New gen. of ultra HDI PCB
IC Substrate, like PCB (SLP), is pushing the boundaries between HDI PCB technology and IC substrate technology. SLP is an integrated part of the IC packaging or module used to connect the chip with the PCB motherboard. SLP Technology development is mainly driven by the mobile phone and wearable electronic device industries, and it is a rapidly growing market.
The main functions of the IC substrate board include chip soldering and electrical connection by wire bonding or flip chip process, and it guarantees reliability by using adapted raw material for chip elongation.
What is IC Substrate PCB?
An IC substrate-like PCB (SLP), also known as an IC carrier board, is a type of printed circuit board that is specifically designed to hold integrated circuit (IC) chips. It is an ultra HDI PCB used in the semiconductor industry to package and connect IC chips to the rest of the electronic system.
The main function of an IC substrate PCB is to provide a physical platform for mounting and interconnecting the IC chips. The SLP typically has 2-6 layers of conductive traces, laser-defined vias, and pads that allow for electrical connections between both the IC chips and the PCB.
Line and space: 30/30µm (advanced 20/20µm)
Vias: 50µm Laser defined.
Layer count: 2 to 6
PCB material: BT resin, Bismaleimide Triazine
IC Substrate Structure
There are 3 different process methods.
Tenting – A subtractive process using thin start Cu foil of 9-12µm and production steps using panel plating. 35/35µm Line & Space possible.
mSAP – A modified semi-additive process using ultra-thin start Cu foil of 1,5µm and production steps using chemical Cu plating + pattern plating process and flash etching. 20/20µm Line & Space possible.
SAP – Semi-additive process using special material without base Cu. and production steps using chemical Cu plating + pattern plating process and flash etching. 15/15µm Line & Space possible. (The SAP method can create up to 12 layers, but it is only available for mass production.)
IC Substrate Stack-up and material
Stack-up like HDI PCB with core and PP
BT (Bismaleimide Triazine) resin material instead of FR4
BT it’s higher Tg. 250 to 300°C
BT it’s lower CTE XY axis 2-5ppm/°C instead of 11-14ppm/°C for FR4.
Limited to stack-up 2L, 4L, and 6L for standard and 1+2+1, 1+4+1, 2+2+2 for structure.
Do you need IC Substrate PCB's?
Double-sided and multilayer PCBs are commonly used in a wide range of electronic applications such as telecommunications, industrial control systems, and power supplies. They are also used in prototyping and small-scale production runs.
|HDI Feature||ICAPE Group IC Substrate technical specification|
|Layer count||2 to 6|
|Technology highlights||IC Substrate is PCB support for 1 Chip solder by Wire Bonding Process or Flip Chip Process|
|Materials||BT (Bismaleimide Triazine)|
|Base Copper Thickness||0-12um depending upon substrate structure method|
|Minimum track & spacing||30/30µm (Advanced 20/20µm)|
|Surface finishes available||ENIG & ENEPIG|
|Minimum laser drill||50µm|
|Minimum mechanical drill||100µm|
|PCB thickness||2L min. 130µm, 4L min. 210µm, 6L min. 300µm|
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