Rapid Analysis of Various Emerging Nanoelectronics (RAVEN)

Program Manager

Bill Harrod

Program Information


The RAVEN program aims to develop a prototype analysis tool for acquiring images from all layers in a 1 cm2 area of a 14 nm integrated circuit, within 25 days. Program goals include:

1) Minimum 10 nm spatial resolution.
2) Nondestructive image acquisition using a single test sample; or
3) Destructive image acquisition using at most 5 test samples.
4) Twenty-five (25) days total to acquire the images from the sample(s).
5) Real-time checking during the acquisition process to eliminate the need for re-scans.

RAVEN is anticipated to be a three-phase program. The resolution and acquisition speed performance will be initially demonstrated in a laboratory test bench. The program outcome is expected to be a fully automated prototype tool capable of rapid image acquisition from an individual chip. Given the acquisition speed requirements, computing and graphical analysis capabilities are an important aspect of the tool development.

Related Program(s)


Research Area(s)

  • Microelectronics
  • Nondestructive analysis
  • Nanoscale imaging
  • Hardware assurance

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