gull-wing lead

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gull-wing lead

A pin on a chip package that extends slightly out, down and then out again. Gull-wing leads are used on surface mount chips such as QFPs and SOICs. See surface mount, QFP, SOIC and J-lead.


Gull-Wing Leads
These are examples of the common gull-wing style of leads on surface mount chips. The leads extend slightly out, then down and out again.
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The gullwing lead cannot wet all of the excessive solder volume, and the excess flows off the SMT pad, bridging to the adjacent pad.
While it has been observed on fine-pitch QFPs, the gullwing lead has more resilience and resistance to stress than the C-5 and C-4 attachment types.
As a result, the gullwing lead will heat faster and stay at a higher temperature throughout reflow.
This gullwing lead (FIGURE 1) shows variation in the plated surfaces.
The QFP, which is similar to the PLCC but has a denser I/O array of gullwing leads, is typically used for packages of 150 leads.
Unlike standard leaded packages, AIT's DFN and DFN+ packages eliminate gullwing leads, which can act as noise-creating antennas in high-frequency applications and often cause mechanical defects due to lead coplanarity.
004" offset may be noticeable on gullwing leads, but could likely go undetected on chip components.