Study of electromigration-induced failures on Cu pillar bumps joined to OSP and ENEPIG substrates

Yu Hsiang Hsiao, Kwang-Lung Lin, Chiu Wen Lee, Yu Hsiu Shao, Yi Shao Lai

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This work studies electromigration (EM)-induced failures on Cu pillar bumps joined to organic solderability preservative (OSP) on Cu substrates (OSP-bumps) and electroless Ni(P)/electroless Pd/immersion Au (ENEPIG) under bump metallurgy (UBM) on Cu substrates (ENEPIG-bumps). Two failure modes (Cu pad consumption and gap formation) were found with OSP-bumps, but only one failure mode (gap formation) was found with ENEPIG-bumps. The main interfacial compound layer was the Cu6Sn5 compound, which suffered significant EM-induced dissolution, eventually resulting in severe Cu pad consumption at the cathode side for OSP-bumps. A (Cu,Ni)6Sn5 layer with strong resistance to EM-induced dissolution exists at the joint interface when a nickel barrier layer is incorporated at the cathode side (Ni or ENEPIG), and these imbalanced atomic fluxes result in the voids and gap formation. OSP-bumps showed better lifetime results than ENEPIG-bumps for several current stressing conditions. The inverse Cu atomic flux (JCu,chem) which diffuses from the Cu pad to cathode side retards the formation of voids. The driving force for JCu,chem comes from the difference in chemical potential between the (Cu,Ni) 6Sn5 and Cu6Sn5 phases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3368-3374
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Electronic Materials
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Dec 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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