Reduction of cluster amount in silane discharges is the key to decreasing microstructure parameter Rα of a-Si:H films deposited with the discharges. The cluster amount is found to be reduced more than one order of magnitude using 60 MHz discharges instead of 28 MHz ones or using H2 dilution of an H2/SiH4 ratio of 5. The cluster-suppressed plasma CVD using 60 MHz discharges realizes deposition of a-Si:H films of Rα~ 0 at a fairly high rate of 0.55 nm/s. Moreover, a downstream cluster collection method of high sensitivity has been developed for detecting a small amount of clusters formed under deposition conditions of R
α < 0.01.