Dynamic scheduling of photolithography process based on Kohonen neural network

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review

13 Scopus Citations
View graph of relations



Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-85
Journal / PublicationJournal of Intelligent Manufacturing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013


Semiconductor enterprises should continue to provide more capacity to meet the demands of the highly competitive semiconductor markets. Photolithography is usually the bottleneck process with the most expensive equipment in a semiconductor wafer fabrication system. Usually, photolithography area controls the performance of whole semiconductor manufacturing system. To improve the performances of the photolithography area with dynamic dispatching combination rules, a dynamic scheduling method based on Kohonen neural network (KNN) was proposed in this paper. A dynamic scheduling framework is also proposed. The method has been integrated into the dynamic scheduling framework. A KNN-based sample learning algorithm for selecting best combination rules is presented. Finally, the results of simulation experiments indicate that the proposed method is effective and feasible in real-time scheduling of semiconductor fabrication system under both closed-loop release policy and open-loop release policy.

Research Area(s)

  • Dynamic scheduling, Kohonen neural networks, Photolithography, Semiconductor wafer fabrication system