Skip to main content

A Novel System for the Production of World's First Micro Ball Grid Array (µBGA) Spheres for enabling the EU Electronics Industry to produce smaller electronics goods

Objective

There is relentless consumer demand for electronics equipment offering miniaturisation with higher functionality (e.g. cell phones playing music and movies whilst also offering email/SMS/camera functions). The industry is therefore continuously aiming for increases in integrated circuit miniaturization, processor speeds and circuit densities. The resultant increasing numbers of ever finer features on the silicon chip, and the need to electrically connect to them has stretched conventional wired or leaded electronics interconnect technology to its limits. This trend of miniaturisation with higher functionality looks set to continue, requiring fundamental advances in device electrical interconnect and mounting technology. Ball Grid Arrays (BGAs) is a key technology that simultaneously addresses the requirements for high density fine feature electrical interconnect and physical attachment of silicon chip devices. BGA is a 2-D array of miniature solder alloy spheres under the silicon chip that provides both electrical connection and mechanical attachment to a mounting socket or circuit board. The small diameter of the solder alloy spheres reduces electrical resistance and capacitance and helps to preserve electrical signal integrity. BGA technology facilitates a reduction in the silicon chip package size, better heat dissipation, and greater module (circuit) densities. Typical mobile phones and laptops contain 3,000 and 6,000 BGAs respectively. These BGAs are inside CPU, RAM, DSP, Memory sticks, Consumer electronic etc. The μBGAS project aims at wider SME companies who are interested in the development of novel production techniques for producing μBGAs of less than 150μm. The μBGAs system is targeted at all electronic product producing SME companies where miniaturisation is a major concern. This includes electronics for aerospace, automotive, mobile phones and laptops.

Field of science

  • /humanities/arts/modern and contemporary art/film
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/information engineering/telecommunications/mobile phone
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/computer hardware/computer processor

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2008-2
See other projects for this call

Funding Scheme

BSG-SME-AG - Research for SME associations/groupings

Coordinator

KINGSTON COMPUTER CONSULTANCY LIMITED
Address
Worship Street 28-30 Crystal Gate
EC2A 2AH London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 238 964
Administrative Contact
Aasim Khalid (Mr.)

Participants (12)

SURFACE MOUNT AND RELATED TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED LBG - SMART GROUP
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 436 527,50
Address
Easton Street 85
HP11 1LT High Wycombe
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anthony Gordon (Mr.)
FEDERATION OF HELLENIC INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATION ENTREPRISES
Greece
EU contribution
€ 410 222,50
Address
Frantzi 19
11743 Athina
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Yannis Sirros (Mr.)
ASSOCIACAO PORTUGUESA DE EMPRESAS DE TECNOLOGIAS AMBIENTAIS - APEMETA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 423 462,50
Address
Avenida Do Campo Grande 294
1700-097 Lisboa
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
José Costa (Mr.)
BIZESP LTD

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 20 000
Address
Oxford Centre For Innovation - Mill Street
OX2 OJX Oxford
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Baluch Dosten (Dr.)
AINOOUCHAOU PLIROFORIKI AE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 100 000
Address
L Kiphisias 116 Kai Davaki 1
11526 Athina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gregory Kotsikaris (Mr.)
Semicon Sp. z.o.o.
Poland
EU contribution
€ 60 000
Address
Zwolenska 43/43A
04-761 Warsaw
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jacek Tomaszewski (Mr.)
SEMI EUROPE-GRENOBLE OFFICE

Participation ended

France
EU contribution
€ 71 356
Address
Parvis Louis Néel 3
38054 Grenoble
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Jacques Perrocheau (Mr.)
ABIS SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA SPK
Poland
EU contribution
€ 45 000
Address
Ul. Kamienna 17
30 199 Rzaska
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Piotr Bistron (Mr.)
SURFACE MOUNT AND RELATED TECHNOLOGIES IRELAND LIMITED - SMART GROUP IRELAND
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 501 211,50
Address
Fairview Avenue Lower 1A
3 Fairview-dublin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Philip.J. O'rourke (Mr.)
ASSOCIATION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES OF NOTHERN GREECE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 384 506
Address
Technopolis Thessalonikis Business Park Building C2
55510 Thessaloniki
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Anastasios Tzikas (Mr.)
COMPUTERISED INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 347 250
Address
Centurion Court 4 5 Brick Close Kiln Farm
MK11 3JB Milton Keynes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Subash Chander Sood (Prof.)
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 80 000
Address
Western Road
T12 YN60 Cork
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Conor Delaney (Mr.)