Sony IEDM Presentation on 3-Layer Stacking Process Flow

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Nikkei overviews Sony IEDM 2017 presentation on 3-layer stacked process flow for the fast image sensor presented at 2017 ISSCC:

The processing flow is:
  • The pixel, DRAM and logic wafers are manufactured using 90nm, 30nm and 40nm processes, respectively.
  • The DRAM wafer and the logic wafer are joined together, and the thickness of the DRAM wafer is reduced to 3μm
  • The DRAM and logic wafers are electrically connected with TSVs
  • The stacked wafers of the DRAM and logic are joined to the pixel wafer
  • The 3-layer wafer stack is thinned down to 130um and connected with TSVs

The numbers of TSVs connecting the pixel layer with DRAM is ~15,000 and DRAM with logic layer is ~20,000. Both of the TSVs have a diameter of 2.5μm and a pitch of 6.3μm. The 1/2.3-inch sensor has a resolution of 21.3MP and pixel size of 1.22um.

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