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Long Term Aging Effects on the Reliability of Lead Free Solder Joints in Ball Grid Array Packages with Various Pitch Sizes and Ball Arrangements

Authors: Cong Zhao, Chaobo Shen, Zhou Hai, Munshi M. Basit, Jiawei Zhang, Michael. J. Bozack, John. L. Evans, and Jeffrey C. Suhling
Company: Center for Advanced Vehicle and Extreme Environment Electronics (CAVE3) Auburn University
Date Published: 4/1/2016   Volume: 29-2

Abstract: This paper investigates the impact of isothermal aging on the long-term reliability of lead-free solder joints. The full experimental matrix contains SAC105 and SAC305 solder alloys assembled in ball grid arrays (BGAs) with package sizes ranging from 19mm, 0.8mm pitch to 5mm, 0.4mm pitch, and three surface platings (ImAg, ENIG, and ENEPIG). The test specimens were subjected to isothermal aging at temperatures 25°C, 55°C, 85°C to 125°C with aging times of 0, 6 months, 12 months and 24 months, followed by accelerated thermal cycling from -40°C to 125°C. A two-parameter Weibull plot shows the reliability degrades up to 70% after two years of aging at elevated temperature. The degradation rate slows with aging time. The degradation is greater with smaller solder joints and perimeter ball arrangements when compared to largediameter solder balls and full array ball arrangements. The thickness of the Cu-Sn intermetallic layer (IMC) layer during the testing grows with an approximate ~ t0.5 dependence (diffusion-controlled reaction) during isothermal aging + thermal cycling.


SAC105, SAC305, reliability, aging, pitch size, solder ball arrangement

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