This paper examines the recently introduced charge-based capacitance measurement (CBCM) technique through use of a three-dimensional (3-D) interconnect simulator. This method can be used in conjunction with simulation at early process development stages to provide designers with accurate parasitic interconnect capacitances. Metal to substrate, interwire, and interlayer capacitances are each discussed and overall close agreement is found between CBCM and 3-D simulation. Full process interconnect characterization is one possible application of this new compact, high-resolution test structure.
- CMOS integrated circuits
- Capacitance measurement
- Integrated circuit interconnections
- Integrated circuits measurements
- Test structures