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

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

Title : Performance Evaluation of Run-to-Run Control Methods in Semiconductor Processes
Authors :
Baras, John S.
Deng, Hao
Zhang, Chang
Conference : 2003 IEEE Conference on Control Applications pp. 841-848
Date: June 23 - June 25, 2003

Run-to-run (RtR) control plays an important role in semiconductor manufacturing 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 multiple targets 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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