In 2006, the NSR-S609B immersion scanner marked a major milestone in the Nikon immersion program. And, over the past decade we have maintained an aggressive roadmap delivering innovative scanner solutions to satisfy the increasingly stringent requirements for immersion and multiple patterning applications. During that time, Nikon developed the NSR-S620D, based on the pioneering Streamlign platform, to not only enable double patterning lithography at 32 nm, but to provide extendibility to next-generation applications. This was followed by the evolutionary NSR-S621D, S622D, and S630D immersion scanners for applications down to the 10 nm node and beyond.
It is real-world, on-product performance that is vital to chipmakers. The NSR-S631E is the industry’s most advanced scanner for aggressive multiple patterning processes. It ensures world-class device patterning and optimum fab productivity to fully satisfy real-world 7 nm node requirements. The newly released inline Alignment Station (iAS) is a high speed, extremely accurate wafer pre-measurement module that can be integrated between the coater/ developer and the S631E. iAS provides feed forward alignment results for all shots on every wafer, delivering better alignment and overlay—with no impact on throughput. iAS capabilities can also be extended to other scanners in the fab with the LithoBooster Standalone Alignment Station. In addition to delivering wafer-by-wafer feed forward corrections, LithoBooster provides an open platform for expanded overlay, autofocus, and process control solutions as well.
Ensures world-class device patterning and optimum fab productivity for the 7 nm node
High accuracy immersion scanner satisfying 14 nm technology node requirements
inline Alignment Station (iAS) and LithoBooster
Nikon developed two revolutionary products specifically focused on optimizing alignment in order to enable cost-effective lithography scaling.