Dispensing: A Robust Process Solution for Shield Edge Interconnect

A new process has been developed for RF shielding on compact electronic communications devices using automated solder paste dispensing. The process is known as Shield Edge Interconnect (SEI). SEI designs enable parts to be processed though underfill before placing of the RF shield and allows more complete use of valuable PCB real estate to achieve reduced form factor requirements and/or for added components on products such as smartphones and tablets. The reduced form factor creates challenges for the assembly of those devices. This process, enabled by Speedline dispensing technology, relies on extremely accurate dispensing of solder paste on copper traces located along the outer edge of the PCB. The result is a robust process solution for SEI in which proprietary closed loop dispenser, pump, vision, and software technologies enable a high volume manufacturing (HVM) process.