Laser-assisted device alteration (LADA) is an effective tool for identifying speed-limiting paths in ICs. When implemented with a continuous wave laser, it can reveal where the speed-limiting path resides but not when the slow (or fast) logic transition is occurring. To overcome this limitation, an enhanced version of the technique has been developed. This article discusses the capabilities of the new method, called picosecond time-resolved LADA, and explains how it complements the existing failure analysis toolset, facilitating faster resolution of issues and root-cause identification.
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