The Enhancement of Electromigration Lifetime under High Frequency Pulsed Conditions

Kazunori HIRAOKA  Kazumitsu YASUDA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E77-A   No.1   pp.195-203
Publication Date: 1994/01/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8508
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Reliability)
Category: Reliability Testing
fault analysis,  testing and verification,  reliability,  availability and vulnerability,  

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Experimental evidence of a two-step enhancement in electromigration lifetime is presented through pulsed testing that extends over a wide frequency range from 7 mHz to 50 MHz. It is also found, through an accompanying failure analysis, that the failure mechanism is not affected by current pulsing. Test samples were the lowew metal lines and the through-holes in double-level interconnects. The same results were obtained for both samples. The testing temperature of the test conductor was determined considering the Joule heating to eliminate errors in lifetime estimation due to temperature errors. A two-step enhancement in lifetime is extracted by normalizing the pulsed electromigration lifetime by the continuous one. The first step occurs in the frequency range from 0.1 to 10 kHz where the lifetime increases with (duty ratio)-2 and the second step occurs above 100 kHz with (duty ratio)-3. The transition frequency in the first-step enhancement shifts to the higher frequency region with a decrease in stress temperature or an increase in current density, whereas the transition frequency in the second step is not affected by these stress conditions. The lifetime enhancement is analyzed in relation to the relaxation process during the current pulsing. According to the two-step behavior, two distinct relaxation times are assumed as opposed to the single relaxation time in other proposed models. The results of the analysis agree with the experimental results for the dependence on the frequency and duty ratio of pulses. The two experimentally derived relaxation times are about 5 s and 1 µs.