Advanced Packaging, June, 2005

New Aging Mechanism in Multilayer Ceramic Capacitators

D. Donahoe and M. Pecht
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742


As IC progress drives more functionality onto each IC die, fewer ICs on each PCB are required. At the same time, the trend toward lower IC voltage and to higher operating frequencies requires more passives to maintain signal integrity. For example, approximately 90% of electronics on a cell phone are passive. Of these, 60% are capacitors - most are multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCC).

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