Abstract

With the development of semiconductor technology and the increment quantity of metal layers in past few years, backside EFA (Electrical Failure Analysis) technology has become the dominant method. In this paper, abnormally high Signal Noise Ratio (SNR) signal captured by Electro-Optical Probing (EOP)/Laser Voltage Probing (LVP) from backside is shown and the cause of these phenomena are studied. Based on the real case collection, two kinds of failure mode are summarized, and simulated experiments are performed. The results indicate that when a current path from power to ground is formed, the high SNR signal can be captured at the transistor which was on this current path. It is helpful of this consequence for FA to identify the failure mode by high SNR signal.

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