BGA Package Design and Simulation
A BGA package is very popular package style for high speed digital applications due to high density, low thermal resistance, and low inductance leads. In a BGA package, the electrical connections are made of solder balls stuck to the bottom of the package. However as the operating frequency and data rate go up, it is critically important for IC designers to understand the package’s electrical performance because of the parasitics that can come from the package.
A package is the second most expensive part next to the silicon and can add 6 to 8 weeks to the cycle time. Given the very tight opportunity window for the majority of digital products, a failure to produce a successful package design can significantly reduce the profit margin or even kill the entire project. Designers are challenged to get the desired package performance right the first time. It requires fast and accurate analysis of BGA packages with EM simulators. A 45 mm package is simulated for high speed traces and simulated performance is compared
against measured data.