16 March 2016 Design space exploration for early identification of yield limiting patterns
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In order to resolve the causality dilemma of which comes first, accurate design rules or real designs, this paper presents a flow for exploration of the layout design space to early identify problematic patterns that will negatively affect the yield.

A new random layout generating method called Layout Schema Generator (LSG) is reported in this paper, this method generates realistic design-like layouts without any design rule violation. Lithography simulation is then used on the generated layout to discover the potentially problematic patterns (hotspots). These hotspot patterns are further explored by randomly inducing feature and context variations to these identified hotspots through a flow called Hotspot variation Flow (HSV). Simulation is then performed on these expanded set of layout clips to further identify more problematic patterns.

These patterns are then classified into design forbidden patterns that should be included in the design rule checker and legal patterns that need better handling in the RET recipes and processes.
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Helen Li, Helen Li, Elain Zou, Elain Zou, Robben Lee, Robben Lee, Sid Hong, Sid Hong, Square Liu, Square Liu, JinYan Wang, JinYan Wang, Chunshan Du, Chunshan Du, Recco Zhang, Recco Zhang, Kareem Madkour, Kareem Madkour, Hussein Ali, Hussein Ali, Danny Hsu, Danny Hsu, Aliaa Kabeel, Aliaa Kabeel, Wael ElManhawy, Wael ElManhawy, Joe Kwan, Joe Kwan, "Design space exploration for early identification of yield limiting patterns", Proc. SPIE 9781, Design-Process-Technology Co-optimization for Manufacturability X, 97810W (16 March 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2218540; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2218540

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