With the introduction of its fifth-generation NXE:3400B scanner, ASML brought EUV to High- Volume Manufacturing for 7 nm node lithography and beyond with full support of pellicle. This paper presents an update on lithographic performance results obtained with the NXE:3400B, characterized by an NA of 0.33, a Pupil Fill Ratio (PFR) of 0.2 and throughput capability of 125 wafers per hour. Advances in source power and system availability have enabled a continued increase of productivity. To maximize the number of yielding dies per day excellent Overlay, Focus, and Critical Dimension (CD) control have been realized, combining intrinsic tool stability with holistic control schemes. We will also show matching performance for both Overlay and Imaging, and further improvements in Focus Process Dependencies for the 5nm node.
In this paper we report on the performance enhancements on the NXT immersion scanner platform to support the immersion lithography roadmap. We particular discuss scanner modules that enable future overlay and focus requirements. Among others we describe the improvements in grid calibrations and grid matching; thermal control of reticle heating with dynamic systems adjustments; aberration tuning and FlexWave-lens heating control as well as aberration- and overlay-metrology on wafer-2-wafer timescales. Finally we address reduction of leveling process dependencies, stage servo dynamics and wafer table flatness to enhance on-product focus and leveling performance. We present and discuss module- and system-data of the above mentioned scanner improvements.