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Analysis for Evaluation of Threshold Current Density of Electromigration Damage in Taper-Shaped Metal Line

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Hiroki Kikuchi, Kazuhiko Sasagawa, Kazuhiro Fujisaki

Hirosaki University, Bunkyo-cho, Japan

Paper No. IPACK2017-74059, pp. V001T01A003; 5 pages
  • ASME 2017 International Technical Conference and Exhibition on Packaging and Integration of Electronic and Photonic Microsystems collocated with the ASME 2017 Conference on Information Storage and Processing Systems
  • ASME 2017 International Technical Conference and Exhibition on Packaging and Integration of Electronic and Photonic Microsystems
  • San Francisco, California, USA, August 29–September 1, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Electronic and Photonic Packaging Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5809-7
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


Metal lines used in integrated circuits (ICs) become narrow for raising the device performance. Due to scaling down of the ICs, current density and Joule heating are increased, which induces electromigration (EM) damage. EM is transportation phenomena of metallic atoms caused by electron wind under high current density. EM leads to hillock and void formation in the metal line, thus EM should be considered to evaluate the performances of the device safe. It is known that a value of threshold current density which is critical current density of the EM damage exists in via-connected and passivated lines. In this study, the effect of line geometry on the threshold current density is discussed in the case of taper-shaped line. The evaluation method of threshold current density is conducted based on numerical simulation technique with building-up processes of atomic density distribution in the metal line by using a governing parameter of EM damage. As the simulation results, threshold current density increased in the cases of shorter line length, lower temperature, and wider width in cathode side. Furthermore, a new parameter was proposed for simplified evaluation of the threshold current density in taper-shaped lines. The evaluation method is able to apply various line shapes and conditions and it is expected to use for confirmation of the reliability of the lines in circuit design processes.

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