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Topic: Reliability & Maintainability Questions and Answers

Topic Posted by: Reliability & Maintainability Forum (src_forum@alionscience.com )
Organization: System Reliability Center
Date Posted: Mon Aug 31 12:47:36 US/Eastern 1998

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Posted by: Hei-Ruey Harry Jen (jenh@tycoelectronics.com )
Organization:M/A-Com
Date posted: Fri Dec 10 13:46:48 US/Eastern 1999
Subject: Minimum SiN passivation thickness
Message:
I have always used the 0.5 Ám thick SiN as the guideline for chip passivation. Is there any publication actually prove that is the minimum thickness for a moisture barrier? Please give me the source if you know. Thanks.


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Subject: Passivation Thickness
Reply Posted by: Seymour Morris (smorris@alionscience.com )
Organization: Reliability Analysis Center
Date Posted: Mon Dec 20 16:24:14 US/Eastern 1999
Message:
You may want to check out the following two references. 1. "Evaluation of polymeric coatings for MCM applications" apperaring in Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology, Part B: Advanced Packaging, IEEE Transactions on [see also Components, Hybrids, and Manufacturing Technology, IEEE Transactions, Pages: 658 - 665, Nov. 1995, Vol. 18, Issue: 4. In this paper, the moisture protection performance of the coatings on nonpassivated test chips is presented in detail. In addition, some overall comparisons of the failures in passivated and nonpassivated chips are given. The comparison of passivated and nonpassivated coated Sandia ATCO1 test chips revealed that the presence of passivation enhances the moisture protection. 2. "Environmental Performance of Sealed Chip-On-Board (scob) Memory Circuits," Multichip Modules, 1994. Proceedings of the 1994 International Conference on, Pages: 443 - 448 April 13-15, 1994. This reference describes a complete design of experiments (DOE) matrix, which included two PWB sources, three die attachment adhesives, one moisture passivation coating (plasma enhanced, chemical vapor deposited silicon nitride), and two encapsulants (a silicone gel and an epoxy glob-top material).


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Subject: Minimum SiN Passivation Thickness
Reply Posted by: Kevin Houle (kevin.r.houle@dowcorning.com )
Organization: Dow Corning Coroporation
Date Posted: Wed Sep 6 11:47:01 US/Eastern 2000
Message:
.5um is the standard thickness of SiN passivation; but I believe there are other factors which dictate the need for that thickness; such as SiN suseptability to pin holes and it's confomal coating charcteristics with certain device topographies (coating could be thinner than .5um in corners and on side walls). Dow Corning's Advanced Passivation Technology team has completed much research on an Alternative Passivation material that has many advantages over SiN (hydrophobic, Dk=4.5, Intrinsic stress 200Mpa, more scratch resistant, no pin holes). Our Passivation has also proven to with stand 1000hrs of HAST testing (130C/85%RH)with less than 5% failure. If you are interested let me know. Meanwhile, I believe you find that .5um will be the thinnest you will want to go with SiN to maintain a the best passivation properties that SiN an provide. I wish you the Best in your efforts. Take care.


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