Photomask tuning solutions

Reduced wafer defects and increased yield using Excursion Prevention strategy with ZEISS ForTune

Wafer Fabs highly depend on predictability and credibility. Achieving high yields is essential to convince their customers of the capability of the fab. Any process excursion that reduces the yield significantly undermines the trust of the customer into the fab’s capability and reliability. ZEISS offers an innovative solution preventing excursion and improving the Wafer On-Product-Overlay (OPO).

High performance mask tuning system

ZEISS ForTune improves wafer intra-filed litho parameters by mask tuning in high lateral resolution on top of any other available solution in the market and in low cost. It is available for all market segments (Memory - DRAM, 3D NAND, XPOINT, and Logic) and covers two main areas.


RegC application
ZEISS ForTune improves high frequency wafer On Product Overlay (OPO) by correcting the scanner delta lens fingerprint or reducing wafer intra-field overlay.

CDC Application
The probability of process defects caused by wafer intra-field CDU can be reduced applying ZEISS ForTune. Following the excursion prevention strategy increases thereby wafer yield.

Scientific Papers

on the benefit of excursion prevention

Improving Chip Performance by Photomask Tuning: Ultimate intra-field CD control as a major part of an overa...

Excursion prevention is one of the key points in the mission of leading edge foundries. In this paper, we concentrate on patterning excursions and how to prevent them. This strategy concentrates pro-actively on the task to minimize the distributio...

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Enhanced Wafer Overlay Residuals Control; Deep Sub-Nanometer at Sub-Millimeter Lateral Resolution

The introduction of advanced technology nodes in deep UV (DUV) lithography (litho), involving multiple litho steps, has tightened the wafer on-product overlay specifications [1]. The industry trend already pushes the overlay requirements to the su...

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Reduce Probability of Wafer Intra-Field Process (Printing) Defects for Logic & DRAM Applications

Wafer Intra-Field Process (Printing) Defects created due to various process segments. Narrow Lithography process window (Litho PW), effected by Dose & Focus (calibrated by FEM – Focus Exposure Matrix), is one of the major contributors for the wafe...

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ZEISS ForTune High performance photomask tuning

With its latest optical design ZEISS ForTune takes the two main tuning applications to the next level in terms of efficiency, accuracy and throughput. Using an ultra-short pulse laser technology allows to change the optical and mechanical properties of the shading elements and thereby to improve wafer intra-field CDU as well as mask registration. The optimization of intra-field CDU by mask tuning provides the ability to control the wafer intra-field CDU and improve the wafer On-Product-Overlay (OPO).

ZEISS ForTune comprehensive software suite allows the users to predict the specific process performance reliably and accurately before the actual process execution. Graphical outputs allow comparison of the initial problem with the predicted post process solution, including suitable statistics for the scanner compensation to be used later in HVM.

How does the high performance wafer and mask tuning system work? Watch the video about ZEISS ForTune technology

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Digital Solutions Running on the computational engine FAVOR®

The FAVOR® platform enables productivity and reliability enhancement through intelligent automation. 

FTM - ForTune Tuning Module

The Tuning Module software package has been developed for ZEISS ForTune to facilitate recipe creation as well as extensive data analysis and simulations prior to the ForTune process (CDC & RegC® applications). This module’s versatile job handling capabilities ensure high process efficiency, superior prediction accuracy and on-the-spot decision making. The Tuning Module runs on ZEISS FAVOR, a powerful computation engine capable and efficient to perfectly support the processing of the advanced algorithms.

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