Patent Number: 8,577,489

Title: Diagnosing in-line critical dimension control adjustments using optical proximity correction verification

Abstract: Solutions for diagnosing in-line critical dimension control adjustments in a lithographic process are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method includes: locating a control structure in a data set representing one of a chip or a kerf; simulating component dimensions within a region proximate to the control structure; determining a difference between the simulated component dimensions within the region and target component dimensions within the region; determining whether the difference exceeds a predetermined tolerance threshold; adjusting a simulation condition in response to determining the difference exceeds the predetermined tolerance threshold; and repeating the simulating of the component dimensions within the region, the determining of the difference, and the determining of whether the difference exceeds the predetermined tolerance threshold in response to the adjusting of the simulation condition.

Inventors: Bruce; James A. (Williston, VT), Settlemyer, Jr.; Kenneth T. (Bradenton, FL)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: G06F 19/00 (20110101)

Expiration Date: 1/05/12017