This article presents two cases to demonstrate the application of focused ion beam (FIB) circuit edit in analysis of memory failure of silicon on insulator (SOI) devices using XTEM and EDX analyses. The first case was a single bit failure of SRAM units manufactured with 90 nm technology in SOI wafer. The second case was the whole column failure with a single bit pass for a SRAM unit. From the results, it was concluded that FIB circuit edit and electrical characterization is a good methodology for further narrowing down the defective location of memory failure, especially for SOI technology, where contact-level passive voltage contrast is not suitable.

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