Silicon Test and Yield Analysis
Diagnosis-Driven Yield Analysis — Faster Track to Root Cause and Improved Yield
ICs developed at advanced technology nodes of 65 nm and below exhibit an increased sensitivity to small manufacturing variations. New design-specific and feature-sensitive failure mechanisms are on the rise. Complex variability issues that involve interactions between process and layout features can mask systematic yield issues. Without improved yield analysis methods, time-to-volume is delayed, mature yield is suboptimal, and product quality may suffer, thereby threatening your product’s profitability.
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Diagnosis-driven yield analysis is a methodology that uses production test results, volume scan diagnosis, and statistical analysis to identify the cause of yield loss before any physical failure analysis is done. This methodology can reduce the root cause cycle time 75-90%.
The diagnosis-driven yield analysis solution from Mentor Graphics combines the automated diagnosis capabilities in Tessent® Diagnosis with advanced statistical analysis and data mining provided by Tessent YieldInsight™. Leveraging manufacturing test results and design data, this solution enables IC manufacturers to identify the probable cause of yield loss. This solution significantly reduces the time it takes to identify the root cause of yield loss and identifies yield limiters that may otherwise go unnoticed.
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