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Publication numberUS20050116317 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 10/982,782
Publication date2 Jun 2005
Filing date8 Nov 2004
Priority date6 Nov 2003
Also published asCN1624916A, CN100495703C, DE602004014331D1, EP1530226A2, EP1530226A3, EP1530226B1, US7807337, US20080102409
Publication number10982782, 982782, US 2005/0116317 A1, US 2005/116317 A1, US 20050116317 A1, US 20050116317A1, US 2005116317 A1, US 2005116317A1, US-A1-20050116317, US-A1-2005116317, US2005/0116317A1, US2005/116317A1, US20050116317 A1, US20050116317A1, US2005116317 A1, US2005116317A1
InventorsHyo-Jong Lee, Hong-seong Son, Ui-Hyoung Lee, Sang-rok Hah, Il-Ryong Kim, Yi-Gwon Kim
Original AssigneeHyo-Jong Lee, Son Hong-Seong, Ui-Hyoung Lee, Hah Sang-Rok, Il-Ryong Kim, Yi-Gwon Kim
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Inductor for a system-on-a-chip and method for manufacturing the same
US 20050116317 A1
Abstract
An inductor for a system-on-a-chip and a method for manufacturing the inductor are disclosed. The inductor comprises a conductive line formed by connecting a plurality of conductive patterns grown from a seed layer formed on a lower wiring. The method comprises using an electrolytic plating process or an electroless plating process to grow the plurality of adjacent conductive patterns from the seed layer until they become connected. The method also enables adjusting the height and width of the conductive line to desired levels.
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1. An inductor comprising:
a seed layer formed on a substrate; and
a conductive line formed on the seed layer, wherein the conductive line is formed by a plurality of connected conductive patterns grown from the seed layer.
2. The inductor of claim 1, further comprising:
a diffusion prevention layer formed between the substrate and the seed layer.
3. The inductor of claim 1, further comprising:
a protection layer formed on the conductive line.
4. The inductor of claim 3, wherein the protection layer comprises silicon carbide or silicon nitride.
5. The inductor of claim 3, wherein the protection layer has a thickness of about 100 to 1,000 Å.
6. The inductor of claim 1, further comprising:
a mold layer comprising hole arrays respectively filled with one of the plurality of conductive patterns.
7. The inductor of claim 6, wherein the plurality of conductive patterns filling the hole arrays are connected to one another on the mold layer to form the conductive line.
8. The inductor of claim 6, wherein the mold layer comprises oxide or photoresist.
9. The inductor of claim 6, wherein the mold layer has a thickness of about 500 to 30,000 Å.
10. The inductor of claim 6, wherein each of the hole arrays has a depth of about 500 to 30,000 Å.
11. The inductor of claim 1, further comprising:
a mold layer comprising trenches respectively filled with one of the plurality of conductive patterns.
12. The inductor of claim 11, wherein the plurality of conductive patterns filling the trenches are connected to one another on the mold layer to form the conductive line.
13. The inductor of claim 11, wherein the mold layer comprises oxide or photoresist.
14. The inductor of claim 11, wherein the mold layer has a thickness of about 500 to 30,000 Å.
15. The inductor of claim 11, wherein each of the trenches has a depth of about 500 to 30,000 Å.
16. The inductor of claim 1, wherein the conductive line has a rounded upper portion.
17. An inductor comprising:
a substrate comprising a conductive structure;
a seed layer formed on the substrate;
a mold layer formed on the seed layer, wherein the mold layer includes hole arrays exposing the seed layer; and
a conductive line formed on the seed layer, wherein the conductive line is electrically connected to the conductive structure and is formed by a plurality of connected conductive patterns grown from the seed layer.
18. The inductor of claim 17, further comprising:
a diffusion prevention layer formed between the substrate and the seed layer.
19. The inductor of claim 17, further comprising:
a protection layer formed on the conductive line.
20. The inductor of claim 17, wherein the conductive line has an upper portion having a mushroom shaped structure.
21. An inductor comprising:
a substrate including a conductive structure;
a mold layer formed on the substrate, wherein the mold layer comprises hole arrays having inner surfaces;
a seed layer formed on the inner surfaces of the hole arrays; and
a conductive line formed on the seed layer, wherein the conductive line is electrically connected to the conductive structure and is formed by a plurality of connected conductive patterns grown from the seed layer.
22. The inductor of claim 21, further comprising:
a diffusion prevention layer formed between the seed layer and the substrate including the conductive structure.
23. The inductor of claim 21, further comprising:
a protection layer formed on the conductive line.
24. The inductor of claim 21, wherein the conductive line has a rounded upper portion.
25. An inductor comprising:
a substrate including a conductive structure;
a mold layer formed on the substrate, wherein the mold layer comprises trenches having inner surfaces;
a seed layer formed on the inner surfaces of the hole arrays; and
a conductive line formed on the seed layer, wherein the conductive line is electrically connected to the conductive structure and is formed by a plurality of connected conductive patterns grown from the seed layer.
26. The inductor of claim 25, further comprising:
a diffusion prevention layer formed between the seed layer and the substrate including the conductive structure.
27. The inductor of claim 25, further comprising:
a protection layer formed on the conductive line.
28. The inductor of claim 25, wherein the conductive line has a rounded upper portion.
29. An inductor comprising:
a substrate including a conductive structure;
a mold layer formed on the substrate, wherein the mold layer comprises hole arrays having inner surfaces;
a first seed layer formed on the inner surfaces of the hole arrays and on the mold layer;
a capping layer formed on the first seed layer;
a second seed layer formed on portions of the capping layer positioned in the hole arrays; and,
a conductive line formed on the second seed layer, wherein the conductive line is electrically connected to the conductive structure and is formed by a plurality of connected conductive patterns grown from the second seed layer.
30. The inductor of claim 29, further comprising:
a diffusion prevention layer formed between the first seed layer and the substrate including the conductive structure, and between the first seed layer and the mold layer.
31. The inductor of claim 29, wherein the first seed layer comprises an element selected from the group consisting of copper (Cu), platinum (Pt), palladium (Pd), nickel (Ni), silver (Ag), gold (Au) and any alloy thereof.
32. The inductor of claim 29, wherein the capping layer comprises aluminum (Al).
33. The inductor of claim 32, wherein the capping layer has a thickness of about 100 to 500 Å.
34. The inductor of claim 29, wherein the second seed layer comprises an element selected from the group consisting of copper, platinum, palladium, nickel, silver, gold and any alloy thereof.
35. The inductor of claim 29, further comprising a protection layer formed on the conductive line.
36. The inductor of claim 29, wherein the conductive line has a rounded upper portion.
37. A method for manufacturing an inductor, comprising:
forming a mold layer on a seed layer, wherein the mold layer comprises hole arrays exposing the seed layer;
forming conductive patterns on the mold layer from the seed layer to fill the hole arrays; and
forming a conductive line on the mold layer by growing the conductive patterns on the mold layer and connecting the conductive patterns.
38. The method of claim 37, wherein forming the mold layer comprises:
forming a photoresist film on the seed layer; and
forming a photoresist pattern on the seed layer by patterning the photoresist film, wherein the photoresist pattern includes the hole arrays that expose the seed layer.
39. The method of claim 38, wherein forming the photoresist pattern comprises:
placing a mask over the photoresist film, the mask comprising a pattern having hole arrays arranged substantially in parallel; and,
exposing the photoresist film using the mask.
40. The method of claim 38, further comprising:
forming an anti-reflective layer on the photoresist film.
41. The method of claim 40, further comprising:
removing the photoresist pattern and the anti-reflective layer after forming the conductive line.
42. The method of claim 41, wherein the photoresist pattern and the anti-reflective layer are removed using an organic stripper, a solution including ozone at a relatively high concentration, or a standard cleaning solution including carbon dioxide.
43. The method of claim 37, wherein forming the mold layer comprises:
forming an oxide layer on the seed layer;
forming a photoresist film on the oxide layer;
forming a photoresist pattern on the oxide layer by patterning the photoresist film; and,
forming the hole arrays through the mold layer by etching the mold layer using the photoresist pattern as an etching mask.
44. The method of claim 37, further comprising:
forming a diffusion prevention layer between the seed layer and an underlying structure.
45. The method of claim 44, further comprising:
partially removing the seed layer and the diffusion prevention layer except for portions of the seed layer and the diffusion prevention layer positioned beneath the conductive line after forming the conductive line.
46. The method of claim 45, wherein the seed layer and the diffusion prevention layer are partially removed using a solution including hydrogen fluoride and hydrogen peroxide or hydrogen fluoride and nitric acid.
47. The method of claim 37, further comprising:
forming a protection layer on the conductive line.
48. The method of claim 37, wherein the conductive line is formed by an electrolytic plating process or an electroless plating process.
49. The method of claim 48, wherein the electrolytic plating process is performed with a current density of about 20 to 40 mA/cm2 using a plating solution including a copper sulfate solution, a sulfuric acid solution and a solution including chlorine ions.
50. A method for manufacturing an inductor, comprising:
forming a mold layer on a seed layer, wherein the mold layer comprises trenches exposing the seed layer;
forming conductive patterns on the mold layer from the seed layer to fill the trenches; and
forming a conductive line on the mold layer by growing the conductive patterns on the mold layer and connecting the conductive patterns.
51. The method of claim 50, wherein forming the mold layer comprises:
forming a photoresist film on the seed layer; and
forming a photoresist pattern on the seed layer by patterning the photoresist film, wherein the photoresist pattern includes the trenches that expose the seed layer.
52. The method of claim 51, wherein forming the photoresist pattern comprises:
placing a mask over the photoresist film, the mask comprising a pattern having trenches substantially in parallel; and
exposing the photoresist film using the mask.
53. A method of manufacturing an inductor comprising:
forming a mold layer on a substrate comprising a conductive structure, wherein the mold layer comprises hole arrays having inner surfaces;
forming a diffusion prevention layer on the inner surfaces of the hole arrays and on the mold layer;
forming seed layer patterns on portions of the diffusion prevention layer positioned in the hole arrays;
forming conductive patterns from the seed layer patterns to fill the hole arrays;
forming a conductive line on the mold layer by growing the conductive patterns on the mold layer and by connecting the conductive patterns; and
forming a protection layer on the conductive line.
54. The method of claim 53, wherein forming the seed layer patterns comprises:
forming a seed layer on the diffusion prevention layer; and
removing portions of the seed layer positioned on the mold layer.
55. The method of claim 54, wherein removing the portions of the seed layer is performed by a chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) process, an etch back process, or a combination of a CMP process and an etch back process.
56. The method of claim 53, wherein forming the conductive line is performed by an electrolytic plating process or an electroless plating process.
57. A method of manufacturing an inductor comprising:
forming a mold layer on a substrate comprising a conductive structure, wherein the mold layer comprises hole arrays having inner surfaces;
forming a diffusion prevention layer on the inner surfaces of the hole arrays and on the mold layer;
forming a first seed layer on the diffusion prevention layer;
forming a capping layer on the first seed layer;
forming second seed layer patterns on portions of the capping layer positioned in the hole arrays;
forming conductive patterns from the second seed layer patterns to fill the hole arrays;
forming a conductive line on the mold layer by growing the conductive patterns on the mold layer and by connecting the conductive patterns; and
forming a protection layer on the conductive line.
58. The method of claim 57, wherein forming the second seed layer patterns comprises:
forming a second seed layer on the capping layer; and
removing portions of the second seed layer positioned on the mold layer.
Description
    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • [0001]
    1. Field of the Invention
  • [0002]
    The present invention relates generally to an inductor and a method for manufacturing the inductor. More particularly, the present invention relates to an inductor for radio frequency (RF) devices for a system-on-a-chip (SOC), and a method for manufacturing the inductor.
  • [0003]
    A claim of priority is made to Korean Patent Application No. 2003-78195 filed on Nov. 6, 2003, the disclosure of which is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety.
  • [0004]
    2. Description of the Related Art
  • [0005]
    An SOC comprises a single microchip integrating together all of the elements of a system. The elements of the system generally comprise independently operating semiconductor devices or circuits. For example, an SOC for wireless communications typically includes a microprocessor, a digital signal processor (DSP), a random access memory (RAM) device, and a read only memory (ROM). Generally, the elements of an SOC are integrated on a large scale integrated (LSI) circuit or an integrated circuit (IC).
  • [0006]
    In an SOC for RF communication, semiconductor devices and RF circuits are generally integrated on a single chip. Inductors are typically formed on integrated circuits of the SOC after the integrated circuits are formed on a semiconductor substrate. A thin film type inductor having a spiral or solenoid construction is commonly employed in an SOC because it is easily combined with integrated circuits. In addition, thin film type inductors are employed for various devices such as a voltage controlled oscillator (VCO), a filter, or a converter.
  • [0007]
    A conventional thin film type inductor is disclosed in various international patent publications, including, for example, Korean Laid Open Patent Publication No. 2003-20,603, Korean Patent No. 348,250, and Japanese Laid Open Patent Publication No. 1998-241,983.
  • [0008]
    FIGS. 1A to 1C are cross-sectional views illustrating a method of manufacturing a conventional inductor disclosed in the above-mentioned Korean Laid Open Patent Publication.
  • [0009]
    Referring to FIG. 1A, a soft magnetic thin film 15 is formed on a substrate 10 formed on a silicon wafer. Soft magnetic thin film 15 has a double-layer structure comprising an iron-tantalum nitride (FeTaN) layer and a titanium (Ti) layer.
  • [0010]
    An insulation film 20 of silicon oxide is formed on soft magnetic thin film 15 and a seed layer 25 for an electroplating process is formed on insulation film 20. Seed layer 25 has a double-layer structure comprising a copper (Cu) layer and a chromium (Cr) layer.
  • [0011]
    A photosensitive film 30 is deposited on the seed layer 25, and then a mask 35 is formed over the photosensitive film 30. The photosensitive film 30 is exposed through a pattern in mask 35. The pattern of the mask 35 defines an inductor having a coil structure.
  • [0012]
    Referring to FIG. 1B, a plurality of holes are formed through the photosensitive film 30 by developing the exposed portions of the photosensitive film 30. The holes expose the seed layer 25 which is positioned beneath the photosensitive film 30. A coil 40 of the inductor is formed from the seed layer 25 to fill the holes. The coil 40 is formed by an electroplating process using a plating solution including copper.
  • [0013]
    Referring to FIG. 1C, the photosensitive film 30 is removed and portions of the seed layer 25 exposed between the loops of the coil 40 are etched away using a wet etching process to complete the coil 40 on insulation film 20. The coil 40 is attached to an upper magnetic film 50 using an adhesive film 45 of epoxy resin to form the inductor on the substrate 10.
  • [0014]
    In the above-described method for manufacturing a conventional inductor, the rate at which the coil 40 grows from the seed layer 25 to fill the holes in the photosensitive film 30 decreases significantly as the size of the holes increases. As the width and height of the inductor increase, the rate of coil growth slows accordingly, thus driving up the time and cost of manufacturing for the inductor and the related RF device. However, it is important for the inductor to have sufficient width and height to ensure the desired electrical characteristics of the inductor.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • [0015]
    The present invention provides an inductor for an SOC manufactured according to a simplified process. The present invention also provides a low-cost method for manufacturing an inductor for an SOC using a simplified process.
  • [0016]
    According to one aspect of the present invention, an inductor comprises a seed layer formed on a substrate and a conductive line formed on the seed layer. The conductive line is formed by connecting a plurality of conductive patterns grown from the seed layer. A diffusion prevention layer is preferably formed between the substrate and the seed layer, and a protection layer is preferably formed on the conductive line. Additionally, a mold layer including hole arrays is preferably filled with the respective conductive patterns.
  • [0017]
    According to another aspect of the present invention, an inductor comprises a substrate including a conductive structure, a seed layer formed on the substrate, a mold layer formed on the seed layer, and a conductive line formed on the seed layer. The mold layer includes hole arrays exposing the seed layer, and the conductive line is electrically connected to the conductive structure. The conductive line is formed by connecting a plurality of conductive patterns grown from the seed layer. A protection layer is preferably formed on the conductive line.
  • [0018]
    According to still another aspect of the present invention, an inductor comprises a substrate including a conductive structure, a mold layer including hole arrays having inner surfaces formed on the substrate, a seed layer formed on the inner surfaces of the hole arrays, and a conductive line formed on the seed layer. The conductive line is electrically connected to the conductive structure and is formed by connecting a plurality of conductive patterns grown from the seed layer.
  • [0019]
    According to still another aspect of the present invention, an inductor comprises a substrate having a conductive structure, a mold layer including hole arrays having inner surfaces formed on the substrate, a first seed layer formed on the inner surfaces of the hole arrays and on the mold layer, a capping layer formed on the first seed layer, a second seed layer formed on portions of the capping layer positioned in the hole arrays, and a conductive line formed on the second seed layer. The conductive line is electrically connected to the conductive structure and is formed by connecting a plurality of conductive patterns grown from the second seed layer.
  • [0020]
    According to still another aspect of the present invention, there is provided a method for manufacturing an inductor. The method comprises forming a mold layer on a seed layer, wherein the mold layer includes hole arrays exposing the seed layer. The method further comprises forming conductive patterns on the mold layer from the seed layer to fill the hole arrays. The method further comprises forming a conductive line on the mold layer by growing the conductive patterns on the mold layer and connecting the conductive patterns. Preferably, the method further comprises forming an anti-reflective layer on the mold layer and forming a protection layer on the conductive line.
  • [0021]
    According to still another aspect of the present invention, there is provided a method for manufacturing an inductor. The method comprises forming a mold layer including hole arrays having inner surfaces on a substrate including a conductive structure and forming a diffusion prevention layer on the inner surfaces of the hole arrays and on the mold layer. The method further comprises forming seed layer patterns on portions of the diffusion prevention layer positioned in the hole arrays and forming conductive patterns from the seed layer patterns to fill the hole arrays. The method also further comprises forming a conductive line on the mold layer by growing the conductive patterns on the mold layer and by connecting the conductive patterns and forming a protection layer on the conductive line.
  • [0022]
    According to still another aspect of the present invention, there is provided a method for manufacturing an inductor. The method comprises forming a mold layer including hole arrays on a substrate including a conductive structure and forming a diffusion prevention layer on the inner surfaces of the hole arrays and on the mold layer. The method further comprises forming a first seed layer on the diffusion prevention layer, forming a capping layer on the first seed layer, and forming second seed layer patterns on portions of the capping layer positioned in the hole arrays. The method further comprises forming conductive patterns from the second seed layer patterns to fill the hole arrays, growing the conductive patterns on the mold layer and connecting the conductive patterns, thereby forming a conductive line on the mold layer, and forming a protection layer on the conductive line.
  • [0023]
    According to the present invention, an inductor including spiral conductive lines may be readily manufactured at relatively low cost by employing an electrolytic process or an electroless plating process. The width and height of the conductive lines are adjusted to desired values by adjusting the growth rate of the conductive patterns using the electrolytic plating process or the electroless plating process. The desired height of the conductive lines is often relatively high compared to the height of a conventional inductor. Adjusting the height of the conductive lines permits the inductor formed by the present invention to have a relatively high spiral structure on the substrate.
  • [0024]
    The manufacturing time and cost associated with forming the inductor are potentially reduced by a significant margin because an additional process for electrically connecting the inductor to a lower wiring structure formed on the substrate is not required. Accordingly, the inductor is preferably formed directly on a conventional substrate without any additional process so that an inductor having a relatively high spiral structure is readily formed on the substrate at low cost using a conventional apparatus for manufacturing the inductor.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • [0025]
    The accompanying drawings illustrate several selected embodiments of the present invention. In the drawings:
  • [0026]
    FIGS. 1A to 1C are cross-sectional views illustrating a method for manufacturing a conventional inductor;
  • [0027]
    FIG. 2 is a planar view illustrating an exemplary inductor formed in accordance with one aspect of the present invention;
  • [0028]
    FIGS. 3A to 3E are cross-sectional views of the inductor shown in FIG. 2 taken along the line from I to I′ in FIG. 2.
  • [0029]
    FIGS. 3A to 3E illustrate a method for manufacturing the inductor shown in FIG. 2;
  • [0030]
    FIG. 4A is a planar view further illustrating the mask element shown in FIG. 3B;
  • [0031]
    FIG. 4B is a planar view further illustrating a mask for forming conductive patterns according to one aspect of the present invention;
  • [0032]
    FIG. 5A is an electron micrograph image illustrating cross-sections of the conductive patterns in FIG. 3C;
  • [0033]
    FIG. 5B is an electron micrograph image illustrating a planar view of the inductor in FIG. 3E;
  • [0034]
    FIG. 6 is a cross-sectional view illustrating an exemplary inductor according to another aspect of the present invention;
  • [0035]
    FIGS. 7A to 7E are cross-sectional views illustrating a method for manufacturing the exemplary inductor in FIG. 6;
  • [0036]
    FIG. 8 is an electron micrograph image illustrating cross-sections of conductive patterns in FIG. 7C;
  • [0037]
    FIGS. 9A to 9E are cross-sectional views illustrating a method for manufacturing an inductor according to yet another aspect of the present invention;
  • [0038]
    FIGS. 10A and 10B are electron micrograph images illustrating cross-sections of conductive patterns in FIG. 9D;
  • [0039]
    FIG. 11 is a planar view illustrating an exemplary inductor according to still another aspect of the present invention;
  • [0040]
    FIG. 12 is a cross-sectional view illustrating a section of the inductor shown in FIG. 11 taken along the line from II to II′; and,
  • [0041]
    FIGS. 13A to 13D are cross-sectional views illustrating a method for manufacturing the inductor in FIG. 12.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
  • [0042]
    The present invention will now be described more fully with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which several embodiments of the present invention are shown. In the drawings, the thickness of layers and regions are exaggerated for clarity and like reference numerals refer to like elements throughout. It will be understood that when an element such as a layer, region or substrate is referred to as being “on” or “onto” another element, the layer is either directly on the other element or intervening elements may also be present.
  • [0043]
    FIG. 2 is a planar view illustrating an inductor according to one aspect of the present invention. In FIG. 2, an inductor 200 includes a spiral conductive line 190. The spiral conductive line 190 is electrically connected to a contact 160 formed as a part of a lower wiring element formed on a substrate. Thus, the spiral conductive line 190 is positioned over the lower wiring including the contact 160 and formed in a spiral structure. The conductive line 190 is preferably formed by connecting a plurality of conductive patterns grown from a seed layer (not shown).
  • [0044]
    The inductor 200 typically includes the seed layer formed over the substrate. A multi-layer structure including an insulating interlayer or a conductive layer is typically formed between the substrate and the seed layer.
  • [0045]
    FIGS. 3A to 3E are cross-sectional views taken along a line extending from I to I′ in FIG. 2. FIGS. 3A to 3E illustrate a method for manufacturing the inductor of FIG. 2.
  • [0046]
    Referring to FIG. 3A, an insulation layer 150 is formed on a substrate (not shown) including a lower conductive structure. An opening 155 is formed through the insulation layer 150 by partially etching the insulation layer 150 using a photolithography process. The lower conductive structure typically includes a word line, a bit line, a conductive pattern, and a pad. The opening 155 exposes a portion of a lower wiring (not shown) electrically connected to the lower conductive structure.
  • [0047]
    A conductive layer is formed on insulation layer 150 to fill the opening 155. The conductive layer is typically formed using conductive material such as metal or polysilicon doped with impurities. The conductive layer is partially removed by a chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) process, an etch back process, a combination of a CMP process and an etch back process, or a photolithography process, until the insulation layer 150 is exposed. As a result of partially removing the conductive layer, a contact 160 electrically connected to the lower wiring is formed in the opening 155. The lower wiring including the contact 160 is electrically connected to the lower conductive structure positioned on the substrate.
  • [0048]
    A diffusion prevention layer 165 is formed on the contact 160 and the insulation layer 150. The diffusion prevention layer 165 typically has a single-layer structure or a multi-layer structure. The single layer structure typically uses tantalum (Ta), tantalum nitride (TaN), tantalum-aluminum nitride (TaAlN), tantalum silicide (TaSi2), titanium (Ti), titanium nitride (TiN), titanium-silicon nitride (TiSiN), or tungsten nitride (WN). The multi-layer structure typically uses a mixture including at least two elements from the group consisting of tantalum (Ta), tantalum nitride (TaN), tantalum-aluminum nitride (TaAlN), tantalum silicide (TaSi2), titanium (Ti), titanium nitride (TiN), titanium-silicon nitride (TiSiN), and tungsten nitride (WN). The diffusion prevention layer 165 typically has a thickness of about 50 to 1,000 Å. The diffusion prevention layer 165 prevents copper included in a conductive pattern 185 (see FIG. 3C) from diffusing into the underlying structure.
  • [0049]
    A seed layer 170 is formed on the diffusion prevention layer 165. The seed layer 170 is typically formed by a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) process or a physical vapor deposition (PVD) process such as a sputtering process or a vacuum evaporation process. Preferably, the seed layer 170 is formed by a PVD process and has a thickness of about 100 to 5,000 Å. Alternatively, the seed layer 170 is formed using a conductive material that substantially prevents formation of a surface insulation film such as an oxide film or a nitride film. For example, the seed layer 170 is formed using platinum (Pt), palladium (Pd), nickel (Ni), silver (Ag), gold (Au) or an alloy thereof.
  • [0050]
    A photoresist film is coated on the seed layer 170. The photoresist film is exposed to light through a mask 220 having a plurality of holes as shown in FIG. 3B. The photoresist film serves as a mold layer for forming the conductive line 190, as shown in FIG. 3D. The photoresist film typically has a thickness of about 500 to 30,000 Å so as to sufficiently grow conductive patterns 185 (See, FIG. 3C).
  • [0051]
    FIG. 4A is a planar view further illustrating the mask 220 in FIG. 3B.
  • [0052]
    Referring to FIGS. 3B and 4A, the mask 220 includes a pattern 215 having a plurality of hole arrays arranged in a spiral shape so as to form the inductor 200 having the conductive lines 190. When the photoresist film is exposed using the mask 220, the photoresist film forms a plurality of hole arrays in the spiral shape of the mask 220. After the exposed photoresist film is developed, a photoresist pattern 175 including a plurality of trenches or hole arrays 180 arranged in the spiral shape of the mask 220 is formed on the seed layer 170.
  • [0053]
    Although FIG. 4 shows a pair of spiral-shaped hole arrays formed in the mask 220, the number and size of the hole arrays is variable, and it changes in accordance with the size and structure of the inductor 200.
  • [0054]
    FIG. 4B is a planar view illustrating a mask 230 for forming a conductive line according to one particular embodiment of the present invention.
  • [0055]
    Referring to FIG. 4B, mask 230 includes a pattern 225 having a plurality of trenches spirally arranged according to a structure of an inductor. The size and number of trenches varies according to the size and structure of the inductor.
  • [0056]
    Referring now to FIG. 3B, the photoresist film is exposed and developed using mask 220 and as a result, a photoresist pattern 175 having hole arrays 180 is formed on seed layer 170. Trenches or hole arrays 180 partially expose seed layer 170. Trenches or hole arrays 180 preferably have a depth of about 500 to 30,000 Å.
  • [0057]
    According to one aspect of the present invention an anti-reflective layer (ARL) is formed on the photoresist film so as to ensure a process margin in a photolithography process. The photoresist pattern 175 is then formed on the seed layer 170 by patterning the photoresist film using the ARL as an etching mask. The ARL typically has a thickness of about 50 to 1,000 Å.
  • [0058]
    In another aspect of the present invention, an etch-stop layer is formed on the seed layer 170 in consideration of a successive etching process. The photoresist pattern 175 is then formed on the etch-stop layer. The etch-stop layer is typically formed using nitride such as silicon nitride.
  • [0059]
    Referring to FIG. 3C, a plurality of conductive patterns 185 is formed on the photoresist pattern 175 from the seed layer 170 by an electrolytic plating process to fill trenches or hole arrays 180. The electrolytic plating process is typically performed with a current density of about 20 to 40 mA/cm2 using a plating solution including a copper sulfate (CuSO4) solution, a sulfuric acid (H2SO4) solution, and a solution including chlorine ions (Cl). The conductive patterns 185 are grown from the seed layer 170 in a direction indicated by arrows in FIG. 3C so that upper portions of the conductive patterns 185 are formed on the photoresist pattern 175. When the conductive patterns 185 are grown in the hole arrays 180 from the seed layer 170, growth within the hole arrays 180 accelerates in a vertical direction relative to the substrate, whereas the growth within the hole arrays 180 is limited along a horizontal direction relative to the substrate. Once the conductive patterns 185 fill the hole arrays 180, upper portions of the conductive patterns 185 form protrusions on the photoresist pattern 175.
  • [0060]
    Referring to FIG. 3D, the electrolytic plating process used to form the conductive patterns 185 of FIG. 3C is extended to form conductive line 190 on the photoresist pattern 175. In other words, the conductive patterns 185 are vertically and horizontally grown on the photoresist pattern 175 until the conductive patterns 185 become connected to each other, thus forming the conductive line 190 on the photoresist pattern 175. When the conductive line 190 is formed by extending the electrolytic plating process, an upper portion of the conductive line 190 typically has a mushroom shape.
  • [0061]
    A summary of the process used to form the conductive line 190, including some additional details, is now given. The conductive patterns 185 are vertically grown from the seed layer 170. Next, the conductive patterns 185 are horizontally and vertically grown on the photoresist pattern 175 as shown in FIGS. 3C and 3D. Then, adjacent conductive patterns 185 are connected to each other on the photoresist pattern 175 according to their vertical and horizontal growth, resulting in the formation of the conductive line 190. The width and thickness of the conductive line 190 are adjusted to desired values by adjusting the vertical and horizontal growth of the conductive patterns 185. To achieve this result, the electrolytic plating process is extensively performed to further grow the conductive patterns 185 once they have already filled the hole arrays 180. The further growth causes adjacent conductive patterns 185 to become connected to each other, thus forming the conductive line 190 on the photoresist pattern 175. In order to form the conductive line 190 with the desired width and thickness, the growth of the conductive patterns 185 is advantageously adjusted after filling the hole arrays 180. The conductive line 190 preferably has a thickness of about 1,000 to 100,000 Å. The conductive line 190 typically has a sufficient thickness on the photoresist pattern 175 because the horizontal growth of the conductive patterns 185 is limited in the hole arrays 180.
  • [0062]
    Referring to FIG. 3E, the photoresist pattern 175 is partially removed except for a portion of the photoresist pattern 175 positioned beneath the conductive line 190. When the photoresist pattern 175 is partially removed, the seed layer 170 is partially exposed. The exposed seed layer 170 and the diffusion prevention layer 165 are partially removed to complete the conductive lines 190 having spiral structures. The photoresist pattern 175, the seed layer 170 and the diffusion prevention layer 165 are partially removed by a wet etching process. The wet etching process is executed using an organic stripper, a solution including ozone (O3) at a relatively high concentration, or a standard cleaning (SC) solution including carbon dioxide (CO2). Alternatively, the photoresist pattern 175 may be partially removed by an ashing process and/or a stripping process. In one embodiment of the present invention, the seed layer 170 and the diffusion prevention layer 165 may be partially removed using a mixture of a hydrogen fluoride (HF) solution and a hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) solution or a mixture of a hydrogen fluoride (HF) solution and a nitric acid (HNO3) solution. When the ARL is formed on the photoresist pattern 175, the ARL and the photoresist pattern 175 are simultaneously removed.
  • [0063]
    A protection layer 195 is formed to enclose the conductive line 190, thereby completing the inductor 200, which preferably comprises a plurality of the conductive lines 190. The inductor 200 has a spiral structure formed by the plurality of the conductive lines 190. The protection layer 195 is typically formed using silicon carbide (SiC) or silicon nitride (SiN). Alternatively, the protection layer 195 has a multi-layer structure including at least two films of silicon carbide, silicon nitride and silicon oxycarbide. The protection layer 195 preferably has a thickness of about 100 to 1,000 Å. The protection layer 195 is formed on a sidewall of a remaining portion of the diffusion prevention layer 165, a sidewall of a remaining portion of the seed layer 170, a sidewall of a remaining portion of the photoresist pattern 175, and on the conductive lines 190 of the spiral structure.
  • [0064]
    FIG. 5A is an electron micrograph image displaying cross sections of conductive patterns in FIG. 3C. FIG. 5B is an electron micrograph image showing a plan view of the inductor in FIG. 3E.
  • [0065]
    Referring to FIGS. 5A and 5B, the conductive patterns 185 are vertically and horizontally grown by the above-described electrolytic plating process to form the inductor 200 including spiral conductive lines 190 on the photoresist pattern 175. Each of the conductive patterns 185 has an upper portion with a mushroom shape.
  • [0066]
    FIG. 6 is a cross sectional view illustrating an inductor according to one aspect of the present invention. According to this aspect, a method for manufacturing conductive lines comprises processes identical to the processes described with reference to FIGS. 3A to 3D.
  • [0067]
    Referring to FIG. 6, a method for manufacturing an inductor 300 is described. The inductor 300 is manufactured on a substrate having an insulation layer 250, which has a contact 260 running through it as previously described. A photoresist pattern for forming conductive lines 290 is completely removed and a seed layer 270 and a diffusion prevention layer 265 are partially removed. Thus, lower portions of conductive lines 290 are exposed.
  • [0068]
    A protection layer 295 is formed on the insulation layer 250, on sidewalls of the exposed seed layer 270 and diffusion prevention layer 265, and on the conductive lines 290. The protection layer 295 typically has a single-layer structure of silicon carbide, silicon oxycarbide, or silicon nitride or a multi-layer structure having layers chosen from the group consisting of silicon carbide, silicon oxycarbide and silicon nitride. The protection layer 295 is formed from the upper portions of the conductive lines 290 to the insulation layer 265 to thereby entirely enclose the conductive lines 290.
  • [0069]
    FIGS. 7A to 7E are cross-sectional views illustrating a method of manufacturing the inductor in FIG. 6. In FIGS. 7A to 7E, a substrate including a lower conductive structure having word lines, bit lines and pads is not shown.
  • [0070]
    Referring to FIG. 7A, an insulation layer 350 is formed on the substrate. The insulation layer 350 is partially etched to form an opening 355 that exposes a lower wiring electrically connected to the lower conductive structure.
  • [0071]
    A conductive layer is formed on the insulation layer 350 to fill the opening 355. The conductive layer may be formed using metal or doped polysilicon. The conductive layer is then partially removed by a CMP process, an etch back process or a combination of a CMP process and an etch back process. The conductive layer is partially removed until the insulation layer 350 is exposed. Thus, a contact 360 electrically connected to the lower wiring is formed in the opening 355. The lower wiring including the contact 360 is electrically connected to the lower conductive structure formed on the substrate.
  • [0072]
    A mold layer 365 is formed on the insulation layer 350 and the contact 360. The mold layer 365 may be formed using oxide or photoresist. The mold layer 365 is partially etched to form a plurality of trenches or hole arrays 370 that expose the contact 360 as described above. The mold layer 365 typically has a thickness of about 500 to 30,000 Å so as to easily form a conductive line 400 (see FIG. 7D) and to sufficiently isolate the lower conductive structure from the conductive line 400.
  • [0073]
    When the mold layer 365 is formed using oxide, a photoresist film is additionally formed on the mold layer 365. The photoresist film is exposed using the mask shown in FIG. 4A or FIG. 4B to form a photoresist pattern including a plurality of hole arrays or trenches. After an ARL having a thickness of about 50 to 1,000 Å is additionally formed on the photoresist film, the photoresist pattern is formed on the mold layer 365. Subsequently, the mold layer 365 is etched using the photoresist pattern as an etching mask to thereby form trenches or hole arrays 370 having depth of about 500 to 1,000 Å through the mold layer 365.
  • [0074]
    When the mold layer 365 is formed using photoresist, the mold layer 365 is preferably directly exposed using the mask in FIG. 4A or FIG. 4B to thereby form the trenches or hole arrays 370 through the mold layer 365, wherein the trenches or hole arrays 370 have inner surfaces.
  • [0075]
    Referring to FIG. 7B, a diffusion prevention layer 375 is formed on the mold layer 365, on the contact 360, and on the inner surfaces of the trenches or hole arrays 370. The diffusion prevention layer 375 has a thickness of about 50 to 1,000 Å. The diffusion prevention layer 375 typically has a single-layer structure or a multi-layer structure. The single-layer structure typically includes tantalum, tantalum nitride, tantalum-aluminum nitride, tantalum-silicon nitride, tantalum silicide, titanium, titanium nitride, tungsten nitride, titanium-silicon nitride, or an alloy thereof. The multi-layer structure typically includes at least two elements from the group consisting of tantalum, tantalum nitride, tantalum-aluminum nitride, tantalum-silicon nitride, tantalum silicide, titanium, titanium nitride, tungsten nitride, titanium-silicon nitride, and any alloy thereof.
  • [0076]
    A first seed layer 380 is formed on diffusion prevention layer 375 by a CVD process or a PVD process such as a sputtering process or a vacuum evaporation process. The first seed layer 380 has a thickness of about 100 to 5,000 Å. The first seed layer 380 is preferably formed using copper, platinum, palladium, nickel, silver, gold, or an alloy thereof.
  • [0077]
    A capping layer 385 is formed on the first seed layer 380 using a metal such as aluminum. The capping layer 385 has a thickness of about 100 to 500 Å. When a portion of a second seed layer 390 on the mold layer 365 is removed, a metal oxide film is formed on the capping layer 385 as a result of oxidation in metal in the capping layer 385. That is, an upper portion of the capping layer 385 except other portion of the capping layer 385 formed in the hole arrays 370 is converted into an insulation film of metal oxide so that the capping layer 385 may selectively restrain growth of conductive patterns 395. (See, FIG. 7C). Therefore, the conductive patterns 395 may rapidly grow in the hole arrays 370, whereas the conductive patterns 395 may slowly grow on the metal oxide film of the capping layer 385. The second seed layer 390 is formed on capping layer 385 using copper, platinum, palladium, nickel, silver, gold or an alloy thereof.
  • [0078]
    Referring to FIG. 7C, to perform a selective electrolytic plating process, a portion of the second seed layer 390 positioned on the mold layer 365 is removed by a CMP process, an etch back process or a combination of a CMP process and an etch back process. As a result, the second seed layer patterns 393 are formed on the inner surfaces of the hole arrays 370. The diffusion prevention layer 375, the first seed layer 380, the capping layer 385 and the second seed layer patterns 393 are successively formed on the inner surfaces of the hole arrays 370, whereas the second seed layer patterns 393 are not formed on the mold layer 365.
  • [0079]
    The conductive patterns 395 selectively and vertically grow from the second seed layer patterns 393 to fill the hole arrays 370 using the selective electrolytic plating process. The selective electrolytic plating process is carried out with a current density of about 20 to 40 mA/cm2 using a plating solution that includes a copper sulfate solution, a sulfuric acid solution, and a solution including chlorine ions. As described above, since the horizontal growth of the conductive patterns 395 is limited in the hole arrays 370, the conductive patterns 395 are vertically grown from the second seed layer patterns 393 in the hole arrays 370. When the selective electrolytic plating process is continually performed, the conductive patterns 395 filling the hole arrays 370 grow horizontally and vertically on the mold layer 365. The capping layer 385 including the metal oxide film restrains the horizontal growth of the conductive patterns 395 in the hole arrays 370. However, because a bottleneck structure is formed at upper portions of the hole arrays 370 due to the capping layer 385, the conductive patterns 395 grow horizontally and vertically after the hole arrays 370 are filled with conductive patterns 395. The conductive patterns 395 filling the hole arrays 370 continuously grow in horizontal and vertical directions as indicated by arrows so that adjacent conductive patterns 395 become connected to one another to form the conductive line 400 having a desired width and height.
  • [0080]
    FIG. 8 is an electron micrograph image displaying cross-sections of conductive patterns in FIG. 7C.
  • [0081]
    As shown in FIGS. 7C and 8, although the horizontal growth of the conductive patterns 395 is restrained in the hole arrays 370, the conductive patterns 395 grow both vertically and horizontally after filling hole arrays 370. As a result, adjacent conductive patterns 395 become connected to one another, thereby forming a conductive line 400.
  • [0082]
    Referring to FIG. 7D, the conductive line 400 having a desired width and height is formed on the mold layer 365 from the second seed layer patterns 393 by connecting adjacent conductive patterns 395. The conductive patterns 395 are connected by continuously performing the electrolytic plating process. After the conductive patterns 395 fill the hole arrays 370, the growth rate of the conductive patterns 395 may be advantageously adjusted to form the conductive line 400 having a height of about 1,000 to 100,000 Å.
  • [0083]
    Referring to FIG. 7E, the capping layer 385, the first seed layer 380 and the diffusion prevention layer 375 are partially removed except for portions covered by conductive line 400. A protection layer 405 is formed to cover the conductive line 400, thereby forming an inductor 430 having a spiral structure including a plurality of conductive lines 400. The capping layer 385, the first seed layer 380 and the diffusion prevention layer 375 may be partially removed using a mixture of a hydrogen fluoride solution and a hydrogen peroxide solution, or a mixture of a hydrogen fluoride solution and a nitric acid solution.
  • [0084]
    In one embodiment of the present invention, after the mold layer 365 is removed, the protection layer 405 is formed on the conductive line 400. When the mold layer 365 is formed using photoresist, the mold layer 365 is preferably removed using an organic stripper, a solution including ozone at relatively high concentration, or an SC solution including carbon dioxide. When the mold layer 365 is formed using oxide, the mold layer 365 is preferably removed by a wet etching process using a sulfuric acid solution or a dry etching process such as a reactive ion etching process or a plasma etching process.
  • [0085]
    Referring now to FIG. 7E, the protection layer 405 is preferably formed using silicon carbide or silicon nitride. The protection layer 405 has a thickness of about 100 to 1,000 Å. The protection layer 405 encloses exposed sidewalls of the capping layer 385, the first seed layer 380 and the diffusion prevention layer 375 beneath the conductive line 400.
  • [0086]
    In one embodiment of the present invention, the protection layer 405 has a multi-layer structure including at least elements from the group consisting of silicon carbide, silicon nitride and silicon oxycarbide.
  • [0087]
    FIGS. 9A through 9E are cross-sectional views illustrating a method of manufacturing an inductor according to one aspect of the present invention.
  • [0088]
    Referring to FIG. 9A, an insulation layer 450 is formed on a substrate including a lower conductive structure. The insulation layer 450 is preferably formed using oxide or nitride. The insulation layer 450 is partially etched by a photolithography process and then an opening 455 is formed through the insulation layer 450. The lower conductive structure typically includes word lines, bit lines and pads. The opening 455 exposes a lower wiring electrically connected to the lower conductive structure.
  • [0089]
    A conductive layer of metal or doped polysilicon is formed on the insulation layer 450 to fill the opening 455. The conductive layer is partially removed by a CMP process, an etch back process, or a combination of a CMP process and an etch back process, thereby forming a contact 460 in the opening 455. The contact 460 is electrically connected to the lower wiring. Hence, the lower wiring including the contact 460 is electrically connected to the lower conductive structure.
  • [0090]
    A mold layer 465 having a thickness of about 500 to 30,000 Å is formed on the insulation layer 450 and the contact 460. The mold layer 465 may be formed using oxide or photoresist. The mold layer 465 is partially etched to form a plurality of trenches or hole arrays 470 exposing the contact 460 as described above. The trenches or the hole arrays 470 have depth of about 1,000 to 30,000 Å.
  • [0091]
    When the mold layer 465 is formed using oxide, a photoresist film is additionally formed on the mold layer 465. The photoresist film is exposed using one of the masks shown in FIG. 4A and FIG. 4B to form a photoresist pattern including a plurality of hole arrays or trenches. An ARL having a thickness of about 50 to 1,000 Å is typically also formed on the photoresist film and then the photoresist pattern is formed on the mold layer 465. Subsequently, the mold layer 465 is etched using the photoresist pattern as an etching mask to thereby form the trenches or hole arrays 470 through the mold layer 465.
  • [0092]
    When mold layer 465 is formed using photoresist, the mold layer 465 is preferably directly exposed using one of the masks in FIG. 4A and FIG. 4B without forming an additional photoresist film, thereby forming the trenches or hole arrays 470 through the mold layer 465, wherein the trenches or hole arrays 470 have inner surfaces. An additional ARL is preferably formed on the mold layer 465 to ensure a process margin for a photolithography process.
  • [0093]
    Referring to FIG. 9B, a diffusion prevention layer 475 having a thickness of about 50 to 1,000 Å is formed on the mold layer 465, on vcontact 460 and on the inner surfaces of the hole arrays 470. The diffusion prevention layer 475 typically has a single-layer structure or a multi-layer structure. The single-layer structure typically includes tantalum, tantalum nitride, tantalum-aluminum nitride, tantalum-silicon nitride, tantalum silicide, titanium, titanium nitride, tungsten nitride, titanium-silicon nitride, or an alloy thereof. The multi-layer structure typically includes at least two elements from the group consisting of tantalum, tantalum nitride, tantalum-aluminum nitride, tantalum-silicon nitride, tantalum silicide, titanium, titanium nitride, tungsten nitride, titanium-silicon nitride, and any alloy thereof.
  • [0094]
    A seed layer 480 having a thickness of about 100 to 5,000 Å is formed on the diffusion prevention layer 475 by a CVD process or a PVD process such as a sputtering process or a vacuum evaporation process. The seed layer 480 is preferably formed using copper, platinum, palladium, nickel, silver, gold, or an alloy thereof.
  • [0095]
    Referring to FIG. 9C, seed layer patterns 483 are formed on the contact 460 and on the diffusion prevention layer 475 positioned on the inner surfaces of the hole arrays 470 to achieve a selective electroless plating process. The seed layer patterns 483 are formed by partially removing the seed layer 480 using a CMP process, an etch back process or a combination of a CMP process and an etch back process until the diffusion prevention layer 475 is exposed. As a result, the diffusion prevention layer 475 and the seed layer patterns 483 are positioned on the inner surfaces of the hole arrays 470, whereas only the diffusion prevention layer 475 is positioned on the mold layer 465.
  • [0096]
    Referring to FIG. 9D, using the selective electroless plating process, conductive patterns 485 are formed from the seed layer patterns 483 to fill the hole arrays 470. The electroless plating process is carried out using a copper sulfate solution including a reducing agent such as formaldehyde or hydrazine. As described above, since the horizontal growth of the conductive patterns 485 is limited in the hole arrays 470, the conductive patterns 485 are vertically grown from the seed layer patterns 483 in the hole arrays 470. When the electroless plating process is continually performed, the conductive patterns 485 fill the hole arrays 470 and then grow horizontally and vertically on the mold layer 465. The conductive patterns 485 filling the hole arrays 470 continuously grow in the horizontal and vertical directions indicated by arrows so that adjacent conductive patterns 485 become connected to one another to form a conductive line 490 having a desired width and height.
  • [0097]
    FIGS. 10A and 10B are electron micrograph images illustrating cross sections of conductive patterns 485 in FIG. 9D.
  • [0098]
    Referring to FIGS. 9D, 10A and 10B, as the electroless plating process proceeds, the conductive patterns 485 grow vertically from the seed layer patterns 483 to fill the hole arrays 470. Then, the conductive patterns 485 grow vertically and horizontally on the mold layer 465. In the present embodiment, the conductive patterns 485 are formed by the electroless plating process, causing conductive patterns 485 have relatively dense structures.
  • [0099]
    Referring to FIG. 9E, the electroless plating process is continually performed to connect adjacent conductive patterns 485 grown from the seed layer patterns 483. The conductive patterns 485 grow continuously on the mold layer 465 in vertical and horizontal directions and as a result adjacent conductive patterns 485 become connected to one another on the mold layer 465. As shown in FIGS. 9D, 10A and 10B, after the conductive patterns 485 grow from the seed layer patterns 483 in the vertical direction, they grow on the mold layer 465 in vertical and horizontal directions. The conductive line 490 is formed by connecting the conductive patterns 485. The growth rate of the conductive patterns 485 is typically adjusted after the conductive patterns 485 fill the hole arrays 470, in order to form the conductive line 490 with a desired width and height.
  • [0100]
    Referring now to FIG. 9E, a protection layer 495 having a thickness of about 100 to 1,000 Å is formed on the mold layer 465 to enclose the conductive line 490. The protection layer 495 may be formed using silicon carbide or silicon nitride.
  • [0101]
    A portion of the protection layer 495 positioned on the mold layer 465 is removed to complete the protection layer 495 enclosing the conductive line 490. As a result, an inductor 500 having spiral conductive lines 490 is formed on the substrate.
  • [0102]
    In one embodiment of the present invention, after the mold layer 465 is removed, the protection layer 495 is formed to enclose the conductive line 490. Since the diffusion prevention layer 475 positioned beneath the conductive line 490 is not removed, a sidewall of the diffusion protection layer 475 is also enclosed by the protection layer 495.
  • [0103]
    FIG. 11 is a planar view illustrating an inductor in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention and FIG. 12 is a cross-sectional view illustrating a section of the inductor in FIG. 11 taken along the line extending from II to II′.
  • [0104]
    Referring to FIGS. 11 and 12, an inductor 600 includes a spiral conductive line 590 directly connected to a lower wiring 560 including pads 570 for input-output of electrical signals. In other words, in the inductor 600, spiral conductive line 590 is directly connected to end portions (pads 570) of the lower wiring 560 without an additional electrical contact connecting it to the lower wiring 560. Omitting the additional electrical contact facilitates a simpler, lower-cost manufacturing processes because it eliminates the need for processes forming the contact.
  • [0105]
    An opening 515 is formed through a portion of the lower wiring 560 where the spiral conductive line 590 passes over it so as to prevent the spiral conductive line 590 from connecting to the lower wiring 560. The spiral conductive line 590 is directly connected to the end portions (pads 570) of the lower wiring 560, whereas the spiral conductive line 590 has no contact with the lower wiring 560 because the opening 515 is formed through the portion of the lower wiring 560.
  • [0106]
    FIGS. 13A to 13D are cross-sectional views illustrating a method for manufacturing the inductor in FIG. 12.
  • [0107]
    Referring to FIG. 13A, an insulation layer 550 is formed on a substrate including a lower conductive structure. The insulation layer 550 is typically formed using oxide or nitride.
  • [0108]
    A conductive layer is formed on the insulation layer 550 using metal or doped polysilicon to form a lower wiring 560 on the insulation layer 560. As shown in FIG. 11, the conductive layer is patterned to form the lower wiring 560, which is electrically connected to the lower conductive structure. An opening 515 having a predetermined width is simultaneously formed through a portion of the lower wiring 560 where a spiral conductive line 590 (see FIG. 13C) passes over it. The opening 515 preferably has a width slightly greater than a width of the spiral conductive line 590.
  • [0109]
    Referring to FIG. 13B, a mold layer 565 having a thickness of about 500 to 30,000 Å is formed on the lower wiring 560 to fill the opening 515. The mold layer 565 may be formed using oxide or photoresist. The mold layer 565 is partially etched to form a plurality of holes that simultaneously expose end portions (that is, pads) of the lower wiring 560 and a portion of the insulation layer 550 through the opening 515. Each of the holes formed through the mold layer 565 has a depth of about 500 to 30,000 Å. As described above, a photoresist film is additionally formed on the mold layer 565 when the mold layer 565 is formed using oxide. The photoresist film is exposed using a mask substantially similar to that of FIG. 4A or FIG. 4B to form a photoresist pattern including a plurality of holes. An ARL having a thickness of about 50 to 1,000 Å is typically additionally formed on the photoresist film. The mold layer 565 is then etched using the photoresist pattern as an etching mask to form the holes through the mold layer 565. When the mold layer 565 is formed using photoresist, the mold layer 565 may be directly exposed using a mask substantially similar to that of FIG. 4A or FIG. 4B without forming an additional photoresist film, thereby forming the holes through the mold layer 565, wherein the holes have inner surfaces. An additional ARL may be directly formed on the mold layer 565 to ensure a process margin of a photolithography process.
  • [0110]
    A diffusion prevention layer 575 having a thickness of about 50 to 1,000 Å is formed on the exposed end portions of the lower wiring 560, on the exposed portion of the insulation layer 550, on the inner surfaces of the holes, and on the mold layer 565. The diffusion prevention layer 575 typically has a single-layer structure or a multi-layer structure. The single-layer structure typically includes tantalum, tantalum nitride, tantalum-aluminum nitride, tantalum-silicon nitride, tantalum silicide, titanium, titanium nitride, tungsten nitride, titanium-silicon nitride, or an alloy thereof. The multi-layer structure typically includes at least two elements from the group consisting of tantalum, tantalum nitride, tantalum-aluminum nitride, tantalum-silicon nitride, tantalum silicide, titanium, titanium nitride, tungsten nitride, titanium-silicon nitride, and any alloy thereof.
  • [0111]
    A seed layer having a thickness of about 100 to 5,000 Å is formed on the diffusion prevention layer 575 by a CVD process or a PVD process. The seed layer is preferably formed using copper, platinum, palladium, nickel, silver, gold, or an alloy thereof.
  • [0112]
    To achieve a selective electrolytic or electroless plating process, seed layer patterns 580 are formed on the inner surfaces of the holes and the end portions of the lower wiring 560 by removing a portion of the seed layer positioned on mold layer 565. The Seed layer patterns 580 may be formed by a CMP process, an etch back process, or a combination of a CMP process and an etch back process. Here, the diffusion prevention layer 575, which is positioned on the mold layer 565, is not etched. Hence, the seed layer patterns 580 and the diffusion prevention layer 575 are positioned on the inner surfaces of the holes, whereas only the diffusion prevention layer 575 is positioned on the mold layer 565.
  • [0113]
    Conductive patterns 585 are formed from the seed layer patterns 580 to fill the holes by a selective electrolytic or electroless plating process. The selective electrolytic plating process is preferably performed with a current density of about 20 to about 40 mA/cm2 using a plating solution that includes a copper sulfate solution, a sulfuric acid solution, and a solution including chlorine ions. The selective electroless plating process is preferably carried out using copper sulfate solution that includes a reducing agent such as formaldehyde or hydrazine.
  • [0114]
    Because horizontal growth of the conductive patterns 585 may be limited in the holes, the conductive patterns 585 are vertically grown from the seed layer patterns 580 in the holes. The selective electrolytic or electroless plating process is continuously performed until the conductive patterns 585 fill the holes and then it is continued in order to grow the conductive patterns 585 in horizontal and vertical directions on the mold layer 565. The conductive patterns 585 are continuously grown in horizontal and vertical directions indicated by arrows so that adjacent conductive patterns 585 become connected to one another.
  • [0115]
    The conductive patterns 585 are electrically connected to the end portions of the lower wiring 560, whereas the conductive patterns 585 are separated from another portion of the lower wiring 560 due to the opening 515. That is, the conductive patterns 585 are electrically isolated from the lower wiring 560 except for the end portions of the lower wiring 560. As a result, the method of manufacturing an inductor 600 (see FIG. 13C) may be simplified and performed at lower cost by omitting an additional process involved in the formation of a contact that electrically connects the conductive patterns 585 to the lower wiring 560.
  • [0116]
    Referring to FIG. 13C, as the selective electrolytic or electroless plating process proceeds, after the conductive patterns 585 vertically grow from the seed layer patterns 580 to fill the holes, the conductive patterns 585 grow vertically and horizontally on the mold layer 565. As a result, a conductive line 590 having a desired width and height is formed on the mold layer 565 from the seed layer patterns 580 by connecting the conductive patterns 585. When the conductive patterns 585 are formed by the selective electroless plating process, the conductive patterns 585 may have relatively dense structures. Particularly, the conductive patterns 585 continuously grow on the mold layer 565 in the vertical and horizontal directions so that adjacent conductive patterns 585 are connected to one another on the mold layer 565. After the conductive patterns 585 grow vertically from the seed layer patterns 580, they grow vertically and horizontally on mold layer 565. The conductive line 590 is formed by the horizontal and vertical growth of the conductive patterns 585. The growth rate of the conductive patterns 585 is preferably adjusted after the conductive patterns 585 fill the holes to form the conductive line 590 with a desired width and height on the mold layer 565.
  • [0117]
    Referring now to FIG. 13D, after a portion of the diffusion prevention layer 575 positioned on the mold layer 565 is removed, a protection layer 595 having a thickness of about 100 to 1,000 Å is formed on the mold layer 565 to enclose the conductive line 590. The protection layer 595 may be formed using silicon carbide or silicon nitride. Thus, the inductor 600, which has a plurality of spiral conductive lines 590, is formed on the substrate. In one embodiment of the present invention, after the mold layer 565 is removed, the protection layer 595 is formed to entirely enclose the conductive line 590.
  • [0118]
    In summary, according to the present invention, an inductor including spiral conductive lines may be readily manufactured at a relatively low cost by employing an electrolytic process or an electroless plating process.
  • [0119]
    The inductor preferably includes a conductive line having a desired width and height obtained by adjusting a growth rate of conductive patterns grown with the electrolytic plating process or the electroless plating process.
  • [0120]
    Because the desired height of the conductive line is typically greater than that of a conventional inductor, the inductor may have a spiral structure characterized by a large height on a substrate.
  • [0121]
    The manufacturing time and cost required to form the inductor may be greatly reduced because an additional process typically required to electrically connect the inductor to a lower wiring formed on the substrate is omitted. The inductor may be directly formed on a conventional substrate without any additional process so that the inductor having the large height may be readily formed at low cost on the substrate using a conventional apparatus for manufacturing an inductor.
  • [0122]
    The preferred embodiments disclosed in the drawings and the corresponding written description are teaching examples. Those of ordinary skill in the art will understand that various changes in form and details may be made to the exemplary embodiments without departing from the scope of the present invention which is defined by the following claims.
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U.S. Classification257/531, 257/E27.046, 438/618, 257/E21.022
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