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Development of Electronic Substrates for Medical Device Applications
Keywords: medical device applications, substrates, flexible packaging
There is a strong desire to develop advanced electronic substrates that can meet the growing demand for miniaturization, high-speed performance, and flexibility for medical devices. To accomplish this, new packaging structures need to be able to integrate more dies with greater function, higher I/O counts, smaller pitches, and high reliability, while being pushed into smaller and smaller footprints. As a result, the microelectronics industry is moving toward alternative, innovative approaches as solutions for squeezing more function into smaller packages. In the present study, we are developing flexible packages for a variety of medical applications. Here we discuss several classes of flexible materials that can be used to form high-performance flexible packaging. In addition, copper thinner than 5 μm is routinely used, with copper layers as thin as 0.2 μm used as a seed layer for semi-additive approaches. The use of semi-additive circuitization facilitates manufacture of fine-line circuit features, and traces narrower than 12μm have been produced routinely. A smooth copper-polymer interface is ideal for high speed applications and for fine line etching. Selection of an appropriate material provides good copper adhesion to the base film. Flexible materials with 1 or 2 metal layers provide the smallest possible roll diameter for systems such as catheters. Compatibility with well developed, high performance electronic materials represents a key advantage of flexible electronics systems that are enabled by high density fine line structures rather than unusual materials. Electrical interconnection between the chip and package can be made by a number of means. Solder-coated Cu-micro pillars for a variety of finer pitch applications are being developed. Cu micro pillars are grown through the dielectric or silicon and subsequently coated with solder to produce finer pitch 3D-interconnects. The paper also describes a novel approach for the fabrication of flexible electronics on PDMS substrates. The paper discusses the fabrication of PDMS substrates using different circuit patterns and geometries.
Rabindra Das, Principal Engineer
Endicott Interconnect Technologies, Inc.
Endicott, NY

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