Merry Christmas 2023 – It’s been a Quality Year adding these exciting new Capabilities

Merry Christmas 2023 – It’s been a Quality Year adding these exciting new Capabilities

Closure times – NanoScope is closed from 20th December 2023 to the 5th January 2024 Our big company NEWS is that we are now ISO 9001:2015 Certified In our bid to improve our services on all fronts, we are very proud to have achieved ISO 9001 certification at the end of 2023 – more details to follow. We have already implemented our Quality Management System so you may spot these changes when you use us next. Our NEW microscope this year is a Sonoscan D24 Acoustic Microscope (large area CSAM). this state-of-the-art CSAM is already providing pre- and post- JEDEC Reliability checks for stress testing batches of devices (inc MSL testing) its providing checks for voids in complex planar sandwiches of materials – like polymers and metals it is also used as a Failure Analysis diagnostic tool for on-board packaging as a compliment to our X-ray capability. Our New Technique this year is our Plasma FIB Capability. We can offer ThermoFisher Hydra capabilities to our customers now including Xe for rapid milling of large sections – up to 100’s of μm in size/depth Ar for low kV polishing of (S)TEM sections and FEG SEM for high resolution imaging and Analysis in-situ. Lastly our new Sample Preparation Technique is Mechanical Grinding and Polishing. As boards and modules get smaller and more complex, the boundary between substrate and die requires more advanced investigation, so the need for accurate mechanical sectioning as a starting point for any structural analysis becomes increasingly important. Good Mechanical prep is more often the starting point for a Plasma or Gallium FIB section. (Section of a Section...
European / Middle East Issue: Winter 2022

European / Middle East Issue: Winter 2022

European / Middle East Issue: Winter 2022 A new IC design FIB Nano-surgery datapoint, our JEDEC MSL Rel-test services and Euros discount. Dear NanoScope Customer, greetings in our first email since COVID. For Silicon DESIGNERS we’ve got a new node success data point, for RELIABILITY Engineers there are new MSL testing services, for EU customers there is our 1€ = 1£ deal, plus NanoScope is growing. First FIB circuit nano-surgery fix to a 7nm node, from the FRONTSIDE.  Our unique expertise has allowed us to successfully modify this advanced 7nm process with 13 metal layers at the M2 level, from the front. The device die was then flipchip packaged and tested with a 65% yield. The benefit for the customer concerned was ‘invaluable’.  Watch out for the upcoming article on this story. Don’t forget to read our 1st article on ‘How to get the most benefit from IC Nano-Surgery” – part 2 coming soon. Launching our low cost MSL testing service for packaged parts for both R&D and production Reliability. All MSL testing is done to JEDEC standards, but now for the first time customers can choose to have a JEDEC CERTIFIED or an UNCERTIFIED test. R&D lots don’t require certification, so why not save 30% on your MSL trials of new packages? Loading a test lot for Temperature Humidity Bias testing (THB) New colleague – supporting accounts, logistics, orders, quality and billing We’re pleased to introduce Janine Stone, who is now managing project administration and compliance at NanoScope, adding much needed bandwidth for our technical offerings. Contact Janine here. Please welcome Janine Stone to the NanoScope team. We’re re-introducing our 1€ = 1£ exchange rate. To help our EU customers during this period of economic chaos, our 1:1 exchange rate adds clarity, security and a 16%...
Circuit Nano-Surgery and Failure Analysis Online Tutorial

Circuit Nano-Surgery and Failure Analysis Online Tutorial

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...
Free IC microscope inspections using LiveOPTICAL

Free IC microscope inspections using LiveOPTICAL

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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