High quality SiOx films were deposited onto InP substrates in the temperature range of 350 to 550°C and pressure range of 5 to 15 Torr. Depositions were made by means of rapid thermal low pressure chemical vapor deposition (RT-LPCVD) using oxygen (O2) and 2% diluted silane (SiH4) in argon (Ar) gas sources, with O2:SiH4 gas ratio of 5:1 to 50:1. High deposition rates of 15–50 nm/sec were obtained, providing uniform SiOx layers, with low stresses of −5×109 to −2×109 dyne-cm−2, and thermal stability on post deposition temperatures up to 1000°C. The SiOx films had refractive indexes between 1.44 and 1.50, densities of 2.25 to 2.37grcm−3 and exhibited wet etch rates of 0.2 to 0.8 nmsec.−1 through standard p-etch process. The influence of the various process parameters on the SiOx film properties was examined.