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0.25-um lithography using a 50-kV shaped electron-beam vector scan system
Author(s): Mark A. Gesley; Terry Mulera; C. Nurmi; J. Radley; Allan L. Sagle; Keith P. Standiford; Zoilo C. H. Tan; John R. Thomas; Lee Veneklasen
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Paper Abstract

Performance data from a prototype 50 kV shaped electron-beam (e-beam) pattern generator is presented. This technology development is targeted towards 180-130 nm device design rules. It will be able to handle 1X NIST X-ray membranes, glass reduction reticles, and 4- to 8-inch wafers. The prototype system uses a planar stage adapted from the IBM EL-4 design. The electron optics is an 50 kV extension of the AEBLE%+TM) design. Lines and spaces of 0.12 micrometers with < 40 nm corner radius are resolved in 0.4 micrometers thick resist at 50 kV. This evolutionary platform will evolve further to include a new 100 kV column with telecentric deflection and a 21-bit (0.5 mm) major field for improved placement accuracy. A unique immersion shaper, faster data path electronics, and 15-bit (32 micrometers ) minor field deflection electronics will substantially increase the flash rate. To match its much finer address structure, the pattern generator figure word size will increase from 80 to 96 bits. The data path electronics uses field programmable gate array (FPGA) logic allowing writing strategy optimization via software reconfiguration. An advanced stage position control (ASPC) includes three-axis, (lambda) /1024 interferometry and a high bandwidth dynamic corrections processor (DCP). Along with its normal role of coordinate transformation and dynamic correction of deflection distortion, astigmatism, and defocus; the DCP improves accuracy by modifying deflection conditions and focus according to measured substrate height variations. It also enables yaw calibration and correction for Write-on-the FlyTM motion. The electronics incorporates JTAG components for built-in self- test (BIST), as well as syndrome checking to ensure data integrity. The design includes diagnostic capabilities from offsite as well as from the operator console. A combination of third-party software and an internal job preparation software system is used to fracture patterns. It handles tone reversal, overlap removal, sizing, and proximity correction. Processing of large files in a commercial mask shop environment is made more efficient by retaining hierarchy and using parallel processing and data compression techniques. Large GDSIITM and MEBES data files can be processed. Data includes timing benchmarks for a 1 Gbit DRAM on both proximity and reduction reticles. The paper presents 50 kV results on silicon and quartz substrates along with examples of overlay to an external grid, field butting, and critical dimension (CD) control data. Selective experiments testing system stability, calibration accuracy, and local correction software implementation on a VAX control computer are also given.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 May 1995
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 2437, Electron-Beam, X-Ray, EUV, and Ion-Beam Submicrometer Lithographies for Manufacturing V, (19 May 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.209157
Show Author Affiliations
Mark A. Gesley, Etec Systems, Inc. (United States)
Terry Mulera, Etec Systems, Inc. (United States)
C. Nurmi, Etec Systems, Inc. (United States)
J. Radley, Etec Systems, Inc. (United States)
Allan L. Sagle, Etec Systems, Inc. (United States)
Keith P. Standiford, Etec Systems, Inc. (United States)
Zoilo C. H. Tan, Etec Systems, Inc. (United States)
John R. Thomas, Etec Systems, Inc. (United States)
Lee Veneklasen, Etec Systems, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2437:
Electron-Beam, X-Ray, EUV, and Ion-Beam Submicrometer Lithographies for Manufacturing V
John M. Warlaumont, Editor(s)

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