Freescale ships billionth copper wire component
Only two years after launching an ambitious initiative to expand and promote the industry-wide utilisation of copper wire assembly technology, Freescale Semiconductor has shipped its billionth copper wire component.
Freescale’s final manufacturing sites in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Tianjin, China today produce more components in technically superior copper wire bonding at excellent quality levels than in traditional gold wire. The company anticipates that the vast majority of products manufactured at these sites will utilise copper wire bonding by the end of 2015.
More than 300m Freescale units have been shipped are for automotive applications, many of them in demanding under-the-hood environments. Beginning with an automotive industry event which Freescale hosted in May 2013, focus was placed on accelerating the broad adoption of copper wire technology.
Involving Freescale customers and their suppliers, key distributors and renowned industry experts, the gathering resulted in comprehensive work plans and close collaborations which, just 24 months later, contributed greatly to Freescale’s delivery of its billionth copper wire device.
Freescale’s copper wire packages deliver higher reliability and better electrical and thermal performance than equivalent gold wire packages. In addition, in terms of production quality, copper wire products perform today at Freescale two times better than traditional gold wire parts, with copper wire defectivity rates of only approximately 20ppb.