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Advanced resist process enabling implementation of CD controllability for 32 nm and beyond
Author(s): Satoru Shimura; Fumiko Iwao; Tetsu Kawasaki; Dunn Shannon; Yoshitsugu Tanaka; Hidetami Yaegashi; Yoshiaki Yamada
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Paper Abstract

Exposure wavelength has been changing dramatically as semiconductor design rules shrink, and for 32nm-node fine processes and beyond, it is predicted that the drop in optical contrast when using 193nm immersion lithography exposure technology will make it difficult to ensure good resolution performance in fine and dense resist patterns. To address this problem, studies have begun on extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography technology and double patterning technology that uses 193nm immersion lithography as alternative technologies, but many problems have been reported at the present stage of development. Against the above background, we investigated various process flows with the aim of reducing production processes and cost in double patterning technology that uses 193nm immersion lithography. We consequently developed an advanced process technique for use after 1st resist pattern formation and established a litho-litho-etch (LLE) process. The application of this technology decreases the number of total processes used in ordinary double patterning technology. In this paper, we focus on double patterning technology in 193nm immersion lithography and report on the performance of our original advanced process technique and on our evaluation of double patterning technology.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 April 2008
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 6923, Advances in Resist Materials and Processing Technology XXV, 69233C (15 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.771867
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Satoru Shimura, Tokyo Electron Kyushu Ltd. (Japan)
Fumiko Iwao, Tokyo Electron Kyushu Ltd. (Japan)
Tetsu Kawasaki, Tokyo Electron Kyushu Ltd. (Japan)
Dunn Shannon, TEL Technology Ctr., America LLC (Japan)
Yoshitsugu Tanaka, Tokyo Electron Ltd. (Japan)
Hidetami Yaegashi, Tokyo Electron Ltd. (Japan)
Yoshiaki Yamada, Tokyo Electron Kyushu Ltd. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6923:
Advances in Resist Materials and Processing Technology XXV
Clifford L. Henderson, Editor(s)

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