SPIE Advanced Lithography 2011
Conference paper

Contact patterning strategies for 32nm and 28nm technology

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As 193 nm immersion lithography is extended indefinitely to sustain technology roadmaps, there is increasing pressure to contain escalating lithography costs by identifying patterning solutions that can minimize the use of multiple-pass processes. Contact patterning for the 32/28 nm technology nodes has been greatly facilitated by just-in-time introduction of new process enablers that allow the simultaneous support of flexible foundry-oriented ground rules alongside highperformance technology, while also migrating to a single-pass patterning process. The incorporation of device based performance metrics along with rigorous patterning and structural variability studies were critical in the evaluation of material innovation for improved resolution and CD shrink along with novel data preparation flows utilizing aggressive strategies for SRAF insertion and retargeting. © 2011 SPIE.