Emission microscopy have been used for failure analysis (FA) defect isolation. But for advanced products, the working voltage of chip is getting smaller, thus many emission spots from normal transistors will be observed, which indeed affects the judgment on the emission spots from killer defects and increases the FA difficulty. Laser scanning microscope (LSM)-based techniques have been powerful defect isolation methods for many years. In this study, Checkpoint Infrascan 200TD, a laser-based tool, is used to perform defect localization. Here, thermally induced voltage alteration and optical beam induced resistance change are used to get defect locations. The study demonstrates three FA cases with 80nm/90nm technologies; metal direct short, poly leakage, and contact high resistance are also found in these cases. It is concluded that, by the selection of control parameters, Infrascan 200TD provides several capabilities of failure site localization and can be applied to different failure modes.

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