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Characterization Socket

  1. Socket examples
  2. BGA example
  3. Tab example
  4. Controlled impedance to lead of package / die pad
  5. Test results

Socket examples


Controlled Impedance RF SOIC package and lead coplanarity verification Load Boards.

G-TEK Load Board with active components,
50 mil pitch, 14 lead RF SOIC
TEMM-10 Load Board with active components,
50 mil Pitch, 28 Lead RF SOIC

Particle Interconnect PLCC universal test socket

Nesting multiple packages in one design.

0.050" pitch, 20-84 lead with coplanar verification built-in.

Alternative Particle Interconnect lead frame with holddown

Removable single unit - proof of concept.

0.025" pitch, 196 lead, ceramic QFP. 0.020" pitch, 256 lead, ceramic QFP.

BGA example

Particle Interconnect - Sandia Lab Known Good Die (KGD)

Known-Good-Die probe/burn-in. Proof of removable die MCM-L/D/C.

0 failures, 11 runs shown above. Particle Interconnect surface mount BGA socket.
Particle Interconnect - Sandia mBGA interposer schematic. Sandia mBGA interposer

Particle Interconnect through-hole BGA socket

0.050" pitch, 15x15 version.

Particle Interconnect seasaw BGA socket

BeCu spring material with Particle Interconnect bumps on opposite sides of opposite ends of beam.

Tab example

Particle Interconnect - Hughes Aircraft 1988 joint venture

Burned-in at 125 ° C for 168 hours.

15 mil pitch, 188 lead, JEDEC Standard TAB test socket with 50 MHz high level D.U.T. tester. 15 mil pitch, 188 lead, JEDEC Standard TAB test socket.

0.015" pitch OLB (Outer Lead Bond) - 0.006" pitch ILB (Inner Lead Bond) TAB (Tape Automated Bonding) tested/burned-in/speed-sorted.

  1. Excise line for flip chip mounting of TAB frame into finished MCM.
  2. Particle Interconnect ILB contact point onto 129k gate array.

Controlled impedance to lead of package / die pad

Controlled impedance to lead of package

Schematic for controlled impedance socket. Surface of PLCC J-Lead after 30,000 insertions. Surface finish of lead passed steam aging test.

Controlled impedance socket

44 pin controlled impedance Particle Interconnect PLCC socket or interposer with singulate leads. Decoupling capacitors are within 0.100" of PLCC pad.

Printed circuit board layout Mechanical hold down

Circuit layout for controlled impedance socket

D.U.T. board layout use for TDR measurement. The traces are narrowed to compensate for Z0 change due to devices present in the socket.

TDR of controlled impedance Particle Interconnect socket (interposer) on load board

Impedance =
41.5 Ω
ρ = - 9.258 %
Distance = 90.47 mm
Cursor at 0.6036 ns from reference plane
Impedance =
57.2 Ω
ρ = 6.791 %
Distance = 100.9 mm
Cursor at 0.6736 ns from reference plane
Reference plane = 23.7844 ns
Channel 1 = 200.0 mV/div Offset = 4.075 Volts
Timebase = 0.1 ns/div Delay = 24.1920 ns (Shown on graph)
Start = 24.5432 ns, Stop = 24.5474 ns, Δ T = 0.0042 ns
  1. Demonstrated controlled impedance connector from contactor board to mother board using Particle Interconnect with impedance tolerance of 50 Ω ± 1 Ω.
  2. Controlled impedance of J-lead going to package.
  3. Compensation (Point 2 on graph) to neutralize internal inductance and capacitance of PLCC package (Point 3 on graph).
  4. Particle Interconnect is 10 times better than SMA connector (Point 1 on graph).
  5. Additional work by MMS, TI, and HP.

Test results

Lifetest comparison of Particle Interconnect vs. other sockets

Tested to failure.

This graph illustrates the exceptionally long remate life the Particle Interconnect coating provides a contact. Since the non-wiping action of the particles does very little damage to the mating surface, contacts last for 1,000,000 insertions or more. While this number is higher than the most applications require, it does testify to the robustness of connections using Particle Interconnect coatings.

Particle Interconnect contact resistance vs. contact force

Gold probe to top side Particle Interconnect

Particle Interconnect's very low resistance results in higher current capacity.

Particle Interconnect array top side Particle Interconnect bottom side close up

Contact resistance (milli-Ohm) vs. holddown force (gram-force)

Courtesy of Amp

These graphs show how Particle Interconnect coated contacts compare to traditional scrubing contact surfaces as regard to contact force and resistance. They illustrate the exceptionally low contact force of Particle Interconnect, showing this force to be at the test limit of 10 grams.

More importantly, the graphs show how consistently Particle Interconnect coatings perform between remate cycles. While tin and gold plated contacts 40 to 100 gram range initially, this performance was inconsistent and tended to degrade between remates because of oxide growth.

0.25" diameter hemispherical probes vs. 63/37 tin-lead coated surface.

Bright tin probe vs. control (no PI) Bright tin probe vs. 20-25 μ PI
. 0.010" BeCu, 0.250" Ni, 0.150" SnPb.
. 20 to 80,000+ milli-Ohms, 1 to 9 remates.
. No scrubbing action.
. 0.010" BeCu, 0.250" Ni + PI, 0.150" SnPb.
. 6 to 9 milli-Ohms (one ignored), 1 to 6 remates.
. No scrubbing action against PI.
Gold Probe vs. Control (no PI) Gold probe vs. 20-25 μ PI
. 0.010" BeCu; 0.250" Ni; 0.150" SnPb.
. 20 to 80,000+ milli-Ohms, 1 to 9 remates.
. No scrubing action.
. 0.010" BeCu; 0.250" Ni + PI; 0.150" SnPb.
. 8 to 14 milli-Ohms, 1 to 8 remates.
. No scrubbing action against PI.