Inspection of thick EEE plastic encapsulated parts

Multi-depth Confocal Acoustic of Inspection of thick EEE plastic encapsulated parts

Sample & Method

High-resolution inspection of plastic encapsulated systems with complex internal architectures requires of confocal imaging techniques to block out-of-focus features that otherwise impair the resolution and the image quality.

In the particular case of thick plastic packages D2PAK (TO-263), a thorough and comprehensive inspection is achieved if we perform multi-depth confocal analyses at different focal planes of interest. Such analyses are only possible by making use of low-frequency transducers providing large inspection depth or broadband probes in combination with suitable filters to improve the resolution in the case of shallow features.

wdt_ID Component type Package Anomaly 1 Anomaly 2 Anomaly 3
1 Silicon power transistor D2PAK (TO-263) Leadframe delamination Voids at the die attack Paddle delamination


Multi-depth confocal inspection reveals minor and major defects at different inspection planes. These included smaller delamination at the molding paddle interface (green arrow in the circuit side inspection), and voids within the die attach (blue arrow in the non-circuit side inspection). The most remarkable deviation is the delamination observed at the lead frame in the proximity of the wire bonding area (red arrow in the circuit side inspection). All these anomalies are acceptable in accordance with the criteria stated in the specifications J-STD-020E.

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