The Art of Failure 2014

Failure-analysis experts find some funny stuff in semiconductors

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The Art of Failure 2014
Image: Lew Li Lian/GlobalFoundries

Photo: Lee Nean Sern/Infineon
Hand Holding a Lemon: Lee Nean Sern of Infineon Technologies, in Malaysia, was testing a transistor experiencing early failure when he ran into what looked like fingers clutching a lemon’s cross section. As it turned out, improper etching had caused a short and inscribed this scene onto the metal.

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