EMBEDDED CHIP PACKAGE
An electronic assembly is disclosed. One embodiment includes at least one semiconductor chip and a package structure embedding the semiconductor chip. The package structure includes at least one conducting line extending into an area of the package structure outside of the outline of the chip.
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This application is a divisional of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 11/762,411, entitled “EMBEDDED CHIP PACKAGE,” having a filing date of Jun. 13, 2007, and is incorporated herein by reference.BACKGROUND
The invention relates to embedding electronic components into a substrate.
Embedding active devices into a substrate has been realized as a promising technology for applications in which size, thickness and weight of electronic devices are sought to be minimized. Such requirements are often encountered in portable applications such as cell-phones, laptop PCs, palms, PDUs (Personal Digital Assistant) etc.
Recently, chips have been directly embedded into build-up layers of SBU (Sequential Build-up) laminate substrates. This concept is known as Chip in Polymer (CiP) technology. In this approach, chips are mounted e.g., on a core of the substrate and embedded inside a film of dielectric layer.
In another embodiment, a cavity is formed in a substrate and the chip is placed inside this cavity. The chip is then bonded by conventional bonding techniques.
For these and other reasons, there is a need for the present invention.
The accompanying drawings are included to provide a further understanding of embodiments and are incorporated in and constitute a part of this specification. The drawings illustrate embodiments and together with the description serve to explain principles of embodiments. Other embodiments and many of the intended advantages of embodiments will be readily appreciated as they become better understood by reference to the following detailed description. The elements of the drawings are not necessarily to scale relative to each other. Like reference numerals designate corresponding similar parts.
In the following Detailed Description, reference is made to the accompanying drawings, which form a part hereof, and in which is shown by way of illustration specific embodiments in which the invention may be practiced. In this regard, directional terminology, such as “top,” “bottom,” “front,” “back,” “leading,” “trailing,” etc., is used with reference to the orientation of the Figure(s) being described. Because components of embodiments can be positioned in a number of different orientations, the directional terminology is used for purposes of illustration and is in no way limiting. It is to be understood that other embodiments may be utilized and structural or logical changes may be made without departing from the scope of the present invention. The following detailed description, therefore, is not to be taken in a limiting sense, and the scope of the present invention is defined by the appended claims.
It is to be understood that the features of the various exemplary embodiments described herein may be combined with each other, unless specifically noted otherwise.
Fan-out type packages are packages embedding a chip, wherein at least some of the package pads and/or conducting lines connecting the chip to the package pads are located laterally outside of the outline of the chip or do at least intersect the outline of the chip. Thus, in fan-out type packages, a peripherally outer part of the package of the chip is typically (additionally) used for electrically bonding the package to external applications (e.g., application boards etc.). This outer part of the package encompassing the chip effectively enlarges the contact area of the package in relation to the footprint of the chip, thus leading to relaxed constrains in view of package pad size and pitch with regard to later processing, e.g., second level assembly.
Embodiments of fan-out type packages described in the following may be of various design. The fan-out area around the chip may be provided by a surface of a mold compound used for encapsulating the chip. Another possibility is to mount the chip on a substrate (or leadframe) chip carrier having lateral dimensions larger than the chip dimensions and to exploit a peripheral region of the laminate substrate chip carrier as a fan-out area.
Embodiments of the package may use various types of chips, among them logic integrated circuits, analog integrated circuits, mixed signal integrated circuits, sensor circuits, MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems), power integrated circuits, chips with integrated passives, passives etc.
Embodiments of the substrate may include substrates of different type and configuration, in particular PCBs (Printed Circuit Boards), SBU (Sequential Build-Up) laminate substrates, ceramic substrates, leadframes and mold compounds, e.g., MIDs (Molded Interconnect Devices).
Embodiments for bonding the package pads to the wiring of the substrate may include thin-film technology, soldering, welding, diffusion or bond wire technologies.
A fan-out area 5 of the package 1 is delimited by the outline 4 of the chip 3 and the periphery of the fan-out type package 1. Pads 6 of the fan-out type package 1 are located at least partially within the fan-out area 5. Additional pads (not illustrated) may be distributed over a footprint area 7 of the fan-out type package 1.
The package pads 6 are bonded to chip pads (not illustrated) on the chip 3 by means (not illustrated) which will be exemplified further below. Virtually all known bonding techniques may be utilized.
Due to the increased space around chip 3 provided by the fan-out area 5 for the pads 6 (i.e. the interconnect of the package 1), fan-out packages 1 allow to increase the number of package pads 6 and/or the pitch of package pads 6 compared to fan-in packages or bare chip solutions. As a consequence, embedding fan-out type packages 1 in a substrate 2 is beneficial in view of several aspects:
A fan-out type package 1 provides a good protection to the chip 3 against outside damages. Especially, it is possible to protect all surfaces of the chip 3, if the package 1 completely encapsulates chip 3. Typically, at least the lateral edge of chip 3 may be protected by the package 1 by the part of the package 1 which creates the fan-out area 5.
Semiconductor material is expensive resulting in that the chip size is permanently shrinking Fan-out type packaging provides a low cost possibility to maintain package interconnect dimensions and geometry through the shrinkage of chip size. Consequently, the wiring provided within or on the substrate must not be modified when new technologies provide for smaller chips 3.
Fan-out type packages might have a high level test coverage to meet the “known good die/device” aspects.
As the size and/or pitch of the package pads 6 may be relatively large in fan-out type packages 1, geometric tolerances are less stringent for fan-out solutions than for fan-in solutions in any bonding process applied for connecting the package pads 6 to substrate wiring (not illustrated) or external applications. Thus, the overall yield for a package-in-substrate structure is significantly enhanced when using fan-out type packages instead of fan-in structures.
Fan-out type packages facilitate repair approaches compared to the case in which bare chips or fan-in structures are embedded in a substrate.
Fan-out type packages allow for an improved shielding of the chip 3, because more space is provided on or in the package structure for applying a metallization for shielding especially in the peripheral region of the chip 3.
Each core layer 21a, 21b, 21c, 21d may be composed of glass-fiber-reinforced epoxy resin. Core layers 21a, 21b, 21c, 21d made of a fluoropolymer material such as e.g., polytetrafluoroethylene, aramid fibers, or carbon fibers may also be used. Metal layers 24 are arranged between the core layers 21a, 21b, 21c, 21d. By way of example, if carbon fibers are used, core layers 21a, 21b, 21c, 21d and metal layers 24 may form a copper-carbon fiber compound material. Core vias 25 are arranged to penetrate the core layers 21a, 21b, 21c, 21d and are used to electrically connect specific metal layers 24 of the multi-layer core 21. To this end, the core via 25 is internally coated by a metal jacket 26. As it is apparent for a person skilled in the art, the design of the core 21 is similar to the design of a conventional PCB and may be formed by conventional laminated PCB processing techniques. Thus, core vias 25 are typically formed by mechanical drilling and extend through the entire core 21. Core thickness may be in the range of several hundreds μm and the via size may be in the range of one or multiple hundreds of μm.
The fan-out type package 1 may be mounted on the uppermost core layer 21a. Here it is embedded in build-up layer 22a and covered by build-up layers 22b, 22c. Build-up layers 22a, 22b, 22c may be a dielectric, e.g., silica-filled epoxies plated by metal layers 27. Metallized vias 28 interconnect between adjacent metal layers 27.
Typically, the build-up layers 22, metal layers 27 and vias 28 are generated by thin-film processing techniques. For example, vias 28 which are typically blind and buried may be formed by laser drilling and are tapered, having different lower and upper diameters. Other techniques like photo-structuring might also be used. Metallization of vias 28 may be formed by sputtering or plating a metal over the entire surface of the underlying build-up layer 22a, 22b, 22c. Then, a photoresist material is applied and patterned. The desired metal pattern is obtained by etching the unprotected metal layer 27. Other techniques, such as printing, ink jetting or laser direct structuring a conductive material or catalytic starter may also be used. Multiple build-up layers 22a, 22b, 22c, corresponding vias 28 and metal layers 27 are formed by applying an addition dielectric film and repeating the via formation and metallization processes. Passive components (not illustrated) such as capacitors, resistors and inductors may be embedded during the layer build-up process.
The lower build-up layers 23 are formed using a similar step-wise building process.
Typically, most of the wiring capability of the SBU laminate substrate 20 occurs in the build-up layers 22, 23. To this end, the trace and space dimensions in the build-up layers 22, 23 are significantly finer than those in the core 21. The thickness of build-up layers, e.g., 22b, 22c, may be in the range of about 10 μm and the diameter of via 28 may be some tens of μm. Layers 22a and 22b may be combined to one layer and may be thicker than the typical 10 μm at least on the package corners to incorporate the package. In SBU laminate substrate 20, often signal routing is performed within the build-up layers 22, 23 whereas power distribution is accomplished by the core 21. Further, the core 21 provides for an adequate rigidity of the SBU laminate substrate 20.
As illustrated in
The second, upper dielectric layer 111b may serve as a solder stop when solder balls 114 are optionally applied to exposed contact regions 115 of the metal redistribution layer 112. Instead of solder balls 114, it is also possible that solder bumps of less height showing a smoother curved, lenticular surface or flat metal contact posts (which might be applied by a non-galvanic plating process) are deposited on the exposed contact region 115 of the metal redistribution layer 112.
Fan-out type package 101 may be fabricated in an embedded device technology based on a molded reconfigured wafer. This embedded device wafer level packaging (eWLP) technology is developed from standard wafer level packaging (WLP) technology. Standard WLP technology is defined such that virtually all technology processes are performed on wafer level. More specifically, in standard WLP, dielectric and metal layers such as layers 111a, 111b and 112 are deposited and processed on the active surface of the wafer before the wafer is cut into single chips. Consequently, standard WLPs are always fan-in solutions. In contrast to WLP technology, in eWLP technology the front-end processed and probed wafer is first singulated to obtain single chips. The chips 103 are then placed onto a support in a spaced-apart relationship. In the next process, the spaced-apart chips 103 on the support are molded, e.g., by using a liquid mold compound that is dispensed over the chips 103 on the support. Thereby, the gaps between the placed chips are filled with liquid mold compound. After curing the mold compound, the support is removed to obtain the reconfigured wafer, in which the chips are distributed within the mold compound in a regular, array-like fashion. This reconfigured wafer is then processed according to standard WLP technology, i.e. the dielectric layers 111a, 111b and the metal redistribution layer 112 are applied typically by using thin-film processes. Moreover, appropriate connecting elements such as solder balls 114, solder bumps or metal elements may optionally be applied on wafer level. Only after finishing the fan-out package interconnect, the molded reconfigured wafer is singularized into single packages such as, for instance, illustrated in
Further, in all fan-out type packages 101, 201, 301, the upper dielectric layer 111b, 211b, 311b may be omitted. That is because if fan-out type packages 101, 201, 301 are embedded, e.g., in an SBU laminate substrate 20 as illustrated in
Further, it is to be noted that the fan-out type packages 101, 201, 301 shall be as thin as possible in order to facilitate the accommodation in the substrate. Thus, in all embodiments described herein, the chips may be thinned e.g., by mechanical grinding or chemical etching the backside of the chip 103, 203, 303.
Nevertheless, fan-out type packages with stacked components are feasible.
Fan-out type mold compound packages 101, 201, 301, 401 and fan-out type BGA packages 501, 601 are integrated in e.g., substrates 2, 20 as illustrated in
Further, substrate 2 may itself be a mold compound structure. An example for a process of integrating a fan-out type package 1 into a mold compound substrate is illustrated in
The fan-out type package 1 is mounted on the mounting platform 1000. If the backside of the fan-out type package 1 is made of mold resin, the chip 3 is insulated from any metal layer optionally provided at the upper surface of the mounting platform 1000.
In a next process, the fan-out type package 1 is covered by a mold compound 1001. The mold compound 1001 is a dielectric material and may be identical to the material of the mold compound 108 used for encapsulating the chips 103, 203, 303, 403 in
The substrate mold compound 1001 may be applied by various techniques, among them laminating processes, spin-coating or dispensing of a liquid dielectric material, e.g., based on liquid epoxy.
In compression molding, a fast melting or liquid mold compound 1001 is required, which is supplied substantially in the middle of the mounting platform 1000 carrying a number of fan-out type packages 1. The mounting platform 1000, the fan-out type packages 1 and dispensed mold compound 1001 is then transferred between two mold halves 2001, 2002 of a molding tool. In a compression phase depicted in
As previously mentioned, the molding of chip 3 in a package 1 as depicted in
Further, it is to be noted that fan-out type packages 1 may be embedded in conventional PCB single layer or multi-layer substrates (where each layer is made e.g., of glass-fiber-reinforced epoxy resin coated by a metal layer) or in ceramic substrates. In these cases, it might be necessary to form a cavity in the substrate and then to insert the fan-out type package 1 into the cavity.
Although specific embodiments have been illustrated and described herein, it will be appreciated by those of ordinary skill in the art that a variety of alternate and/or equivalent implementations may be substituted for the specific embodiments illustrated and described without departing from the scope of the present invention. This application is intended to cover any adaptations or variations of the specific embodiments discussed herein. Therefore, it is intended that this invention be limited only by the claims and the equivalents thereof.
1. An electronic assembly, comprising:
- at least one semiconductor chip defining a chip outline;
- a package structure embedding the semiconductor chip, the package structure defining a package periphery; and
- the package structure comprising at least one conducting line extending into an area of the package structure that is outside of the outline of the chip and inside the package periphery.
2. The electronic assembly of claim 1, further comprising a substrate wherein the substrate is a printed circuit board.
3. The electronic assembly of claim 1, wherein the package structure comprises a carrier on which the chip is mounted, wherein the carrier extends laterally beyond the outline of the chip.
4. The electronic assembly of claim 3, wherein the carrier is a laminate substrate.
5. The electronic assembly of claim 3, wherein the carrier is a leadframe.
6. The electronic assembly of claim 4, wherein the chip is flip-chip mounted on the carrier.
7. The electronic assembly of claim 5, wherein the chip is wire-bonded to the carrier.
8. The electronic assembly of claim 1, wherein a backside of the package structure is a multilayer.
9. The electronic assembly of claim 1, wherein the substrate comprises at least one core layer and at least one polymer build-up layer above the epoxy core layer.
10. The electronic assembly of claim 8, wherein the package structure is embedded in the at least one polymer build-up layer.
11. The electronic assembly of claim 8, wherein the package structure is embedded in the at least one core layer.
12. The electronic assembly of claim 9, wherein the core layer is made of one or more materials of the group comprising epoxy, fluoropolymer, polytetrafluoroethylene, aramid fibers, and carbon fibers.
13. The electronic assembly of claim 1, wherein the substrate comprises a copper-carbon fiber compound material.
14. The electronic assembly of claim 1, wherein the substrate is a mold compound.
15. The electronic assembly of claim 1, wherein the substrate is a printed circuit board.
16. The electronic assembly of claim 1, wherein the substrate is a ceramic substrate.
17. The electronic assembly of claim 16, wherein the package structure is mounted in a cavity of the ceramic substrate.
18. A method comprising:
- providing a package structure embedding at least one semiconductor chip and comprising at least one conducting line extending into an area of the package structure inside a package periphery and outside of the outline of the chip.
19. The method of claim 18, further comprising:
- including the package structure on a substrate and
- providing a conductive wiring of the substrate.
20. The method of claim 19, further comprising:
- generating vias in the substrate to connect the conductive wiring to the at least one conducting line of the package structure.
21. The method of claim 20, wherein embedding the package structure in the substrate comprises:
- providing a core layer of the substrate;
- placing the package structure above the core layer; and
- embedding the package structure in at least one polymer build-up layer generated above the epoxy core layer.
22. The method of claim 21, further comprising:
- generating vias extending through the at least one polymer build-up layer.
23. The method of claim 19, wherein including the package structure on the substrate comprises:
- providing a support member;
- placing the package structure onto the support member; and
- embedding the package structure into a dielectric compound to generate a molded substrate.
24. The method of claim 23, comprising removing the support member from the molded substrate.
25. The method of claim 23, comprising using a liquid mold material for embedding.
26. The method of claim 25, further comprising:
- curing the liquid mold material using a compression mold tool.
27. The method of claim 23, further comprising:
- generating vias in the molded substrate to electrically connect to the at least one conducting line.
28. The method of claim 19, wherein including the package structure on the substrate comprises:
- encapsulation of the package structure into one or more dielectric layers of a printed circuit board.
29. The method of claim 28, further comprising:
- generating vias in at least one dielectric layer to electrically connect to the at least one conducting line.
30. The method of claim 19, wherein including the package structure on the substrate comprises:
- forming a cavity in the substrate; and
- disposing the package structure into the cavity.
31. An assembly comprising:
- a fan-out type package structure comprising a chip, wherein the fan-out type package structure comprises a mold compound embedding the chip, a conductive redistribution layer extending laterally beyond the chip outline and being confined to the package outline and a dielectric layer arranged above the conductive redistribution layer and extending laterally beyond the chip outline and being laterally confined to the package outline.
32. The assembly of claim 31 further comprising a substrate configured to embed the fan-out type package structure, wherein the substrate comprises a conductive wiring electrically connected to the conductive redistribution layer of the fan-out package structure via openings in the dielectric layer, and wherein the substrate is a printed circuit board.
33. The assembly of claim 31, wherein the fan-out type package structure comprises a mold compound embedding the chip and a conductive redistribution layer extending laterally beyond the chip outline.
34. The assembly of claim 32, wherein the substrate comprises a conductive wiring electrically connected to the conductive redistribution layer of the fan-out type package structure.
35. The electronic assembly of claim 32, wherein the substrate is a printed circuit board.
36. The electronic assembly of claim 32, wherein the substrate comprises at least one core layer and at least one polymer build-up layer above the epoxy core layer.
37. A method comprising:
- providing a fan-out type package structure comprising a chip; and
- embedding the fan-out type package structure in a substrate.
38. The method of claim 37, further comprising:
- electrically connecting pads on the fan-out type package structure to a conductive wiring of the substrate.
International Classification: H05K 7/02 (20060101); H01L 21/56 (20060101);