A method for forming a low resistance metal/polysilicon gate for use in CMOS devices comprising: (1) a novel anneal step prior to formation of a diffusion barrier layer and (2) a novel diffusion barrier layer composed of titanium nitride deposited over titanium silicide or titanium nitride deposited directly on the polysilicon. A first insulating layer is formed over a silicon substrate, and a polysilicon layer is formed over the first insulating layer. In a key step, the polysilicon layer is annealed to prevent peeling of the subsequently formed diffusion barrier layer. A diffusion barrier layer comprising titanium nitride deposited over titanium silicide or titanium nitride deposited directly on the polysilicon is formed over the polysilicon layer. A tungsten layer is formed over the diffusion barrier layer, and a capping layer comprising a silicon nitride layer over an oxide layer can be formed over the tungsten layer. The capping layer, the tungsten layer, the diffusion barrier layer, and the first insulating layer are patterned, thereby defining a gate structure.
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