SPIE Advanced Microelectronic Manufacturing 2003
Conference paper

Failure prediction across process window for robust OPC


In conventional Optical and Process Correction (OPC), models are calibrated with the CD measurement from the "good" printable patterns. Predictions of process window loss are based on extrapolation from the "good" region into the failure region. The extrapolation is always a less accurate process than interpolation. In this paper, we utilize the experimental pass/fail data to build models that accurately identify and predict printing failures. We developed a methodology and a formal apparatus for failure modeling. It is found that two or more aerial image shape parameters are required to describe all failure mechanisms for a sub-100nm process. This empirical failure model is currently applied to Optical Rule Checking (ORC) of the post-OPC layout. It also can be used to constrain layout corrections in the future.