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Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS

Performance-driven optical proximity correction for mask cost reduction
Author(s): Puneet Gupta; Andrew B. Kahng; Dennis Sylvester; Jie Yang
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Paper Abstract

With continued aggressive process scaling in the subwavelength lithographic regime, resolution enhancement techniques (RETs) such as optical proximity correction (OPC) are an integral part of the design to mask flow. OPC creates complex features to the layout, resulting in mask data volume explosion and increased mask costs. Traditionally, the mask flow has suffered from a lack of design information, such that all features (whether critical or noncritical) are treated equally by RET insertion. We develop a novel minimum cost of correction (MinCorr) methodology to determine the level of correction of each layout feature, such that prescribed parametric yield is attained with minimum RET cost. This flow is implemented with model-based OPC explicitly driven by timing constraints. We apply a mathematical-programming-based slack budgeting algorithm to determine OPC level for all polysilicon gate geometries. Designs adopted with this methodology achieve up to 20% Manufacturing Electron Beam Exposure System (MEBES) data volume reduction and 39% OPC run-time improvement.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 2007
PDF: 8 pages
J. Micro/Nanolith. MEMS MOEMS 6(3) 031005 doi: 10.1117/1.2774994
Published in: Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS Volume 6, Issue 3
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Puneet Gupta, Blaze DFM Inc. (United States)
Andrew B. Kahng, Univ. of California/San Diego (United States)
Dennis Sylvester, Univ. of Michigan (United States)
Jie Yang, Univ. of Michigan (United States)

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