• ACICD;
  • semiconductor;
  • dual response optimization

After Cleaning Inspection Critical Dimension (ACICD), one of the main variables in the etch process, affects the electrical characteristics of fabricated semiconductor chips. Its target value should be determined to minimize the bias and variability of these electrical characteristics. This paper presents a case study in which the target value of ACICD is determined by the dual response optimization method. In particular, the recently developed posterior approach to dual response optimization is employed allowing the analyst to determine easily the optimal compromise between bias and variability in the electrical characteristics. The performance at the obtained optimal ACICD setting has been shown to be better than that at the existing setting. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.