Abstract

In this paper, we present methods for targeted silicon thinning by contour milling to overcome challenges associated with thinning large devices to under 5 µm remaining silicon thickness. Implementation of these techniques are expected to improve the yield of ultra-thin sample preparation and thermal stability of the device through electrical failure analysis for subsequent physical failure analysis. Using a computer numerical controlled milling system, the natural device bow is exploited to thin a specified area of interest by stage tilting before 2D milling. To target a larger area of interests, contour maps are rigged to thin an area preferentially while remaining compatible with existing workflows. Electrical testing have found improved thermal stability of the locally thinned samples over globally thinned samples.

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