MEMS Device Design

Structural Edit of MEMS components using FIB permits rapid prototype development

‘Structural Edit’ of MEMS components using FIB permits rapid prototype development. This is the ability to quickly tweak the physical structure of a MEMS component to enable the rapid testing or qualification of its physical behaviour.

IC designers have routinely used FIB technology for 20 years. They have used it to shorten the development cycles of new chip designs, ramp up production yield, and reduce the costs and time to market of new products. Many IC companies have branched out into MEMS development and are already using inhouse FIB instruments to enhance their competitive edge for developing new MEMS products.

NanoScope can rapidly and precisely modify the physical structure of small and medium sized lots of test devices so that direct empirical performance data can be collected in a short time frame without having to develop complex or new modelling techniques. Designs can be adapted to related application and proof of concept for new designs can be quickly obtained using this method. To find out what is possible call NanoScope now.

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Accelerometer spring modification (50% reduction in spring strength)

“NanoScope..have provided a highly professional FIB service, offering good advice to achieve the best results and fast turn-around. Their experience and understanding of the needs of Nanotech’s designers has been invaluable.”

Nanotech Semiconductor Ltd

NanoScope appoints Admati as Israeli representative.

NanoScope Services has actively supported European clients for many years, and we are now extending our activities into the Israeli semiconductor market. Our offerings of Circuit Nano-surgery (edit), Quick Fab process qualifications, advanced analysis and microscopy and Physical Failure analysis services, can now be seamlessly supported via our local Israeli representatives Admati in Haifa. Founded in 2007 Admati has a strong record of supporting the Fabless community with their expertise of Connection products (Sockets, cables and pins) and Service providers like ThermoFisher, MVTS, Reltech, Phasix, and Corwil. The immediate advantages for Israeli customers using NanoScopes UK facilities (rather than a US lab for instance) may be easily summarised. 1) Expert technologists with extensive experience in all aspects of FIB technology (NanoScope engineers ran the first FIB Service labs in Europe (since 1992 for FEI Company, Micrion Corporation and now NanoScope Services) 2) Same time zone communications and support – with live ‘over the web’ video conferencing to FIB or Optical microscopes available. 3) Shorter Shipping times (1 day each way rather than 2 or 3) = plus our Urgent Service option for engineers in a hurry. 4) Broad in-house knowledge and partner lab network for more complex requests. 5) NanoScope only charge for ‘expert tool time’, and we won’t be beaten on quality or $ per result. For more information about Admati please contact Udi Admati or Ran Sagiv. For more information about NanoScope Services please contact Lloyd Peto  or Alan Miller. To request a LinkedIN invite click here.... read more

IC Decap, MEMS Gel coat removal and ‘through WL-CSP’ FIB edit capabilities available now.

NanoScope has brought Dual-Acid decapsulation in-house, and extended those capabilities. This equipment was part of a larger equipment acquisition and more FA and other capabilities will become available over the next few weeks. By bringing these capabilities in-house we can further reduce the turnaround time of decap work for our semiconductor customers needing urgent Failure Analysis or Circuit Nano-Surgery (Circuit Edit), while ensuring that the quality remains high and the costs remain low. We are very pleased to have increased the depth of expertise within our organisation for supporting a wider range of Failure Analysis applications beyond Circuit Nano-surgery, high end microscopy and physical device analysis. Gel-coat removal for MEMS devices For MEMS clients needing access to Gel coated devices for Failure Analysis, Structural Analysis or Structural modifications with FIB, we have also added a chemical etch  process for packaged MEMS devices.  This service is available with the same fast-turnaround as our other services. A New FIB process for accessing a device ‘through a WL-CSP package’. Circuit Nano-Surgery to a device already packaged with CSP and RDL layers, can now be easily achieved without removing the package in most cases. CSP diagram Working through a CSP layer adds a little time to a surgical process, but has only a small effect on the efficacy or yield of a surgical intervention. Testing advantages WL-CSP packaging can also be a shortcut for the high speed testing of 1st Silicon engineering devices prior to FlipChip packaging. Working through these layers means that more complex edits can be performed ‘top-down’, with lower costs and higher yields, producing some significant time and cost savings.... read more

New plastic package decapsulation capability launching soon.

            NanoScope is bringing additional capabilities in house – from Unisem. Unisem has been a key supplier for NanoScope Services for many years, and we have worked closely together to offer our clients the best support available from both sites. The unfortunate recent closure of the Unisem Crumlin site has been widely seen as a reduction in the strategic capabilities of the UK semiconductor industry, both in terms of the equipment available but also the extensive experience of the engineers who worked there. However, NanoScope has been successful in acquiring much of the FA capability of the Unisem facility and we are now in the process of transferring this equipment over to our Bristol Laboratory. We plan to offer Dual-acid decapsulation from early February 2014, with even shorter turnaround times than previously, with other techniques to follow. For more information please contact Lloyd Peto at NanoScope on 07768 172049 Or email... read more
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