Improvement of virtual metrology performance by removing metrology noises in a training dataset

Dongil Kim, Pilsung Kang, Seung kyung Lee, Seokho Kang, Seungyong Doh, Sungzoon Cho

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Virtual metrology (VM) has been applied to semiconductor manufacturing processes for the quality management of wafers. However, noises included in training datasets degrade the performance of VM, which is a key obstacle to the application of VM in real-world semiconductor manufacturing processes. In this paper, we develop a VM dataset construction method by identifying and removing noises. We define noises by considering both input and output variables and classify noises into fault detection and classification (FDC) noises and metrology noises, which have abnormal FDC variables and normal metrology variables, and normal FDC variables and abnormal metrology variables, respectively. We propose the construction of a VM training dataset including FDC noises and excluding metrology noises. By employing novelty detection methods, the normal/abnormal regions of FDC variables are identified. In experiments conducted on a real-world photolithography (photo) data, VM models trained with the dataset constructed by the proposed method showed the best accuracy and the most robustness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-189
Number of pages17
JournalPattern Analysis and Applications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Feb
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Brain Korea 21 PLUS project in 2013, the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIP) (No. 2011-0030814), the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning (2011-0021893) and 2013 Seoul National University Brain Fusion Program Research Grant. This work was also supported by the Engineering Research Institute of SNU.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2014, Springer-Verlag London.


  • Noise identification and removal
  • Novelty detection
  • Semiconductor manufacturing
  • Virtual metrology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Artificial Intelligence


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