Luigi Capodieci

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Resolution enhancement techniques (RET) such as optical proximity correction (OPC) and phase-shift mask (PSM) technology are deployed in modern processes to increase the fidelity of printed features, especially critical dimensions (CD) in polysilicon. Even given these exotic technologies, there has been momentum towards less exibility in layout, in order to(More)
While performance specifications are verified before sign-off for a modern nanometer scale design, extensive application of optical proximity correction substantially alters the layout introducing systematic variations to the simulated and verified performance. As a result, actual on-silicon chip performance is quite different from sign-off expectations.(More)
With the adoption of various combinations of resolution enhancement techniques (RET) for IC lithography, different process constraints are placed on the IC layout. The final layout used for mask production is dramatically different than the original designer's intent. To insure that EDA tools developed for applying RET techniques can have optimal(More)
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS My sincere gratitude to Professor Dennis Sylvester for providing me the opportunity to study at the University of Michigan. Without his vision, encouragement and continuous support, this dissertation was impossible. Professor Sylvester was always around to listen and to give advice. He not only taught me how to ask questions and express my(More)
Advanced IC process technology nodes (28,20,14nm and below) have relied on the synergy of process-aware physical design and physical verification methodologies with <i>design</i>-aware yield engineering (on the manufacturing side), in order to fulfill ITRS scaling and performance requirements. These capabilities include not only additional design rules, or(More)
DFM has taken shape by virtue of manufacturers defining a series of "DFM activities", related to parametric and stochastic yield analysis and recommendations for design changes to improve yield. The picture is made more complex because the view from integrated device manufacturers, pure play foundries, and fabless semiconductor companies is not necessarily(More)
Design rules (DRs) are the primary abstraction between design and manufacturing. The optimization of DRs to achieve the correct tradeoff between scaling and yield is a key step in developing a new technology node. In this work we propose a design-of-experiments based framework to optimize DRs, where layouts are generated for different DR values using(More)