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Introduction to Quality (Online Version)

Quality is a fundamental aspect of the microelectronics industry. Today’s ICs require ever greater levels of quality and reliability, as the electronics industry incorporates semiconductor components into more applications where the consequence of failure is high, like automotive, industrial, telecom, and medical. Engineers that work in the industry need a strong foundation to understand how to build quality into products. This requires an understanding of how quality impacts subjects like: chip technology, processing, design, testing, qualification and customer expectations. Your company needs competent engineers and scientists who understand these issues. Quality Introduction is a course that offers detailed instruction on a variety of subjects pertaining to semiconductor quality. This course is designed for every manager, engineer, and technician working in the semiconductor field, qualifying semiconductor components, or supplying tools to the industry.

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What Will I Learn By Taking This Class?

Participants learn to develop the skills to determine the best process for qualification, how to identify issues and how to resolve them.

  1. Overview of Quality and Statistics. Participants learn the fundamentals of quality and how the industry uses statistics, sample sizes, distributions to help quantify quality metrics.
  2. Failure Mechanisms. Participants learn how product qualification and failure mechanisms relate to one another. We provide an overview of these mechanisms. These include: time-dependent dielectric breakdown, hot carrier degradation, bias temperature instability, electromigration, stress-induced voiding, moisture, corrosion, contamination, thermomechanical effects, interfacial fatigue, EOS, ESD, latchup, drop tests, etc.
  3. Qualification Principles. Participants learn how the industry qualifies products for use in a customer’s application.
  4. Testing for Quality. Participants learn how the industry designs and develops reliability test procedures for devices, and how the testing relates to the qualification process.

Course Objectives

  1. The seminar will provide participants with a fundamental understanding of quality as it pertains to the semiconductor industry.
  2. The seminar will identify major failure mechanisms; explain how they are observed, how they are modeled, and how they are handled during design and qualification.
  3. The seminar will introduce the major qualification processes, including JEDEC JESD47, AEC Q-100, MIL-STD, and other related documents.
  4. Participants will understand the major criteria for success in the qualification process.
  5. Participants will be able to identify why reliability engineers need samples for certain tests.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction to Quality
    • Basic Concepts
    • Definitions
    • Historical Information
  2. Overview of Failure Mechanisms and Reliability
    • Die Level Mechanisms
    • Package Level Mechanisms
    • Solder Joints
    • Use Conditions
  3. The Qualification Process
    • General Concepts (Standard Based Testing, Wafer Level Reliability Tests, Package Stress Tests)
    • Standards Based Testing (JEDEC, AEC, MIL-STD)
    • Objectives
  4. Qualification and Reliability Testing
    • Process
    • Sample Requirements
    • Criteria for Success
    • Corrective Action