A status report is given on a comprehensive modeling project aimed at predicting failure time distributions of interconnect lines. We discuss our novel approach to calculate the evolution of stresses in lines using elastic response functions. It is argued that this approach makes it possible to model the stress and damage evolution in a large ensemble of lines efficiently so that statistically meaningful failure time distributions can be generated.
The elastic response functions enable us also to derive a generalized Korhonen equation which includes the effects of mass transport at remote locations. Basic features of this equation are demonstrated with a one-dimensional implementation and its results are compared with the classical Korhonen [8, 9, 10] model.