34 entries, filtered by: Reliability
Published: June 2013

Lifetime determination is one of the reliability key tasks to have an accurate estimation of the period of time that can still survive with a certain confidence level under the specific operating conditions to perform the respective function of the applications. Various reliability tests have been designed to reveal and assess the respective wear-out degradation mechanisms.


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Published: October 2012

By this article an introduction of a highly robust metal track layout especially suitable for high current and temperature applications will be introduced. Starting with the reliability limitations normally observed for wide metal tracks, conclusions regarding the requirements for robust layout techniques will be drawn.


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Published: October 2012

Hermetic sealing is important regarding functionality and reliability for MEMS components. Typically this sealing is done on the wafer level using wafer bonding which simultaneously also provides mechanical protective caps. However, inner pressure and hermeticity testing and monitoring a still a critical issue; therefore, in this paper a test structure adapted to a MEMS foundry process for inertial sensors is introduced.


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Published: September 2012

Reliability tests assessment are used to evaluate the quality of different process schemes of MIM capacitors. Typically, VRAMP tests can be used to check for extrinsics; which are common and popular method used for evaluating yield issues and early life failures (in which the product failures in ppm level); while TDDB tests are used to determine the intrinsic quality of the capacitor dielectrics; thus the lifetime will be extrapolated accordingly from its dependency from accelerated tests at different higher stress conditions down to the corresponding use condition.


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Published: April 2012

The article at hand presents the results of thermoelectrical simulations of migration effects in integrated interconnect systems in comparison to measurement data. The simulation concept will be described and the output values as mass flux divergence and time-to-failure (TTF) will be discussed.


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Published: September 2011

This paper presents a simple but effective way to improve an NMOS transistor’s ESD robustness for use in I/O pads. Simulation and physical failure analysis has been performed to identify the source of the ESD failure. Process splits have been performed primarily at LDD (Lightly Doped Drain) implant and salicidation process based on data presented in this paper.


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Published: September 2011

A study on the effect of process fabrication for MIM capacitors analog matching performance was carried out, impacts from the MIM dielectrics, capacitor top and bottom metal materials, capacitor metal etch, wet cleaning, annealing process will be revealed by comparing the Pelgrom coefficients, i.e. the dependence of difference in capacitance of the matching pairs with respect to their corresponding square root of capacitor areas, the smaller the difference the better the matching.


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Published: May 2011

This paper demonstrates and explains the effects of hot carrier injection and interface charge trapping correlated with impact ionization under normal on-state conditions in a highly dense low-resistance Super-Junction LDMOSFET. The study is done through extensive experimental measurements and numerical simulations using advanced trap models.


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Published: March 2011

Drastically device dimension shrinkage and rigorous requirement in automotive era puts Negative Bias Temperature Instability (NBTI) at the forefront of reliability issue recently. The PMOS parametric degradation during negative bias high temperature aging can depend on many process variables of the manufacturing flow. A study was carried out to explore the process related dependencies for high voltage PMOS transistor and to increase the device robustness against NBTI stress. In this papers, the process impact on the NBTI degradation were discussed. This investigation work provides methods for significant suppression of the NBTI degradation with silicon rich oxide (SRO) inter layer dielectric (ILD) liner and two-step gate oxidation.


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Published: November 2008

Several methods have been investigated for gettering impurities during CMOS processing, in order to achieve high-quality oxides on thick SOI. The use of buried implants, buried polysilicon, surface implants, and isolation trenches was found to significantly improve the oxide quality in each case


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