Frontside die inspection by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) is critical to investigate failures that appear dispersed over the GaN die surface and that will be very difficult to localize by the typical Focus Ion Beam (FIB) or Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) analysis. Frontside sample preparation is; however, extremely challenging if the device was already subjected to sample preparation for backside Photo Emission Microscopy (PEM). In this paper, a novel sample preparation method is presented where all front side layers are removed and only the 5μm GaN die is left for inspection.

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