Abstract

This paper describes a novel flow using analog simulations for the failure analysis of digital, analog, and mixed signal devices. Although cell level diagnosis tools are available in the industry, it presents a solution through analog intra-cell simulation particularly advantageous when multiple defects give the same fault result at cell level. Details of case studies such as the one analog intracell simulation on digital device and the analog laser voltage probing are covered. The aim of the simulation solution proposed is to support the failure analyst to interpret emission images on analog devices. The presented analog simulation flow consists of computing the current (or current density) in MOS and bipolar transistors and simulating the internal waveforms in digital or analog cells. It enables failure analysts to interpret light emission and laser voltage probing results obtained on a physical device in a fast and efficient way.

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