Tosoh SMD Inc. | Date: 2016-11-29
A sputter target assembly comprising a Si target and a backing plate is provided wherein the backing plate is bonded to the target. The Si target comprises a smooth, mirror-like surface and has a surface roughness of less than about 15.0 Angstroms. Methods are provided for producing silicon target/backing plate assemblies wherein a silicon blank is processed to remove scratches from the blank surface resulting in a mirror like surface on the target, and a surface roughness of 15.0 Angstroms or less. The method comprises a first and second cleaning step with the first step being performed before the scratch removal step, and the second step being performed after the scratch removal.
Tosoh SMD Inc. | Date: 2016-11-30
A method of making a diffusion bonded sputter target assembly is provided. A target blank comprising a first metal or alloy has a first surface defining a sputtering surface and a second surface. A second metal or alloy is placed around the target blank. A backing plate is provided adjacent the second metal or alloy that is positioned alongside of the second target surface. This assembly is then diffusion bonded, and a portion of the second metal overlying the sputtering surface of the target is removed to expose the target sputtering surface. W target or W alloy target/Ti or Ti alloy backing plate assemblies are provided with an Al interlayer positioned intermediate the W or W alloy target and backing plate. The assembly has a bond strength exceeding 50 MPa.
Tosoh SMD Inc. | Date: 2016-04-08
Sputter targets and method of producing same having improved pass through flux (PTF). The targets may consist essentially of FeCo wherein the Co is predominantly hcp phase. The targets are prepared via powder precursors wherein at least the Co is made by a gas atomization process. This atomization process includes the steps of subjecting liquid Co to the action of dry argon gas and solidifying the liquid into small droplets. After the requisite powders have been sintered, they may be cold worked at temperatures of about 25-422 C.
Tosoh Smd Inc. | Date: 2014-10-08
Methods for treating texturized surfaces of sputter targets in order to improve adhesion and retention of deposited particles thereon. The target surfaces may first be texturized by a precursor texturizing method such as bead blasting, grit blasting, plasma spraying, or a twin-wire-arc spraying (TWAS) method. The thus textured surface is then sprayed or blasted with ice particles to form an optimized textured surface. The ice particles may comprise sublimable particles such as frozen carbon dioxide or dry ice. Also, argon may be used as exemplary ice particles.
Tosoh SMD Inc. | Date: 2013-07-26
Aluminum or aluminum alloy sputter targets and methods of making same are provided. The pure aluminum or aluminum alloy is mechanically worked to produce a circular blank, and then the blank is given a recrystallization anneal to achieve desirable grain size and crystallographic texture. A 10-50% additional strain is provided to the blank step after the annealing to increase the mechanical strength. Further, in a flange area of the target, the strain is greater than in the other target areas with the strain in the flange area being imparted at a rate of about 20-60% strain. The blank is then finished to form a sputtering target with desirable crystallographic texture and adequate mechanical strength.
Tosoh SMD Inc. | Date: 2013-02-12
Described is a design and method for producing a sputtering target assembly with low deflection made from target material solder bonded to composite backing plate with coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) matching the target material. The composite backing plate is composite configuration composed of at least two different materials with different CTE. The composite backing plate, after plastic deformation, if necessary, has a CTE matching the target material and low and desirable deflection in the bonding process, and therefore, resulting in a low deflection and low stress target material bonded to composite backing plate assembly. The method includes manufacturing composite backing plate with a flat bond surface, heat treating of target blank and composite backing plate to achieve desirable shape of bond surfaces, solder bonding target to a backing plate, and slowly cooling the assembly to room temperature. Matching CTE in both target material and backing plate eliminates the problem of CTE mismatch and prevents the assembly from deflection and internal stress.
Tosoh Smd Inc. | Date: 2012-06-18
A sputtering target made of aluminum and one or more alloying elements including Ni, Co, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Mo, Nb, Ta, W, and rare earth metals (REM). The addition of very small amounts of alloying element to pure aluminum and aluminum alloy target improves the uniformity of the deposited wiring films through affecting the targets recrystallization process. The range of alloying element content is 0.01 to 100 ppm by weight, which is sufficient to prevent dynamic recrystallization of pure aluminum and aluminum alloys, such as 30 ppm Si alloy. The addition of small amount of alloying elements increases the thermal stability and electromigration resistance of pure aluminum and aluminum alloys thin films while sustaining their low electrical resistivity and good etchability. This invention also provides a method of manufacturing microalloyed aluminum and aluminum alloy sputtering target.
Tosoh SMD Inc. | Date: 2015-03-18
Sputter targets and methods of making same. The targets comprise B doped n-type Si. The targets may be made from single crystal boron doped p-type Si ingot made by the CZ method. Resistivities along the length of the crystal are measured, and blanks may be cut perpendicular to the ingot central axis at locations having resistivities of from about 1-20 ohm.cm. The blanks are then formed to acceptable shapes suitable for usage as sputter targets in PVD systems. No donor killing annealing is performed on the ingot or blanks.
Tosoh Smd Inc. | Date: 2014-01-03
A sputtering target assembly and method of manufacturing the sputtering target assembly is provided. The sputtering target assembly may have a target blank. The target blank may have at least one planar surface with a thickness T1 and a concave center with a thickness T2, wherein T2 is less than T1.
Tosoh Smd Inc. | Date: 2012-07-03
A target and backing plate assembly and method of making the same. The target and backing plate assembly provides a mechanical interlock between the target and backing plate in addition to diffusion bonding between dissimilar materials comprising the target and backing plate. An interlayer may also be used between the target and backing plate. A plurality of ridges, or other salient surface features on one of the target and backing plate are joined to corresponding members or channels on the other of the target and backing plate. The dissimilar materials of the target and backing plate fill negative angled cavities formed by the plurality of ridges and corresponding channels or members of the target and backing plate to accommodate the diffusion bonded dissimilar materials. A target and backing plate assembly with increased strength results.