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The close attached capacitor: a solution to switching noise problems

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Hashemi, S.H. ; Microelectronics & Computer Technology Corp., Austin, TX, USA ; Sandborn, P.A. ; Disko, D. ; Evans, R.

A new low-cost post-attach bypassing technique called close attached capacitor (CAC) is analyzed. It offers an attractive alternative to managing switching noise in single-chip or multichip packages. The CAC is a thin, flat capacitor, comparable in size to an IC die, that is placed on the active surface of the die and connected to on-chip power and ground pads through very short bonds. Environmental testing of the CAC process has been performed, indicating no device parameter degradation when attachment is made to the active surface of a passivated die. CAC design issues are addressed and the feasibility of manufacturing high-frequency capacitors and their assemblies using conventional reworkable or permanent attach processes is demonstrated. Examples of the integration of CACs in high-performance single-chip packages and in chips on multichip modules (MCMs) are shown, and the effectiveness of CACs in the reduction of switching noise is demonstrated

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Components, Hybrids, and Manufacturing Technology, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:15 ,  Issue: 6 )