It is difficult to simulate functional failures using static analysis tools, therefore, debugging and troubleshooting devices with functional failures present a special challenge for failure analysis (FA) work and often result in a root-cause success rate is quite low. In this paper, the application of advanced FIB circuit edit (CE) processes combined the static FA analysis yielded successful localization of a bipolar junction transistor (BJT) device soft failure. Additional FA techniques were incorporated within the FA flow, resulting in characterization of the electrical behavior of a suspected transistor and detection of an abnormal implant profile within the active area.

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