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DIY - Soldering BGA IC on PCB
DIY - Soldering BGA IC on PCB
More and more devices are shipped in small factor form packages like QFP and BGA. Some designers still
prefer the traditional DIP/SO package. It is obviously that the DIP ICs will be hardly available in future designs.
Not only the microcontrollers and microprocessors, but supplementary ICs as well employ BGA package for
smaller size and better heat dissipation. Even on the amateur electronics design, more and more components
come from second hand devices such as mobile phones and portable equipments. We can not ignore the
industry trend anyhow.
I used to ask for help to one partner of mine who have the expensive production facilities to solder BGA ICs.
However I have to align with his production schedule and it takes time and increases the budget.
I have to find my own way. Is it possible to solder it by myself? Yes, but with some limitation.
In order to mount BGA IC on the PCB manually, we must prepare a table-vice, two hot air heaters,
optional infra-red thermometer and camera. The table-vice is used for holding the PCB, the hot air
heaters are used as the soldering irons for both sides. The infra-read thermometer and camera are
used for temperature monitoring and visual inspection.
1.BGA First, hold the blank PCB firmly with the table-vice.
2.Then adjust the camera to have the horizontal side view of BGA balls. Someone may raise questions
about how to align the BGA chip on the BGA pads. Do not worry, if you align it with silkscreen layer correctly,
the BGA balls will be self-aligned with BGA pads during the heating and soldering process. You can see it via the camera later.
3.Now point both hot air heaters to top and bottom sides of the PCB. Set the temperature of heaters to 300 degree
Celsius and turn them on. Here the temperature setup depends on your experiences of different type, size,
and IC temperature limitation.
Solder Ball Side View
Now, please point infrared thermometer to the BGA chip, and monitor the camera to check if the solder balls are
melting down or not. You can not overheat the BGA chip, while make sure all solder balls are perfectly melting
and soldering to the PCB pads.
If possible, please, spread the soldering flux on the pads or process your PCB with solder leveling method before
mounting BGA on it.The limitation is the number of BGA solder balls and size of the package. This manual
soldering approach is not suitable for big BGA package. The bigger is the BGA package the higher are the
I know some guys can remove the BGA chip from PCB, remove the remaining balls, add new balls to the chip
and mount it on another board. However it is enough for me so far, unless I have only one sample IC during
development. Removing BGA from a complete PCB will possibly damage other parts on board. So I only
suggest you manually mount BGA on a new blank board before any other components get mounted.