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OPC optimization for double dipole lithography and its application on 45nm node with dry exposure
Author(s): Se-Jin Park; Jae-Kyung Seo; ChengHe Li; Daisy Liu; Petros An; Xiao-Hui Kang; Eric Guo
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Paper Abstract

Various resolution enhancement techniques have been proposed in order to enable optical lithography at low k1 imaging, e.g. alt-PSM (phase shift mask), chromeless phase lithography (CPL), double exposure technique (DET) and double dipole lithography (DDL). In spite of its low throughput in production, DDL technique is a very attractive solution for low k1 process because of the relatively low cost of binary or attenuated phase shift masks, which can be combined with strong dipole illuminations and flexible SRAF rule to enhance the process window. Another attraction of DDL is that dry scanner still can be used for 45nm node instead of expensive immersion lithography process. In this paper, two aspects for DDL application have been focused on. The first one is OPC optimization method for DDL, which includes SRAF optimization, mask decomposition and pixel-based OPC. The whole flow is optimized specifically for DDL to achieve satisfactory pattern results on wafer. The second is the overlay issue. Since two DDL masks are exposed in turn, the overlay variation between two masks becomes dominant factor deteriorating pattern quality. The effect of overlay tolerance is also studied through process window simulation. DDL has been demonstrated to be capable of 45nm node logic with dry scanner. The pattern fidelity and process window of 45nm node SRAM & Random Logic are evaluated for active/gate layer and dark field metal layer.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 March 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6924, Optical Microlithography XXI, 69243O (7 March 2008);
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Se-Jin Park, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (China)
Jae-Kyung Seo, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (China)
ChengHe Li, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (China)
Daisy Liu, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (China)
Petros An, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (China)
Xiao-Hui Kang, Mentor Graphics (China)
Eric Guo, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6924:
Optical Microlithography XXI
Harry J. Levinson; Mircea V. Dusa, Editor(s)

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