Popcorn Crack


Time Domain Imaging (TDI)™
Utilizes an echo (amplitude & polarity) arrival ‘time’ as a reference, such as standard A-Scan, B-Scan and C-Mode type images.

Popcorn Crack

Plastic Encapsulated Microcircuit (PEM) 3D Acoustic Microscope Image - Application Note 2515

Popcorn Crack

Sample & Method

A 3V image is made by scanning a sample several times at increasing depths, and by assembling all of the resulting planar scans into a 3-dimensional acoustic solid.


Here the acoustic solid has been tilted to achieve a meaningful view. Echoes from the top surface of the package have been retained and appear as the yellow “roof” of the sample. A portion of this area has been removed electronically to view the interior. Surrounding the die are four yellow-red vertical structures that indicate a popcorn crack. Popcorn cracks are the result of the explosive expansion of moisture during reflow, and often originate under the die paddle and extend upward.