Abstract

SEM-based nanoprobing has proven vital in identifying nonvisual failures through electrical characterization in current FA metrology for fault identification. With eight probes used concurrently, the system could have the ability to obtain other important information such as cell stability as well as the static noise margin (SNM). In this work, the cell stability and SNM at different biasing conditions at low electron beam energy (500eV) of a sub-30 nm technology node SRAM device have been characterized. Bit cell stability, static noise margin test as well as leakage study between two adjacent floating wordines were performed on the SRAM samples. Results show that no significant degradation has been introduced during the data acquisition and imaging processes in the SEM. Good resolution imaging with passive voltage contrast can be achieved with low electron voltage (500eV) throughout the nanoprobing process.

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