Assessment and comparison of different approaches for mask write time reduction
The extension of 193nm exposure wavelength to smaller nodes continues the trend of increased data complexity and subsequently longer mask writing times. We review the data preparation steps post tapeout, how they influence shot count as the main driver for mask writing time and techniques to reduce that impact. The paper discusses the application of resolution enhancements and layout simplification techniques; the fracture step and optimization methods; mask writing and novel ideas for shot count reduction.
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