Memory’s Future Hinges On Reliability


Experts at the Table: Semiconductor Engineering sat down to talk about the impact of power and heat on off-chip memory, and what can be done to optimize performance, with Frank Ferro, group director, product management at Cadence; Steven Woo, fellow and distinguished inventor at Rambus; Jongsin Yun, memory technologist at Siemens EDA; Randy White, memory solutions program manager at Keysight; a... » read more

Adaptive Test Ramps For Data Intelligence Era


Widely available and nearly unlimited compute resources, coupled with the availability of sophisticated algorithms, are opening the door to adaptive testing. But the speed at which this testing approach is adopted will continue to vary due to persistent concerns about data sharing and the potential for IP theft and data leakage. Adaptive testing is all about making timely changes to a test p... » read more

Hidden Costs And Tradeoffs In IC Quality


Balancing reliability against cost is becoming more difficult for semiconductor test, as chip complexity increases and devices become more domain-specific. Tests need to be efficient and effective without breaking the bank, while also ensuring chips are of sufficient quality for their specific application. The problem is that every new IC device adds its own set of challenges, from smaller f... » read more

Inspection, Metrology Issues In Advanced Packages


Experts at the Table: Semiconductor Engineering sat down to talk about how to inspect and measure smaller features across large areas in advanced packaging, with Frank Chen, director of applications and product management at Bruker Nano Surfaces & Metrology; John Hoffman, computer vision engineering manager at Nordson Test & Measurement; and Jiangtao Hu, senior technology director at O... » read more

Electromigration Performance Of Fine-Line Cu Redistribution Layer (RDL) For HDFO Packaging


The downsizing trend of devices gives rise to continuous demands of increasing input/output (I/O) and circuit density, and these needs encourage the development of a High-Density Fan-Out (HDFO) package with fine copper (Cu) redistribution layer (RDL). For mobile and networking application with high performance, HDFO is an emerging solution because aggressive design rules can be applied to HDFO ... » read more

In-Product BTI Aging Sensor For Reliability Screening And Early Detection Of Material At Risk


We have developed a new reliability monitoring suite, within a proprietary IP block that we call a CV Core, with aging sensors embedded in the product layout and testable through the product I / O interface. We illustrate the application of the sensor suite with an example of the PMOS NBTI monitor, testable at the wafer level during product electrical wafer sort (EWS), as well after packaging a... » read more

Using Deep Data For Improved Reliability Testing


Reliability testing always has been a challenge for semiconductor companies, but it’s becoming much more difficult as devices continue to shrink, as they’re integrated together in advanced packages, and as they’re utilized under different conditions with life expectancy that varies by application and use case. Nir Sever, senior director of business development at proteanTecs, and Luca Mor... » read more

IoT Building Block: Touch Interface HMI


Many IoT devices have started to include touch screen interfaces as part of their UI to make the devices more intuitive and easier to use. A great interface can make customers really love and want to use your IoT product, but a poor HMI interface makes the device unusable damaging the brand value. Given this impact a touch interface can have on your IoT device, it made me wonder what are the... » read more

Testing ICs Faster, Sooner, And Better


The infrastructure around semiconductor testing is changing as companies build systems capable of managing big data, utilizing real-time data streams and analysis to reduce escape rates on complex IC devices. At the heart of these tooling and operational changes is the need to solve infant mortality issues faster, and to catch latent failures before they become reliability problems in the fi... » read more

Mission Profile Analytics For The Automotive Industry


The automotive industry is undergoing a major transformation with the rise of electrification, connectivity, and autonomous driving capabilities fueling the need for a greater number of more advanced semiconductors. The associated regulatory expectations are also creating challenging safety and reliability requirements for automotive-grade silicon that need to be understood and managed over a w... » read more

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