Patents

MCSP has been granted United States Patents for its technological protections. In the years 2003 (#6,555,469), 2004 (#6,753,208), and 2005 (#6,982,475) MCSP was granted its base patents. Three new patent placeholder filings, not currently granted as of 2006, will advance the technology further. The new patents have been filed for these MCSP processes and the company believes that patents will be awarded.


Structure Patent - 6,555,469


A chip scale package structure formed by adhering a glass sheet having a pattern of holes matching a pattern of bond pads on a semiconductor wafer so that the pattern of holes on the glass sheet are over the pattern of bond pads on the semiconductor wafer. Metallized pads are formed on the glass sheet adjacent to each hole and in one embodiment a conductive trace is formed from each metallized pad on the glass sheet to the bond pad on the semiconductor wafer under the adjacent hole.


In a second embodiment, a pad is formed on the glass sheet adjacent to each hole and the pad extends down the sides of the adjacent hole. The hole is filled with a metal plug that electrically connects the pad on the glass sheet to the bond pad on the semiconductor wafer. In each embodiment, a solder ball is formed on each pad on the glass sheet.


Methodology Patent - 6,753,208


A chip scale package structure formed by adhering a glass sheet having a pattern of holes matching a pattern of bond pads on a semiconductor wafer so that the pattern of holes on the glass sheet are over the pattern of bond pads on the semiconductor wafer. Metallized pads are formed on the glass sheet adjacent to each hole and in one embodiment a conductive trace is formed from each metallized pad on the glass sheet to the bond pad on the semiconductor wafer under the adjacent hole.


In a second embodiment, a pad is formed on the glass sheet adjacent to each hole and the pad extends down the sides of the adjacent hole. The hole is filled with a metal plug that electrically connects the pad on the glass sheet to the bond pad on the semiconductor wafer. In each embodiment, a solder ball is formed on each pad on the glass sheet.


Hermetic Patent - 6,982,475


A wafer scale semiconductor integrated circuit packaging technique provides a hermetic seal for the individual integrated circuit die formed as part of the wafer scale structure. A semiconductor wafer is manufactured to include a number of individual semiconductor die. Each individual die formed on the wafer includes a number of bond pads that are exposed on the die surface in various locations to provide electrical connections to the circuitry created on the die.


The wafer further includes a planar glass sheet that is substantially the same size as the wafer, the glass sheet being adhered to the wafer using a suitable adhesive. The glass sheet has a number of pre-formed holes in it, the arrangement of the pre-formed holes corresponding to the location of the bond pads at each of the individual semiconductor die formed as part of the wafer structure.


Following adherence of the glass sheet to the semiconductor wafer utilizing the intermediate adhesive material, metal connections are made between pads formed on the glass sheet and the bond pads formed on the integrated circuit die. Solder balls are then attached to the pads on the glass sheet to provide a conductive flow between the solder balls and the bond pads.


After the solder balls are attached, trenches are cut around each of the individual die on the wafer. The trenches are cut at an angle and extend through the glass sheet and the intermediate adhesive material and into the semiconductor substrate in which the integrated circuits are formed.


After the trenches are cut around each individual semiconductor die, a noble metal is deposited on the sidewalls of the trench to extend over the interface between the glass sheet, the adhesive material and the semiconductor die. The wafer is then cut along the noble metal lined trenches to provide individual, hermetically sealed packaged integrated circuit die.


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