Integrated circuits are put into protective packages to allow easy handling and assembly onto printed circuit boards and to protect the devices from damage. A very large number of different types of package exist. Some package types have standardized dimensions and tolerances, and are registered with trade industry associations such as JEDEC and Pro Electron. Other types are proprietary designations that may be made by only one or two manufacturers. Integrated circuit packaging is the last assembly process before testing and shipping devices to customers.
Occasionally specially-processed integrated circuit dies are prepared for direct connections to a substrate without an intermediate header or carrier. In
flip chip systems the IC is connected by solder bumps to a substrate. In beam-lead technology, the metallized pads that would be used for wire bonding connections in a conventional chip are thickened and extended to allow external connections to the circuit. Assemblies using "bare" chips have additional packaging or filling with epoxy to protect the devices from moisture.
Through-hole package [ edit ]
Through hole technology uses holes drilled through the PCB for mounting the components. The component has leads that are soldered to pads on the PCB to electrically and mechanically connect them to the PCB.
Three 14-pin (DIP14) plastic dual in-line packages containing IC chips.
Single in-line package
Dual in-line package 0.1 in (2.5 mm) pin spacing, rows 0.3 in (7.6 mm) or 0.6 in (15 mm) apart.
DIP ] 
Glass sealed ceramic
QIP Quadruple in-line package
Like DIP but with staggered (zig-zag) pins.
DIP Standard DIP with 0.1 in pin spacing, rows 0.3 in apart.
ZIP Zig-zag in-line package
Surface mount [ edit ]
Ceramic Column Grid Array (CGA)
Column Grid Array
Lead-Less lead-frame Package
A package with metric pin distribution (0.5–0.8 mm pitch)
LGA Land Grid Array
LTCC Low temperature co-fired ceramic
MCM Multi-Chip Module
Micro Surface Mount Device extended technology
Chip carrier [ edit ]
chip carrier is a rectangular package with contacts on all four edges. Leaded chip carriers have metal leads wrapped around the edge of the package, in the shape of a letter J. Leadless chip carriers have metal pads on the edges. Chip carrier packages may be made of ceramic or plastic and are usually secured to a printed circuit board by soldering, though sockets can be used for testing.
Bump Chip Carrier
Ceramic Leadless Chip Carrier
Leadless Chip Carrier
 Contacts are recessed vertically.
Leaded Chip Carrier
Leaded Ceramic Chip Carrier
Dual Lead-Less Chip Carrier (Ceramic)
Plastic Leaded Chip Carrier
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Pin grid arrays [ edit ]
Organic Pin Grid Array
Flip-chip Pin Grid Array
Pin Array Cartridge
Pin grid array
also known as PPGA
Ceramic Pin Grid Array
Flat packages [ edit ]
Flatpack Earliest version metal/ceramic packaging with flat leads
Ceramic Flat Pack
Ceramic Quad Flat-Pack, similar to
PQFP   -
Bumpered Quad Flat Pack
Dual Flat Pack
Exposed Thin Quad Flat Package
Power Quad Flat-Pack
No-leads, with exposed die-pad[s] for heatsinking
PQFP Plastic Quad Flat Package
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Low-profile Quad Flat Package
Quad Flat No Leads
Also called as micro lead frame (
MLF).  
Quad Flat Package   -
Metric Quad Flat Pack
QFP with metric pin distribution
Heat-sink Very-thin Quad Flat-pack No-leads
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Thin Quad Flat Pack
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Thin Quad Flat No-Lead
Very-thin Quad Flat Pack
Optical Dual Flat No-Lead
IC packaged in transparent packaging used in optical sensor
Small outline packages [ edit ]
Small Outline Package
Ceramic Small Outline Package
Mini Small-Outline Package
Plastic Small-Outline Package
Plastic Small-Outline No-Lead Package
Quarter-Size Small-Outline Package
The pin spacing are width of 0.635 mm.
SOIC Small Outline Integrated Circuit
Also known as SOIC NARROW and SOIC WIDE
SSOP Shrink Small-Outline Package
TSOP Thin Small-Outline Package
Thin Shrink Small Outline Package
Thin Very Small-Outline Package
Similar to a
SOIC. (A Maxim trademark example)
Very Very Thin Small Outline No Lead Package
Chip-scale packages [ edit ]
Example WL-CSP devices sitting on the face of a
device is shown for comparison.
CSP Chip Scale Package
Package size is no more than 1.2× the size of the silicon chip
True Chip Size Package
Package is same size as silicon
True Die Size Package
Same as TCSP
Chip-size package (CSP) developed by National Semiconductor
Bare silicon chip, that is usually an integrated circuit, is supplied without a package.
Variation of COB, where a chip is mounted directly to a flex circuit.
Variation of COB, where a chip is mounted directly to a piece of glass - typically an LCD.
Ball grid array [ edit ]
Ball Grid Array
BGA uses the underside of the package to place pads with balls of solder in grid pattern as connections to PCB.  
FBGA Fine Pitch Ball Grid Array
a square or rectangular array of solder balls on one surface
Low Profile Ball Grid Array
also known as Laminate Ball Grid Array
Thermally Enhanced Plastic Ball Grid Array
Ceramic Ball Grid Array
Organic Ball Grid Array
Thin Fine Pitch Ball Grid Array
Plastic Ball Grid Array
Mold Array Process - Ball Grid Array
Micro (μ) Chip Scale Package
similar to a
BGA (A Maxim trademark example) 
Micro-Ball Grid Array
with ball spacing less than 1 mm
Low Profile Fine Pitch Ball Grid Array
Thin Ball Grid Array
Super Ball Grid Array
 above 500 Pin count
Ultra Fine Ball Grid Aarray
Transistor, diode, small pin count IC packages [ edit ]
MELF: Metal Electrode Leadless Face (usually for resistors and diodes) SOD: Small Outline Diode.
Small-outline transistor (also SOT-23, SOT-223, SOT-323). TO-XX: wide range of small pin count packages often used for discrete parts like transistors or diodes.
TO-18: metal can package with radial leads TO-39
TO-92: plastic encapsulated package with three leads TO-99
TO-126: plastic encapsulated package with three leads and a hole for mounting on a heat sink
TO-220: through-hole plastic package with a (usually) metal heat sink tab and three leads TO-226
 TO-252 (also called SOT428, DPAK)
TO-263, also called D2PAK: SMT package similar to the TO-220 TO-263 THIN
Multi-chip packages [ edit ]
Occasionally people put several chips of silicon in a single package. A variety of techniques for interconnecting several chips within a single package have been proposed and researched:
See also [ edit ]
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