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A model based OPC method to add serifs for corner rounding design of CMOS image sensor
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Paper Abstract

As CMOS technology continues to shrink, 2D edge placement errors in lithography can't be ignored especially for some key patterns. The pixel patterns of CMOS image sensor require high lithography fidelity since they will influence the optical properties and electric properties of the device significantly. So the corner rounding effect of pixel patterns should be of special concern. Generally, corner rounding effect in lithography can be compensated by adding serifs at the corner. Serifs can be generated by rule based OPC method or model based OPC method. In this article, a novel model based OPC method to add serifs to corners is introduced. This method first retargets the corners by replacing the corner vertex with a small rectangle placed along 45 degree with the x-y axis. After that, model based OPC is run based on the retargeted patterns. Then we simulate the lithography contour of the corners by commercial OPC software. The geometry of lithography contour is quantitatively evaluated according to the value of corner pullback and the deviation of edge rippling. The relation between the geometry of corner image contour and retarget pattern is investigated. This method has potentials in design of experiment of pixel layout patterns of CMOS image sensors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 September 2019
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 11148, Photomask Technology 2019, 1114813 (26 September 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2536495
Show Author Affiliations
Zengzhi Huang, Huaian Image Device Manufacturer Corp. (China)
Lingyun Ni, Huaian Image Device Manufacturer Corp. (China)
Koichi Fujii, Huaian Image Device Manufacturer Corp. (China)
Imaging Device Technologies Corp. (Japan)
Xiaolu Huang, Huaian Image Device Manufacturer Corp. (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11148:
Photomask Technology 2019
Jed H. Rankin; Moshe E. Preil, Editor(s)

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