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RESULTS OF IPFA 2012 “ART OF FAILURE ANALYSIS” PHOTO CONTEST TOP 12 Entries

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RESULTS OF IPFA 2012

“ART OF FAILURE ANALYSIS” PHOTO CONTEST

TOP 12 Entries

1st PRIZE

Polyimide surface after expose to reactive ion etching and sputter coating prior to SEM imaging create an art effect resembling “many people on a beach”.

“PEOPLE ON THE BEACH”by Lim Saw Sing, Infineon Technologies, Kulim Malaysia

2nd PRIZE

During fracture analysis of a silicon sample, the crack origin was identified at a series of chevron marks. These marks resemble a pair of wings, reminding the analyst that

the sky is the limit, at work and in life.

“WINGS”by Foo Fang Jie, Advanced Micro Devices

3rd PRIZE

This is a SEM picture of wafer-edge chipping. It gives a terrace image – step-like spectacular landforms overlooking many prospects.

“THE HOPE TERRACE”by Tan Lee Koon

Mysterious Jungle by Lim Chan Way, Infineon Technologies, Kulim Malaysia

This SEM image results from the adhesion between a carbon tape (bottom) and a membrane structure (top).

Happy Frog

by Lee Chee Hiong, Systems-on-Silicon Manufacturing Co.

This is a SEM image showing a “happy frog”. It has helped us complete the process . Now it is standing on the passivation layer looking forward to the next challenge.

Silver Sulfide Crystals

by Amy Ng & Angelina Lau, Micron Technology

This is a SEM image of silver sufide, Ag2S growth on a resistor network causing the resistance of the component to increase and eventually resulting in an ‘open signal’.

Lunar Eclipse

by Joel B. Hosmillo; Analog Devices

An optical image (dark field) of a capacitor in a 400 Hz low-pass filter, damaged by electrostatic discharge (ESD).

Big Nose by Wu Xing & Pey Kin Leong;

Singapore University of Design and Technology

The specimen was a resistive switching memory device consisting of Ni/HfO2/Si. The sample was subjected to electrical stressing while being monitored by a high

resolution TEM in situ. The heat generated was so huge that the sample melted down. The resultant image resembles a face with two ting eyes and a big nose.

The Royal Elephant

by Jacqueline Kwa, Advanced Micro Devices

TEM lamella preparation on a silicon sample created this image of an elephant decorated with headdress, getting ready to usher in the king.

Tortoise

by Nurhanani; Infineon Technologies, Kulim Malaysia

This is a SEM image of a particle embedded in a metal layer, resembling that of a tortoise at the water surface.

Long-Tail Kangaroo

by Jun Faith Rodrigo, Analog Devices

This is a FESEM image showing a foreign material on the heat sink of a MEMS package. The image looks like the silhouette of a kangaroo with a long tail.

Fist of Victory

by Khoo Bing Sheng; WinTech Nano-Technology

Raise your right arm and give a fist of victory. That is the effect of this picture captioned “Fist of Victory – 必勝” , showing the nano fabrication capability of a FIB

(Focused Ion Beam). The base material used is Copper.