Evaluating the impacts of reticle requirements in semiconductor wafer fabrication

Shari L Murray De Díaz, John Fowler, Michele E. Pfund, Gerald T. Mackulak, Matt Hickie

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Photolithography is generally the most constraining workstation in a semiconductor fabrication facility. Up to this point, much of the research and analysis in this area has not included the inherent system requirements created by reticle masks, but the fact remains that in order to process a job in the photolithography station, the job must be ready, the machine must be idle, and the reticle must be inspected and setup on the idle machine. To better understand the impacts of the reticle requirements in the production environment, a discrete-event simulation model of the photolithography station has been created and coupled with a network flow optimization model that optimizes the location of all reticles at 6-h intervals. All other production processes are modeled using a generic stochastic processing delay. Using this framework and a 26 full factorial-designed experiment, we have identified when optimal reticle management processes positively impact the productivity of the overall facility the most. These results were then used to derive and test new dispatching policies for the photolithography workstation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)622-631
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2005


  • Dispatching
  • Manufacturing planning
  • Masks
  • Photolithography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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