Self Centering Assessment of Stacked CSP Memory Components

Satyanarayan Iyer1,  Gurudutt Chennagiri1,  Abd Aziz Ali Akhbar2,  Amran Ismail2
1SMART Modular Technologies, Inc., CA, USA, 2Smart Modular Technologies Sdn. Bhd., Penang, Malaysia


The growth in demand for memory capacity is surpassing the pace at which memory component manufacturers are able to cost-effectively produce the next generation of monolithic memory devices. This drives the need for utilizing stacked components for memory module assemblies. The introduction of stacked CSP components, which consist of multiple layers of solder balls and is heavier than regular CSP components, requires that the processes used for assembling monolithic components be reviewed and re-optimized to suit its manufacturability and reliability. One of the characteristics to review is the self centering capability, which is an inherent and desirable property of area array devices that can largely compensate for the errors in placement of these components. The added weight of a stacked CSP component could inhibit its self centering characteristic. This paper presents a systematic approach to assess the self centering characteristics of a stacked CSP component. The heaviest available memory component was used for this evaluation. The findings of this assessment is useful in determining the capability requirements for the placement machine and to establish the inspection criteria. Based on the analysis and the results, the stacked CSP component was able to self center when misplaced by 50% along the diagonal.