In a prequalification effort to evaluate the assembly process for the industrial grade high pin count devices for use in a high reliability application, one device exhibited characteristics that, without corrective actions and/or extensive screening, may lead to intermittent system failures and unacceptable reliability. Five methodologies confirmed this conclusion: (1) low post-decapsulation wire pull results; (2) bond shape analysis showed process variation; (3) Failure Analysis (FA) using state of the art equipment determined the root causes and verified the low wire pull results; (4) temperature cycling parts while monitoring, showed intermittent failures, and (5) parts tested from other vendors using the same techniques passed all limits.

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