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. When the remaining silicon is reduced, some redistribution of stress is expected, possibly altering the performance (timing) of integrated circuits in addition to electron-hole pair generation. In this work, a study of the electrical invasiveness due to grinding and polishing silicon integrated circuits to ultra-thin (< 5 um global, ~ 1 um local) remaining thickness is presented.

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