CMOS-compatible UBM for Silicon Wafers / SOI Wafers

These under bump metallization steps produce optimum results on silicon wafers / SOI wafers:


  • Cleaner – Epithas MCL—067 acid soak cleaner for pretreatment of silicon wafers, including SOI wafers, prior to the Epithas Ni/Au process.
  • Micro-etch – LEC-19 removes naturally-occurring oxidation from aluminum and aluminum alloy surfaces.  Pretreatment for electroless nickel on aluminum for silicon wafers, including SOI wafers.
  • Zincate – MCS-30 acid immersion zinc for silicon wafer plating; minimizes the dissolution of aluminum, assures thin, uniform zinc deposit for subsequent electroless nickel plating.
  • Electroless Nickel – NPR-18CM was developed for wafer plating applications with fine line circuitry.  Highly stable bath; allows bridge-free deposition of electroless nickel.  Low temperature operation for improved resist tolerance. 6-8% phosphorus as plated. 100 hour salt spray performance (ASTM B117). Adhesion is superior to electroplated nickel.


  • Cleaner – Epithas MCL—067 acid soak pretreatment for silicon wafer plating, including SOI wafers
  • Micro-etch
  • Activator – MCT-14 is a highly stable activator for copper and copper alloys. Immersion reaction bath deposits palladium only on the copper surface. The palladium initiates the subsequent autocatalytic nickel plating step, electroless nickel.
  • Electroless Nickel – NPR-18CM – for wafer plating, including SOI wafers, involving fine line circuitry.  


Read Under Bump Metallization: Some Economical Alternatives
by Mario Orduz, published in US Tech.


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