Global Standards for the Microelectronics Industry
MEASUREMENT AND REPORTING OF ALPHA PARTICLE AND TERRESTRIAL COSMIC RAY INDUCED SOFT ERRORS IN SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES
This specification defines the standard requirements and procedures for terrestrial soft-error-rate (SER) testing of integrated circuits and reporting of results. Both real-time (unaccelerated) and accelerated testing procedures are described. At terrestrial, Earth-based altitudes, the predominant sources of radiation include both cosmic-ray radiation and alpha-particle radiation from radioisotopic impurities in the package and chip materials. An overall assessment of a deviceís SER is complete, only when an unaccelerated test is done, or accelerated SER data for the alpha-particle component and the cosmic-radiation component has been obtained.
Committee(s): JC-13, JC-13.4