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A low-temperature (<; 300 °C) low-stress microelectromechanical systems fabrication process based on a silicon carbide structural layer is presented. A partially conductive sintered target enables low-temperature dc sputtering of amorphous silicon carbide (SiC) at high deposition rates (75 nm/min). The low stress of the structural film allows for mechanically reliable structures to be fabricated, while the low-temperature deposition allows for pre-SiC metallization. The process is designed for low-cost film deposition and for complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor postintegration, stemming from chemical and thermal compatibility. Process flow, deposition, etching, and stress control are discussed, and a detailed process characterization is reported.
Date of Publication: June 2011