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Kulicke and Soffa Industries Inc. | Date: 2016-08-11

A method of providing a z-axis force profile applied to a plurality of bonding locations during a wire bonding operation is provided. The method includes: (a) determining a z-axis force profile for each of a plurality of bonding locations on an unsupported portion of at least one reference semiconductor device; and (b) applying the z-axis force profile during subsequent bonding of a subject semiconductor device. Methods of: determining a maximum bond force applied to a bonding location during formation of a wire bond; and determining a z-axis constant velocity profile for formation of a wire bond, are also provided.


A bond head assembly for bonding a semiconductor element to a substrate is provided. The bond head assembly includes a base structure, a heater, and a clamping system securing the heater to the base structure. The clamping system includes a plurality of elastic elements constraining the heater along a plurality of axes.


Patent
Kulicke and Soffa Industries Inc. | Date: 2017-03-03

A method of ultrasonically bonding semiconductor elements includes the steps of: (a) aligning surfaces of a plurality of first conductive structures of a first semiconductor element to respective surfaces of a plurality of second conductive structures of a second semiconductor element, wherein the surfaces of each of the plurality of first conductive structures and the plurality of second conductive structures include aluminum; and (b) ultrasonically bonding ones of the first conductive structures to respective ones of the second conductive structures.


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Kulicke and Soffa Industries Inc. | Date: 2017-03-13

A method of ultrasonically bonding semiconductor elements includes the steps of: (a) aligning surfaces of a plurality of first conductive structures of a first semiconductor element to respective surfaces of a plurality of second conductive structures of a second semiconductor element; and (b) ultrasonically bonding ones of the first conductive structures to respective ones of the second conductive structures. A bonding surface of at least one of the first conductive structures and the second conductive structures includes a frangible coating.


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Kulicke and Soffa Industries Inc. | Date: 2017-03-14

A method of ultrasonically bonding semiconductor elements includes the steps of: (a) aligning surfaces of a plurality of first conductive structures of a first semiconductor element to respective surfaces of a plurality of second conductive structures of a second semiconductor element; (b) ultrasonically forming tack bonds between ones of the first conductive structures and respective ones of the second conductive structures; and (c) forming completed bonds between the first conductive structures and the second conductive structures.


A method of operating a thermocompression bonding system is provided. The method includes the steps of: bringing first conductive structures of a semiconductor element into contact with second conductive structures of a substrate in connection with a thermocompression bonding operation; and moving the semiconductor element relative to the substrate along at least one substantially horizontal direction using a motion system of at least one of the semiconductor element and the substrate.


A bond head assembly for bonding a semiconductor element to a substrate is provided. The bond head assembly includes a base structure, a heater, and a clamping system securing the heater to the base structure. The clamping system includes a plurality of elastic elements constraining the heater along a plurality of axes.


Patent
Kulicke and Soffa Industries Inc. | Date: 2016-05-05

A method of ultrasonically bonding semiconductor elements includes the steps of: (a) aligning surfaces of a plurality of first conductive structures of a first semiconductor element to respective surfaces of a plurality of second conductive structures of a second semiconductor element, wherein the surfaces of each of the plurality of first conductive structures and the plurality of second conductive structures include aluminum; and (b) ultrasonically bonding ones of the first conductive structures to respective ones of the second conductive structures.


A bond head for a thermocompression bonder is provided. The bond head includes a tool configured to hold a workpiece to be bonded, a heater configured to heat the workpiece to be bonded, and a chamber proximate the heater. The chamber is configured to receive a cooling fluid for cooling the heater.


A method of operating a thermocompression bonding system is provided. The method includes the steps of: (a) applying a first level of bond force to a semiconductor element while first conductive structures of the semiconductor element are in contact with second conductive structures of a substrate in connection with a thermocompression bonding operation; (b) measuring a lateral force related to contact between (i) ones of the first conductive structures and (ii) corresponding ones of the second conductive structures; (c) determining a corrective motion to be applied based on the lateral force measured in step (b); and (d) applying the corrective motion determined in step (c).

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