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Picosecond Imaging Circuit Analysis – PICA

Author: D. Vallett, IBM   |   Document Download   |   Product code: ZMEFA2011P292

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PICA is a photon counting and timing technique that uses naturally occurring emission from switching FETs to produce time-dependent optical waveforms. The ability to temporally resolve emission is what differentiates PICA from the more widespread static or time-integrated photon emission microscopy (PEM). Time-resolving the emission allows signal propagation through operating circuits to be directly measured. Such information is critical in the debug, failure analysis, and characterization of performance-related issues like clock skew and circuit delay, and manufacturing and reliability problems like AC defects.
  • From: Microelectronics Failure Analysis, Desk Reference Sixth Edition
  • Published: October 01, 2011
  • Pages: 9
  • Review Type: Peer reviewed