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Failures, although unwanted, are necessary to understand in detail in order to manufacture, package, and field semiconductor components and electronic systems. Failure mechanisms fall into four broad categories

  • Dielectric Failure Mechanisms
  • Diffusion and Bulk Defects
  • Interconnect Failure Mechanisms
  • Package Level Failure Mechanisms
  • Transistor Failure Mechanisms
  • Use Condition Failure Mechanisms

This material describes a number of failure mechanisms in detail, providing a basis for the student understand how they occur, the physics that drive the mechanisms, their reliability impact (if any), and techniques or methods to mitigate them.