Driven by the cost reduction and miniaturization, Wafer Level Chip Scale Packaging (WLCSP) has experienced significant growth mainly driven by mobile consumer products. Depending on the customers or manufacturing needs, the bare silicon backside of the WLCSP may be covered with a backside laminate layer. In the failure analysis lab, in order to perform the die level backside fault isolation technique using Photon Emission Microscope (PEM) or Laser Signal Injection Microscope (LSIM), the backside laminate layer needs to be removed. Most of the time, this is done using the mechanical polishing method. This paper outlines the backside laminate removal method of WLCSP using a near infrared (NIR) laser that produces laser energy in the 1,064 nm range. This method significantly reduces the sample preparation time and also reduces the risk of mechanical damage as there is no application of mechanical force. This is an effective method for WLCSP mounted on a PCB board.

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