Patent Number: 8,791,712

Title: 3-dimensional integrated circuit testing using MEMS switches with tungsten cone contacts

Abstract: A test system for testing a multilayer 3-dimensional integrated circuit (IC), where two separate layers of IC circuits are temporarily connected in order to achieve functionality, includes a chip under test with a first portion of the 3-dimensional IC, and a test probe chip with a second portion of the 3-dimensional IC and micro-electrical-mechanical system (MEMS) switches that selectively complete functional circuits between the first portion of the 3-dimensional IC in a first IC layer to circuits within the second portion of the 3-dimensional IC in a second IC layer. The MEMS switches include tungsten (W) cone contacts, which make the selective electrical contacts between circuits of the chip under test and the test probe chip and which are formed using a template of graded borophosphosilicate glass (BPSG).

Inventors: Ellis-Monaghan; John J. (Grand Isle, VT), Gambino; Jeffrey P. (Westford, VT), Peterson; Kirk D. (Jericho, VT), Rankin; Jed H. (Richmond, VT)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: G01R 1/067 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 7/29/12018