The effect of viscoelasticity of underfill on the reliability analysis of flip-chip package by using FEA has been investigated in this study. The analytical result on thermal warpage of a package is different depending on whether the underfill is assumed to be elastic or viscoelastic. The difference is prominent in materials with low Tg, specifically during the cooling process. The viscoelastic effect of the underfill on the fatigue life of the solder bumps is also appears in materials with low Tg, and the predicted fatigue life of a package is about twice as short if the underfill is assumed to be elastic instead of viscoelastic. Thus, the differences in the assumption regarding the viscoelastic properties of the underfill affect the reliability analysis of the packages under thermal cycling condition using FEA.

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