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Fluxless Bonding of Silicon to Ag–Copper Using In–Ag With Two UBM Designs

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3 Author(s)
Jong S. Kim ; Electr. Eng. & Comput. Sci., Univ. of California, Irvine, CA ; Pin J. Wang ; Chin C. Lee

A fluxless process of bonding silicon to Ag-cladded copper using electroplated In-Ag multilayer structure is developed. The Ag cladding on the copper substrate is a stress buffer to deal with the large mismatch in coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) between semiconductors such as Si (3 ppm/degC) and Cu (17 ppm/degC). To manufacture Ag on copper substrate, two techniques are developed. The first is an electroplating process to fabricate a thick Ag layer. The second technique is a novel laminating process that bonds Ag foil directly on Cu substrate. On Si chips, two underbump metallurgy (UBM) structures are designed, Si/Cr/Au and Si/Cr/Ni/Au. To produce a solder layer, Si chips are electroplated with In followed by thin Ag. The thin Ag cap layer prevents oxidation of the inner In region. To achieve a fluxless feature, the bonding process is performed in a vacuum environment (50 mtorrs) to suppress indium oxidation. Compared to bonding in air, the oxygen content is reduced by a factor of 15 200. Using Cr/Au UBM structure, the silicon chip was detached from Cu substrate. The broken interface lies between Si/Cr and Ag2In IMC on Cu substrate. Using a new UBM design of Si/Cr/Ni/Au, high-quality joints are produced that comprise of three distinct layers of In7Ni3, Ag2In , and Ag. Microstructure and composition of the joints are studied using a scanning electron microscope (SEM) with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX).

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IEEE Transactions on Components and Packaging Technologies  (Volume:31 ,  Issue: 4 )