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In current manufacturing processes, certain layout configurations are likely to have reduced yield and/or reliability due to increased susceptibility to stress effects or poor tolerance to certain processes like lithography. These problematic layout configurations need to be efficiently detected and eliminated from a design layout to enable better yield. In(More)
Thickness range, i.e. the difference between the highest point and the lowest point of the chip surface, is a key indicator of chip yield. This paper presents a novel metal filling algorithm that seeks to minimize the thickness range of the chip surface during the copper damascene process. The proposed solution considers the physical mechanisms in the(More)
The geometrical structure of fibrous extracellular matrix (ECM) impacts on its biological function. In this report, we demonstrate a new algorithm designed to extract quantitative structural information about individual collagen fibres (orientation, length and diameter) from 3D backscattered-light confocal images of collagen gels. The computed quantitative(More)
This paper introduces the concept of via range patterns and incompletely specified range patterns to represent new types of process-hotspots. Via range patterns can represent process-hotspots containing vias that are a major source of lithography issues. An incompletely specified range pattern can accurately and succinctly represent a process-hotspot where(More)
We study global routing of multiterminal nets. We propose a new global router: each step consists of finding a tree, called a Steiner min-max tree, that is a Steiner tree with maximum-weight edge minimized (real vertices represent channels containing terminals of a net, Steiner vertices represent intermediate channels, and weights correspond to densities).(More)
Because of the widening sub-wavelength lithography gap in advanced fabrication technology, lithography hotspot detection has become an essential task in design for manufacturability. Current state-of-the-art works unite pattern matching and machine learning engines. Unlike them, we fully exploit the strengths of machine learning using novel techniques. By(More)
In advanced fabrication technology, the sub-wavelength lithography gap causes unwanted layout distortions. Even if a layout passes design rule checking (DRC), it still might contain process hotspots, which are sensitive to the lithographic process. Hence, process-hotspot detection has become a crucial issue. In this paper, we propose an accurate(More)