NMP
Nanomanufacturing Materials and Processes

Kashyap Yellai, Program Manager

The need for integrating new materials and processes in each new generation of semiconductor manufacturing technology has become more the norm than the exception in striving to achieve gains in density, performance, and functionality.

Overview

The Nanomanufacturing Materials and Processes (NMP) Program explores new materials and processes for scaled digital and analog device fabrication. Targeted research addresses critical challenges in patterning, nanoengineered materials, deposition and etch processes, process integration, and metrology.

Research Focus

NMP has three research focus directions that include Patterning, Front-end Processes (FEP) and Back-end Processes (BEP).

Patterning

This research focus includes research in the areas of imaging materials and pattern transfer, self-aligned patterning processes, alternative patterning techniques such as etch-free processing and directed self-assembly (DSA), and supportive metrology and modeling activities. The objectives of this subthrust are affordable, high-performance, and low-variability patterning options for advanced digital and analog/mixed-signal technologies. 

Front-end Processes (FEP)

This research focus explores emerging research material and process options that address industry's strategic needs for active and passive device scaling, improvements in performance and reliability, and enhanced functionality.

Example topics include: (a) the chemistry and synthesis of materials which provide novel functionality and/or tunable properties, (b) material-enabled low-variability processes, (c) new thin-film deposition techniques for enhanced conformality, (d) the characterization and understanding of material interface effects, and (e) materials and processes enabling functional diversification on a CMOS platform and 3D heterogeneous integration.

Back-end Processes (BEP)

This subprogram addresses new directions for interconnects in the areas of Cu/low‑k extendibility, etch/deposition unit processes, reliability, novel global interconnect solutions, and radical new concepts for interconnect and the package/on-chip interconnect sub-system.

Example topics include: (a) new materials and processes to optimize Cu-based interconnect resistance and reliability, (b) new materials and processes to optimize low‑k dielectric capacitance and reliability, (c) optimization of interconnect interfaces and contacts, (d) alternate interconnect materials and concepts, and (e) back-end materials and processes enabling functional diversification of a CMOS platform.

 

NMP Metrics

  1. Current

    30 Projects
    22 Universities
    48 Research Scholars
    32 Faculty Researchers
    113 Liaisons
  2. This Year

    13 Project Starts
    31 Research Data
    1 Patent Applications
  3. Last Year

    353 Research Data
    5 Patent Applications
  4. Since Inception

    117 Projects
    59 Universities
    332 Research Scholars
    122 Faculty Researchers
    353 Liaisons
    1,748 Research Data
    34 Patent Applications
    12 Patents Granted
Updated: 19-Apr-2024, 12:05 a.m. ET

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