Journal of Electronic Materials

, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp 262-272

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In Situ Synchrotron Characterization of Melting, Dissolution, and Resolidification in Lead-Free Solders

  • Bite ZhouAffiliated withMichigan State University
  • , Thomas R. BielerAffiliated withMichigan State University Email author 
  • , Guilin WuAffiliated withMax-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH
  • , Stefan ZaeffererAffiliated withMax-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH
  • , Tae-Kyu LeeAffiliated withCisco Systems, Inc.
  • , Kuo-Chuan LiuAffiliated withCisco Systems, Inc.

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Melting and solidification of SAC 305 lead-free solder joints in a wafer-level chip-scale package were examined in situ with synchrotron x-ray diffraction. The chips with balls attached (but not assembled to a circuit board) were reflowed one to three times using a temperature and time history similar to an industrial reflow process. Diffraction patterns from the same joint were collected every 0.5 s during the melting and solidification process. The solidification of the Sn phase in the solder joint occurred between 0.5 s and 1 s. During melting, most of the Sn melted in about 0.5 s, but in some cases took 2–5 s for the Sn peak to completely disappear. In one instance, the Sn peak persisted for 30 s. The Ag3Sn peaks dissolved in about 1–2 s, but the Cu6Sn5 peaks from the interface were persistent and did not change throughout the melting and solidification process. Completely different Sn crystal orientations were always developed upon resolidification.


Lead-free solder WLCSP synchrotron x-ray diffraction reflow Sn crystal orientation