In our report at SPIE 2017, defect reduction was achieved using the latest rinse technology in the development process and in-film defectivity was improved with material dispense optimization on a 24 nm contact hole (CH) pattern. On the basis of the knowledge acquired from the previous evaluation, improvements have been taken a step further in this next evaluation. As a result, 96% of residue defect reduction and 42% of in -film particle defect reduction has been achieved by further rinse optimization and improvement of dispense system.
For the other aspect of yield improvement, CD uniformity control is one of the crucial factors. CD variations are comprised of several components such as wafer to wafer CD uniformity, field to field CD uniformity. To achieve CD uniformity target for manufacturing, we have optimized developing process with the latest technology. Then, 15% of field to field CD uniformity improvement and significant improvement of wafer to wafer CD uniformity are achieved.