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Reliable and low cost wafer level packaging. Process description and qualification testing results for wide area vertical expansion (WAVE TM) package technology

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3 Author(s)
Solberg, V. ; Tessera Inc., San Jose, CA, USA ; Light, D. ; Fjelstad, J.

A number of companies around the world are developing or have begun offering devices processed and packaged in the wafer format. Most of these competing concepts involve the creation of a redistribution layer over the face of the chip, a method long employed by IBM in the development of its well known flip-chip C4 processes. Wafer level packaging has the potential for transforming IC packaging from a labor intensive process of making wire bonds one-at-a-time on individual die, to a batch process, much like wafer fabrication. Tessera has developed a unique approach to wafer level packaging that provides a physically robust, compliant structure while offering significant cost reduction through a unique method of mass termination and encapsulation. In this paper, the authors describe the materials and process developed for utilization of “wide area vertical expansion” (WAVETM ), producing what may prove to be the most reliable chip-size package available. To back up this rather bold statement, the environmental test program description is outlined and test data is offered for review

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Electronics Manufacturing Technology Symposium, 2000. Twenty-Sixth IEEE/CPMT International

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2000