1.1 These test methods cover tests to determine the shear strength of a series of ball bonds made by either thermosonic or thermal compression techniques using either gold or copper wires.
—Common usage at the present time considers the term “ball bond'' to include the enlarged spheriodal or nailhead portion of the wire, (produced by the flameoff/spark [EFO] and first bonding operation in the thermosonic [or thermal compression] process), and the ball bond-bonding pad interfacial-attachment area or weld interface.
1.2 These test methods cover ball bonds made with small diameter (from 18 to 76-μm (0.0007 to 0.003-in.)) gold or copper wire of the type used in integrated circuits and hybrid microelectronic assemblies, system on a chip, and so forth.
1.3 These test methods can be used only when the ball height and diameter are large enough and adjacent interfering structures are far enough away to allow suitable placement and clearance (above the bonding pad and between adjacent bonds) of the shear test ram.
1.4 These test methods are destructive. They are appropriate for use in process development or, with a proper sampling plan, for process control or quality assurance.
1.5 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.
1.6 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.