Abstract

Focused Ion Beam (FIB) has been widely accepted in circuit modification and debugging of new chips and process technologies [1]. It has the advantages of rapid confirmation of design fixes and reducing the cost and time to build new masks. In this paper, we will describe the latest application of FIB to debugging Static Random Access Memory (SRAM) test chips processed on a dense copper metallization technology. Examples of finding leaky capacitors will be given. Individual transistors in the cell array have also been “fibbed” and characterization curves were measured. We compare the measurement with the SPICE simulation and discuss possible damage to the underlying transistors during FIB pad creation. Resistors in the periphery circuit were fibbed and measured with two and four point probes. Contact resistance was characterized and compared to that of Al interconnects. Example of finding problem vias with the help of cross-section and voltage contrast is given.

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