05131979 is referenced by 22 patents and cites 2 patents.

Disclosed is a method for transforming a rejected semiconductor product wafer, originally having epitaxial silicon on a low resistivity substrate, into a recycled EPI-on-silicon wafer targeted for reuse as a lower cost higher quality material suitable for new semiconductor product fabrication. The method comprises the steps of removing the old semiconductor product layers, rounding the edges of the wafer if necessary, polishing the wafer surface, thermally treating the wafer to drive lattice imperfections from the surface to create fresh inpurity getter sites in the wafer body, and introducing a new epitaxial silicon layer. The low cost feature is provided by the reuse of the original substrate wafer. The high quality feature is provided by the targeted redistribution of oxygen induced defects from the recycled substrate wafer surface.

Title
Semiconductor EPI on recycled silicon wafers
Application Number
7/703368
Publication Number
5131979
Application Date
May 21, 1991
Publication Date
July 21, 1992
Inventor
John E Lawrence
Cupertino
CA, US
Agent
Steven F Caserza
Assignee
Lawrence Technology
CA, US
IPC
C23F 1/00
C03C 15/00
B44C 1/22
H01L 21/306
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