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Improving yield and reliability of FIB modifications using electrical testing
Author(s): Romain Desplats; Jamel Benbrik; Bruno Benteo; Philippe Perdu
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Paper Abstract

Focused Ion Beam technology has two main areas of application for ICs: modification and preparation for technological analysis. The most solicited area is modification. This involves physically modifying a circuit by cutting lines and creating new ones in order to change the electrical function of the circuit. IC planar technologies have an increasing number of metal interconnections making FIB modifications more complex and decreasing their changes of success. The yield of FIB operations on ICs reflects a downward trend that imposes a greater number of circuits to be modified in order to successfully correct a small number of them. This requires extended duration, which is not compatible with production line turn around times. To respond to this problem, two solutions can be defined: either, reducing the duration of each FIB operation or increasing the success rate of FIB modifications. Since reducing the time depends mainly on FIB operator experience, insuring a higher success rate represents a more crucial aspect as both experienced and novice operators could benefit from this improvement. In order to insure successful modifications, it is necessary to control each step of a FIB operation. To do this, we have developed a new method using in situ electrical testing which has a direct impact on the yield of FIB modifications. We will present this innovative development through a real case study of a CMOS ASIC for high-speed communications. Monitoring the electrical behavior at each step in a FIB operation makes it possible to reduce the number of circuits to be modified and consequently reduces system costs thanks to better yield control. Knowing the internal electrical behavior also gives us indications about the impact on reliability of FIB modified circuits. Finally, this approach can be applied to failure analysis and FIB operations on flip chip circuits.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 August 1998
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3510, Microelectronic Manufacturing Yield, Reliability, and Failure Analysis IV, (28 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.324391
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Romain Desplats, CNES-SOREP and Univ. de Bordeaux I (France)
Jamel Benbrik, CNES-SOREP and Univ. de Bordeaux I (France)
Bruno Benteo, CNES-SOREP (France)
Philippe Perdu, CNES-SOREP (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3510:
Microelectronic Manufacturing Yield, Reliability, and Failure Analysis IV
Sharad Prasad; Hans-Dieter Hartmann; Tohru Tsujide, Editor(s)

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