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ISTFA2021, ISTFA 2021: Conference Proceedings from the 47th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 206-210, October 31–November 4, 2021,
... Abstract In this work, we investigate mushroom type phase-change material (PCM) memory cells based on Ge 2 Sb 2 Te 5 . We use low-angle annular dark field (LAADF) STEM imaging and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) to study changes in microstructure and elemental distributions...
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ISTFA2020, ISTFA 2020: Papers Accepted for the Planned 46th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 53-56, November 15–19, 2020,
... spectroscopy (EDX) before and after the forming process. Two identical ReRAM devices under different electrical test conditions are investigated. For the ReRAM device tested under a regular voltage bias, material redistribution and better bottom electrode contact are observed. In contrast, for the ReRAM device...
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ISTFA2019, ISTFA 2019: Conference Proceedings from the 45th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 1-8, November 10–14, 2019,
... signals. In both cases result verification was performed employing X-ray, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive x-ray (EDX) as complementary techniques. arbitrary waveform stimulation energy dispersive X-ray techniques lock-in thermography multi-parametric imaging scanning...
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ISTFA2019, ISTFA 2019: Conference Proceedings from the 45th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 340-345, November 10–14, 2019,
... of the reliability tests. In this paper, application of high resolution Nano-probing Electron Beam Absorbance Current (EBAC), Nano-probing active passive voltage contrast (APVC), and TEM with Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (EDX) to identify the failing root cause of Inter- Poly Oxide (IPO) TDDB failure...
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ISTFA2017, ISTFA 2017: Conference Proceedings from the 43rd International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 59-66, November 5–9, 2017,
... to characterize micro cracks in laser vias. The destructive analysis with cross section and ion milling process is used to detect and inspect an accurate micro crack phenomenon of laser via. The characterization analysis using TEM, EDX and SIMS equipment after separating laser vias from a PCB is used to analyze...
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ISTFA2017, ISTFA 2017: Conference Proceedings from the 43rd International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 140-142, November 5–9, 2017,
... techniques, namely, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), plan-view and cross-section Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) with Energy Dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (EELS) and Z-contrast tomography were employed to characterize the defect and identify root-cause...
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ISTFA2017, ISTFA 2017: Conference Proceedings from the 43rd International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 317-321, November 5–9, 2017,
... spectroscopy (EDX), the failure was deemed to be caused by the incomplete removal of silicate photoresist polymer formed during the O2 plasma dry clean before copper plating. Based on this, we proposed to replace the dry clean with diluted HF clean prior to the copper plating, which can significantly remove...
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ISTFA2016, ISTFA 2016: Conference Proceedings from the 42nd International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 468-471, November 6–10, 2016,
... with the demands of the modern FA lab. The purpose of this study is to demonstrate the workflow and show the results of an automated 3D STEM-EDX data acquisition & visualization system that can be utilized for the failure analysis of semiconductor devices. energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy failure...
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ISTFA2015, ISTFA 2015: Conference Proceedings from the 41st International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 114-119, November 1–5, 2015,
... Abstract Elementally characterizing intermetallic compounds (IMCs) to identify phases has routinely required relatively expensive transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis. A study was done characterizing IMCs using less expensive energydispersive x-ray (EDX) spectroscopy tools...
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ISTFA2014, ISTFA 2014: Conference Proceedings from the 40th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 136-142, November 9–13, 2014,
... the overall sample preparation time. The high quality cross sections prepared using this new method are ready not only for SEM but also for EDX and EBSD analysis, either 2D or 3D, when combined with FIB slicing. Broadening the analysis to these techniques increases the obtainable information, allowing...
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ISTFA2014, ISTFA 2014: Conference Proceedings from the 40th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 172-177, November 9–13, 2014,
.... In this work, non-destructive thin film EDX (energy dispersive X-ray micro analysis) software and μXRF (micro x-ray fluorescence analysis) were compared with TEM analysis. These methods ensure a high lateral resolution which is essential in the analysis of semiconductor structures. As an example, four...
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ISTFA2014, ISTFA 2014: Conference Proceedings from the 40th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 227-230, November 9–13, 2014,
... TEM techniques such as EDX, EELS mapping and electron diffraction analysis. In the failure case study I, the Cu void formation was found to be due to the oxidation of the Cu seed layer which led to the incomplete Cu plating and thus voiding at the via bottom. While in failure case study II...
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ISTFA2014, ISTFA 2014: Conference Proceedings from the 40th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 246-249, November 9–13, 2014,
... Abstract In this work, energy-filtered TEM nano-beam diffraction (NBD) technique was used to evaluate channel strain profile in pMOS transistors suffering low Idsat issue. TEM and EDX analysis showed nickel deep diffusion into embedded SiGe source/drain. Such defect not only led to leakage...
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ISTFA2013, ISTFA 2013: Conference Proceedings from the 39th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 149-151, November 3–7, 2013,
... Abstract In the context of the increasing complexity of materials used in semiconductor device processes, the STEM EDX technique is now used routinely. It can be used to discriminate stacked layers in advanced devices where STEM HAADF Z-contrast is not sufficient. Moreover, it allows a new use...
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ISTFA2012, ISTFA 2012: Conference Proceedings from the 38th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 562-567, November 11–15, 2012,
... mechanism simulation. In material deformation characterization, visual inspection on affected units show that the solder bulge is generally circular and is located on the center of the exposed paddle. Moreover, SEM/EDX analysis reveal that the solder bulge is not caused by a foreign contaminant...
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ISTFA2010, ISTFA 2010: Conference Proceedings from the 36th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 108-112, November 14–18, 2010,
... is localized with BSE in situ, subsequent imaging by cross sectional Transmission Electron Microscopy (XTEM) combined with elemental analysis by energy dispersive X-Ray analysis (EDX) or electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELs) can be performed without the risk of introducing artifacts. In this work, BSE...
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ISTFA2009, ISTFA 2009: Conference Proceedings from the 35th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 346-351, November 15–19, 2009,
... plastic debris, misalignment and contact area issues. The physical analysis data collected through optical inspection, 2D x-ray, cross section and SEM analysis coupled with EDX to prove or disprove the hypotheses, revealed contact area corrosion in the form of nickel oxide. Contributors like gold plating...
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ISTFA2007, ISTFA 2007: Conference Proceedings from the 33rd International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 121-125, November 4–8, 2007,
... and TEM with EDX system were used to characterize the corrosive region and the related Al pad corrosion mechanism was discussed. In this paper, Cu rich and O rich layers were identified by TEM and EDX, which could be induced by galvanic cell reaction. aluminum bond pads copper corrosion dicing...
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ISTFA2006, ISTFA 2006: Conference Proceedings from the 32nd International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 204-207, November 12–16, 2006,
... Abstract This article presents two cases to demonstrate the application of focused ion beam (FIB) circuit edit in analysis of memory failure of silicon on insulator (SOI) devices using XTEM and EDX analyses. The first case was a single bit failure of SRAM units manufactured with 90 nm...
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ISTFA2005, ISTFA 2005: Conference Proceedings from the 31st International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, 274-282, November 6–10, 2005,
... Abstract A failure analysis flow is developed for surface contamination, corrosion and underetch on microchip Al bondpads and it is applied in wafer fabrication. SEM, EDX, Auger, FTIR, XPS and TOF-SIMS are used to identify the root causes. The results from carbon related contamination, galvanic...