SBIR Phase I: Fault Isolation of Open Circuits in Semiconductor Products using Magnetic Current Imaging

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0810388
Agency Tracking Number: 0810388
Amount: $99,938.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: EO
Solitcitation Number: NSF 07-586
Small Business Information
NEOCERA INC
10000 Virginia Manor Rd, Suite 300, Beltsville, MD, 20705
Duns: 621757913
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Antonio Orozco
 PhD
 (240) 441-8905
 orozco@neocera.com
Business Contact
 Antonio Orozco
Title: PhD
Phone: (240) 441-8905
Email: orozco@neocera.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I research project will extend the capabilities of magnetic current imaging to detect open failures in semiconductor packages with an accuracy of 30 microns to facilitate the integration of semiconductor components and devices into systems. The largest, most difficult problem encountered in packages is electrical opens due to increasing shrinking and complex technology in leading edge designs. The only available techniques are time domain reflectometry with practical resolution of 1-2 mm and time consuming layer-by-layer deprocessing. It is proposed to use magnetic current imaging with a SQUID sensor to solve this critical problem through increasing the frequency detection limit of the equipment to detect high frequency signals at the defect location. The semiconductor industry has a critical need for localization of buried open defects in packages with resolution below 30 microns. The proposed technology is targeting a 30 micron resolution to fill a known gap in fault isolation technology for packaging. For the semiconductor companies it will enable the packaging manufacturing sites to isolate open defects and improve their manufacturing processes to minimize or eliminate these defects quickly so that they can get high quality reliable products to market faster.

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