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Plasma IC Decapsulation. It’s Here.

PlasmaEtch Product ShotMIP Etching

As the world moves toward more eco-friendly processes and the semiconductor manufacturing industry continues to make smaller parts with sensitive internal components, failure analysts are presented with a unique challenge: how do you etch these samples? Nisene Technology Group has bridged the gap between semiconductor manufacturing technology and failure analysis with its latest decapsulation system: the PlasmaEtch.

It Works. Here’s How.

The PlasmaEtch decapsulation system is a revolutionary patented gas-based semiconductor etching system (US patent number 9,548,227). Employing a never-before-seen application of microwaved gases inciting chemical radicals for isotropic etching, the PlasmaEtch is the greenest and most cost-effective etching solution available. Using microwave-induced plasma — or MIP — etching, the PlasmaEtch can decapsulate most sample sizes, encapsulant types, and wire bond types. Whether it’s a more traditional gold wire sample, or if the sample features copper or silver wires, the PlasmaEtch delivers a safe and reliable etch.

PlasmaEtch Innovations:

  • Afterburner Downstream Focused Plasma Etching
  • Mass Flow Controlling for All Gases
  • No Microwave Radiation Exposure to Samples During Etch Process
  • Low Temperature Etching
  • Isotropic Etching

Unlike typical and less sophisticated plasma decap systems that take may hours or even days to get to the surface of the die, the PlasmaEtch can clear the encapsulant of most package types and reveal the complete die surface and wire sweep in a matter of a couple hours. Chemical-free decapsulation has never been so effective.

Other MIP systems out there rely heavily on the usage of ultrasonication as part of their process. The PlasmaEtch’s MIP etching is such that it uses carefully programmed recipes with high-accuracy mass flow controllers (MFC) in conjunction with a process chamber at vacuum to remove encapsulant in a fast and effective way.

Highlights Include:

  • Highly Customizable Etch Recipes
  • Etches a Wide Variety of Package Types
  • Completely Chemical-free Decap
  • Eco-friendly
  • Touchscreen Interface
  • PC/Windows-based GUI
  • The Only Solution for Silver Wires
  • Etches Samples with All Wire Types
  • Small Footprint Suited for Tabletop

Nisene Technology Group, Inc. Defining Decapsulation Again