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A trainable die-to-database for fast e-Beam inspection: learning normal images to detect defects
Author(s): Masanori Ouchi; Masayoshi Ishikawa; Shinichi Shinoda; Yasutaka Toyoda; Ryo Yumiba; Hiroyuki Shindo; Masayuki Izawa
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Paper Abstract

In the drive toward sub-10-nm semiconductor devices, manufacturers have been developing advanced lithography technologies such as extreme ultraviolet lithography and multiple patterning. However, these technologies can cause unexpected defects, and a high-speed inspection is thus required to cover the entire surface of a wafer. A Die-to-Database (D2DB) inspection is commonly known as a high-speed inspection. The D2DB inspection compares an inspection image with a design layout, so it does not require a reference image for comparing with the inspection image, unlike a die-to-die inspection, thereby achieving a high-speed inspection. However, conventional D2DB inspections suffer from erroneous detection because the manufacturing processes deform the circuit pattern from the design layout, and such deformations will be detected as defects. To resolve this issue, we propose a deep-learning-based D2DB inspection that can distinguish a defect deformation from a normal deformation by learning the luminosity distribution in normal images. Our inspection detects outliers of the learned luminosity distribution as defects. Because our inspection requires only normal images, we can train the model without defect images, which are difficult to obtain with enough variety. In this way, our inspection can detect unseen defects. Through experiments, we show that our inspection can detect only the defect region on an inspection image.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 March 2020
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 11325, Metrology, Inspection, and Process Control for Microlithography XXXIV, 113252F (20 March 2020); doi: 10.1117/12.2551456
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Masanori Ouchi, Hitachi, Ltd. (Japan)
Masayoshi Ishikawa, Hitachi, Ltd. (Japan)
Shinichi Shinoda, Hitachi High-Technologies Corp. (Japan)
Yasutaka Toyoda, Hitachi High-Technologies Corp. (Japan)
Ryo Yumiba, Hitachi High-Technologies Corp. (Japan)
Hiroyuki Shindo, Hitachi High-Technologies Corp. (Japan)
Masayuki Izawa, Hitachi High-Technologies Corp. (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11325:
Metrology, Inspection, and Process Control for Microlithography XXXIV
Ofer Adan; John C. Robinson, Editor(s)

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