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Transistor-Level Defect Diagnosis


Each new semiconductor process node represents exciting opportunities for suppliers of design, manufacturing, test, and failure analysis solutions. A new process means new challenges to solve, and hopefully more money to be made. On the flip side, whenever solutions that address these new challenges are presented, we seldom hear how useful these are to more mature process nodes. One technology ... » read more

Pattern Matching In Test And Yield Analysis


By Jonathan Muirhead and Geir Eide It’s no secret that a successful yield ramp directly impacts integrated circuit (IC) product cost and time-to-market. Tools and techniques that help companies ramp to volume faster, while also reducing process and design variability, can be the difference between profit and loss in a competitive market. And while pattern matching technology has been aroun... » read more

Getting A Clearer Picture


Scan test diagnosis is an established software-based methodology for localizing defects causing failures in digital semiconductor devices. Using structural test patterns (such as ATPG) and the design description, diagnosis turns failing test cycles into valuable data. Exactly how valuable this data is depends on the quality of the diagnosis results. A result that points to a small group of nets... » read more