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Inter-CMOS process for monolithic integrated MEMS resonator

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4 Author(s)
Danqi Zhao ; Nat. Key Lab. of Sci. & Technol. on Micro/Nano Fabrication, Peking Univ., Beijing, China ; Fang Yang ; Chen Lin ; Dacheng Zhang

In this work, novel processes for the simultaneous fabrication of the MEMS (micro electro mechanical system) and CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) components on a monolithic integrated micro-cantilever resonator are proposed. A universal cavity shared by the entire MEMS unit is designed, which decreases the altitude difference between the MEMS and CMOS parts, thus benefiting the subsequent lithography for metal interconnection. The substrate for the CMOS unit is independent on the MEMS unit, assuring electrical isolation. Furthermore, an additional step of selectively removing silicon nitride (Si3N4) capping layer and polysilicon (poly-Si) layer upon the CMOS area is added to lower the stress in the MOSFET channel regions. The fabrication of this resonator with on-chip circuits according to the presented inter-CMOS process is investigated first by theoretical analysis, and then moving to experimental verification.

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Solid-State and Integrated Circuit Technology (ICSICT), 2012 IEEE 11th International Conference on

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Oct. 29 2012-Nov. 1 2012