Applications of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) sensors have developed rapidly in the last decade, increasing the need of Failure Analysis (FA) to characterize abnormalities and to identify failure modes of various types of MEMS devices. One of the greatest challenges is removal of the sealing cap from the MEMS device without any impact to the moveable sensing elements. A novel non-destructive technique has been successfully developed using KOH wet chemical etching followed by application of ex-situ hand sticking to deprocess the sealing cap from an accelerometer device. This new approach provides a quick and reliable way to remove the sealing cap from a MEMS device.

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