Re-distribution layer (RDL) is one key enabling technology for advance packaging. RDL is usually fabricated in wafer level by photolithography process. An alternative approach for implementing RDL by additive manufacturing (AM) method is proposed in this study. This allows RDL to be fabricated on singulation chip. Nano-silver (nano-Ag) ink is printed on the silicon chip to form routing traces and bond pads. However, the Ag pad may be consumed by solder quickly if the process is not properly controlled. This paper studied the effect of nano-Ag ink sintering condition on the solderability of Ag pad. The solder joint mechanical integrity was evaluated by solder ball shear test. High temperature storage test was also carried out to evaluate the solder joint reliability. Experiment results showed that Ag pad fabricated by AM is SMT compatible. High temperature storage did not cause early failure to the samples. There was not significant change in the Ag3Sn IMC layer thickness and mechanical strength. The finding of the present study will serve as a very useful reference for future practice of forming solder joints on sintered nano-Ag pads.

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