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PROBE- TIP IMPROVEMENT FOR SEMICONDUCTOR WAFER TESTING

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021380D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Jan-16

Publishing Venue

Sony Technical Digest

Related People

Inventors:
Steven Engelking Richard Deckert

Abstract

In semiconductor wafer testing operations, a persistent problem is the formation of the aluminum dioxide (A102) layer on the surface of the electrically conductive aluminum die bonding-pads. The aluminum dioxide layer covers and interferes with the bonding-pads, and in order to have effective electrical contact with the test-pad, the needle's probe-tip needs to break through the layer of aluminum dioxide.