31 March 2014 Metal1 patterning study for random-logic applications with 193i, using calibrated OPC for litho and etch
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A Metal1-layer (M1) patterning study is conducted on 20nm node (N20) for random-logic applications. We quantified the printability performance on our test vehicle for N20, corresponding to Poly/M1 pitches of 90/64nm, and with a selected minimum M1 gap size of 70nm. The Metal1 layer is patterned with 193nm immersion lithography (193i) using Negative Tone Developer (NTD) resist, and a double-patterning Litho-Etch-Litho-Etch (LELE) process. Our study is based on Logic test blocks that we OPCed with a combination of calibrated models for litho and for etch. We report the Overlapping Process Window (OPW), based on a selection of test structures measured after-etch. We find that most of the OPW limiting structures are EOL (End-of-Line) configurations. Further analysis of these individual OPW limiters will reveal that they belong to different types, such as Resist 3D (R3D) and Mask 3D (M3D) sensitive structures, limiters related to OPC (Optical Proximity Corrections) options such as assist placement, or the choice of CD metrics and tolerances for calculation of the process windows itself. To guide this investigation, we will consider a ‘reference OPC’ case to be compared with other solutions. In addition, rigorous simulations and OPC verifications will complete the after-etch measurements to help us to validate our experimental findings.
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Julien Mailfert, Julien Mailfert, Jeroen Van de Kerkhove, Jeroen Van de Kerkhove, Peter De Bisschop, Peter De Bisschop, Kristin De Meyer, Kristin De Meyer, "Metal1 patterning study for random-logic applications with 193i, using calibrated OPC for litho and etch", Proc. SPIE 9052, Optical Microlithography XXVII, 90520Q (31 March 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2046782; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2046782

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