Effect of Germanium addition to Sn3.5Ag lead free solder system for overall BGA package robustness improvement

Eu Poh Leng, Wong Tzu Ling, Min Ding, Nowshad Amin, Ibrahim Ahmad, Tay Yee Han, A. S M A Haseeb

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Abstract

A study was conducted on BGA lead-free C5 solder joint system to assess the effect of Germanium addition to Sn3.5Ag solder alloy through comparison study of Sn3.5Ag vs. Sn3.5AgGe. The main objective of this study is to find a way to resolve solder surface oxidation after thermal processes, while determining if there's any adverse effect on the solder joint by Germanium addition. The result of this study showed that addition of Germanium in Sn3.5Ag C5 solder system resolved solder surface oxidation after thermal processes, without any negative impact to the solder joint and solderability. Experimental works were carried out to observe the melting properties and solder surface morphology by Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and SEM. Solder surface oxidation was measured by EDX. Shear and pull strength was measured by Dage which is representative of the intermetallic (IMC) strength between the C5 solder sphere and Cu/Ni/Au pad finishing. Solderability test was conducted per Jedec standard. Tray and Packaging Drop Tests were done to gauge solder joint performance against impact force. A comprehensive study was done to study the effect of microstructure and interface intermetallic of both solder system at ambient, high temperature storage (HTS) at 150°C for 24, 48, 96, 168, 504 and 2000 hours and multiple reflow of 1x, 2x, 3x, 6x towards the joint integrity. In each read point, Sn3.5AgGe has significantly higher ball shear and ball pull strength. EPMA microstructure analysis after cross-sectioning on bulk solder and IMC revealed traces of Germanium that contributed to the significant increase in ball shear and ball pull strength, while did not cause any bulk solder and IMC morphology changes. Both solderability and drop test passed. In conclusion, addition of Germanium in Sn3.5Ag lead-free solder is able to resolve surface oxidation problem after thermal processing, with improvement in solder joint strength for overall lead-free package robustness.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2009 International Symposium on Microelectronics, IMAPS 2009
Pages150-157
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event42nd International Symposium on Microelectronics, IMAPS 2009 - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: 01 Nov 200905 Nov 2009

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Other42nd International Symposium on Microelectronics, IMAPS 2009
CountryUnited States
CitySan Jose, CA
Period01/11/0905/11/09

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  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Leng, E. P., Ling, W. T., Ding, M., Amin, N., Ahmad, I., Han, T. Y., & Haseeb, A. S. M. A. (2009). Effect of Germanium addition to Sn3.5Ag lead free solder system for overall BGA package robustness improvement. In Proceedings - 2009 International Symposium on Microelectronics, IMAPS 2009 (pp. 150-157)