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Machine learning assisted characterization of a Low Temperature Co-fired Ceramic (LTCC) module measured by synchrotron computer tomography

Mittwoch (16.09.2020)
17:30 - 17:34 Uhr Metallographie

The 5G technology promises real time data transmission for industrial processes, autonomous driving, virtual and augmented reality, E-health applications and many more. The Low Temperature Co-fired Ceramics (LTCC) technology is well suited for the manufacturing of microelectronic components for such applications. Still, improvement of the technology such as further miniaturization is required. This study focuses on the characterization of inner metallization of LTCC multilayer modules, especially on the vertical interconnect access (VIA). Critical considerations for this characterization are delamination, pore clustering in and at the edge of the VIA, deformation, and stacking offset. A LTCC multilayer consisting of a glassy crystalline matrix with silver based VIAs was investigated by synchrotron x-ray tomography (CT). The aim of this study is to propose a multitude of structural characteristic values to maximize the information gained from the available dataset. Data analysis has been done with the open source software ImageJ as well as several additional plugins. The high-resolution CT data was evaluated through 2D slices for accessibility reasons. The segmentation of all 2000 slices to assess the different regions e.g. pores, silver and glass ceramic was done by a supervised machine learning algorithm. A quantitative evaluation of shape, deformation, and porosity of the VIA with respect to its dimensions is presented and the suitability of the characterization approach is assessed.

Paul Mrkwitschka
Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM)
Weitere Autoren/Referenten:
  • Dr. Torsten Rabe
    Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM)
  • Dr. Björn Mieller
    Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM)
  • Henning Markötter
    Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM)