Abstract

Anticipating the end of life for IR-based failure analysis techniques, a method of global backside preparation to ultra-thin remaining silicon thickness (RST) has been developed. Ultra-thin RST enables VIS light techniques such as laser voltage probing. In this work we investigate the lower RST limit due to sub-surface damage from grinding and a one-step polishing method to achieve 3 um RST (+/- 0.8 um) over 121 mm2 die (11 x 11 mm) test package as well as 5 um (+/- ) over 109.2 mm2 (8.0 x 13.7mm) active device.

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