Chip-on-Flex Packaging of Optoelectronic Devices Using Optodic Bonding
Optoelectronic devices are finding increasingly varied applications; this poses high requirements on packaging technologies. With the growing demand for mechanical flexibility, transparent polymeric films are being employed as substrates. The goal of my research is to create chip-on- flex packaging (CoF) for optoelectronic devices. However, due to films' low glass transition temperature, thermal loading must be minimized. Therefore, a novel bonding process — namely, optodic bonding — is developed. The optical performance is considerably impaired by inefficient heat dissipation; to address this challenge, different thermal management techniques are implemented. Simulative and experimental investigations are conducted to evaluate the performance of CoF packages. In addition, optical simulations are performed to explore the influence of positioning accuracy. Two prototypes of planar optical interconnects are fabricated, with multi- and single-mode polymer waveguides, respectively. For optimal coupling, active alignment is applied. Optical coupling efficiency is calculated accordingly, and data transmission capability is verified.