Future developments include incoming and recurrent measurements of pellicalized masks at the panel maker’s factory site. Standardization of coordinate systems across supplier networks is feasible. This will enable better yield and production economy for both mask and panel maker. Better distortion correction methods will give better registration on the panels and relax the flatness requirements of the mask blanks. If panels are measured together with masks and the results are used to characterize the aligners, further quality and yield improvements are possible.
Possible future developments include in-cell metrology and integration with other instruments in the same platform.