As the optical lithography advances into the sub-30nm technology node, the various candidates of lithography have been discussed. Double dipole lithography (DDL) has been a primary lithography candidate due to the advantages of a simpler process and a lower mask cost compared to the double patterning lithography (DPL). However, new DDL requirements have been also emerged to improve the process margin and to reduce the mask-enhanced error factor (MEEF), which is to maximize the resolution and image contrast. This paper presents various analyses of Mentor’s new model-based DDL (MBDDL) method.
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