A method for automated mask-layout and process synthesis for MEMS using Genetic Algorithms was proposed by Ma and Antonsson . For a given desired device shape, and several fabrication process choices, this synthesis method will produce one or more mask-layouts and associated fabrication process sequences (which when used can generate shapes close to the desired one). This paper extended the previous work by integrating the robustness of the mask-layout relative to the fabrication variations into the evaluation criteria. By introducing expected variations into the fabrication simulation and making the robustness of the mask-layout part of the evaluation criteria, the stochastic optimization procedure will produce mask-layouts that are least sensitive to these variations, and robust design will be synthesized.
Journal: TechConnect Briefs
Volume: 1, Technical Proceedings of the 2001 International Conference on Modeling and Simulation of Microsystems
Published: March 19, 2001
Pages: 128 - 131
Industry sector: Sensors, MEMS, Electronics
Topics: Modeling & Simulation of Microsystems