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ISTFA2014, ISTFA 2014: Conference Proceedings from the 40th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 425-429, November 9–13, 2014,
...Abstract Abstract This paper reports optimized Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) sample preparation methods with Focus Ion Beam (FIB), which are used to reduce or avoid the overlapping of TEM images. Several examples of optimized cross-section sample preparation on 38nm and 45nm pitch...
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ISTFA2014, ISTFA 2014: Conference Proceedings from the 40th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 327-329, November 9–13, 2014,
...-scale features on TEM images of FinFET is not only a time consuming and tedious task, but also prone to error owing to visual judgment. Here, an auto-metrology approach is presented to extract the measured values with higher precision and accuracy so that the uncertainty in the manual measurement can...
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ISTFA2004, ISTFA 2004: Conference Proceedings from the 30th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 255-260, November 14–18, 2004,
.... face-lapping failure analysis sample preparation scanning electron microscopy transmission electron microscopy ultra-thin flakes Identification and Characterization of Ultra-thin (<100 nm) Flakes Using a Combination of Face-lapping, High Energy (10 kV) SEM Imaging, and TEM D. Mitro, S...
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ISTFA2003, ISTFA 2003: Conference Proceedings from the 29th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 132-139, November 2–6, 2003,
... microscopy etching failure analysis focused ion beam IC manufacturing instrumentation quantitative analysis specimen preparation Real Time SEM Imaging of FIB Milling Processes for Extended Accuracy on TEM Samples for EFTEM Analysis P. Gnauck, U. Zeile, P. Hoffrogge, G. Benner, A. Orchowski, W-D...
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ISTFA2013, ISTFA 2013: Conference Proceedings from the 39th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 152-158, November 3–7, 2013,
...Abstract Abstract Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and scanning TEM (STEM) is widely used to acquire ultra high resolution images in different research areas. For some applications, a single TEM/STEM image does not provide enough information for analysis. One example in VLSI circuit...
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ISTFA2012, ISTFA 2012: Conference Proceedings from the 38th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 542-547, November 11–15, 2012,
... during both sample preparation by dual-beam FIB and TEM imaging. To minimize radiation damage, in this work we performed systematic studies on every possible failure analysis step that could introduce radiation damage, i.e., pre-FIB sample preparation, FIB milling, and TEM imaging. Based on these studies...
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ISTFA2011, ISTFA 2011: Conference Proceedings from the 37th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 137-140, November 13–17, 2011,
...Abstract Abstract Imaging tomography by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is a technique which has been growing in popularity in recent years, yet it has not been widely applied to semiconductor defect studies and root cause determination [1- 3]. In part this is due to the complex...
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ISTFA2005, ISTFA 2005: Conference Proceedings from the 31st International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 233-234, November 6–10, 2005,
...Abstract Abstract Traditional plane-view TEM images, which have large fields of view and are usually used to check the existence of dislocations, cannot tell whether a dislocation goes through the p-n junction or not. While XTEM images tell the local depth of a small part of a dislocation only...
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ISTFA2009, ISTFA 2009: Conference Proceedings from the 35th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 230-233, November 15–19, 2009,
... be overcome by advanced TEM (Transmission Electron Microscope) technology, but how can we know if this suspected failure site is a real killer or not when looking at the insufficient e-beam images inside a dual beam tool? Therefore, a novel technique of device measurement by using C-AFM (Conductive Atomic...
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ISTFA2013, ISTFA 2013: Conference Proceedings from the 39th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 560-562, November 3–7, 2013,
...Abstract Abstract Plan view TEM imaging is a powerful technique for failure analysis and semiconductor process characterization. Sample preparation for near-surface defects requires additional care, as the surface of the sample needs to be protected to avoid unintentionally induced damage...
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ISTFA2000, ISTFA 2000: Conference Proceedings from the 26th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 309-313, November 12–16, 2000,
... for defect mechanism analysis. FIB slicing through a failed cell can be controlled to a precision of 0.1 micron. Passive voltage contrast imaging with FIB enhances defect detection. After a defect is found, in-situ TEM sample is prepared with FIB milling. By putting together the series FIB images along side...
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ISTFA2002, ISTFA 2002: Conference Proceedings from the 28th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 77-85, November 3–7, 2002,
... (SEM) using an easily constructed sample holder. Although not a substitute for true TEM analysis, this method allows for spatial resolution that is superior to typical SEM imaging and provides image contrast from material structure that is typical of TEM images. Furthermore, the method can produce...
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ISTFA2006, ISTFA 2006: Conference Proceedings from the 32nd International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 351-355, November 12–16, 2006,
...-ray compositional analyses, other techniques such as ion channeling contrast and transmission electron microscope (TEM) imaging can provide valuable information on intermetallic compounds (IMC) formation at solder joint interfaces. This paper discusses the advantages of SEM imaging of IMC morphology...
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ISTFA2011, ISTFA 2011: Conference Proceedings from the 37th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 141-145, November 13–17, 2011,
...-nanometer accuracy. Due to the projection effect of TEM technique, comprehensive understanding of the 3D structure from 2D images is needed for process development of FinFET. This paper will address sample preparations and TEM imaging techniques for FinFET device at sub-100nm pitch. 2D imaging 3D...
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ISTFA2012, ISTFA 2012: Conference Proceedings from the 38th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 170-171, November 11–15, 2012,
... field (BF) and high angle annular dark field (HAADF) TEM images. To overcome these problems, 3-dimensional (3D) tomography technique has been suggested. In this work, we clarify the root cause of dark voltage contrast (DVC) failure at the bottom electrode contact region in PCRAM by using 3D tomography...
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ISTFA2019, ISTFA 2019: Conference Proceedings from the 45th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 130-134, November 10–14, 2019,
... are chosen as an example in this study to show artefacts and difficulties in SEM and TEM observations. Two cases of artefacts are considered: one with TEM sample preparation followed by TEM imaging, and the other one with SEM observations after FIB cross-sectioning. In the first case, electronic chips...
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ISTFA2012, ISTFA 2012: Conference Proceedings from the 38th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 606-616, November 11–15, 2012,
... a dual-beam focused ion beam (FIB) system was used to re-locate the Pt-capped DOI and prepare samples for transmission electron microscope (TEM). TEM images confirmed the unique DOI were buried voids in the metal plugs, which could affect resistance of interconnect in integrated circuit (IC) chip...
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ISTFA2018, ISTFA 2018: Conference Proceedings from the 44th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 413-417, October 28–November 1, 2018,
... wafer, recording and quantifying image contrast and brightness variations associated with discolorations. Dark field TEM images reveal thickness variations of up to 5 nm in the corrosion film, and EELS line scan data show the corresponding compositional distributions. The findings indicate that fluorine...
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ISTFA2007, ISTFA 2007: Conference Proceedings from the 33rd International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 115-120, November 4–8, 2007,
..., and subsequent process improvements can be obtained. Electron tomography holds significant advantages in comparison to traditional TEM imaging for appropriate cases. 90 nm process dynamic random access memory root cause analysis scanning transmission electron microscope Applications of Electron...
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ISTFA2013, ISTFA 2013: Conference Proceedings from the 39th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 243-248, November 3–7, 2013,
... fabricated by TSMC and the HG11-N9204 fabricated by Samsung were the subjects of this comparison (see Error! Reference source not found.). The investigation located spatial and geometric variations of the SRAM devices using cross sectioning and TEM imaging. This was followed by Electrical Characterization...