In depth study of lead frame tape residuein quad flat non-leaded package

Shri Kumaran Nadaraja, Boon Kar Yap

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Purpose: Lead frame tape is a crucial support for lead frames in the IC assembly process. The tape residue on the quad flat non-leaded (QFN) could result in low reliability and failure in electrical conductivity tests. The tape residue would affect overall performance of the chips and contribute to low pass yield. The purpose of this paper is to present an in-depth study of tape residue and factors that may affect it. Design/methodology/approach: An experiment using lead frame and tapes from three manufacturers with two types of die bond adhesives, namely, die attach film (DAF) and wafer back coating (WBC), was conducted. Copper (Cu) wire bonding and die bonding performances were measured in terms of process capability, stitch bond strength and die attach strength. Findings: Results showed that no tape residue was observed on the thermoplastic adhesive-based lead frames manufactured by Hitachi after the de-taping process because of the tape’s thermoplastic adhesive properties. Originality/value: This paper studies the occurrence of tape residue and a viable solution for it through the correct process optimization and combination of semiconductor manufacturing materials. Factors that may affect tape residue have also been studied and further research can be done to explore other options in the future as an alternate solution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-136
Number of pages8
JournalMicroelectronics International
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 07 Oct 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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