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Panasonic Newsroom TOPPress ReleasePanasonic Commercializes a Substrate Material for Semiconductor Packages Featuring Reduced Internal Stress that Leads to Lower Warpage

May 30, 2016

Panasonic Commercializes a Substrate Material for Semiconductor Packages Featuring Reduced Internal Stress that Leads to Lower Warpage

Low stress materials for thinner IC substrate R-G525/R-G520

Panasonic's new substrate material is suited to a wide variety of semiconductor packages, leading to faster material selection and greater design freedom.

Osaka, Japan - Panasonic Corporation announced today that it has developed the MEGTRON GX series (product No. R-G525/R-G520), a substrate material that allows thinner and less expensive semiconductor packages for application to a wide range of semiconductor packages (PoP [1], MCP [2], etc.). Panasonic will start mass-producing the new material in June 2016. This substrate material, the embodiment of a completely new idea, shows reduced internal stress [3] that risks causing warpage, and is applicable to a wide variety of semiconductor packages, allowing faster material selection and improved design freedom. The new product also provides highly reliable connections between IC chips and package substrates.

With mobile equipment becoming ever thinner and more sophisticated, urgent studies are ongoing to develop new types of semiconductor packages. Today, substrate materials with different coefficients of thermal expansion (CTE) [4] are needed for different types of semiconductor packages, making material selection and matching very time-consuming. By utilizing a resin technology designed to minimize internal stress, Panasonic has commercialized a new substrate material that is applicable to a wide range of semiconductor packages.

This new product has the following features:

  1. The substrate material features reduced internal stress, which minimizes warpage, allowing semiconductor packages to be made significantly thinner.
    •Warpage when heated from 25℃ (room temperature) to 260℃: max. 110 μm*1
    (Panasonic's conventional product *2: 235 μm)
  2. The substrate material with reduced internal stress can be used in a wide variety of semiconductor packages.
    This enables faster selection of semiconductor package substrate materials and gives greater design freedom.
    •The substrate material can be applied to different types of semiconductor packages (PoP, MCP, SiP [5], etc.), regardless of IC chip size or substrate thickness.
    (Panasonic's conventional product *2: In the past, different
    substrate materials needed to be used in different semiconductor packages
    that had different specifications.)
  3. The substrate material eliminates the need for special warp-preventing glass cloth, thus contributing to a cut in the cost of the semiconductor package.
  • *1 This is a measurement for a 160 μm-thick substrate and a 100 μm-thick chip.
  • *2 R-1515 series (MEGTRON GX series)

Suitable applications:

The substrate material is for use in thin semiconductor packages incorporated in mobile equipment such as smartphones and tablets.

Remarks:

The product will be exhibited at ECTC 2016, held at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in the US from May 31 to June 3, 2016, and at the JPCA Show 2016, held at Tokyo Big Sight, from June 1 to June 3.

Detailed description of its features:

1.The substrate material reduces internal stress and minimizes warpage, allowing a reduction in the thickness of semiconductor packages.

The continuing trend of manufacturing thinner semiconductor packages has led to a demand for minimal warpage of package substrate material. Having devised the resin design technology to eliminate internal stress, Panasonic has succeeded in reducing the variation in warpage of the substrate material to 110 μm (for a 160 μm-thick substrate and a 100 μm-thick chip) when the material's temperature is increased from 25℃ (room temperature) to 260℃. This substrate material, due to its smaller warpage, assists the manufacture of thinner semiconductor packages.

2.The substrate material that shows reduced internal stress can be used for a wide variety of semiconductor packages. This leads to faster selection of semiconductor package substrate materials and to greater design freedom.

Currently, different types of semiconductor packages (PoP, MCP, etc.) require substrate materials with different CTEs, which take longer to identify and select. The newly developed low-stress substrate material reduces the warpage of IC chips and package substrates, regardless of their thickness or chip sizes, allowing it to be applied to a wide range of semiconductor packages. This speeds up the selection of package substrate material and gives greater design of freedom.

3.The substrate material eliminates the need for special type of stiffening glass cloth, reducing the price of the semiconductor package.

Conventional substrate material includes an insulating layer composed of resin and glass cloth. Low CTE glass cloth, special one is an expensive material that is used to reduce the CTE, but it is the commonest method adopted to suppress warping of the substrate material. The developed substrate material minimizes warpage with the standard glass cloth, not special one due to its newly-adopted resin design technology, thus cutting the cost of the semiconductor package. The new substrate material is applicable to a wide range of semiconductor packages, opening the way to far simpler management of substrate materials inventory with different coefficients of thermal expansion (CTE) for different semiconductor packages.

[Terminology]

[1] Package on Package (PoP)
PoP is a structure in which multiple semiconductor packages are stacked on a substrate. It offers the advantages of a smaller packaging area and a shorter wiring length.
[2] Multi-chip Package (MCP)
An MCP is a semiconductor package in which a substrate carries two or more bare chips connected to it. It is also referred to as a multi-chip module.
[3] Stress
Internal stress is defined as the resistance that is created inside an object in response to the application of an external force. A smaller stress results in a lighter load being applied to a connection solder ball when the substrate deforms with heating and cooling.
[4] Coefficient of Thermal Expansion (CTE)
The CTE is a ratio that describes the increase in length, at constant pressure, of a material per unit temperature during a temperature change.
[5] System in Package (SiP)
SiP is a semiconductor package constructed by mounting a CPU, memories, and other chips on a substrate and interconnecting them through wires to allow the package to function as an integrated system.

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