Oct 12, 2016
Panasonic Factory Solutions Co., Ltd.

One-stop Process Evaluation

Panasonic opens “Plasma Dicing Demonstration Center”,
enabling very thin 25μm silicon wafer dicing

Available October 12, 2016

Panasonic Factory Solutions Co., Ltd., a business unit of Panasonic Corporation, announces today the opening of their “Plasma Dicing Demonstration Center” in Osaka, Japan. The center is established to promote a new plasma dicing process to dice silicon wafers thinned to 25μm, which is half the thickness of current memory products.

The center’s clean room is showcasing a vertically integrated processing and inspection equipment dedicated for supporting the plasma dicing process. The one-stop process center eliminates the need for the customer to conduct wafer sample preparation at multiple sites and ensuring protection of their highly confidential information.

The center provides the capability to develop processes for new wafer structures and materials. Panasonic will utilize this center as a development site for plasma dicing technology.

Main equipment

1.Plasma Dicer

Core equipment in plasma dicing process
High speed, non-contact, damage free and enabling narrow dicing street width of 20μm (aspect ratio 5:1) for 100μm thinned silicon wafers and challenging 25μm thinned wafers.

2.Peripheral processing equipment

Back grinder:Process to make wafers thinner to a specified value
Lithography:Form protective layer from plasma exposure
Laser patterning:Creating lines for plasma dicing

3.Inspection equipment

Measurement of the difference in level and thickness, Electron microscope

Outline of Plasma dicing demonstration center

Opening period

October 12, 2016

Address

2-7 Matsuba-cho, Kadoma City, Osaka 571-8502, Japan

Square footage

Approximately 220 square meter, class 1000 clean room and process preparation room

【Customer Contact】

Kato / Chanomae
Business Innovation Center, Smart Factory Solutions Business Division,
Panasonic Corporation
TEL : 050-3487-5862 / 050-3688-0603

【Media Contact】

Akio Kaneko
Corporate Planning Group
Panasonic Factory Solutions Co., Ltd.
TEL : 050-3487-3587

Background

To facilitate the IoT, thinner and smaller semiconductor chips are required which bring major impact to conventional manufacturing. Especially in the blade dicing methods, there are mechanical damage challenges such as edge chipping and side wall damage during mechanical dicing. As chip size decrease, blade width have a greater impact on chip yield per wafer. In addition, the mechanical dicing method leaves mechanical residue and requiring water cleaning steps; a detriment to image sensors. There are well-known challenges and principle limitations on blade dicing methods. For those reasons, there is a growing expectation to refine the plasma dicing process.

About plasma dicing technology

Plasma dicing technology is non contact process via plasma reaction to dice chips without damage. It enables narrow-width processing which increases yield of harvested chips from a wafer. Furthermore, plasma dicing does not leave mechanical residue on wafers. It is a method solving dicing challenges for the future.

Blade dicing

Blade dicing

Mechanical contact processing

Plasma dicing

Plasma dicing

Non contact processing by chemical reaction

Features of plasma dicing

Plasma dicing features:

(1)Damage free
Plasma dicing is a noncontact process by chemical reaction so it will not cause mechanical damage to the wafer.
[Examples of application area] Memory, Image sensor

Blade Process

Blade Process

Plasma Process

Plasma Process

Magnified photograph of silicon chip sidewall after dicing
(Observed by Transmission electron microscope)

(2)Reduces material loss, increases chip yield
Plasma dicing enables under 20μm dicing width whereby increasing the usable wafer area and increasing the chip yield per wafer. Plasma dicing is a parallel batch process with shorter cycle time compared to the traditional blade method which is a series of vertically and horizontally mechanical motions.
[Examples of application area] Chip component, RF-ID tag

Blade Process

Blade Process

Plasma Process

Plasma Process

Magnified photograph of silicon chip surface after dicing
(Observed by optical microscope)

(3)Plasma dicing do not leave mechanical residue on wafer
Mechanical residue after mechanical dicing is the major contributor for image sensor failure and other MEMS devices. Plasma dicing method is clean and do not require post water cleaning steps.
[Examples of application area] Image sensor

Plasma Dicing Demonstration Center

Plasma Dicing Demonstration Center