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A method of operating a bonding machine is provided. The method includes the steps of: (a) carrying a semiconductor element with a transfer tool; and (b) transferring the semiconductor element from the transfer tool to a bonding tool of the bonding machine without the transfer tool and the bonding tool contacting the semiconductor element at the same time.


Patent
Kulicke and Soffa Industries Inc. | Date: 2016-10-20

A method of forming a wire interconnect structure includes the steps of: (a) forming a wire bond at a bonding location on a substrate using a wire bonding tool; (b) extending a length of wire, continuous with the wire bond, to another location; (c) pressing a portion of the length of wire against the other location using the wire bonding tool; (d) moving the wire bonding tool, and the pressed portion of the length of wire, to a position above the wire bond; and (e) separating the length of wire from a wire supply at the pressed portion, thereby providing a wire interconnect structure bonded to the bonding location.


A method of forming a wire loop in connection with a semiconductor package is provided. The method includes the steps of: (1) providing package data related to the semiconductor package to a wire bonding machine; (2) providing at least one looping control value related to a desired wire loop to the wire bonding machine, the at least one looping control value including at least a loop height value related to the desired wire loop; (3) deriving looping parameters, using an algorithm, for forming the desired wire loop; (4) forming a first wire loop on the wire bonding machine using the looping parameters derived in step (3); (5) measuring actual looping control values of the first wire loop formed in step (4) corresponding to the at least one looping control value; and (6) comparing the actual looping control values measured in step (5) to the at least one looping control value provided in step (2).


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 bonding machine for bonding semiconductor elements, the bonding machine including: a support structure configured to support a substrate; a bond head assembly, the bond head assembly including a bonding tool configured to bond a plurality of semiconductor elements to the substrate; and a calibration tool including a contact portion configured to be positioned between the bonding tool and the support structure, the contact portion configured to be contacted by each of the bonding tool and the support structure simultaneously during a calibration operation.


A thermocompression bonder is provided. The thermocompression bonder includes: a bond head including a heated bonding tool for bonding a semiconductor element to a substrate; and a flux application tool for applying a flux material to conductive contacts of the substrate prior to bonding of the semiconductor element to the substrate.


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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