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ISTFA2022, ISTFA 2022: Conference Proceedings from the 48th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 74-77, October 30–November 3, 2022,
.... This paper describes the use of advanced transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques to investigate the strain distribution in strained SiGe channel NS pFET through Si channel trimming and selective Si1-xGex epitaxial growth. A stacked GAA NS pFET was fabricated from compressively strained Si1-xGex...
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ISTFA2022, ISTFA 2022: Conference Proceedings from the 48th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 181-189, October 30–November 3, 2022,
... Abstract Semiconductor devices are decreasing in dimensions and currently comprise stacks of ultrathin layers as in a spin-transfer torque magnetoresistive random-access memory (STTMRAM) device. For successful characterization by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) for failure analysis...
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ISTFA2022, ISTFA 2022: Conference Proceedings from the 48th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 190-195, October 30–November 3, 2022,
... are important enablers of novel applications and discoveries in different areas. Several critical features of these latest devices are in the atomic to nanometer scale, which has enhanced the necessity of a largescale transmission electron microscopy (TEM) imaging-based metrology and failure analysis...
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ISTFA2022, ISTFA 2022: Tutorial Presentations from the 48th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, l1-l73, October 30–November 3, 2022,
... Abstract This presentation shows how transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is used in semiconductor failure analysis to locate and identify defects based on their physical and elemental characteristics. It covers sample preparation methods for planar, cross-sectional, and elemental analysis...
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ISTFA2021, ISTFA 2021: Conference Proceedings from the 47th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 446-453, October 31–November 4, 2021,
..., and open defects are isolated by active voltage contrast imaging in a scanning electron microscope (SEM). The results are confirmed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) cross-sectioning. fault isolation optical beam-induced current photon emission microscopy scanning electron microscope...
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ISTFA2020, ISTFA 2020: Papers Accepted for the Planned 46th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 311-313, November 15–19, 2020,
... Abstract Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is a widely used technique in semiconductor device failure analysis. A common challenge in TEM is electron radiation damage, which can generate an uncertainty for correct analysis. This paper reports a study of the electron beam-radiation damages...
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ISTFA2020, ISTFA 2020: Papers Accepted for the Planned 46th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 362-369, November 15–19, 2020,
... of the root cause and mechanism, a defect physically without any damaged or chemical attacked is required by the customer and process/module departments. In other words, it is crucial to have Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) analysis at the exact Gate oxide breakdown point. This is because TEM analysis...
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ISTFA2019, ISTFA 2019: Conference Proceedings from the 45th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 219-222, November 10–14, 2019,
... Abstract Multipurpose sample holder for advanced Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) sample preparation which reduces cost of the tool and most importantly simplifies the workflow is introduced. Following the current demand for user-friendly interface, semi-automated approach is aimed...
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ISTFA2019, ISTFA 2019: Conference Proceedings from the 45th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 266-272, November 10–14, 2019,
... by physical failure analysis and Transmission-Electron-Microscopy (TEM) at a specific location beneath the RDL bond pad. Finite element simulations are used to analyze the wire bonding stress distribution and circuit-under-pad design effect. The predicted maximum stress for the dielectric cracking matches...
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ISTFA2019, ISTFA 2019: Conference Proceedings from the 45th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 340-345, November 10–14, 2019,
... especially for automotive Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor (CMOS) devices, this because it involves human lives and safety. In foundries failure analysis (FA), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) analysis often required in order to provide insights into the defect mechanisms and the root cause...
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ISTFA2019, ISTFA 2019: Conference Proceedings from the 45th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 470-471, November 10–14, 2019,
... Abstract Demarest et al. concluded in their previous report that a ten times improvement in placement accuracy was required to enable automated transmission electron microscopy (TEM) sample preparation, and wafer alignment by GDS coordinates demonstrated a factor of two improvement...
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ISTFA2018, ISTFA 2018: Conference Proceedings from the 44th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 209-213, October 28–November 1, 2018,
... on focused ion beam (FIB) use. A discussion is then conducted to assess advantages of the method and factors to monitor vigilantly. Dealing with FIB machining, any sample preparation geometry can be achieved, as it is for transmission electron microscopy (TEM) sample preparation: cross-section, planar...
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ISTFA2018, ISTFA 2018: Conference Proceedings from the 44th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 238-240, October 28–November 1, 2018,
... Abstract Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) sample can be routinely made at a sub 30nm thickness and specific features in semiconductor device design are on the order of 30nm and smaller. As a result, small changes in pattern match registration can significantly influence the success...
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ISTFA2018, ISTFA 2018: Conference Proceedings from the 44th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 241-246, October 28–November 1, 2018,
... Abstract Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) specimens are typically prepared using the focused ion beam (FIB) due to its site specificity, and fast and accurate thinning capabilities. However, TEM and high-resolution TEM (HRTEM) analysis may be limited due to the resulting FIB-induced...
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ISTFA2017, ISTFA 2017: Conference Proceedings from the 43rd International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 140-142, November 5–9, 2017,
... techniques, namely, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), plan-view and cross-section Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) with Energy Dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (EELS) and Z-contrast tomography were employed to characterize the defect and identify root-cause...
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ISTFA2017, ISTFA 2017: Conference Proceedings from the 43rd International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 366-370, November 5–9, 2017,
... Abstract In transmission electron microscopy (TEM), one typically considers bright-field or dark-field imaging signals, which utilize the transmitted and scattered electrons, respectively. Analytical signals such as characteristic X-Rays or primary electron beam energy losses from inelastic...
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ISTFA2017, ISTFA 2017: Conference Proceedings from the 43rd International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 371-374, November 5–9, 2017,
... Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (EELS) T. Dewolf1, D. Cooper1, N. Bernier1, V. Delaye1, A. Grenier1, H. Grampeix1, C. Charpin1, F. Nardelli1, S. Pauliac1, S. Bernasconi1, E. Jalaguier1, G. Audoit1 1 Univ. Grenoble Alpes, F-38000 Grenoble, France, CEA LETI, MINATEC...
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ISTFA2017, ISTFA 2017: Conference Proceedings from the 43rd International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 375-379, November 5–9, 2017,
... Abstract The sub-nanometer resolution that transmission electron microscopy (TEM) provides is critical to the development and fabrication of advanced integrated circuits. TEM specimens are usually prepared using the focused ion beam, which can cause gallium-induced artifacts and amorphization...
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ISTFA2017, ISTFA 2017: Conference Proceedings from the 43rd International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 416-418, November 5–9, 2017,
... and view through the potential shorting area until the shorting defect is exposed. Finally, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) sample is prepared, and TEM analysis is carried out to pin point the root cause of the shorting. This method has been demonstrated successfully on Western Digital inter-metal...
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ISTFA2017, ISTFA 2017: Conference Proceedings from the 43rd International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 473-475, November 5–9, 2017,
... alteration of current flow combined with nanoprobing for precise isolation of a defect down to fin level. To understand the mechanism of the leakage, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) slice was made along the leaky drain contact (perpendicular to fin direction) by focused ion beam thinning and lift-out...