Damascene Concept and Process Steps

  • Nobuyoshi KobayashiEmail author


A Cu interconnect was first introduced to manufacturing in 1997 [1]. The Damascene process has been used for Cu interconnect formation because of the difficulty in Cu dry etching. There are two Damascene processes, as shown in Fig. 18.1: single and dual. In the single Damascene process, trenches and via contacts (Vias) are formed one step at a time. In the dual Damascene process, they are formed simultaneously. Fewer steps make the dual process favorable for manufacturing, so it has been extensively used. There are several fabrication methods, such as via first and trench first, in the dual Damascene process. These methods depend on the lithography mask, the materials of interlevel dielectrics, and other factors.


Atomic Layer Deposition Hard Mask Atomic Layer Deposition Process Lithography Mask Barrier Metal 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Process Integration Technology, R&D, ASMTokyoJapan

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