Radiation test strategies for a manufacturer

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Third party dice radiation test for a manufacturer has never been an easy thing thanks to the exigent requirement from the users and difficulties from the die side. Things are becoming worse since the semiconductor came into a sub-micron and deep sub-micron era. New challenges and 3D PLUS radiation test strategies are presented.

The General background is that the space market volume is negligible comparing to commercial market – no bargaining power.

What ever RH die or COTs, the detail designs are always treated as confidential by semiconductor – mostly cases are like the black box; Sometimes it is difficult to get general process information (ex: bipolar? CMOS? bulk? epi?…), and most time it is impossible to get detail process information (ex: gate oxide, isolation structure details…) – hard to estimate the radiation characteristics.

Pierre-Xiao WANG received the BS in electronics at SouthEast University and MBA at ESC Grenoble. He started his career as an Engineer, and now is the Hi-Rel Product Manager at 3D Plus with almost 20 years of experience in electronics and around 10 years of experience in space and radiation activities.

Radiation test strategies for a manufacturer

Radiation test strategies for a manufacturer using third party dice

When the space comes into high scaling Deep submicron (DSM) semiconductors, new technical & commercial challenges show up:

⇒Technically, DSM radiation behavior is complicated to manage:

  • New structure & process are not always good to radiation;
  • Big variations from process to process, manufacturer to manufacturer, design to design, revision to revision, P/N to P/N, lot to lot and even now piece to piece;
  • Hard error mix with soft error: bit flip from TID; Micro Latch up (High current SEFI) & SEL, permanent SEFI
  • Complicated Soft errors: single bit error, double bit error, multi-bit error, row error, column error, stuck bit, persistent flip bit & annealing, temporary SEFI, persistent SEFI, device SEFI, high current event…

⇒Commercially, Semiconductors optimize their manufacturing to lower the cost, but it is sometimes
catastrophe to space:

  • Shrinking the process, modifying the materials, changing the foundry
  • Shorter life cycle: 6 months to 1 year life cycle comparing 1 to 2 years component qualification
  • Semiconductor Product Long Life Management (PLM) is highly risky to space traceability
  • Combining Die design makes die mask verification difficult (MLC & SLC)

The new radiation test challenge and 3D PLUS solution

  • A fairly large evaluations when looking for the candidate (ex: around 20 SRAMs had been scanned)
  • Make the completely qualification (following ECSS/ESCC standard) when a potential good die shows up
  • Make a strategic inventory (bargaining power) at 3D PLUS to make sure traceability and technical supports
  • Reuse the result and do further design oriented tests to put more added values


Radiation test strategies for a manufacturer

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Radiation test strategies for a manufacturer

3D PLUS radiation test strategies to use third party dice:

  • Following ECSS/ESCC standard to do the radiation test
  • Maintain a privilage relationship with semiconductors
  • More added value tests oriented to design (radiation mitigation)

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