A new ultra-short pulse laser ablation based backside sample preparation method has been developed. This technique is contact-less, non-thermal, precise, repetitive and adapted to each type of material present in IC packages. Backside preparation examples are presented on a conventional DIL plastic package, on a TSOP plastic package with an oversized silicon die, on a DIL ceramic package and on a CCD device. Feasibility of silicon thinning using laser ablation is also discussed.

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