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Nordson MARCH White Paper, Plasma Clean to Reduce Wire Bond Failures, Now Available Online

July 7, 2014

Describes wire bond failures, their causes, and ways to eliminate them, at http://bit.ly/PlasmaWP

CONCORD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nordson MARCH, a Nordson® company (NASDAQ:NDSN) and global leader in plasma processing technology, announces that the white paper, Plasma Clean to Reduce Wire Bond Failures, is now available on the Nordson MARCH website at http://bit.ly/PlasmaWP. The article discusses the two areas of wire bonding: the wire bonding process itself (wire bond “statistics”) and the long-term reliability of the device.

“In an ideal world we would be bonding onto clean metal surfaces on both the semiconductor device and the substrate or leadframe we are connecting it to,” explained John Maguire, business manager, Nordson MARCH and author of the white paper. “In practice, there are a number of sources of surface contamination which influence the wire bond statistics and the device reliability. These contaminants cover the surface we want to bond to, preventing us from making a good bond. A bonding process can run for hours or days without encountering any issues and suddenly go out of control for no apparent reason. Decreases in bonded area, average shear strength, and pull strength are all indicators that when the bond is made, the area of contact between the bond wire and the pad will be sub-optimal. This is due to the surface contaminant impeding the process of “welding”. Surface contamination will lead to a bond which does not reach its maximum potential strength.”

The article shows that plasma cleaning results in

  • Reduction or elimination of non-stick on pads (NSOPs)
  • Reduction or elimination of lifts
  • Increase in average shear strength
  • Increase in bonded area
  • Increase in average wire-pull strength
  • Increase in process window for the bonding process
  • Reduction or elimination of cratering and other damage arising from a too aggressive bond process

    The introduction of an appropriate plasma process prior to wire bonding will always deliver a cleaner surface to bond to. The article describes wire bond failures, their causes, and ways to eliminate them. Potential benefits are improved wire bond statistics, improved device reliability, and the elimination of excursions caused by non-systemic influences such as random pollution of the surfaces to be bonded by uncontrolled factors.

    For more information, contact Nordson MARCH at info@nordsonmarch.com or visit us on the website at www.nordonmarch.com.

    Visit Nordson MARCH at SEMICON West booth #5743

    Photo available at: http://bit.ly/March-Photo07

    About Nordson MARCH

    Nordson MARCH is the global leader in plasma processing technology for the semiconductor, printed circuit board (PCB), microelectronics, and medical & life science device manufacturing industries. Nordson MARCH has offices and applications laboratories worldwide, including California, Florida, Europe, Singapore, China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. With over 25 years of continuous innovation, Nordson MARCH designs and manufactures a complete line of award-winning and patented plasma processing systems. An expert staff of scientists and engineers is available to assist in the development of plasma processes that improve product reliability and increase production yields. Visit Nordson MARCH on the web at www.nordsonmarch.com or Facebook or Google+.

    About Nordson Corporation

    Nordson engineers, manufactures and markets differentiated products and systems used for dispensing and processing adhesives, coatings, polymers, sealants and biomaterials; and for managing fluids, testing and inspecting for quality, treating surfaces and curing. These products are supported with extensive application expertise and direct global sales and service. We serve a wide variety of consumer non-durable, consumer durable and technology end markets including packaging, nonwovens, electronics, medical, appliances, energy, transportation, building and construction, and general product assembly and finishing. Founded in 1954 and headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, the company has operations and support offices in more than 30 countries. Visit Nordson on the web at www.nordson.com, www.twitter.com/Nordson_Corp or www.facebook.com/nordson.



    Nordson MARCH (International Headquarters)

    Roberta Foster-Smith, 925-827-1240

    Roberta.foster-smith@nordsonmarch.com

    http://www.nordsonmarch.com

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    Andrea Roberts, 858-204-9584

    andrea@armarketinginc.com

    Source: Nordson MARCH


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