Bruce Gray - Southbury CT
James M. Harris - Palo Alto CA
William M. Gouin - San Jose CA
National Semiconductor Corporation - Santa Clara CA
A bonding pad structure for an LED includes a first layer of nickel-chromium in contact with the contact face of a gallium arsenide wafer with further layers of either gold, palladium, or both, with palladium being the top layer of the first pad structure laid down by vaporization with a raised structure overlying the first structure by means of plating and including layers of nickel, gold and/or other conducting metal.