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Advanced mask technique to improve bit line CD uniformity of 90 nm node flash memory in low-k1 lithography
Author(s): Jong-doo Kim; Jae-young Choi; Jea-hee Kim; Jae-won Han
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Paper Abstract

As devices size move toward 90nm technology node or below, defining uniform bit line CD of flash devices is one of the most challenging features to print in KrF lithography. There are two principal difficulties in defining bit line on wafer. One is insufficient process margin besides poor resolution compared with ArF lithography. The other is that asymmetric bit line should be made for OPC(Optical Proximity Correction) modeling. Therefore advanced ArF lithography scanner should be used for define bit line with RETs (Resolution Enhancement Techniques) such as immersion lithography, OPC, PSM(Phase Shift Mask), high NA(Numerical Aperture), OAI(Off-Axis Illumination), SRAF(Sub-resolution Assistant Feature), and mask biasing.. Like this, ArF lithography propose the method of enhancing resolution, however, we must spend an enormous amount of CoC(cost of ownership) to utilize ArF photolithography process than KrF. In this paper, we suggest method to improve of bit line CD uniformity, patterned by KrF lithographic process in 90nm sFlash(stand alone Flash) devices. We applied new scheme of mask manufacturing, which is able to realize 2 different types of mask, binary and phase-shift, into one plate. Finally, we could get the more uniform bit lines and we expect to get more stable properties then before applying this technique.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 October 2008
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7122, Photomask Technology 2008, 71220X (17 October 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.801557
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Jong-doo Kim, Dongbu HiTek (Korea, Republic of)
Jae-young Choi, Dongbu HiTek (Korea, Republic of)
Jea-hee Kim, Dongbu HiTek (Korea, Republic of)
Jae-won Han, Dongbu HiTek (Korea, Republic of)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7122:
Photomask Technology 2008
Hiroichi Kawahira; Larry S. Zurbrick, Editor(s)

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