In authors’ previous paper, an OSAT [Optical, SEM (Scanning Electron Microscopy), Auger (Auger Electron Spectroscopy) and TEM (Transmission Electron Microscopy)] methodology was developed for qualification of microchip aluminum (Al) bondpads. Using the OSAT methodology, one can qualify microchip Al bondpads. In this paper, we will further study the NSOP (Non-Stick On Pad) problem on microchip Al bondpads. A new qualification methodology, OSSD [(Optical, SEM, and Surface and Depth profiling X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS)] will be proposed, in which XPS surface analysis is used to check the contamination level of fluorine and carbon on bondpad surfaces instead of Auger analysis. XPS depth profiling analysis will also be used to measure Al oxide thickness instead of TEM analysis. By using OSSD, Al bondpads can be qualified with both reduced costs and shortened turnaround times versus OSAT.

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