A hierarchical approach to the construction of compound distributions for process-induced faults in IC manufacture is proposed. Within this framework, the negative binomial distribution and the compound binomial distribution are treated as level-1 models. The hierarchical approach to fault distribution offers an integrated picture of how fault density varies from region to region within a wafer, from wafer to wafer within a batch, and so on. A theory of compound-distribution hierarchies is developed by means of generating functions. With respect to applications, hierarchies of yield means and yield probability-density functions are considered and an in-process measure of yield loss is introduced. It is shown that the hierarchical approach naturally embraces the Bayesian approach.
Russian Microelectronics – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 11, 2004
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