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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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ISTFA2014, ISTFA 2014: Conference Proceedings from the 40th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 250-254, November 9–13, 2014,
... high spatial resolution fault isolation and physical analysis [1]. To cater to the shrinking of devices, extensive process improvements have been conducted at the front-end-of-line (FEOL) structures. As a result, among the numerous types of defects leading to chip failure, FEOL defects are becoming...
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ISTFA2015, ISTFA 2015: Conference Proceedings from the 41st International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 57-60, November 1–5, 2015,
...Abstract Abstract The ring oscillator is an important tool for inline monitoring during technology development, as it contains the most important front end of line technology features, is testable at first metal, and generally shows a good correlation to SRAM yield. This work explores various...
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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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ISTFA2011, ISTFA 2011: Conference Proceedings from the 37th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 362-366, November 13–17, 2011,
...Abstract Abstract For SRAMs with high logic complexity, hard defects, design debug, and soft defects have to be tackled all at once early on in the technology development while innovative integration schemes in front-end of the line are being validated. This paper presents a case study...
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ISTFA2013, ISTFA 2013: Conference Proceedings from the 39th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 582-586, November 3–7, 2013,
..., and commonality signature trending. The paper presents examples of systematic defects uniquely captured by the product-like back end of the line layout. Moreover, this complex logic vehicle also uncovered a rich Pareto of more than 20 types of systematic and random defect mechanisms across the front end...
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ISTFA2002, ISTFA 2002: Conference Proceedings from the 28th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 355-358, November 3–7, 2002,
.... Utilizing inline E-beam inspection equipment, the electrical faults can be captured at the source layer rather than after final test. E-beam inspection can be incorporated in the manufacturing line at any critical layer of front end and back-end. This paper describes the in-line E-beam inspection...
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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,
... by chemically assisted broad ion beam milling and on-line monitoring of the etch process. We discuss how integrated elemental analysis by EFTEM can be used to gain quantitative information on the broad variety of new material systems currently entering front end and back end of the IC manufacturing process line...
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ISTFA2004, ISTFA 2004: Conference Proceedings from the 30th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 487-490, November 14–18, 2004,
... was shrinkage and circuit design was more complex, physical failure analysis was more and more difficult to provide physical fault for front-end defect. If Figure 6: In-line monitoring tool catch particle before P+ implant Figure 8: TEM image. It shows the Co-salicide formation and substrate defect were normal...
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ISTFA2017, ISTFA 2017: Conference Proceedings from the 43rd International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 336-341, November 5–9, 2017,
.... This paper presents two case studies of subtle, FEOL shorts on a sub-14nm technology that required the resolution of EBAC. 14 nm process electrical shorts electron beam absorbed current front end of line optical beam induced resistance change EBAC for Isolating Partially-Localized FEOL...
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ISTFA2013, ISTFA 2013: Conference Proceedings from the 39th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 527-531, November 3–7, 2013,
... established. However, with the doubling of transistors on integrated circuits (ICs) every two years, a modern IC chip can have as many as 11 back-end-of-line (BEOL) metallization layers. Accessing the silicon transistors using conventional front-side FA is becoming more time-consuming and challenging...
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ISTFA2011, ISTFA 2011: Conference Proceedings from the 37th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 349-353, November 13–17, 2011,
... to the suspected Front-End-of-Line (FEOL) N-type Metal Oxide Semiconductor (NMOS) transistor junction leakage and eventually to the problematic implanter load lock. Results and Discussions A low yield issue was encountered in wafer fabrication with majority failure in Random Access Memory (RAM)/Built-in Self Test...