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ISTFA2016, ISTFA 2016: Conference Proceedings from the 42nd International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 182-185, November 6–10, 2016,
... analysis focused ion beam front end of line gate oxides interlayer dielectric thinning polysilicon scanning transmission electron microscopy xenon difluoride etching Physical Failure Analysis (PFA) Techniques For Front-End-Of-Line (FEOL) Defect Analysis 1Dirk Doyle, 2Fritz Christian Awitan...
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ISTFA2020, ISTFA 2020: Papers Accepted for the Planned 46th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 219-225, November 15–19, 2020,
... on pulsed IV nanoprobing applications were mostly related to Front End Of Line (FEOL) issues and simulations. In most of these cases, the electrical abnormality could also be observed with normal DC IV measurement. In this paper, the pulsed IV nanoprobing was performed at the Back End Of Line (BEOL...
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ISTFA2009, ISTFA 2009: Conference Proceedings from the 35th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 208-213, November 15–19, 2009,
...Abstract Abstract We compare different dc current-based integrated capacitance measurement techniques in terms of their applicability to modern CMOS technologies. The winning approach uses quadrature detection to measure mutual Front-End-Of-Line (FEOL) and Back-End-Of-Line (BEOL) capacitances...
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ISTFA2021, ISTFA 2021: Tutorial Presentations from the 47th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, f1-f134, October 31–November 4, 2021,
...Abstract Abstract Presentation slides from the ISTFA 2021 tutorial, “[Technique Selection for Front End of Line Defect Localization in Bulk Semiconductor Failure Analysis].” defect localization failure analysis front end of line semiconductor DOI: 10.31399/asm.cp.istfa2021tpf1 47th...
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ISTFA2002, ISTFA 2002: Conference Proceedings from the 28th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 591-598, November 3–7, 2002,
...Abstract Abstract Electrical failures due to front-end defectivity may be detected in-line using large area PVC inspection. Application of this method to a self-aligned contact module of a memory chip is presented. Most of the defectivity affecting this module is non-visual. The PVC inspection...
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ISTFA2008, ISTFA 2008: Conference Proceedings from the 34th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 204-208, November 2–6, 2008,
...Abstract Abstract MOSFET devices are routinely measured at the probe pad level with conventional capacitance-voltage (CV) measurement instruments. Such measurements are done at the front end of line (FEOL) and back end of line (BEOL) process completion levels. The CV data is used to monitor...
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ISTFA2013, ISTFA 2013: Conference Proceedings from the 39th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 249-254, November 3–7, 2013,
... of the front end of line and one back end of line issues is highlighted in the paper. 20 nm process front end of line nanoprobing root cause analysis semiconductor devices Nanoprobing As An Essential and Fast Methodology in Identification of Failure s Root Cause for Advanced Technology Ma Yinzhe...
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ISTFA2010, ISTFA 2010: Conference Proceedings from the 36th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 317-319, November 14–18, 2010,
...Abstract Abstract The laboratory practice of employing atomic force probing (AFP) using AFP current imaging and Nanoprobe Capacitance-Voltage Spectroscopy (NCVS) at contact level (CA) for identfication of front end of line (FEOL) defects in MOSFET devices, especially for silicon on insulator...
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ISTFA2004, ISTFA 2004: Conference Proceedings from the 30th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 401-408, November 14–18, 2004,
... results revealing the key contributors to the formation of these defects, and a method of in-line identification by correlating SEM based in-line defect inspections to end of line SRAM fail bit maps. Silicon defects that form along the edge of an active region connect the source and drain with a low...
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ISTFA2017, ISTFA 2017: Conference Proceedings from the 43rd International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 606-609, November 5–9, 2017,
... review several cases in which CAFM has been utilized as a fault-isolation technique to detect middle of line (MOL) and front end of line (FEOL) buried defects in 20nm technologies and beyond. CMOS conductive atomic force microscopy failure analysis fault isolation front end of line middle...
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ISTFA2003, ISTFA 2003: Conference Proceedings from the 29th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 206-208, November 2–6, 2003,
...Abstract Abstract Random single bit failures were encountered in cache areas of Motorola’s 0.13 µm CMOS products under development. Extensive in-line probe data and end-of-line probe data in conjunction with failure analysis indicated the presence of particles at the upper surface of tungsten...
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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,
.... As the thickness of metal line, via of Back-End-of Line (BEOL) and contact layer are getting thinner in advanced nodes, we observed convention hand polishing is facing major challenge in endpointing at exactly targeted layer and specific Region of Interest (ROI). In addition, Cobalt process starting from 5nm node...
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ISTFA2014, ISTFA 2014: Conference Proceedings from the 40th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 268-273, November 9–13, 2014,
...Abstract Abstract With technology scaling of semiconductor devices and further growth of the integrated circuit (IC) design and function complexity, it is necessary to increase the number of transistors in IC’s chip, layer stacks, and process steps. The last few metal layers of Back End Of Line...
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ISTFA2016, ISTFA 2016: Conference Proceedings from the 42nd International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 249-252, November 6–10, 2016,
... use of several conductive thin films in the front end of line processes, and hence a potential for high defects during initial product development stage. Use of other electrical characterization techniques in combination with scanning electron microscopy inspection will be a very powerful tool...
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ISTFA2017, ISTFA 2017: Conference Proceedings from the 43rd International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 331-335, November 5–9, 2017,
... important to understand the root cause of failures at fastest pace to take necessary corrective actions. The use of ultra low K dielectrics for back end of line wafer build for advanced nodes created significant constraints on conventional beam imaging methods for fault isolation. This paper provides...
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ISTFA2017, ISTFA 2017: Conference Proceedings from the 43rd International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 489-494, November 5–9, 2017,
.... In the second example, a newly developed sample preparation flow in combination with Nanoscale 3D X-Ray Microscopy for Chip-Package-Interaction and Back-end-of-line feature imaging is introduced. back end of line chip-package-interaction failure analysis sample preparation semiconductor packages...
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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,
... technologies due to aggressive back-end-of-line scaling and porous ultra low-k dielectric films. Recently gas assisted Xe plasma FIB has demonstrated uniform delayering of the metal and dielectric layers, achieving a planar surface of heterogeneous materials. In this paper, the successful application...
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ISTFA2018, ISTFA 2018: Conference Proceedings from the 44th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 104-110, October 28–November 1, 2018,
...Abstract Abstract GHz scanning acoustic microscopy (GHz-SAM) was successfully applied for non-destructive evaluation of the integrity of back end of line (BEOL) stacks located underneath wire-bond pads. The current study investigated two sample types of different IC processes. Realistic bonding...
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ISTFA2018, ISTFA 2018: Conference Proceedings from the 44th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 133-137, October 28–November 1, 2018,
...-resistive defect of Back-End-of-Line (BEOL) which was not detected by a conventional way and efficiently reduced the turn-around time (TAT) of physical failure analysis (PFA) by 57%, prompting fast feedback to fab. back-end-of-line defect logic device low-resistive defect physical failure analysis...
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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...