SPIE Advanced Lithography 2013
Conference paper

Benchmarking study of 3D mask modeling for 2 and 1x nodes

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With ever shrinking critical dimensions, half nm OPC errors are a primary focus for process improvement in computational lithography. Among many error sources for 2x and 1x nodes, 3D mask modeling has caught the attention of engineers and scientists as a method to reduce errors at these nodes. While the benefits of 3D mask modeling are well known, there will be a runtime penalty of 30-40% that needs to be weighed against the benefit of optical model accuracy improvements. The economically beneficial node to adopt 3D mask modeling has to be determined by balancing these factors. In this paper, a benchmarking study has been conducted on a 20nm cut mask, metal and via layers with two different computational lithography approaches as compared with standard thin-mask approximation modeling. Besides basic RMS error metrics for model calibration and verification, through pitch and through size optical proximity behavior, through focus model predictability, best focus prediction and common DOF prediction are thoroughly evaluated. Runtime impact and OPC accuracy are also studied. © 2013 SPIE.