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Disclosed herein are novel support structures for pad reinforcement in conjunction with new bond pad designs for semiconductor devices. The new bond pad designs avoid the problems associated with probe testing by providing a probe region that is separate from a wire bond region. Separating the probe region 212 from the wire bond region 210 and forming the bond pad 211 over active circuitry has several advantages. By separating the probe region 212 from the wire bond region 210, the wire bond region 210 is not damaged by probe testing, allowing for more reliable wire bonds. Also, forming the bond pad 211 over active circuitry, including metal interconnect layers, allows the integrated circuit to be smaller.