|Name||Wafer-level Chip-scale Package (WLCSP)|
|Solderability||Cannot be soldered with a soldering iron. Requires reflow oven or infrared heater.|
The WLCSP package can either be rectangular or square in shape.
The pin numbering follows the standard BGA convention, the columns are labelled with letters (A, B, C, …) and the rows with numbers (1, 2, 3, …). Thus pins are referred to as A1, C3, D11, e.t.c.
The rows of bumps maybe aligned in a grid or offset, again like BGA.
As of March 2015, WLCSP offers the smallest possible footprint of any component package for a particular die1.
Unusually, the WLCSP package is sensitive to high-intensity, long wavelength light. This was due to the photoelectric effect, where the light hitting the top and sides of the semiconductor-based package causes current to flow in the die and can disrupt proper operation.
WLCSP packages can come with a backside laminate (BSL) which blocks light from disrupting the IC. Fairchild Semiconductor explain that having a BSL is not significant for board-level reliability.
RaspberryPi 2 Bug
The photosensitivity of the WLCSP package manifested itself as a bug on the RaspberryPi 2. The regulator that provided power to the RaspberryPi 2 core was in a WLCSP package, and when exposed to a high-intensity, long wavelength light (like a xenon camera flash), the RaspberryPi 2 would reset.
The current caused by “normal” camera flashes do not seem to be able to permanently damage the chip.
Posted: March 24th, 2015 at 1:53 pm
Last Updated on: November 29th, 2017 at 6:07 am