Guidelines for Handling Altera Wafer Level Chip Scale Package
Proper care must be taken when handling Altera’s Wafer Level Chip
Scale Package (WLCSP) components.
Follow these guidelines.
Make sure hardened pick-up tools are not used in handling WLCSP devices.
Use vacuum pen with the correct suction cup size. The cup must be smaller than actual WLCSP
device to ensure vacuum suction.
Hardened pick-up tools, such as tweezers, may damage
Altera's WLCSP are shipped in a Tape and Reel carrier. Do not store or
transport WLCSP devices in containers other than the Tape and Reel carriers. Other
containers may cause additional damage to the devices.
Use appropriate vacuum pressure, 60–70 kilopascal (kPa), on the
Pick and Place Process
When picking up the component from the Tape and Reel carrier, Altera
recommends that you place the pick-up tool at a vertical-height distance from the
Use vacuum pressure at approximately 60–70 kPa to lift the WLCSP from the
pocket of the tape. This practice prevents direct contact on the WLCSP during pick-up.
Set vertical-height distance between the WLCSP and the pick-up tool to zero (minimal
The vacuum lifts the package out from the pocket of the tape.
Similarly, set vertical-height distance during placement on the board to
zero to avoid overdrive beyond the limit of PCB.
Figure 1. Zero Vertical-Height Distance between WLCSP and Pick-Up Tool
Figure 2. Zero Vertical-Height Distance During Board Placement
To ensure the components do not get damaged, use vacuum pens with
suction cups smaller than the size of the component.
Figure 3. Example of a Vacuum Pen. The figure shows a HANDI-VAC® KIT-ESD vacuum pen.
Figure 4. Using the Correct Vacuum Pen
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