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    Process Control and Optimization

    The Chip Insider®
    October 22, 2021 — Strategy and Tactics: Process Control and Optimization. WildPhotons: The purpose of life is a life of purpose...
    G. Dan Hutcheson G. Dan Hutcheson
    Applied Materials' Master Class on Process Control and Optimization: This was the latest of Applied's series intended to update investors on the nitty-gritty details of modern semiconductor technology, while showing why Applied is leading. Process control and optimization is certainly an area often misunderstood, even though it accounted for over $7.6B in 2020, or about 12% of the WFE market. The classical way to think of WFE is in the value it brings. But process control tools don't add value, they assure value...Applied Materials' believes we are at the precipice of a new technology inflection point with regard to overlay inspection and I think they may have this right. Overlay inspection hasn't changed much in decades. Huge overlay targets are still put in the streets between the die...It's amazing they work at all when the best lithography tools can achieve overlay specs inside a few hundred picometers - a scale difference of more than 10,000X...We got comfortable with this because lithography stalled for over a decade. EUV has now broken a log jam and, as a result, new problems are showing up. So, it's back to the future as lithography moves into EUV-era...Enter Applied Material's new ProVision 3ETM...

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    Process Control and Optimization

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