20030064582-A1 is referenced by 1 patents.
A novel mask layer is used in the dual damascene construction of an interconnect structure of an integrated circuit device. The interconnect structure has a low-k dielectric material. The mask layer has a passivation film deposited on the low-k dielectric material, a barrier film is deposited over the passivation film and a metallic film is deposited over the barrier film. The metallic film increases the overall etch selectivity of the mask layer to assure a faithful transfer of via and trench features to the low-k dielectric material during the etching steps of the dual damascene process.