Ball Grid Array (BGA) Bonding


“Can someone suggest a material to use for bonding a Ball Grid Array (BGA)? We currently use 3M™ Scotch-Weld™ Epoxy Adhesive EC-2216 A/B. Also, will corner bonding a BGA prevent failure from vibration? “


There are a number of different adhesive technologies available for corner bonding. One of the newer technologies is light-curable adhesives. The adhesive is applied to the circuit board post-reflow and cured in seconds. Flow is engineered to wet the edge of the component while minimizing flow underneath. This is important for BGAs where the outside edge of balls can be very close to the edge of the BGA. It’s also needed to ensure all material gets exposed to light and cures. If fast process speed is critical for the application, this technology may be worth a look. DYMAX 9422-SC was specifically designed for corner bonding. More information on this product is available in Lit 244 – Leadless Component Ruggedization.

As for your question regarding vibration, there is no published data specifically on this issue. The most common reason for using corner bond is to increase reliability for drop testing. We have seen instances where drop tests went from less than a 50% passing rate to 100% with the adhesive in place. The secondary benefit is higher reliability through thermal shock.

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3 thoughts on “Ball Grid Array (BGA) Bonding

  1. Irene Boutin

    Hi Andy,
    The toxic question will be addressed by our Health & Safety department. On the removal side, if this is in the uncured state, you can wipe clean with just alcohol, if cured you may need to use heat to soften the material and then just peel it. I hope this helps.

  2. Sean Wright - Dymax EH&S

    Good Afternoon Mr. Wong,

    To address your question regarding toxicity of the 9422-SC material; it is considered harmful by inhalation, may cause respiratory and skin irritation and is also known to cause sensitization through skin contact. Aside from good personal hygiene practices (regular washing of hands) using proper local exhaust ventilation is recommended. Hands should be protected at all time and nitrile rubber gloves are the preferred material. Eye protection is essential – note that side shields should be used with all eye protection.

    Should these common safe practices be implemented, the risk of exposure is minimized.

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