Abstract

Electrical Test (ET) structures are used to monitor the health and yield of a process line. With the scaling down of semiconductor devices to nanometer ranges, the number of metal lines and vias increase. In order to simulate the electrical performance of devices and to increase the sensitivity for line health check, ET structures are designed to be more complicated with a larger area. Hence, fault isolation and failure analysis become more challenging. In this paper, the combined technique of Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) Passive Voltage Contrast (PVC), Nanoprobing technique, and Divide and Conquer Method (DCM) are proposed to locate open failure and high resistance failure in an ET via chain.

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