An increasingly tighter set of mask specifications requires new equipment, process improvements, and improved e-beam resist materials. Resist profiles, footing behavior and line edge roughness (LER) have strong impacts on CD-uniformity, process bias and defect control. Additionally, the CD stability of e-beam resists in vacuum contributes to the final CD-uniformity as a systematic error. The resolution capability of the resist process is becoming increasingly important for slot contact like features, which are expected to be applied as clear assist features in contact hole layers at the sub 100nm technology node (1x)1. Three e-beam sensitive pCAR resists from different vendors were investigated in terms of resolution and pattern quality, PED stability, PEB sensitivity, dose latitude, CD-uniformity and line edge roughness. As reported here, all three pCARs showed improvements in all of these areas. Future work with these pCAR resists will focus on defect density, PCD, and CD uniformity.