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MKM105 - Introduction to microsystems packaging  
Grunder till byggsätt för mikrosystem
Syllabus adopted 2019-02-13 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPEES
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Electrical Engineering

Teaching language: English
Application code: 15113
Open for exchange students: Yes
Block schedule: B+

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0104 Examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c   17 Jan 2020 pm SB_MU   07 Apr 2020 am DIST   28 Aug 2020 pm J

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Johan Liu

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In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

You should have a B.Sc. or equivalent in electrical engineering, engineering physics or mechanical engineering.


The objective of the course is to give the students an insight of the fundamental materials, processes and thermal management principles and concepts for microsystem system packaging. The students will after the course understand the driving forces for the quick development and fast changes related to the microelectronics/microsystem industry and products. The students will be able to use the terminology within the packaging of the electronics and microsystem to deal with the issues in this area. The students shall also be able to master basic manufacturing, thermal management and packaging techniques at chip as well as at board level.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • Describe microsystems packaging of fundamental technologies such as microelectronics, photonics and MEMS. Define each one of these fundamental technologies and describe the key concepts for packaging in each one of them.
  • Select appropriate package technologies for different devices.
  • Suggest solutions to well defined problems concerning the role of packaging in microelectronics and microsystems, the fundamentals of electrical package design, single-chip and multichip packaging, IC assembly, wafer-level packaging, fundamentals of discrete, integrated and embedded passives, fundamentals of optoelectronics, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), sealing and encapsulation, system-level Printed Wiring Board (PWB) technology and board assembly.
  • Assess and compare different manufacturing processes and packaging technologies in order to make optimal choices based on specific requirements.
  • Discuss the challenges of packaging and thermal management in electronics in a meaningful way with a professional in the field.
  • Describe heat transfer in a microsystem in a schematic diagram consisting of thermal resistors.
  • Compare and determine the relative importance of different thermal transport mechanisms in realistic microelectronic scenarios.
  • Make basic design considerations for cooling of microelectronics.
  • Choose appropriate materials for different packages based on material properties and design requirements.
  • Discuss the reasons for the differing reliability of different packages and packaging technologies.
  • Use simple characterization methods to determine thermal, mechanical and electrical properties as well as the reliability of packaging materials and electronics systems.
  • Explain the acceleration factor for reliability testing.
  • Choose the right reliability tests and characterization methods for components, interconnects for a packaged system.


A number of lectures will be organized to give a background on microsystems packaging and production. Also invited guests from the electronics industry will talk about the importance of the microelectronics industry, the complexity of microelectronic products and the specific problems related to them. In addition to this, exercises and laboratory work will enhance the students understanding of the basic concepts in microelectronics and microsystems packaging and production. The lectures and exercises will cover the following topics: introduction to microsystems packaging and production, components types, IC assembly and wafer level packaging, passives, packaging and techniques, MEMS packaging, sealing and encapsulation and sSystem-level PWB technology, board assembly, and packaging materials and processes.


The organization of the course is the following:

  1. Lectures,
  2. Tutorials
  3. Home assignments
  4. Laboratory work (compulsory labs): Lab A: Reflow and wave soldering, Lab B: Stencil and Pick and Place, Lab C: Flip chip
  5. Company visit
  6. Compulsory guest lectures
  7. Technical report (includes written report and oral presentation)


Rao Tummala: Fundamentals of Microsystems Packaging , McGraw Hill, New York, USA, 2001, ISBN: 0-07-137169-9

Examination including compulsory elements

  • Written examination with scale, failed, 3, 4 and 5.
  • Labs attended.
  • Visit attended.
  • Home assignments done.
  • Guest lectures attended.
  • Written report and oral presentation of the same.

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