Patent Number: 7,132,035

Title: Methods, apparatuses, and substrate assembly structures for fabricating microelectronic components using mechanical and chemical-mechanical planarization processes

Abstract: Methods, apparatuses and substrate assembly structures for mechanical and chemical-mechanical planarizing processes used in the manufacturing microelectronic-device substrate assemblies. One aspect of the invention is directed toward a method for planarizing a microelectronic-device substrate assembly by removing material from a surface of the substrate assembly, detecting a first change in drag force between the substrate assembly and a polishing pad indicating that the substrate surface is planar, and identifying a second change in drag force between the substrate assembly and the polishing pad indicating that the planar substrate surface is at the endpoint elevation. After the second change in drag force is identified, the planarization process is stopped. The first change in drag force between the substrate assembly and the planarizing medium is preferably detected by measuring a first change in the electrical current through a drive motor driving a substrate holder carrying the substrate assembly and/or a table carrying the polishing pad. The second change in drag force between the substrate assembly and the polishing pad may be identified by detecting a second change in the drive motor current or measuring a second change in the temperature of the planarizing solution or the polishing pad.

Inventors: Robinson; Karl M. (Boise, ID), Pan; Pai-Hung (Boise, ID)

Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.

International Classification: C23F 1/00 (20060101); B24B 49/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-11-07 0:00:00