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Hybrid OPC verification flow with compact and rigorous models
Author(s): KunYuan Chen; ChunCheng Liao; ChiaWei Tsai; ChaoHeng Chen; Makoto Miyagi
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Paper Abstract

The hybrid optical proximity correction (OPC) verification flow uses both compact and rigorous lithography models. This is the approach we are investigating to meet the challenges to improve the accuracy while keeping the turnaround time (TAT) in check for each new technology node. The compact lithography model is derived from the Hopkins method to calculate the image at the wafer. They consist of the pre-calculated optical kernel set that includes properties of projection, source optics, and the resist effects. The image at the wafer is formed by the convolution of optical kernel set with the mask transmission. The compact model is used for OPC and lithography rule checking (LRC) due to its excellent TAT in full chip applications. Leading edge technology nodes, however, are inherently more sensitive to process variation and typically contain more low contrast areas, sometimes resulting in marginal hotspots. In these localized areas, it is desirable to have access to more predictive first principle lithography simulation. The Abbe method for lithography simulation includes full 3D resist models which solve from the first principles (the reaction/diffusion equation of the post exposure bake) to provide the highest accuracy. These rigorous models have the ability to provide added insight into the 3D developed profile in resist at the wafer level to assist in the application of OPC, verification and disposition of hotspots found by LRC using compact models. The hybrid OPC verification takes the advantage of compact model for TAT and rigorous model for 3D profile accuracy [1], [2]. And since the rigorous lithography simulator already supports new technologies like double pattern technology (DPT), electron beam (E-beam) [3] and extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV) [4] this approach is extendable to multiple technology nodes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 June 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8441, Photomask and Next-Generation Lithography Mask Technology XIX, 84410J (29 June 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.939131
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KunYuan Chen, Nanya Technology Corp. (Taiwan)
ChunCheng Liao, Nanya Technology Corp. (Taiwan)
ChiaWei Tsai, Synopsys Taiwan Ltd. (Taiwan)
ChaoHeng Chen, Synopsys Taiwan Ltd. (Taiwan)
Makoto Miyagi, Synopsys Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8441:
Photomask and Next-Generation Lithography Mask Technology XIX
Kokoro Kato, Editor(s)

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