20 nozzle smart placement for SIP packaging

20 nozzle smart placement for SIP packaging
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ASM's Siplace TX micron is a dual head assembly and packaging system that can handle the smallest components and thin die for system-in-package SIP devices
By Nick Flaherty


Industrial equipment maker ASM has boosted the speed of its system-in-package SIP and advanced packaging assembly system.

The 20-nozzle SIPLACE TX micron uses two high-speed placement heads to increase performance by roughly 23 percent to up to 96,000 components per hour, or 26 a second, while increasing the component spectrum by 37 percent.

A single machine covers the three precision classes of 25, 20 and 15 µm @ 3σ, making it possible to operate with component pitches of as little as 50 µm and place 0201m components at full speed. Special functions for thin-die handling in SIP packages deliver significantly higher yields when assembling modules or submodules.

Advanced packaging, which is one of today’s key technologies in electronics production, blurs the lines between outsourced assembly and packaging (OSATs), IDMs and ‘classical’ surface mount SMT applications, says the company. The production of SiP and SoC devices as well as the processing of dies and flip-chip modules on high-precision SMT platforms is becoming more common every day.

“As the world’s largest supplier of equipment to the electronics industry, ASM serves the back-end segment for semiconductor production as well as classical SMT factories,” said Alexander Hagenfeldt, Head of Product Marketing at ASM. “The development of the new SIPLACE TX micron was based on decades of experience and the latest technologies from both fields to raise advanced packaging and high-density applications to a new level of productivity. The TX micron is the fastest and most precise Siplace machine that ASM has ever introduced.”

The SpeedStar 20-segment placement head can now place up to 48,000 components per hour (cph), and the dual-gantry SIPLACE TX micron uses two of these for a placement performance of up to 96,000 cph. This is made possible by the new placement head as well as by another shortening of its travel paths with a more compact feeder control unit (FCU) and Z-axis travel that has been shortened to 2mm.

Next: SIP placement accuracy

The highest accuracy class is achieved with a new vacuum tool that features an exchangeable magnetic plate for rapid product changeovers. A 4mm version of the Smart Feeder Xi also makes the pickup of small components and die faster and more accurate. This uses the latest micro-tapes, or the bottoms of the blisters are vacuum-leveled to prevent inclined positions of components within the tape.

Thin dies, flip-chips and the smallest 0201m components require extremely gentle handling so the entire placement process of the TX micron can be individually programmed for each component and placement position. This includes touchless pickup and zero-force placement. For sensitive thin dies, the vision system features advanced image processing algorithms such as cracked-die inspection and die-chipping detection. That way, components with hairline fractures and lacerated edges are detected and rejected already during the pickup process.

The SIP system has the same footprint as the predecessor model at 2.23 x 1.0m (7.3 x 3.3ft) and is suitable for cleanroom environments with DIN EN ISO 14644-1 Class 7 certification.

The SIPLACE TX micron also has a range of M2M and networking capabilities. Open and standardized interfaces such as ASM OIB, IPC-HERMES-9852, IPC-CFX and IPC-SMEMA-9851 allow it to be fully integrated into workflows, higher-level MES/ERP systems, traceability solutions, and the integrated smart factory.

In addition to being a founding member of the ADAMOS joint venture for the development of an IIoT platform for manufacturing companies, ASM is working with other SMT manufacturers on the open HERMES standard as a successor to the SMEMA standard for M2M communication in SMT lines.


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