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10 July 2003 Creation and verification of phase-compliance SoC IP for the fabless COT designers
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As the semiconductor industry has began production of subwavelength geometries, technologies such as Optical Proximity Correction (OPC) and Phase-Shifting Masks (PSM) have become requirements in producing integrated circuits. One of these approaches, Alternating PSM (AltPSM), has been adopted by leading edge semiconductor companies to meet IC manufacturing production requirements. As part of a complete production flow for these processes, it is required for SOC IP to be "phase compliant". Only through the phase compliance, the fabless COT semiconductor market is enabled to leverage the benefits of subwavelength geometries. This paper introduces the concept of phase compliance, and the importance of guaranteeing correct phase topology and phase compliance of layouts for AltPSM. It further proposes a method to create phase compliant SoC IP, and a process of verifying that SoC IP is phase compliance. The timing characterizaitn data is also included to show that the performance speed of the memory layouts was enhanced by 20% over regular 0.13 micron proces. The paper concludes with some general remarks on how this methodolgy will be impacted as we move to 65nm node.
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Vinod K. Malhotra, Nahid King, Raymond Leung, Zain Zia, and Shakeel Jeeawoody "Creation and verification of phase-compliance SoC IP for the fabless COT designers", Proc. SPIE 5042, Design and Process Integration for Microelectronic Manufacturing, (10 July 2003);


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