ECE 5224 Principles of Electronics Packaging | ECE | Virginia Tech


Course Information


Electrical, thermal, mechanical, and thermomechanical design of electronics packaging. Materials and process selection guidelines for the fabrication and reliability of single- and multi-chip electronics packages. Methods for characterization and testing of electronics packages. Failure mechanisms and design for reliability. Hands-on project experience on electronics packaging.

Why take this course?

Electronics packaging is rapidly advancing due to increased market demand in many application areas, including portable and consumer electronics, electric and hybrid-electric transportation, datacenters, and renewable energy. Moreover, technology and business trends lead to increased design complexity, longer product lifetimes, greater ruggedness and reliability requirements, and challenges in assembly manufacturing. A multidisciplinary packaging team is necessary to overcome these increasing demands. The aim of this course is to better prepare students for the electronics industry by teaching them the principles of packaging. Students will learn about the key electrical, thermal, mechanical, and materials challenges, trade-offs, and state-of-the-art solutions. With this transdisciplinary knowledge, students will have the foundation needed to design suitable packaging for todayís electronics.

Learning Objectives

  • 1. Design basic architecture and layout of an electronics package;
  • 2. Analyze the electrical and thermal characteristics of an electronics package;
  • 3. Select appropriate materials and processes for the fabrication of an electronics package;
  • 4. Choose appropriate characterization and testing methods for electronics packages;
  • 5. Determine failure mechanisms and reliability for an electronics package.

Course Topics


Percentage of Course

Introduction to electronics packaging 10%
Electrical design 20%
Thermal design 20%
Materials and processes 20%
Characterization and testing methods 15%
Reliability 10%
Emerging technologies 5%