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EDFA Technical Articles (2000) 2 (1): 4–27.
Published: 01 February 2000
...Phil Nigh; Dave Vallett; Atul Patel; Jason Wright; Franco Motika; Donato Forlenza; Ray Kurtulik; Wendy Chong This article provides insights into the nature of IDDQ and timing defects and the challenges they present to failure analysts based on the findings of a Sematach study. Copyright © ASM...
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EDFA Technical Articles (2005) 7 (2): 20–28.
Published: 01 May 2005
...Jaume Segura; Chuck Hawkins Dealing with timing failures in nanometer-scale ICs requires a deeper understanding of critical timing paths, noise mechanisms, process variability, timing rules, and the statistical interaction of random parameter values and distributions. This article examines...
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EDFA Technical Articles (2015) 17 (2): 10–17.
Published: 01 May 2015
.... 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...
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EDFA Technical Articles (2016) 18 (4): 16–22.
Published: 01 November 2016
...Andrea Bahgat Shehata; Franco Stellari; Peilin Song Advancements in photodetector technology are revitalizing time-resolved emission (TRE) techniques in semiconductor failure analysis. In this article, the authors explain how superconducting single-photon detectors improve the capabilities of TRE...
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EDFA Technical Articles (2021) 23 (3): 24–31.
Published: 01 August 2021
...Samuel Chef; Chung Tah Chua; Chee Lip Gan This article describes a novel method for improving image resolution achieved using time-resolved photon emission techniques. Instead of directly generating images from photon counting, all detected photons are displayed as a point cloud in 3D space...
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EDFA Technical Articles (2022) 24 (1): 17–28.
Published: 01 February 2022
... is a digital version called time-resolved SNDM (tr-SNDM). Here they describe their new technique and present an application in which it is used to acquire CV, d C /d V-V , and DLTS data from SiO 2 /SiC interface samples. Scanning nonlinear dielectric microscopy (SNDM) is a scanning probe technique...
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EDFA Technical Articles (2009) 11 (2): 6–14.
Published: 01 May 2009
...Keith R. Sarault; Gerben Boon Time-resolved emission (TRE) systems are used in many FA labs for internal timing analysis of digital ICs. In this article, the authors explain how they use TRE systems to diagnose analog circuit failures as well. The key to their success is the use of an asynchronous...
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EDFA Technical Articles (2001) 3 (3): 15–18.
Published: 01 August 2001
... about the functionality of ICs. Voltage contrast can be used, for example, to map electrical logic levels and timing waveforms from internal nodes of the chip as it operates inside the SEM chamber. This article describes the fundamentals of voltage contrast and its applications in IC failure analysis...
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EDFA Technical Articles (2013) 15 (3): 4–11.
Published: 01 August 2013
... of failures with the required fast cycle time. Complex failures that are not resolved by the faster global approaches are best addressed by probing technologies, where waveforms or voltages are measured from node to node. These approaches are time-consuming and usually require detailed understanding...
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EDFA Technical Articles (2016) 18 (3): 4–8.
Published: 01 August 2016
...John Bescup This article explains how the failure of a high-voltage capacitor led to the discovery of an unusual defect. Testing showed that the capacitor shorted due to silver migration, which investigators believe was facilitated by voids in the dielectric that had been present from the time...
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EDFA Technical Articles (2000) 2 (3): 20–25.
Published: 01 August 2000
...Wai Mun Yee; Mario Paniccia; Travis Eiles; Valluri Rao Laser voltage probing (LVP), an IR-based technique, facilitates through-silicon signal waveform acquisition and high frequency timing measurements from active p-n junctions on CMOS ICs. The ICs can be in flip-chip as well as wire-bond packages...
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EDFA Technical Articles (2004) 6 (1): 25–28.
Published: 01 February 2004
...David Bethke; Wayland Seifert Time domain reflectometry (TDR) is widely used to measure the electrical length of conductors. It has also proven useful for isolating failures in ICs. This article describes a variation of the method, called comparative TDR, that overcomes inherent timing limitations...
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EDFA Technical Articles (2011) 13 (2): 12–18.
Published: 01 May 2011
... are primarily due to the interaction of the ion beam with variations in copper grain orientation, the effects of halogen corrosion, and the presence of CuF. As a result, copper milling tends to be uneven and edit times tend to be quite long. The solution presented is based on a chemically-assisted milling...
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EDFA Technical Articles (2011) 13 (3): 28–33.
Published: 01 August 2011
...Jason Higgins; Re-Long Chiu; Lisa Daniels; Jessica Wright; Caleb Pedersen Shortcuts in failure analysis are sometimes to save time or money or because equipment or expertise is unavailable. This article presents simple but effective solutions in four areas, including deprocessing, FIB milling...
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EDFA Technical Articles (2012) 14 (1): 46–48.
Published: 01 February 2012
...Larry Wagner Reflecting back on the past 45 years in semiconductor failure analysis, the columnist notes that the trend lines have deviated little over that time. He then goes on to point out the relatively few discontinuities, the latest of which, the emergence of the “invisible defect,” takes him...
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EDFA Technical Articles (2012) 14 (2): 28–29.
Published: 01 May 2012
... obsolescence, extended lead times, the absence of verification tools, the availability of scrapped or salvaged parts, and the high costs associated with inspection/testing procedures. This article reports on the status of efforts by the G-19 Committee of SAE International to develop standards in response...
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EDFA Technical Articles (2013) 15 (1): 12–22.
Published: 01 February 2013
...Kazuaki Yazawa; Dustin Kendig; Daniel Hernandez; Kerry Maize; Shila Alavi; Ali Shakouri This article discusses the setup and use of thermoreflectance imaging, a thermal mapping technique with a spatial resolution in the submicron range and a time resolution down to tens of nanoseconds. It describes...
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EDFA Technical Articles (2013) 15 (2): 32–39.
Published: 01 May 2013
...Jason Higgins; Lisa Daniels; Tom Boyles In this article, the authors explain how they were able to reduce downtime and overall lab costs by setting up a tool maintenance program and adapting it over time. They provide examples of the type of preventive and corrective maintenance required to keep FA...
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EDFA Technical Articles (2013) 15 (4): 22–25.
Published: 01 November 2013
... assesses the bond between metals and molding compounds as a measure of thermal cycle resistance. A button shear test is used to measure changes in adhesion strength as a function of time and temperature. This article describes two accelerated reliability tests that can help shorten product development...
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EDFA Technical Articles (2015) 17 (1): 12–20.
Published: 01 February 2015
...William Lo; Howard Marks Metrology targets are an essential tool for evaluating the performance of imaging systems and maintaining their accuracy over time. Ideally, the pattern on the target is simple enough that the expected image is intuitive or, at least, easily simulated. Although many...