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Via patterning in the 7-nm node using immersion lithography and graphoepitaxy directed self-assembly

Journal Contribution - Journal Article

© 2017 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Insertion of a graphoepitaxy directed self-assembly process as a via patterning technology into integrated circuit fabrication is seriously considered for the 7-nm node and beyond. At these dimensions, a graphoepitaxy process using a cylindrical block copolymer that enables hole multiplication can alleviate costs by extending 193-nm immersion-based lithography and significantly reducing the number of masks that would be required per layer. To be considered for implementation, it needs to be proved that this approach can achieve the required pattern quality in terms of defects and variability using a representative, aperiodic design. The patterning of a via layer from an actual 7-nm node logic layout is demonstrated using immersion lithography and graphoepitaxy directed self-assembly in a fab-like environment. The performance of the process is characterized in detail on a full 300-mm wafer scale. The local variability in an edge placement error of the obtained patterns (4.0 nm 3σ for singlets) is in line with the recent results in the field and significantly less than of the prepattern (4.9 nm 3σ for singlets). In addition, it is expected that pattern quality can be further improved through an improved mask design and optical proximity correction. No major complications for insertion of the graphoepitaxy directed self-assembly into device manufacturing were observed.
Journal: Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS
ISSN: 1932-5150
Issue: 2
Volume: 16
Pages: 023506 - 023506
Publication year:2017
Keywords:Materials science, Electrical & electronic engineering, Classical physics