carefully manufactured; however, they can be negatively affected during transport, handling and filtration. Continuous monitoring of slurries is therefore imperative to high wafer quality and yield.

Vaisala in-line process refractometers are uniquely suited to CMP slurry management by controlling batch-to-batch variation and dilution of the slurry as well as blending of the oxidizing agent such as H2O2. This level of control is accomplished by using refractive index to continuously monitor liquid concentration, without being impeded by bubbles, ensuring a repeatable CMP process. By verifying that slurries consistently meet requirements, these instruments allow manufacturers to extend equipment uptime, maximize raw material usage, and reduce maintenance costs.

Register for this webinar to learn why Vaisala process refractometers have been installed by hundreds of semiconductor manufacturers worldwide. We’ll review the technology behind our measurement solutions and share common applications before sharing sample use cases from fabricators.

What you’ll learn:

  • Parameters of the CMP process that impact wafer quality
  • Why refractive index is the ideal measurement for CMP slurry monitoring
  • The negative impact faulty H2O2 can have on wafer production
  • The benefits of leveraging refractive index for a repeatable CMP process
  • How other semiconductor manufacturers are utilizing this technology

Presented by:

Kimmo Koivula
Vaisala Sales Business Development Manager

About the Presenter:

Kimmo Koivula holds a Master’s degree from the Helsinki University of Technology and has more than 10 years of experience in automation and optimization of industrial processes. The last 6 years, Kimmo developed his skills as a consultant in Europe and America, supporting industrial plants through cutting-edge technology.

Currently, he works as Sales Manager at Vaisala, in charge of market growth in the Latin American region, based in Mexico City.

Moderated by:

Pete Singer, Editor-in-Chief
Semiconductor Digest

Sponsored by:


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