Convolutional Neural Network for Wafer Surface Defect Classification and the Detection of Unknown Defect Class

Sejune Cheon, Hankang Lee, Chang Ouk Kim, Seok Hyung Lee

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An automatic defect classification (ADC) system identifies and classifies wafer surface defects using scanning electron microscope images. By classifying defects, manufacturers can determine whether the wafer can be repaired and proceed to the next fabrication step. Current ADC systems have high defect detection performance. However, the classification power is poor. In most work sites, defect classification is performed manually using the naked eye, which is unreliable. This paper proposes an ADC method based on deep learning that automatically classifies various types of wafer surface damage. In contrast to conventional ADC methods, which apply a series of image recognition and machine learning techniques to find features for defect classification, the proposed model adopts a single convolutional neural network (CNN) model that can extract effective features for defect classification without using additional feature extraction algorithms. Moreover, the proposed method can identify defect classes not seen during training by comparing the CNN features of the unseen classes with those of the trained classes. Experiments with real datasets verified that the proposed ADC method achieves high defect classification performance.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8657760
Pages (from-to)163-170
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2019 May

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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