The paper focuses on the pad contamination defect removal technique. The defect is detected at the outgoing inspection step. The failure analysis results showed that the defect is Fluorine type contamination. The failure analysis indicated many source contributors mainly from Fluorine based processes. The focus is in the present work is in the rework method for the removal of this defect. The combination of wet and dry etch processing in the rework routine is utilized for the removal of the defect and preventive action plans for in-line were introduced and implemented to avoid this event in the future. The reliability of the wafer is verified using various tests including full map electrical, electrical sort, gate oxide breakdown (GOI) and wafer reliability level, passivation quick kill to ensure the integrity of the wafer after undergoing the rework routine. The wafer is monitored closely over a period of time to ensure it has no mushroom defect.

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