How do I get the most benefit from FIB IC Nano-surgery? (a.k.a. Circuit Edit, a Metal Fix, a FIB, Cut and Paste) Nov 2020

How do I get the most benefit from FIB IC Nano-surgery? (a.k.a. Circuit Edit, a Metal Fix, a FIB, Cut and Paste) Nov 2020

There are many advantages of correcting an IC design with FIB Nano-Surgery, but sometimes there are also problems, and many designers have been put off the technique. Did your last FIB work as you expected? Or was the yield low? or you got results you couldn’t explain? A quick recap of the reasons to do a FIB edit and how you would go about it, might be helpful. SCENE: So you’ve taped out your big new design, and 4 months and ₤400,000 /$/€ later, your 1st Silicon devices have arrived for tests to start. And immediately, there’s a problem. If you are lucky, then a normal functional test has failed and after a few days of head scratching it becomes clear what the cause is, and what the most likely metal fix should be. If you are unlucky and it’s more subtle, but still a show stopper for customer acceptance, then the fix strategy may be less obvious. Either way, prompt action is required and there are some difficult decisions to make. Your colleagues, customers and suppliers are all waiting to help get your product to market. Then there is the expense and the delays: to testing, to qualification, to sales and to revenue – which all add up to a serious commercial inconvenience. What ARE your options here? Risk a design change because there is a high confidence that the fix is understood? Do you roll the dice (the expensive and time consuming ones) and trust that the fix will work? Or spend a week trying to get a few chips fixed using FIB nano-surgery and give yourself some...
IMAPS UK – Fundamentals of Electronic Packaging Tutorial – Circuit Nano-Surgery and Failure Analysis – September 2020

IMAPS UK – Fundamentals of Electronic Packaging Tutorial – Circuit Nano-Surgery and Failure Analysis – September 2020

NanoScope gave an Online invited Tutorial on behalf of IMAPS UK on the 18th September 2020 on the subject of Focused Ion Beam (FIB) Circuit Nano-Surgery and Failure Analysis from Board to Gate. The Tutorial Archives can be accessed here. This presentation included a comparison of Cross Sectioning techniques with a comparison of the benefits and limitations of each method. Conventional Mechanical sectioning (with extended capabilities) vs FIB micro-sectioning vs Plasma FIB Sectioning. Also included was an introduction to the techniques of Silicon IC Circuit Nano-Surgery and other IC specific techniques that are now becoming possible to perform on package substrates, system boards, complex packages and other novel die mounting technologies. This presentation can be downloaded and viewed here with just the slide stack is available...
Free IC microscope inspections – during the UK Lockdown using LiveOPTICAL, our video-microscopy service.

Free IC microscope inspections – during the UK Lockdown using LiveOPTICAL, our video-microscopy service.

Dear LinkedIN 1 st contacts and NanoScope Customers Why not try something new while you are working from home, and Video inspect your own IC design live over the web? As our normal activities are curtailed by Covid19, we have to positively look out for new ways of doing things.  This especially requires a much heavier use of video conferencing and getting used to that as well. Working and socialising remotely like this gives us the chance to adapt and innovate quickly, and is more necessary in order to maintain our morale, and our professional momentum. If we are successful in this, we will be able to minimise the disruption to our lives and to our companies, and reduce the time needed to get back to normal afterwards. Trying something new may even teach us some valuable lessons about what is important, and how to improve ourselves and our processes. So why not give this a go, and join us on-line. What can I see? This offer is for our LiveOPTICAL capability, and so permits the full imaging capabilities that our optical microscopes permit. This uses white light and is capable of magnifications of up to 1000X. We can navigate around your device with your direction and change imaging conditions and light incidence to highlight specific information as you wish. You can review chip ID’s and bonding layout, type, alignment & integrity (useful anti-counterfeit checks). You can see what that external IP block looks like, and where it connects to your design. You can confirm the presence of contamination, or suspected defects or mask errors. Check RDL metal and...
We are OPEN.

We are OPEN.

Let’s carefully collaborate our way through the ongoing Covid 19 crisis, and help drive the post pandemic recovery and growth. Luckily we were already set up for working with you remotely, so we can seamlessly support your new designs/products or analysis so that you can to be ready, and your projects still on time. To adapt to the new reality of Covid19, there has had to be a few subtle changes to the way we operate – but it’s all very sensible.  We have adapted our protocols to operate normally while protecting our own staff (even from each other)  Our Couriers are still running so sending and receiving devices/boards/samples is still normal.  Our free project consultancy is unchanged via telephone and via video conferencing.  We have upgraded the bandwidth and refresh times of our LiveFIB and LiveOPTICAL remote consultancy/microscopy options – you can still visit to supervise your work being done – but now ‘virtually’. This also saves non-urgent travel risks and costs.  Sample handling is always done in sterile conditions, and return shipping is in sterile packaging. For you this means  No new risks for you for handling, shipping, discussing and supervising external projects.  No new project delays, lower costs (no travel), less time needed for documentation (virtual meetings), same rapid project turnaround, same professional – confidential – expert service.  Extremely low exchange rates – so if you pay in Dollars or Euro’s, you have a historically lower cost. So even if you are now working from home, and things could be better – Better call NanoScope Lloyd.Peto@NanoScopeServices.com                                 +44(0)7768...
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