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The main component of semiconductor devices-ceramic substrate

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The substrate material is the basic material for manufacturing semiconductor components and printed circuit boards, such as silicon, gallium arsenide, silicon epitaxial garnet, etc., which are used in the semiconductor industry. It is made of high-purity alumina (alumina) as the main raw material, which is formed by high-pressure molding, high-temperature firing, and then cut and polished. The ceramic substrate is the basic material for manufacturing thick-film and thin-film circuits. Copper-clad laminate (referred to as clad laminate) is a substrate material used to manufacture printed circuit boards. In addition to supporting various components, it can also achieve electrical connection or electrical insulation between them.

Semiconductor packaging material is substrates that carry electronic components and their interconnections and have good electrical insulation.

The advantages of ceramic substrates include:

  • Good insulation and resistance to electrical breakdown;
  • High thermal conductivity: it affects the operating conditions and service life of semiconductors, and the uneven temperature field distribution caused by poor heat dissipation will also greatly increase the noise of electronic devices;
  • The thermal expansion coefficient is matched with other materials used in the packaging;
  • Good high-frequency characteristics: low dielectric constant and loss;
  • Smooth surface and uniform thickness: It is convenient to print the circuit on the surface of the substrate and ensure that the thickness of the printed circuit is uniform.

Development status of ceramic substrate materials for semiconductor devices

  1. BeO Ceramic Substrate
  2. Among the beryllium oxide materials, it is a rare ceramic material with high resistance and high thermal conductivity among oxides. Its room temperature thermal conductivity can reach 250W/(m.k), which is equivalent to the thermal conductivity of metals.

  3. Aluminum Oxide Ceramic Substrate
    Aluminum oxide ceramics is currently the most mature ceramic substrate material for production and processing technology.
    The aluminum oxide ceramic substrate has the advantages of low dielectric loss, the little relationship between electrical properties and temperature, high mechanical strength, and good chemical stability.
  4. Aluminum Nitride Ceramic Substrate (the best one at present)
    AIN ceramic is one of the few non-metallic materials with high thermal conductivity. Its thermal conductivity is more than 5 times that of the aluminum oxide ceramic substrate, which can reach more than 170W/|(m.k).

In addition, the thermal expansion coefficient of AIN is (3.8~4.4) multiplied by 10-6/℃, which matches well with the thermal expansion coefficient of semiconductor chip materials such as SI and silicon carbide.

At present, AIN ceramic circuit board substrates are mainly used in high-end industries.

Last update on 2023-02-02 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API