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Why Dr. Morris Chang is not My Hero. A tribute to Failure Analysis Engineers

October 15, 2013, anysilicon

Failure analysis

 
Dr. Morris Chang is not my hero. He might be the most important person in the semiconductor industry in our lifetime, but he is not my hero. I have nothing against him. I’ve never met him and probably will never will. Instead, I meet my heroes usually after tape-out,

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What Is Latch Up and How to Test It

October 01, 2013, anysilicon

Latch up

Simply defined, Latch-Up is a functional chip failure associated with excessive current going through the chip, caused by weak circuit design. In some cases Latch-Up can be a temporary condition that can be resolved by power cycle, but unfortunately it can also cause a fatal chip failure.
 
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