Wednesday, October 7, 2015
AGENDA
Chair Uwe Schwarz, Manager MEMS Process Development, X-FAB MEMS Foundry GmbH
Uwe Schwarz

Uwe Schwarz
Manager MEMS Process Development
X-FAB MEMS Foundry GmbH

Biography
Uwe Schwarz obtained a degree in Physics at the University in Leipzig in 1988. He joined X-FAB in 1992, where he worked first as a development and process engineer on photolithographic processing and was also involved in some of the CMOS technology development programs of the company. Since 1997 he is working on the field of MEMS process development.

15:00 Introduction
15:05
Wearable : an early Internet of Things application for MEMS !
  Claire Troadec, MEMS & Semiconductor Analyst, Yole Developpement
Wearable : an early Internet of Things application for MEMS !
Claire Troadec

Claire Troadec
MEMS & Semiconductor Analyst
Yole Developpement

Abstract
The MEMS market has seen a continuous volume growth since its early beginning. The adoption of such devices in smartphones, with the introduction of the iphone back in 2007, really paved the way for a high dynamic growth in the consumer market.
Starting with a microphone and a 3-axis accelerometer to sense the orientation of the phone and to change the screen accordingly (from portrait to landscape mode), next generation smartphones included more microphones to add noise cancellation feature, a gyroscope to enhance the moving perception, a magnetometer to add a Compass application, RF MEMS to improve antenna performance... Is this only the beginning?
In our talk, we will address the various MEMS markets and review how consumer still remains the main driver for the MEMS market. From smartphones, we will show that the continuum market will be wearable. We will focus on the wearable market and address its challenges, market drivers, anticipated revenues. We will demonstrate that wearable can be seen as an early "Internet of Things" approach: the human as a connected object. We will finally conclude by highlighting the similarities between wearables and smartphones and demonstrate how MEMS are ideally positioned to spread into wearables.

Biography
Claire Troadec has been a member of the MEMS manufacturing team at Yole Développement since 2013. She graduated from INSA Rennes in France with an engineering degree in microelectronics and material sciences. She then joined NXP Semiconductors, and worked for 7 years as a CMOS process integration engineer at the IMEC R&D facility. During this time, she oversaw the isolation and performance boost of CMOS technology node devices from 90 nm down to 45 nm. She has authored or co-authored seven US patents and nine international publications in the semiconductor field and before joining Yole Développement managed her own distribution and e-commerce company.

15:25
3D Structuring Techniques as Enablers for New MEMS-based Devices
  Thoralf Kautzsch, Sensor&MEMS Development, Infineon Technologies Dresden
3D Structuring Techniques as Enablers for New MEMS-based Devices
Thoralf Kautzsch

Thoralf Kautzsch
Sensor&MEMS Development
Infineon Technologies Dresden

Abstract
This year, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Moore's Law. Over the past decades, the development of the semiconductor industry has been driven by miniaturization of standard devices. In parallel, the demand for sensor devices undergoes a dramatic change - not only in terms of volume and average selling price, but also with respect to requirements of further miniaturization. As an example, in a few years, a package height for pressure sensors in the order of one millimeter will not be accepted anymore by most of mobile device providers. The discussion on the choice "system in package" or "system on chip" is not only driven by production costs anymore. Furthermore - in some cases, the miniaturization of micro mechanic devices is the door opener for CMOS integration by also reducing production cost of the system: New versions of MEMS resonators in the 10MHz to 100MHz range are smaller than a single bond pad - an integration might save chip area. On the other hand, new sensors for ambient radiation and chemical analyses will capture new markets.
In this contribution, a discussion on the link of structuring techniques to system design is provided. Taking three practical examples, the consequences of technological concepts and the choice of sensing techniques are presented. It underlines the need of continuous concept reviews even of mature device and product groups such as pressure sensors, acceleration sensors or ambient light sensor systems.

Biography
Thoralf Kautzsch coordinates pre-development and innovation activities in the field of sensor and MEMS solutions at Infineon Technologies Dresden. In 2003 he received his PhD from the Technical University of Berlin. Since 2003 he has been with Infineon Technologies Dresden, his activities covered embedded flash integration, development of power devices and investigation of new sensor concepts.
His current interests include MEMS-based sensors, optoelectronic devices and sensing systems based on infrared spectral analysis.

15:45
Individualized sensor production for industrial applications: expectations and options
  Peter Krause, VP Business Unit Industrial, First Sensor AG
Individualized sensor production for industrial applications: expectations and options
Peter Krause

Peter Krause
VP Business Unit Industrial
First Sensor AG

Abstract
The sensor market is divided into two main streams of production: Low and medium market of the specialists for customized solutions and the market of high volume standard products of mass production manufacturer.

Drivers of the industrial sensor market are high flexibility combined with high reliability, by continuous cost reduction and demand for a short time to market.

The relationship and successful combination of these drivers will be discussed within different projects along the value chain (from wafer production incl. MEMS technology up to packaging and system production).

Co-Author: Franz Leibl, Site Manager First Sensor Wafer Fab

Biography
Peter Krause studied Physics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin with an emphasis on ion and electron physics. After working as a development engineer in the field of ion implantation, he acquired extensive knowledge of MEMS sensors as a research assistant at Technische Universität Berlin, where he was responsible for development work on microsensors and actuators at the "Institute for Microperipheric Technologies." Since 1999, Peter Krause has headed the piezoresistive pressure sensor chips area at First Sensor as Managing Director. In 2013, he assumed joint management of the Business Unit Industrial with Olaf Hug. Both are reorienting the unit strategically and stand for its success. Peter Krause is also responsible for the areas of development and quality management.

16:05
A Cu based TSV technology for MEMS accelerometers
  Stefan E. Schulz, Deputy Director / Dept. Head, Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems
A Cu based TSV technology for MEMS accelerometers
Stefan E. Schulz

Stefan E. Schulz
Deputy Director / Dept. Head
Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems

Abstract
3D integration represents a decisive technology for realizing miniaturized, heterogeneous smart systems. In contrast to microelectronic devices, specific constraints have to be considered for MEMS with fragile structures. Hereby, the wafer thickness is usually higher (~200-400 µm) due to the MEMS fragility and for reasons of avoiding thin wafer technologies. This requires through-silicon vias (TSVs) with large dimensions and high aspect ratios. In this presentation a Cu-TSV technology and its application to MEMS accelerometers based on high aspect ratio microstructures will be described.
In the presented TSV technology approach the TSVs are fabricated after the device fabrication as so called Via Last technology. One distinctive feature hereby is an incomplete TSV Cu-filling, which avoids long processing and complex process control, while minimizing the thermomechanical stress between Cu and Si and related adverse effects in the device. However, the incomplete filling also includes various challenges regarding process integration. A method based on pattern plating using spin-on negative resist will be described where the TSVs are metalized at the same time as the redistribution layer. This eliminates the need for additional planarization and patterning steps. As demonstrator a 2-axis MEMS accelerometer based on the so called AIM (air gap insulated microstructures) technology has been built up with TSVs. Cross sectional analysis as well as functional tests will be shown in order to validate the feasibility of the presented Cu based TSV technology.

Biography
Stefan E. Schulz is head of the Department Back-end of Line and Deputy Director at the Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems (Fraunhofer ENAS), Chemnitz, Germany. His main research fields are on-chip interconnects, 3D integration, and Carbon Nanotube (CNT) based devices.
S. E. Schulz received his doctoral degree in electrical engineering from Technische Universität Chemnitz in 1996. Before entering the newly founded Fraunhofer ENAS in 2008 as head of Dept. BEOL, he held several positions as researcher and research group leader at Technische Universität Chemnitz, Center for Microtechnologies and Fraunhofer IZM.
S. E. Schulz was appointed as Honorary Professor for "Nanoelectronics Technologies" at the Technische Universität Chemnitz in 2008. In 2013 he became Spokesman of the Fraunhofer Cluster 3D Integration.
S. E. Schulz authored and co-authored more than 150 publications in journals, books and conference proceedings, held 11 invited speeches at international congresses and symposia, and is inventor of 3 granted patents and 4 published patent applications.

16:25
Agile value chain for medium volumes custom MEMS manufacturing, packaging and integration.
  Vincent Gaff, Business Unit Manager, Tronics Microsystems Sa
Agile value chain for medium volumes custom MEMS manufacturing, packaging and integration.
Vincent Gaff

Vincent Gaff
Business Unit Manager
Tronics Microsystems Sa

Abstract
MEMS technologies are enabling a wide range of new sensor and/or actuator functions of (inertial sensors, micro-mechanics, optical and RF microsystems, BioMEMS, etc.. ). At the heart of product innovation, those technologies are driving the future of growing markets like industrial instrumentation, aeronautics & security, medical and pharmaceutical devices.

The functions created are very diverse and call for wide range of manufacturing, packaging and integration technologies that are neither well mastered by customers not available at a single sub-contractor manufacturing location when needed. To address these new product integration challenges tight relationships between solution providers and customers need to be established. An agile and sustainable model must be implemented so that the hurdles of cost, performance and integration can be lowered.

Specialized in the manufacturing of highly differentiated, high-value add, custom MEMS products for medium volume applications, Tronics has set-up agile manufacturing strategies to address those diverse requirements. With a mix of in-house capabilities and an ecosystem of solutions providers, Tronics manages supply chain to deliver OEMs functions they can easily integrate into their systems.

Biography
Vincent Gaff is Manager of the Business Unit "Microsystems Solutions" at Tronics Microsystems. He manages the custom MEMS development and foundry services for the company. Vincent Gaff joined Tronics Microsystems in 2000 as marketing and sales engineer. He led the marketing and business development activity of the company from 2005 to 2011 and then took charge of the main business unit of the company. He was previously project manager at CEA-Leti from 1998 to 2000.

16:45
The Importance of Through Silicon Vias for Next Generation CMOS and MEMS Processes
  Ian Rutherford, Business Line Manager - MEMS, X-FAB MEMS Foundry
The Importance of Through Silicon Vias for Next Generation CMOS and MEMS Processes
Ian Rutherford

Ian Rutherford
Business Line Manager - MEMS
X-FAB MEMS Foundry

Abstract
Integration is becoming more and more popular and necessary for advanced microelectronic and MEMS devices. Through Silicon Vias (TSV) are important elements of 3D stacking and packaging methods as they carry the electrical current from one side to the other side of the wafer. The presentation will provide an overview of solutions on how to implement TSVs for CMOS and MEMS wafers.

Biography
Iain Rutherford is the Business Line Manager with X-FAB MEMS Foundry, covering product management, business development and marketing strategy. Iain joined X-FAB in 2010 and has works in conjunction with process development, operations and sales teams during a period of rapid growth for MEMS in X-FAB.
With over 25 years of experience in the semiconductor and MEMS industry, Iain's background includes ten years with KLA-Tencor as European Regional Product and Applications Manager for wafer inspection & metrology. Prior to that, Iain has nearly ten years process engineering experience in high-volume wafer manufacturing with Motorola and Digital Equipment as well as R&D support at the University of Edinburgh.