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Cpk and Ppk: one capability index is not enough to measure photomask CD performance
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Paper Abstract

Many photomask customers require process capability reporting on a regular basis. One of their main purposes is to evaluate product quality based on process variability from period to period. The problem occurs when process improvement is based on a single reported index. There are a variety of methods used today to calculate process capability, and any one method has proven insufficient (see figure below). Process 'A' looks good with respect to the average-range divided by a constant (R-bar/d2), but the standard deviation looks too wide. Conversely, Process 'B' looks good with respect to standard deviation, but its R-bar/d2 is skewed too far. An explanation for this phenomenon is that the use of the standard deviation method to calculate capability (actually the performance index) ignores within-sample variation, and using the R-bar/d2 method omits sample-to-sample variation. Therefore, both methods should be employed to better evaluate process performance and capability. This paper presents a means by which to employ the merits of both sigma estimators to achieve a better representation of continual improvement. Utilizing a method of pooling within and between-sample variation (Cvk) indicates that the two processes below actually exhibit almost identical capability.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 December 2002
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4889, 22nd Annual BACUS Symposium on Photomask Technology, (27 December 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.467579
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Timothy L. Bittleston, Photronics Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4889:
22nd Annual BACUS Symposium on Photomask Technology
Brian J. Grenon; Kurt R. Kimmel, Editor(s)

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