Electrical Engineering
      and Computer Sciences

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences


UC Berkeley


2009 Research Summary

Hyper-Sensitive Parameter-Identifying Ring Oscillators for Lithography Process Monitoring

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Andrew R. Neureuther


Known differences in the sensitivities of layouts to lithographic effects are utilized to create a new class of ring oscillators for the monitoring of process variations in CMOS. The circuit performance measurements have been used to identify process variations, and have revealed dominant sources, attributed to lithography [1,2]. This project extends this identification of processing effects by creating ring oscillators that are several times more sensitive to specific parameters than standard circuits, making it substantially easier to isolate variations in this parameter and quantitatively interpret the results.

L.-T. Pang and B. Nikolic, “Impact of Layout on 90 nm CMOS Process Parameter Fluctuations,” Symposium on VLSI Circuits, Digest of Technical Papers, 2006.
A. H. Gabor et al, “Improving the Power-Performance of Multicore Processors Through Optimization of Lithography and Thermal Processing,” SPIE, Vol. 6521-18, 2007.