Depending on the field of application the ICs have to meet requirements that differ strongly from product to product, although they may be manufactured with similar technologies. In this paper a study of a failure mode is presented that occurs on chips which have passed all functional tests. Small differences in current consumption depending on the state of an applied pattern (delta Iddq measurement) are analyzed, although these differences are clearly within the usual specs. The challenge to apply the existing failure analysis techniques to these new fail modes is explained. The complete analysis flow from electrical test and Global Failure Localization to visualization is shown. The failure is localized by means of photon emission microscopy, further analyzed by Atomic Force Probing, and then visualized by SEM and TEM imaging.

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