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Simple method to verify OPC data based on exposure condition
Author(s): James Moon; Young-Bae Ahn; Sey-Young Oh; Byung-Ho Nam; Dong Gyu Yim
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Paper Abstract

In a world where Sub100nm lithography tool is an everyday household item for device makers, shrinkage of the device is at a rate that no one ever have imagined. With the shrinkage of device at such a high rate, demand placed on Optical Proximity Correction (OPC) is like never before. To meet this demand with respect to shrinkage rate of the device, more aggressive OPC tactic is involved. Aggressive OPC tactics is a must for sub 100nm lithography tech but this tactic eventually results in greater room for OPC error and complexity of the OPC data. Until now, Optical Rule Check (ORC) or Design Rule Check (DRC) was used to verify this complex OPC error. But each of these methods has its pros and cons. ORC verification of OPC data is rather accurate "process" wise but inspection of full chip device requires a lot of money (Computer , software,..) and patience (run time). DRC however has no such disadvantage, but accuracy of the verification is a total downfall "process" wise. In this study, we were able to create a new method for OPC data verification that combines the best of both ORC and DRC verification method. We created a method that inspects the biasing of the OPC data with respect to the illumination condition of the process that's involved. This new method for verification was applied to 80nm tech ISOLATION and GATE layer of the 512M DRAM device and showed accuracy equivalent to ORC inspection with run time that of DRC verification.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 March 2006
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6156, Design and Process Integration for Microelectronic Manufacturing IV, 61561C (14 March 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.656888
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James Moon, Hynix Semiconductor Inc. (South Korea)
Young-Bae Ahn, Hynix Semiconductor Inc. (South Korea)
Sey-Young Oh, Hynix Semiconductor Inc. (South Korea)
Byung-Ho Nam, Hynix Semiconductor Inc. (South Korea)
Dong Gyu Yim, Hynix Semiconductor Inc. (South Korea)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6156:
Design and Process Integration for Microelectronic Manufacturing IV
Alfred K. K. Wong; Vivek K. Singh, Editor(s)

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