Hot-spot clearance using process simulation is indispensable for low-k1 lithography processes. Hot spots will occur mainly depending on local pattern context. Appropriate calibration of design rules, mask data preparation, resolution enhancement techniques, and optical proximity effect correction will reduce potential hot spots. However, pattern layout variety is so enormous that, even with the most careful calibration of every process, an unexpected potential hot spot is occasionally left in the design layout. Manual modification of the design at the hot spot will be effective, but it takes too much time. Therefore, there is a need for an automated hot-spot fixing system so as to avoid fatal hot-spot occurrence, with sufficient process margins and short turnaround time. We developed an automated hot-spot fixing system, the hot-spot fixer (HSF). Design data is automatically modified according to the instruction at every hot spot, complying with the design rule. We applied the HSF system to the metal layer of logic devices of 65 nm and most of the hot spots were diminished throughout a full chip within 12 hours. Thus, HSF feasibility has been proved for metal layers in the 65-nm node and below with full-chip data volume.