Abstract

Physical FA innovations in advanced flip-chip devices are essential, especially for die-level defects. Given the increasing number of metal layers, traditional front-side deprocessing requires a lot of work on parallel lapping and wet etching before reaching the transistor level. Therefore, backside deprocessing is often preferred for checking transistor-level defects, such as subtle ESD damage. This paper presents an efficient technique that involves precise, automated die thinning (from 760µm to 5µm), high-resolution fault localization using a solid immersion lens, and rigorous KOH etch. Using this technique, transistor-level damage was revealed on advanced 7nm FinFET devices with flip-chip packaging.

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