Abstract

Semiconductor Test Site structures were analyzed using an EBIRCH (Electron Beam Induced Resistance CHange) system. Localization of a RX (active area) to PC (gate) short was achieved with resolution that surpassed that of OBIRCH (Optical Beam Induced Resistance CHange). A voltage breakdown test structure at Metal 1 was stressed in the system, giving isolation to the specific contact. A five-fin diode macro was examined, and it is believed that the electrically active diffusions were imaged as individual fins from Metal 1. A series of ring oscillator devices were examined in steady state condition, and careful consideration of the image supports a hypothesis that Seebeck effect, from heating material interfaces in an EBIRCH system, is the reason for the “dipoles” reported in earlier literature.

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