Abstract

Soft failures are among the most challenging yield detractors. They typically show test parameter sensitive characteristics, which would pass under certain test conditions but fail under other conditions. Conductive-atomic force microscopy (CAFM) emerged as an ideal solution for soft failure analysis that can balance the time and thoroughness. By inserting CAFM into the soft failure analysis flow, success rate of such type of analysis can be significantly enhanced. In this paper, a logic chain soft failure and a SRAM local bitline soft failure are used as examples to illustrate how this failure analysis methodology provides a powerful and efficient solution for soft failure analysis.

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