The effect of waveform for pulse plating on copper plating distribution of microvia in PCB manufacture

Kam Chuen Yung, Kang Cheung Chan, Tai Man Yue, K. F. Yeung

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The application of microvias is to reduce the size and weight of the printed circuit board, and to enhance its electrical performance. In many instances, the plating of microvias creates a bottleneck for High Density Interconnection (HDI) manufacture. In this study, the effects of waveform on the copper plating process were investigated. The results showed that the addition of a spike, and a decrease in forward current can improve the throwing power in plating quality. The study also found that the combination of multiple spikes, a low forward current and a high reverse current can significantly improve copper distribution in microvias plating.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-248
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004


  • Microvia
  • Printed circuit boards
  • Pulse plating
  • Throwing power
  • Waveform

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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