The surface mount device beads under study have two rectangular contacts at opposite sides. With bends of 90 degrees that have an approximate planar surface of 3.048 mm2 each. In order to comply with the standard JESD22-A121, 12 leads on at least 6 components must be examined, with an accumulated lead surface bigger than 75 mm2.
Therefore, 13 SMD beads were used for each one of the three tests (hence, 39 beads of each part type) so that the surface of 13 x 2 contacts x 3.048 = 79 mm2 is above the minimum amount required.
|wdt_ID||Sample Type||Tin Finished Area||Minimum Number of Samples||Minimum Total Inspection Area for Screening Inspection||Minimum Inspection Surface Area per Sample for Screening Inspection||Minimum Total Number of Inspection Areas for Screening Inspection|
|1||Components||< 0.85 mm2||6||75 mm2||Top and 2-3 sides of termination||96|
|2||Components||≥ 0.85 mm2||6||75 mm2||Top and 2-3 sides of termination||75 mm2 ÷ (Plated area on top and 2-3 sides of termination)|
|Sample Type||Tin Finished Area||Minimum Number of Samples||Minimum Total Inspection Area for Screening Inspection||Minimum Inspection Surface Area per Sample for Screening Inspection||Minimum Total Number of Inspection Areas for Screening Inspection|
Table 1 : Details on the number of test samples and terminations required for comparison of screening inspection data.
Figure 1. A schematic drawing depicting a leadless component and the top and 3 sides of the terminations that should be inspected.
Figure 2. View onto a contact.
The beads were inspected before the tests using a binocular microscope at 72.5x magnification in order to determine if whiskers were present at the beginning of this study.
Detailed inspections were performed on the leads of all the samples from the three lots after each test condition using a scanning electron microscope.
Moreover, and as recommended by the JEDEC standard, a preconditioning heating treatment was applied to all parts prior to start of the test programme.
Figure 3. Temperature profile applied for preconditioning the three lots of 39 SMD beads.
During the screening performed at Alter Technology, each lot of surface mount device beads (39 per part type) was divided in three groups of 13 beads:
The first group of 13 parts was submitted to Temperature Cycling (1000 cycles per run).
The second group of 13 parts was submitted to Ambient Temperature/Humidity Storage (1000 hours per run).
The last group of 13 parts was submitted to High Temperature/Humidity Storage (1000 hours per run).
Each test was repeated four times (or runs) in order to exceed the minimum duration recommended by JEDEC.
Figure 4. Temperature shock test cabinet and humidity chamber.
A summary of the conditions used for testing and a schematic of the test flow are shown in Table 2 and Figure 5 respectively.
|wdt_ID||Tests (for each lot)||Conditions||Inspection Intervals||Number of runs||Total duration||Anomalies|
|1||Pre-conditioning||See profile in Figure 2||--||--||--||--|
|2||Temperature Cycling||Min Temperature: -55 or -40 (+0/-10) °C Max Temperature: +85 (+10/-0) °C, Air to air; 10 minutes soak; ~3 cycles/hour||1000 cycles||4||4000 cycles||None|
|3||Ambient Temperature/ Humidity Storage||30 ±2 °C and 60 ±3% RH||1000 hours||4||4000 hours||None|
|4||High Temperature/ Humidity Storage||55 ±3 °C and 85 ±3% RH||1000 hours||4||4000 hours||Whiskers were detected after 2 runs|
|Tests (for each lot)||Conditions||Inspection Intervals||Number of runs||Total duration||Anomalies|
Table 2: Tests and conditions applied for accelerating the growth of Stanium whiskers.
Figure 5. Schematic of acceptance test flow carried in Alter Technology on each lot x (x = 1, 2 and 3) of 39 SMD beads. The tests are applicable for two leaded Class 2 components using Copper (Cu) lead frame with Ni underlay mitigation technology and Stanium (Sn) 100% finish.
Physical Test Specialist
Dimas has an extensist specific training in the aerospace material, he is a certified inspector for Pre-Cap test performance and Customer Source Inspection of EEE parts. A high skill and experience specialist in the performance of External Visual Inspection, Seal Test, PIND, Radiographic Inspection, Marking Resistance, Solderability, Terminal Strength, Microsectioning, Internal Visual Inspection, Scanning Electron Microscopy Techniques (including FIB), Material Analysis, Bond Pull, Die Shear, CSAM, Red Plague…
He works as a Physical test Specialist in Alter Technology laboratories.
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