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EDFA Technical Articles (2020) 22 (1): 26–27.
Published: 01 February 2020
...Jason D. Holm; Benjamin W. Caplins This article describes an ebook titled STEM-in-SEM: Introduction to Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy for Microelectronics Failure Analysis , intended as an introductory tutorial for those with little or no transmission imaging experience and as a source...
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EDFA Technical Articles (2016) 18 (1): 14–20.
Published: 01 February 2016
...Mototaka Ito; Jun Kato A detailed analysis based on FIB etching and SEM image capture was conducted on a flip-chip solder joint deep inside a tablet PC. 3D views reconstructed from SEM images show what appears to be a copper pillar with a solder cap connected to a copper trace on the substrate...
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EDFA Technical Articles (2004) 6 (4): 32–40.
Published: 01 November 2004
...William Vanderlinde This article describes two innovative methods that can significantly improve the resolution of SEM imaging: scanning transmission electron microscopy in a scanning electron microscope (STEM-in-SEM) and forward-scattered electron imaging (FSEI). Both methods can be implemented...
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EDFA Technical Articles (2022) 24 (3): 12–22.
Published: 01 August 2022
...Md. Mahfuz Al Hasan; Md. Tahsin Mostafiz; Navid Asadizanjani This article proposes a design for a real-time Trojan detection system and explores possible solutions to the challenge of large-scale SEM image acquisition. One such solution, a deep-learning approach that generates synthetic micrographs...
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EDFA Technical Articles (2022) 24 (2): 12–15.
Published: 01 May 2022
...Andreas Rummel; Andrew Jonathan Smith This article discusses the challenges associated with nanoprobing advanced technology node devices and explains how to optimize SEM images for beam voltages of 100 eV or less. This article discusses the challenges associated with nanoprobing advanced...
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EDFA Technical Articles (2001) 3 (3): 15–18.
Published: 01 August 2001
...Valluri Rao Voltage contrast, a phenomenon that occurs in scanning electron microscopes, produces brightness variations in SEM images that correspond to potential variations on the test sample. Through appropriate processing, voltage contrast signals can reveal an extensive amount of information...
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EDFA Technical Articles (2021) 23 (4): 4–13.
Published: 01 November 2021
... imaging and subsequent feature extraction. By combining polygon sets representing each layer, the full design of the device was reconstructed as shown in one of the images. Further development of SEM-based feature extraction tools for design validation and failure analysis is contingent on reliable...
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EDFA Technical Articles (2020) 22 (1): 14–19.
Published: 01 February 2020
..., and clearly illustrate the differences. SEM images of a manually polished sample show process-induced cracking, chipping, and delamination at the die-C4 interface. In contrast, the CNC-milled sample is artifact-free and the C4 bumps are uniformly exposed along the entire length of the cross-section...
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EDFA Technical Articles (2023) 25 (4): 28–34.
Published: 01 November 2023
..., routinely inspect devices extracted from modern ICs, and can resolve, for instance, the lattice of silicon atoms that form transistor channels. Meanwhile, scanning electron microscopes (SEMs) and focused-ion beam (FIB) microscopes routinely image IC features with low-nanometer resolution. Nanoscale features...
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EDFA Technical Articles (2020) 22 (2): 4–12.
Published: 01 May 2020
... brings attention to some of the drawbacks with the current approach and presents a solution in the form of a redesigned puck. As test results show, the new puck significantly reduces polishing time, and when cast with a conductive epoxy, minimizes charging artifacts and image distortion during SEM...
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EDFA Technical Articles (2020) 22 (3): 4–7.
Published: 01 August 2020
... of the continuous downscaling of technology nodes. Of particular interest to failure analysis engineers is the ability to determine the root cause of defect mechanisms that may have physical characteristics beyond the imaging resolution limits of current scanning electron microscopy (SEM) toolsets...
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EDFA Technical Articles (1998) 1 (1): 8–11.
Published: 01 November 1998
... technique for detecting gate oxide defects is described. This method is based on chemical and electrochemical wet etching of Si in KOH:H2O. KOH:H2O is well known as a solution for Si etching by the following chemical reaction: Si + 20H- + H2O ¨ SiO32- + 2H2 (1) Fig. 1: SEM cross sectional image of Si...
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EDFA Technical Articles (2019) 21 (3): 8–14.
Published: 01 August 2019
... of advancements in gas-assisted etching, ion source alternatives, compact spectroscopy, and high-speed lasers. Copyright © ASM International® 2019 2019 ASM International automated IC deprocessing large area delayering plasma FIB SEM imaging spectroscopy 8 httpsdoi.org/10.31399/asm.edfa.2019-3...
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EDFA Technical Articles (2007) 9 (2): 14–18.
Published: 01 May 2007
.... However, inspection of that area with conventional techniques, such as secondary electron and backscattered electron (BSE) scanning electron microscopy (SEM), does not always lead to physical defects being readily apparent in the images obtained. In part, this is due to the human eye being inherently...
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EDFA Technical Articles (2021) 23 (4): 18–26.
Published: 01 November 2021
...Jason Holm This article provides a brief overview of STEM-in-SEM, discussing the pros and cons, recent advancements in detector technology, and the emergence of 4D STEM-in-SEM, a relatively new method that uses diffraction patterns recorded at different raster positions to enhance images offline...
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EDFA Technical Articles (2000) 2 (3): 4–7.
Published: 01 August 2000
... connections are more susceptible to failure than others. Video footage of operating engines can track the performance of micromachines during operating life tests6. Fig. 3: SEM image showing a thin 100 Å layer of silicon reduced tungsten conformal coating around all sides of a section of structural...
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EDFA Technical Articles (2017) 19 (4): 4–9.
Published: 01 November 2017
..., a cross section was performed with optical (Fig. 7) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) imaging (Fig. 8). A crack was confirmed under one pin. The other side of the component was not affected. The solder material thickness between the pin and the pad was found to be very low. The SEM observation showed...
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EDFA Technical Articles (1999) 1 (3): 21–24.
Published: 01 August 1999
... examples of the various ways they can be used. Copyright © ASM International® 1999 1999 ASM International backscattering charging emissive imaging scanning electron microscopes voltage contrast httpsdoi.org/10.31399/asm.edfa.1999-3.p021 SEM SEM for General Purpose Failure Analysis: Little...
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EDFA Technical Articles (2006) 8 (1): 16–24.
Published: 01 February 2006
... pad interface, Unstressed capacitors were selected for cross sectioning of the solder joint. Optical images and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) micrographs of the solder joints in all samples are shown in Fig. 4 to 7. indicating a very strong solder joint. After mechanical shock tests, up to 100 kg...
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EDFA Technical Articles (2018) 20 (3): 24–33.
Published: 01 August 2018
... on page 30) 27 Fig. 7 No contrast change was observed when in-situ SEM PVC and AVC analyses were done on the via chain structures at metal 7. One of the pads was grounded by milling a 1 × 10 µm hole in the pad. Fig. 8 The RCI/SEM overlay image of the via chain process monitor test structure at metal 7...