STATS ChipPAC expands AEC-Q100 qualification of eWLB for Automotive applications

Grades 1 and 2 qualification supports a wider range of infotainment, GPS and radar applications.STATS ChipPAC Pte, a leading provider of advanced semiconductor packaging and test services, announced the expanded qualification of its embedded Wafer Level Ball Grid Array (eWLB) technology for Grades 1 and 2 of the AEC-Q100 standards established by the Automotive Electronics Council (AEC).

The AEC is an organization based in the United States that sets qualification standards for the supply of components in the global automotive electronics industry. The AEC-Q100 standard defines critical stress tests and qualification requirements for the purpose of qualifying an integrated circuit (IC) for automotive applications. Based on the AEC-Q100 standard, ICs must pass stringent test requirements within specific temperature ranges defined for grade levels from 0 to 4. Grade 0 is the most stringent standard, requiring an operating temperature range of -40 to +150 degrees Celsius. A Grade 1 device must operate in strenuous conditions from -40 to +125 degrees Celsius while a Grade 2 device must meet requirements within a -40 to +105 degrees Celsius operating environment.

Automotive devices operate in harsh environments that require long-term, reliable system operation over a wide temperature range. Our factory has been ISO/TS 16949 certified for over 10 years, and we have been actively working with multiple automotive customers over the last 5 years to expand our eWLB qualification. eWLB has passed 1000 cycles at -55/150°C for Grade 1 qualification and met Grade 2 requirements of 1000 cycles at -55/125°C. Our success in meeting the stringent AEC standards demonstrates our commitment to serve our customers across a wide range of automotive applications and operating conditions,” said Cindy Palar, Managing Director of STATS ChipPAC’s Singapore operation.

STATS ChipPAC Singapore’s qualification of AEC-Q100 Grade 1 and 2 for eWLB expands the automotive capabilities for the JCET Group of companies. With automotive manufacturing experience extending back to 2005, Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology Co.,(JCET) is qualified to the highest AEC-Q100 standards, Grades 0 and 1, for discrete and power packages. As the automotive market rapidly evolves toward driver-assisted or fully autonomous vehicles, the qualification of eWLB provides semiconductor companies with an advanced technology solution for applications such as infotainment, GPS, and high frequency radars in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).

Our eWLB AEC-Q100 qualification underscores the JCET Group’s commitment to meeting the rigorous quality standards required by customers in the automotive industry. eWLB provides an excellent high-frequency performance solution with proven reliability for our customers in automotive infotainment, GPS and radar applications. For ADAS radar applications, in particular, eWLB is a competitive solution for wireless systems that operate in the high-end, 77GHz millimeter-wave frequencies. This is an example of a rapidly growing market for eWLB which requires a more stringent level of automotive qualification,” said Hal Lasky, Executive Vice President and Chief Sales Officer, STATS ChipPAC.