Diffusion barrier property of electroless Ni-W-P coating in high temperature Zn-5Al/Cu solder interconnects
journal contributionposted on 22.06.2017, 14:54 by Li Liu, Zhiwen Chen, Zhaoxia Zhou, Guang Chen, Fengshun Wu, Changqing Liu
The operating temperature of high-temperature electronics can significantly promote the growth of intermetallic compounds (IMCs) at solder/substrate interfaces, particularly for low-cost Zn-based solders because of the rapid rate of reaction of Zn with Cu. Thus, a reliable and robust diffusion barrier is indispensable for suppressing the reactions between solder and substrate. In this work, a ternary Ni-W-P alloy was prepared via electroless plating. Its diffusion barrier property was evaluated by comparing the microstructures of IMC layers in Zn-5Al/Ni-W-P/Cu and Zn-5Al/Cu interconnects after liquid-solid reaction for prolonged durations. When the reaction lasted for 30 min, the thickness of the Al3Ni2 produced in the Zn-5Al/Ni-W-P/Cu solder interconnects was only 2.15 μm, whereas the thickness of the interfacial layer of Cu-Zn IMCs (CuZn4, Cu5Zn8 and CuZn) at the Zn-5Al/Cu interface was 94 μm. Because of the unbalanced growth of the IMCs in the Zn-5Al/Cu interconnects, notable numbers of Kirkendall voids were identified at the CuZn4/Cu5Zn8, Cu5Zn8/CuZn and CuZn/Cu interfaces after prolonged liquid-solid reaction. By contrast, the Al3Ni2 layer in the Zn-5Al/Ni-W-P/Cu solder joints remained intact, showing the potential to effectively enhance the mechanical reliability of electronic devices.
This research was supported by a Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme Project within the 7th European Community Framework Programme, No. PIRSES-GA-2010-269113, entitled “Micro-Multi-Material Manufacture to Enable Multifunctional Miniaturised Devices (M6)”, as well as an EPSRC-CPB Funding (GRANT NO. FS14). The authors also acknowledge the research funding by the National Nature Science Foundation of China (NSFC GRANT NO. 61261160498).
- Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering