A study was undertaken to select a suitable coating for a high-pin-count flexible edge connector (Flex) that interconnected a multichip thin-film silicon carrier to a printed circuit board. The Flex with cantilevered inner leads were joined to the contact pads at the perimeter of the carrier. 15 polymeric coatings were evaluated by subjecting coated Flexes to tests consisting of inner lead bending, temperature/humidity/bias (85°C/80%/15 V/350 hours), corrosion, line peel, and/or pressure cooker (126°C/20 psig/120 hours). Inner lead bending measurements were performed to assess the potential of lead shorting at the inner lead bonding sites during thermal cycling. From this study, a low-stress silicone evolved as the best candidate. The results leading to this conclusion will be shown and discussed.
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