Transient thermal simulation was performed to analyze thermal response of the assembly process for a package using Anisotropic Conductive Film (ACF). Two assembly processes were modeled: a simplified process where the package was fixed at two different temperatures during assembly, and a detailed process where the package experienced a ramping heating process, followed by a constant temperature curing process. A 3D conjugate Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) study was first conducted, followed by a 3D conduction-only analysis due to the minimal effect of convection and radiation.

Results from the detailed process modeling indicated that during the initial ramping, within 0.02 second, the die and nozzle head experienced a small temperature drop due to the cooling effect of the ACF material and substrate. The ACF material also displayed a steep increase in temperature after contacting the die, followed by a short decay, then ramped up again. At the end of the 10-second ramping process, the ACF reached a temperature of almost 203°C, while the die was at 206°C. During the 5 seconds of curing, all parts reached steady state in less than 2 seconds.

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