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Characterization of Low Temperature, Wafer-Level Gold-Gold Thermocompression Bonds

  • Christine H. Tsau (a1), Martin A. Schmidt (a1) and S. Mark Spearing (a1)


Low temperature, wafer-level bonding offers several advantages in MEMS packaging, such as device protection during aggressive processing/handling and the possibility of vacuum sealing. Although thermocompression bonding can be achieved with a variety of metals, gold is often preferred because of its acceptance in die bonding [1] and its resistance to oxidation. This study demonstrates that the simultaneous application of moderate pressure (0.5 MPa) and temperature (300°C) produces strong wafer-level bonds. A four-point benddelamination technique was utilized to quantify bond toughness. Test specimens exhibited constant load versus displacement behavior during steady state crack propagation. Two distinct fracture modes were observed: cohesive failure within the Au and adhesive failure at the Ti-Si interface. The strain energy release rate for Au-Au fracture was found to be higher than that associated with Ti-Si fracture, consistent with the greater plastic deformation that occurs in the metal during fracture.



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Characterization of Low Temperature, Wafer-Level Gold-Gold Thermocompression Bonds

  • Christine H. Tsau (a1), Martin A. Schmidt (a1) and S. Mark Spearing (a1)


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