Generation Mobile, “Thin is In” and More
Advanced packaging technology is undergoing dramatic changes as the smart phones and new sensor technologies demand continued improvements in form and function. To address these massive changes, SEMICON West will feature a number of programs on new packaging technologies and processes with speakers from leading chip makers, equipment manufacturers, and material suppliers.

According to IDC, forecasts semiconductor revenues will log a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.1 percent from 2011-2016, but revenues for 4G phones will experience annual growth over 100 percent for the same period. NanoMarkets estimates that the global market for “Internet of Things” sensors will reach $1.6 billion this year and grow to a value of $17.6 billion by the end of the decade as sensors become increasingly connected to the Internet directly or through hubs. Both trends will significantly impact semiconductor and microelectronics packaging. Demand for equipment and related tools in the 3D-IC and wafer-level packaging area alone is forecasted to grow from approximately $370 million in 2010 to over $2.5 billion by 2016 according to Yole Developpment.

To address these changes, SEMICON West 2013 (, held on July 9-11 in San Francisco, will feature a number of programs on new packaging applications, requirements, technologies, and products, including:

  • Generation Mobile: Enabled by IC Packaging Technologies — Speakers from ASE, UBM Tech Insights, Amkor Technology, SK Hynix, and Universal Scientific Industrial will present on the latest advances in wafer level packaging, new materials, and multi-die integration, including new System-in-Package (SiP) and Package-on-Package (PoP) methods. Location: Moscone Center (North Hall), TechXPOT North, Tuesday, July 9, 10:30am-12:30pm.
  • “THIN IS IN”: Thin Chip & Packaging Technologies as Enablers for Innovations in the Mobility Era — IEEE/CPMT will hold a technical workshop on the overall trend of maximum functional integration in the smallest and thinnest package with lowest packaging costs with speakers from Intel, Cisco, ASE, Micron, SK Hynix, Nanium, Kyocera and more. Location: San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Tuesday, July 9, 1:30-4:45pm.
  • Advancing 2.5D and 3D Packaging through Value Engineering — Speakers from Altera, Amkor, ASE, ASET, KPMG, UMC, STATS ChipPAC and more will take a critical look at 2.5D implementations and the current outlook for 3D packages, including tools and technologies for heterogeneous stacks. Location: Moscone Center (North Hall), TechXPOT North, Wednesday, July 10, 1:00-3:30pm.
  • MEMS & Sensor Packaging for the Internet of Things—This session will feature speakers from all parts of the ecosystem to address how future visions of a pervasive interconnected world will be realized through the heterogeneous integration of MEMS and ICs. The program will feature keynote speaker Janusz Bryzek from Fairchild Semiconductor, and speakers from VTT Research, Fraunhofer IZM, Robert Bosche, EV Group, Dai Nippon Printing, and more. Location: Moscone Center (North Hall), TechXPOT North, Thursday, July 11, 10:30am-1:00pm.

In addition to the packaging programs, SEMICON West 2013 will also feature over 560 exhibitors with the latest innovation on microelectronics manufacturing, including over 150 exhibitors with equipment and technology solutions for advanced packaging. Other programs and exhibitors at West will address lithography, advanced materials and processes, silicon photonics, test, LED and MEMS manufacturing, and other subjects. For more information on SEMICON West and to register, visit

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