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Wafer level and flip chip design through solder prediction models and validation

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2 Author(s)
Li Li ; Final Manuf. Technol. Center, Motorola Inc., Tempe, AZ, USA ; Yeung, B.H.

In flip chip package applications, bumped dies are flip-chip assembled to substrate metal pads creating joints that serve electrically and mechanically. Resulting solder joint profiles are defined by the solder bump volume, the under bump metallurgy (LTBM) area, and the substrate metal pad size and shape. Solder bump height and diameter was predicted by the geometrical truncated sphere model and surface evolver model at the wafer level, using the known solder volume deposited by stencil printing method. The surface evolver model was used to predict the assembled solder joint height, gap height, collapse height, and maximum bump diameter of flip chip assemblies. In turn, substrate pads were fine-tuned to achieve required gap heights. Collapse heights provided the means to develop assembly tolerances and relative risk of bridging was determined from knowledge of resulting bump diameters. Through validated design of the stencil printing technology and prediction of realistic bump and assembly solder geometries, the results are improved processes and die level design and assembly. Optimized design parameters are incorporated and accurately represented in simulation and experimentally validated with assemblies

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Components and Packaging Technologies, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:24 ,  Issue: 4 )