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ISTFA2003, ISTFA 2003: Conference Proceedings from the 29th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 90-98, November 2–6, 2003,
... mechanical polishing copper failure analysis low k dielectrics parallel polishing reactive ion etching Interconnect and Gate Level Delayering Techniques for Cu/Low k Technology Failure Analysis Huixian Wu, James Cargo, Barry Dutt, Tony Bucha, and Joe Serpiello Agere Systems, Quality Organization...
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ISTFA2004, ISTFA 2004: Conference Proceedings from the 30th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 627-629, November 14–18, 2004,
... technique is based on polishing at a very shallow angle up to 0.50 with plus or minus 0.1 micrometer accuracy to the target exposing several layers. The paper provides information on the several steps in the delayering process, namely deprocesing, chemical etching, and physical analysis. The benefits...
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ISTFA2014, ISTFA 2014: Conference Proceedings from the 40th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 430-435, November 9–13, 2014,
...Abstract Abstract Good control over beam and chemistry conditions are required to enable uniform delayering of advanced process technologies in the FIB. The introduction of newer, thinner and more beam sensitive materials have made delayering more complicated. We shall introduce a new chemistry...
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ISTFA2015, ISTFA 2015: Conference Proceedings from the 41st International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 388-400, November 1–5, 2015,
...Abstract Abstract The result of applying normal xenon ion beam milling combined with patented DX chemistry to delayer state-of-theart commercial-grade 14nm finFETs has been demonstrated in a Helios Plasma FIB DualBeam™. AFM, Conductive-AFM and nano-probing with the Hyperion Atomic Force...
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ISTFA2013, ISTFA 2013: Conference Proceedings from the 39th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 569-575, November 3–7, 2013,
... to the production line for process improvement. delayering failure analysis focused ion beam mechanical polishing milling scanning electron microscope Top-down De-layering with Planar Slicing Focus Ion Beam (TD-PS-XFIB) G.R. Low, P.K. Tan*, T.H. Ng, H.H. Yap, H. Feng, R. He, H. Tan, M.K. Dawood, Y.M...
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ISTFA2017, ISTFA 2017: Conference Proceedings from the 43rd International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 574-579, November 5–9, 2017,
...Abstract Abstract Deprocessing is an essential step in the physical failure analysis of ICs. Typically, this is accomplished by techniques such as wet chemical methods, RIE, and mechanical manual polishing. Manual polishing suffers from highly non-uniform delayering particularly for sub 20nm...
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ISTFA2017, ISTFA 2017: Conference Proceedings from the 43rd International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 592-596, November 5–9, 2017,
... for device delayering applications. Cross-sectioning is another commonly used technique used in microelectronics industry investigations; when combined with delayering, one can gain complete knowledge about a device's faults. This paper presents a development in semiconductor device investigation using low...
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ISTFA2018, ISTFA 2018: Conference Proceedings from the 44th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 232-237, October 28–November 1, 2018,
.... To combat the aggressive back-end-of-line (BEOL) scaling which has significantly decreased the controllability of manual polishing, gas-assisted Xe plasma FIB has been employed to achieve large area uniform delayering. Combined with an in-situ probing capability within the plasma FIB, the iterative process...
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ISTFA2021, ISTFA 2021: Conference Proceedings from the 47th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 274-278, October 31–November 4, 2021,
...Abstract Abstract Convention hand polishing, which is widely used for delayering, is becoming increasingly difficult as metal lines and stacks in semiconductor devices get thinner. For one thing, endpointing at the exact targeted layer and region of interest is a major challenge. The presence...
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ISTFA2021, ISTFA 2021: Conference Proceedings from the 47th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 337-341, October 31–November 4, 2021,
... is scalable and can be used in both lab and fabrication environments. delayering electrical probing logic devices PFIB milling SEM imaging ISTFA 2021: Proceedings from the 47th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis Conference October 31 November 4, 2021 Phoenix Convention...
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ISTFA2021, ISTFA 2021: Conference Proceedings from the 47th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 410-413, October 31–November 4, 2021,
...Abstract Abstract This paper presents a development in semiconductor device delayering by broad ion beam milling that offers a uniform delayering area on a millimeter scale. A milling area of this size is made possible by the user's ability to position ion beams individually to cover...
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ISTFA2021, ISTFA 2021: Conference Proceedings from the 47th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 135-140, October 31–November 4, 2021,
...Abstract Abstract This paper describes an accurate and controllable delayering process to target defects in new materials and device structures. The workflow is a three-step process consisting of bulk device delayering by broad Ar ion beam milling, followed by plan view specimen preparation...
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ISTFA2021, ISTFA 2021: Conference Proceedings from the 47th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 150-153, October 31–November 4, 2021,
...Abstract Abstract This paper explains how to localize metal-to-metal short failures in DRAM using mechanical grinding, plasma FIB delayering, and electron beam induced resistance change (EBIRCH) analysis. Experiments show that the slope created during grinding is compensated by PFIB delayering...
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ISTFA2021, ISTFA 2021: Conference Proceedings from the 47th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 418-422, October 31–November 4, 2021,
...Abstract Abstract Integrated circuit (IC) delayering workflows are highly reliant on operator experience to determine processing end points. The current method of end point detection during IC delayering uses qualitative correlations between the thickness and color of dielectric films observed...
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ISTFA2018, ISTFA 2018: Conference Proceedings from the 44th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 520-524, October 28–November 1, 2018,
...Abstract Abstract Focused ion beam (FIB) techniques are often used when delayering semiconductor devices. However, using FIB technology for device delayering has limitations. One of these limitations prevents the exposure of a large slope area on the sample, which reveals all layers...
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ISTFA2009, ISTFA 2009: Conference Proceedings from the 35th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 73-75, November 15–19, 2009,
... Spectroscopy (NCVS) of discrete MOSFET and SOI embedded dynamic ramdon access memory devices (eDRAM) without the time consuming delayering methods of conventional scanning capacitance microscopy have also been highlighted [2]. This paper is intended to describe the advantages of NCVS to localize defects...
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ISTFA1997, ISTFA 1997: Conference Proceedings from the 23rd International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 69-78, October 27–31, 1997,
... directly, no SF could be revealed, even if the fab wafers are etched up to 40 mins. The reason is that the fab wafers have thin films deposited on it. After delayering by using dry & wet etches and subsequently Wright Etch, the SF were revealed. But this method is tedious & time consuming...
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ISTFA2013, ISTFA 2013: Conference Proceedings from the 39th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 427-429, November 3–7, 2013,
... should be removed because the presence of these layers added complexity for the subsequent SIMS analysis. The normal delayering process is simply carried out by soaking the sample in the HF solution. However, the poly surface is inevitably contaminated by surroundings even though it is already a practice...
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ISTFA2017, ISTFA 2017: Conference Proceedings from the 43rd International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 285-298, November 5–9, 2017,
... backside mechanical ultra-thinning of 65nm node IC processor chips in combination with SEM imaging and X-ray tomography. Areas as large as 800μm x 800μm were deprocessed using gas-assisted plasma FIB delayering. Ongoing work involves enhancing the workflow with “intelligent automation” by bridging FIB-SEM...
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ISTFA2001, ISTFA 2001: Conference Proceedings from the 27th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 101-103, November 11–15, 2001,
... allows an analyst to quantitatively observe gate oxide defects as well as Si defects. It is discovered that either one of them can cause the same I qcc failure. More than 60 dice can be prepared on one specimen in 2-3 hrs. Another advantage of this technique over conventional top delayering or precision...