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ISTFA2001, ISTFA 2001: Conference Proceedings from the 27th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 11-13, November 11–15, 2001, Santa Clara, California, USA
... X-ray tomography X-Ray Tomography of Integrated Circuit Interconnects: Past and Future Zachary H. Levine and Steven Grantham National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8410 Abstract A scanning transmission x-ray microscope was used to perform x-ray tomography of...
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ISTFA2019, ISTFA 2019: Conference Proceedings from the 45th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 405-409, November 10–14, 2019, Portland, Oregon USA
... transistors vibration 405 Nickel Flakes: Past, Present and Future Ken Turner, Kevin Polito Hi-Rel Laboratories, Spokane, WA USA April, 2019 Abstract Pure nickel lidded TO style packages are a common packaging type for active microelectronics with application in various fields including commercial...
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ISTFA2002, ISTFA 2002: Conference Proceedings from the 28th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 439-444, November 3–7, 2002, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
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ISTFA2011, ISTFA 2011: Conference Proceedings from the 37th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 248-255, November 13–17, 2011, San Jose, California, USA
... Abstract IC packages have been greatly improved over the past several years. With the adoption of Cu wires and new green EMC (Epoxy Molding Compound), the suppression of lead, the use of Cu pillars and the increased number of dies, the verification of the quality of the assembly and failure...
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ISTFA2015, ISTFA 2015: Conference Proceedings from the 41st International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 177-178, November 1–5, 2015, Portland, Oregon, USA
... Abstract The entire electronics industry is now facing a much more insidious counterfeit threat than at any time in the past. The existence of cloned electronic components bearing the markings of major component manufacturers in today’s global supply chains has been clearly established within...
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ISTFA2012, ISTFA 2012: Conference Proceedings from the 38th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 3-8, November 11–15, 2012, Phoenix, Arizona USA
... registration of emission images to circuit layout shapes, and advanced processing of the data for extracting the valuable underlying information. In the past, these techniques have been extensively used in support of many diagnostic and characterization applications, and they have been effective enablers for...
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ISTFA2013, ISTFA 2013: Conference Proceedings from the 39th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 270-273, November 3–7, 2013, San Jose, California, USA
... Abstract In the past couple years, Space Domain Reflectometry (SDR) has become a mainstream method to locate open defects among the major semiconductor manufacturers. SDR injects a radio frequency (RF) signal into the open trace creating a standing wave with a node at the open location. The...
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ISTFA2016, ISTFA 2016: Conference Proceedings from the 42nd International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 490-492, November 6–10, 2016, Fort Worth, Texas, USA
... Abstract Improved Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) vacuum conditions have been of considerable interest during the past decade, especially as low landing energies are employed to perform surface sensitive imaging [1][2][3]. To further improve instrument performance plasma cleaning can be...
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ISTFA2017, ISTFA 2017: Conference Proceedings from the 43rd International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 135-139, November 5–9, 2017, Pasadena, California, USA
... Abstract Failure analysis plays an important role in yield improvement during semiconductor process development and device manufacturing. It includes two main steps. The first step is to find the defect and the second step is to identify the root cause. In the past, failure analysis mainly...
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ISTFA2018, ISTFA 2018: Conference Proceedings from the 44th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 57-63, October 28–November 1, 2018, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
... complexity and replacing original parts with fake ones. Moreover, counterfeit integrated circuits (ICs) may contain circuit modifications that cause security breaches. Out of all types of counterfeit ICs, recycled and remarked ICs are the most common. Over the past few years, a plethora of counterfeit IC...
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ISTFA2018, ISTFA 2018: Conference Proceedings from the 44th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 443-448, October 28–November 1, 2018, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
... assessing the criticality of violations, prioritizing, and fixing them accordingly. Past research suggests using diagnosis data to determine the impact of DFMG violations. However, this is a reactive approach wherein DFMGs are ranked only based on their hard-defect causing nature. To make the ranking...
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ISTFA2004, ISTFA 2004: Conference Proceedings from the 30th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 38-41, November 14–18, 2004, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
... in the past when the size of these SRAM cell were bigger. With the technology shrinking every 2 years, the chance of finding physical defects has become less and less. Besides the shrinking SRAM cell geometries, the electrical failure signature for many of the failures is marginal (soft failure...
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ISTFA2004, ISTFA 2004: Conference Proceedings from the 30th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 534-537, November 14–18, 2004, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
..., especially in Si. It has been proposed in the past to use fluorocarbon gases as precursors for the FIB milling of dielectrics. Preliminary experimental evaluation of Trifluoroacetic (Perfluoroacetic) Acid (TFA, CF3COOH) as a possible etching precursor for the HAR via milling in the application to FIB...
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ISTFA2005, ISTFA 2005: Conference Proceedings from the 31st International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 140-144, November 6–10, 2005, San Jose, California, USA
...-processed lots are more likely due to the complexity of assembling a mix of Sn-Pb and leadfree solders, components, PCBs, solder pastes, and fluxes. This case study helps to highlight the challenge and provides an example of what can happen, how to detect it, and how the defects can cause reliability...
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ISTFA2014, ISTFA 2014: Conference Proceedings from the 40th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 218-226, November 9–13, 2014, Houston, Texas, USA
..., high humidity and high voltage gradients conditions. This phenomenon is known to have caused catastrophic field failures on various OEMs electronic components in the past [1,7]. Most published articles on CAF described the formation of the filament in a lateral formation through the glass fiber...
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ISTFA2014, ISTFA 2014: Conference Proceedings from the 40th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 236-240, November 9–13, 2014, Houston, Texas, USA
... with FIB etch allows for a clear top view and x-section image. The second case involves a beam sensitive via chain. In order to avoid ion-beam-caused-damage, carbon paste was used to ground the sample. A high KeV electron beam was used to localize the defective via. This paper also discusses the way to...
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ISTFA2014, ISTFA 2014: Conference Proceedings from the 40th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 261-267, November 9–13, 2014, Houston, Texas, USA
... Abstract Over the past fifty year, lasers have found many, often groundbreaking applications in science and technology. The most important features of lasers are that photons are inherently free of contamination, extremely high energy densities can be focused in very small areas and the laser...
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ISTFA2014, ISTFA 2014: Conference Proceedings from the 40th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 307-311, November 9–13, 2014, Houston, Texas, USA
... Abstract Dynamic Laser Stimulation (DLS) technique have met with great success over the past few years in helping failure analysis engineer to tackle different type of soft failures. DLS is widely applied to devices presenting an abnormal behavior for any electrical parameter, such as operating...
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ISTFA2008, ISTFA 2008: Conference Proceedings from the 34th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 128-132, November 2–6, 2008, Portland, Oregon, USA
... have traditionally been tasked with array layout verification. In the past, hard and soft failures could be induced on the frontside of finished product, then bitmapped to see if the sites were in agreement. As density tightened, flip-chip FIB techniques to induce a pattern of hard fails on packaged...
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ISTFA2011, ISTFA 2011: Conference Proceedings from the 37th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 182-184, November 13–17, 2011, San Jose, California, USA
... leaky cells (so called weak cells or tail cells) has been quite arguable for the past decades [1, 2], but it should be scrutinized in order to achieve long data retention time. In this paper, we have thoroughly investigated the behavior of the retention weak cells using a newly generated combination...