SELF-PACKAGED THREE AXIS CAPACITIVE MEMS ACCELEROMETER


Aydemir A., Akin T.

33rd IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS), Vancouver, Canada, 18 - 22 January 2020, pp.777-780 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume:
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/mems46641.2020.9056192
  • City: Vancouver
  • Country: Canada
  • Page Numbers: pp.777-780
  • Keywords: Capping, Self-Packaged, Out of plane accelerometer, SOT, Three-axis accelerometer, FABRICATION

Abstract

This paper presents the design, fabrication, and characterization of a self-packaged three axis capacitive MEMS accelerometer fabricated by using only four masks that is capable of differentially sensing the externally applied accelerations in three orthogonal axes. Individual lateral and vertical axis accelerometers are fabricated in the same die on a SOT wafer, which is eutectically bonded to a silicon substrate. Handle layer of the SOT wafer is both used as the top electrode for the vertical axis accelerometer, and a capping layer for all accelerometers. Vertical axis accelerometer has a 2 mm(2) perforated electrode area anchored to the Si substrate by four beams. The lateral axis accelerometers on the other hand, have comb finger structures with a 2.4 x 1.9 mm(2) device area and anchored to the Si substrate by four folded beams. Three axis accelerometer has a dimension of 8.45 x 4.0 x 0.84 mm(3). Rest capacitance of the vertical axis accelerometer is designed to be 12 pF, and it is 10 pF for the lateral axis accelerometers.