Abstract

Using nanoprobing techniques to accomplish transistor parametric data has been reported as a method of failure analysis in nanometer scale defect. In this paper, we focus on how to identify the influence of Contact high resistance on device soft failures using nanoprobing analysis, and showing that the equivalent mathematical models could be used to describe the corresponding electrical data in a device with Contact high resistance issue. A case study was presented to verify that Contact volcano defect caused Contact high resistance issue, and this issue can be identified via physical failure analysis (PFA) method (e.g. Transmission Electron Microscope and Focus Ion Beam techniques) and nanoprobing analysis method. Finally, we would explain the physical root cause of Contact volcano issue.

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