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Implementation issues for production OPC
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Paper Abstract

As OPC becomes more widely used, there is great concern about additional time and costs that are incurred for both data manipulation and reticle manufacturing. In this paper, we discuss the optimal practices for the insertion of OPC into the standard IC pattern data generation, and find that the lowest risk point of insertion with the highest assurance of data integrity occurs when OPC is done as part of the physical verification process. In addition, we also examine the impact of OPC on reticle inspection practices, and find that, by following a few simple geometric guidelines, aggressive OPC can be implemented with no impact on reticle inspectability, significantly reducing the barriers to adoption.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 August 1999
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3748, Photomask and X-Ray Mask Technology VI, (25 August 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.360254
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Franklin M. Schellenberg, Mentor Graphics Corp. (United States)
Pat LaCour, Mentor Graphics Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3748:
Photomask and X-Ray Mask Technology VI
Hiroaki Morimoto, Editor(s)

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