Development of a Two Matrix Model for Thermal Analysis of a Multichip Module

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M. A. Butterbaugh

IBM AS/400 Division, 3605 Highway 52 North, Rochester, MN 55901-7829

J. Electron. Packag 119(4), 288-293 (Dec 01, 1997) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2792251 History: Received August 03, 1995; Revised December 06, 1996; Online November 06, 2007


The customary one-dimensional thermal resistance model used for single chip modules is not well suited for use with multichip modules. In this paper, it is proposed to model a multichip module (MCM) using a two matrix approach. An external matrix of influence coefficients is used in conjunction with cap temperatures measured above each chip site to determine individual chip powers within the MCM. These chip powers are then used with a matrix of internal influence coefficients to determine chip temperature rise relative to the cap temperature. The proposed matrices are determined using a “thermal test module” or “computational model” where chip power, chip temperature, and cap temperature can be explicitly measured. This dual matrix model is then available for use with production modules to determine chip powers and temperatures from a measurement of cap temperatures above each chip-site. The proposed model is demonstrated for a four chip MCM using data from numerical simulations. A sample of test runs using the model predicts the chip powers and temperatures to within 3.5 and 5.5 percent, respectively, of the values from the numerical model. Module physical properties are also parametrically varied to determine their effect on matrix elements. The matrix model is also proposed as a design tool to augment more numerically intensive methods of thermal analysis.

Copyright © 1997 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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