Welcome to the Home Chip Lab Wiki
The goal of this project is to research the extent to which semiconductors and simple ICs can be fabricated by individuals in a home-lab environment.
- How You Can Help
- Resources/Selected Readings
- High Vacuum Chamber Basics
- Basics - Thin Film Processes, Doping, Photolithography, etc.
- Sam's Home Chip Lab Tour
- DIY Homemade NMOS FET/MOSFET/Transistor Step by Step Video
Silicon-Grade Home Chip Labs
- Sam Zeloof's Lab, 2016-present
- Jeri Ellsworth's Lab, 2010-2012?
Current Project Status
Sam is fabricating discrete field effect devices and other simple semiconductors in his lab and has a maskless photolithography process down to 10 micron (1971 technology era) features sizes. Next steps include perfecting metalization to make simple integrated circuits. He is looking for advice on ways to deposit polysilicon without silane gas, because right now he can only deposit amorphous silicon by evaporation which is far from optimal for making silicon gate devices.
Semiconductor Fabrication Process Outline
(Processes without pages on this wiki are linked to Wikipedia, feel free to create the pages yourself)
- Wafer processing
- Wet cleans
- Ion implantation (external link)
- Dry etching (external link)
- Wet etching
- Plasma ashing (external link)
- Thermal treatments
- Chemical vapor deposition (CVD)
- Physical vapor deposition (PVD)
- Molecular beam epitaxy (external link)
- Electrochemical deposition (ECD)
- Chemical-mechanical planarization (external link)
- Wafer testing
- Wafer backgrinding (external link)
- Die preparation (external link)
- Wafer mounting
- Die cutting
- IC packaging (external link)
- IC testing (external link)
The fabrication of semiconductors has the potential to be extremely dangerous and requires working with strong acids and bases as well as hazardous/poisonous/flammable/explosive chemicals and gasses which can lead to serious injury or death if used incorrectly. Do not attempt any experiments mentioned on this wiki without extensive safety knowledge and proper PPE. We cannot be held responsible for personal/property injury inflicted due to attempt at replicating an experiment mentioned on this wiki. Please be careful!