Performance Evaluation of Run-to-Run Control Methods in Semiconductor Processes

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2001

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Run-to-Run (RtR) control plays an important role in semiconductormanufacturing processes. In this paper, RtR control methods are classified and evaluated. The set-valued RtR controllers with ellipsoid approximation are compared with two typical RtR controllers: the Exponentially Weighted Moving Average (EWMA) controller and the Optimizing Adaptive Quality Controller (OAQC) by simulations according to the following criteria: A good RtR controller should be able to compensate for various disturbances, such as small drifts, step disturbances and model errors; moreover, it should be able to deal with bounds, cost requirement and multipletargets that are often encountered in semiconductor processes. Based on our simulation results, suggestions on selection of a proper RtR controller for a semiconductor process are given as conclusions.

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