Thermocompression Bonder (TC Bonding)
Reliable Chip/Substrate Connections Using Heat and Pressure
Thermocompression bonding, also abbreviated as TC bonding, is a process in microelectronics and microsystems engineering used to bond devices, especially semiconductor chips, to substrates or other assemblies. This process takes place in Tresky’s thermocompression bonders using heat and pressure to create a permanent bond.
Precision Process for Material-Locking Connections in HF and Pptoelectronic Applications
Thermocompression bonding is an electrically conductive, mechanically strong and flux-free joining process. Similar to diffusion bonding, a stable, material-locking connection with very good electrical conductivity is created. In many cases, TC bonding involves placing a flip chip of gold or indium, for example, on a substrate with pads. By applying force and temperature over a defined time and, if necessary, plasma activation, the bond is formed.
TC bonding is particularly suitable for RF and optoelectronic devices, chip-to-chip and chip-to-wafer applications. Typical alloy compounds to be mentioned here are Au-Au and Au-Si.
Throughout the process, parameters such as temperature, pressure and time must be carefully controlled to achieve the desired results. The choice of materials is also critical to achieve the desired properties of the compound.
Good Electrical Properties
Connections made by thermocompression bonding have excellent electrical properties because the process provides high contact quality and low electrical resistance.
By using positioning and alignment techniques, a very precise connection can be achieved.
Good Thermal Conductivity
Heat transfer properties are generally good, which is important for component cooling.
Thermocompression bonding can produce reliable and durable connections.
Thermocompression bonding enables miniaturization of electronic components and contributes to the development of compact and high-performance devices.
High Throughput Rates
Thermocompression bonding is a fast process and enables high throughput rates in mass production of semiconductor devices.