Al-Al Wafer-Level Thermocompression Bonding applied for MEMS
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Original version2017 5th International Workshop on Low Temperature Bonding for 3D Integration (LTB-3D), Tokyo, 16-18 May 2017, pp 1
Wafer-level thermocompression bonding (TCB) using aluminum (Al) is presented as a hermetic sealing method for MEMS. The process is a CMOS compatible alternative to TCB using metals like gold (Au) and copper (Cu), which are problematic with respect to cross contamination in labs. Au and Cu are commonly used for TCB and the oxidation of these metals is limited (Au) or easily controlled (Cu). However, despite Al oxidation, our experimental results and theoretical considerations show that TCB using Al is feasible even at temperatures down to 300−350 °C using a commercial bonder without in-situ surface treatment capability.