Screaming Circuits: Plugged or Capped Via in Pad

Plugged or Capped Via in Pad

One more thing on the plugged or capped via in pad -

If you do this, ask your board fab house about the flatness of the resulting pad. Some manufacturers will plug and plate over or cap a via in a pad but not deliver a flat surface.

The pads might have an indent or a bulge. This can be a problem, especially with the smaller BGA with .5mm or smaller pitch. The flatness of the surface is very critical with these parts. An indent can lead to insufficient solder under that ball and a bump can tilt the part, leading to poor connections under other balls.

Talk with your board fab house and make sure the surface is flat and flush.


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