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Study on self-alignment capability of electrically conductive adhesives (ECAs) for flip-chip application

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3 Author(s)
Kyoung-Sik Moon ; Packaging Res. Center, Georgia Inst. of Technol., Atlanta, GA, USA ; Jiali Wu ; Wong, C.P.

This study is focused on a feasibility study of the self-alignment capability of electrically conductive adhesives (ECAs) for flip-chip interconnection applications. The effect of the low melting point alloy (LMA) filler on the self-alignment capability of ECAs was investigated. The surface energy of the epoxy resin was studied in terms of the various additives and their loading level by using a goniometer with a built-in environmental chamber. The curing profile of the epoxy resin and the melting point of the LMA filler were measured using a differential scanning calorimeter (DSC). The ECAs filled with the LMA over 85 wt% showed self-alignment during the heating process. However, when the silver flakes were added into the ECA formulation, the self-alignment did not take place. It is thought that the LMA filler depleted into the silver flakes can adversely affect the self-alignment of ECAs. The key parameters required for self-alignment capability of ECAs were presented. This paper discusses the feasibility of the application of ECA with self-alignment capability for flip-chip interconnection. Initial results from these series studies indicate that incorporation of the LMA into ECAs is an efficient way to make ECAs with self-alignment capability

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Advanced Packaging Materials: Processes, Properties and Interfaces, 2001. Proceedings. International Symposium on

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