This work presents the first application of a diagnosis driven approach for identifying systematic chain fail defects in order to reduce the time spent in failure analysis. The zonal analysis methodology that is applied separates devices into systematic and random populations of chain fails in order to prevent submitting random defects for failure analysis. Two silicon case studies are presented to validate the production worthiness of diagnosis driven yield analysis for chain fails. The defects uncovered in these case studies are very subtle and would be difficult to identify with any other methodology.

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