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ECE 4236 Principles of Electronic Packaging


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ECE 4236 Principles of Electronic Packaging (3C)

This two-course sequence covers principles and analyses for design and manufacture of electronic packages. 4236: system-level package design issues for meeting application requirements and modeling tools for analyzing electronic packages are introduced. Materials and process selection guidelines are discussed for the manufacturing and reliability of packaged electronic products.

What is the reason for this course?

Demands for high performance and high integration of functions in electronic products have made the interconnection and protection of circuits critical to the overall system performance, reliability, and cost. A multidisciplinary electronic packaging team is necessary to develop a competitive product. The aim of this course is to better prepare students for the electronics industry by teaching them the principles of electronic packaging, such as how thermal, mechanical, electrical, and materials issues are taken into consideration for packaging a complex electronic system. This course also serves as an introduction to the subject for electrical and materials graduate students who have had no previous exposure to the subject.

Technical Elective. Typically offered: Spring. Program Area: Electronics.

Prerequisites: 4235.

Why are these prerequisites or corequisites required?

The course builds on the basics of chemistry and physics as covered in CHEM 1054 and PHYS 2306 as well as electronics and networks as covered in ECpE 2204 or ECpE 3254.

Department Syllabus Information:

Major Measurable Learning Objectives:
  • Tailor architecture and layout of an electronic package to application requirements;
  • Use a finite-element modeling tool to analyze the mechanical, or thermal, or thermomechanical, or electromagnetic designs of an electronic package
  • Select appropriate materials and processes for the manufacture of an electronic package.

Course Topics
Topic Percentage
1. Application Requirements of Packaged Electgronic Systems 15%
2. System Partitioning and Package Architecture 20%
3. Mechanical and Environmental Analyses 15%
4. Thermal and Thermomechanical Analyses 20%
5. Electrical and Electromagnetic Analyses 20%
6. Evaluation of Alternative Designs and Processes 10%

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