Abstract

This paper presents a failure analysis to determine the origin of the failure on the soldered balls of one BGA soldered to a Printed circuit board, presenting Intermittency on the soldered joints, by Visual inspection, X ray inspection, Computed Tomography(CT), Cross-section analysis, Scanning Electron Microscopy, and Energy dispersive spectroscopy, determined the failure located on soldered balls of the BGA was caused by cracks that run along the Intermetallic layer formed between the solder balls and the copper pads of the printed circuit board, that were located near the BGA corners. With X ray computed Tomography we can analyze all the soldered balls of the BGA, by "virtual" cross-sections on the soldered joints without damage on the sample.

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