Archives April 2017 - 3D InCites

Part 2: IMAPS DPC 2017 Covers Range of High-tech Topics, including EDA

Part 2: IMAPS DPC 2017 Covers Range of High-tech Topics, including EDA

The keynotes outlined in Part 1 of IMAPS DPC 2017 Covers Range of High-tech Topics, including EDA were obviously very important, but a relatively small part of the entire conference. After the two keynotes on Tuesday morning, I listened to YOLE’s presentation, delivered by Santosh Kumar, and learned that the three big memory vendors (Samsung, Micron, and Hynix) jointly hold over 200 TSV patents ... »

The Advancement of Device Packaging – A Resume on IMAPS DPC 2017

The Advancement of Device Packaging – A Resume on IMAPS DPC 2017

As part of the organizing committee, we believe this year’s IMAPS Device Packaging Conference really fulfilled what the announcement promised – the largest conference dedicated to the full spectrum of 3DIC and packaging, fan-out technologies and MEMS/sensors. We enjoyed 12% attendee growth over 2016, welcoming nearly 600 attendees from 20 countries, in addition to a 12th consecutive so... »

Wire-free Die-on-die Technology for Electronic Module Manufacturing in Implantable Devices

Wire-free Die-on-die Technology for Electronic Module Manufacturing in Implantable Devices

More and more applications are calling for miniaturized electronics to integrate high-performance devices in a limited volume. 3D technology is being driven by the consumer markets as smartphones, tablets and many handheld devices require advanced features in light and thin products. Currently, those requirements are being fulfilled by fan-in or package on package (PoP) technologies, but real 3D l... »

TechSearch International Analyzes High-Performance Package Trends

TechSearch International Analyzes High-Performance Package Trends

A variety of alternatives is challenging silicon’s role in advanced packaging interposers for high-performance package applications. The first applications using silicon interposers with through silicon vias (TSVs) were field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), followed by graphic processor units (GPUs). Though unit volumes have been small, the vast knowledge gained from these early pioneers is be... »

IMAPS DPC 2017 Covers Range of High-tech Topics, Including EDA

IMAPS DPC 2017 Covers Range of High-tech Topics, Including EDA

The WeKoPa Resort near Phoenix was the venue for the latest IC packaging focused conference, IMAPS DPC 2017, which took place in early March. The exhibition floor and all the sessions I joined were well attended and covered a broad range of topics, including design tools and methodology demonstrations from both Cadence and Mentor Graphics (as of Friday, 3/31, officially re-branded “Mentor, a Sie... »

Equipment &  Materials for Fan-out: What is the Impact of On Manufacturing Markets?

Equipment & Materials for Fan-out: What is the Impact of On Manufacturing Markets?

2016 was a turning point for fan-out (FO) packaging. With Apple’s entrance and its subsequent decision to package its A10 APE in TSMC’s fan-out solution, the market changed. Thus advanced packaging leaders decided large investments for the development of fan-out platforms, impacting the related equipment and materials market. “Indeed, both equipment and materials markets for fan-out wafer le... »

Advanced Substrates; Key Enabler of Future Advanced Packaging Solutions

Advanced Substrates; Key Enabler of Future Advanced Packaging Solutions

“Advanced substrates are the key interconnect component of advanced packaging architectures,” comments Andrej Ivankovic, Technology & Market Analyst, Advanced Packaging & Semiconductor Manufacturing at Yole Développement (Yole). Indeed advanced substrates are critical in enabling future products and markets. To answer to technology evolution and market needs, Yole’s advanced packagi... »

Advanced Packaging Industry: What We Can Expect in 2017…

Advanced Packaging Industry: What We Can Expect in 2017…

2016 was the year of strong consolidations in the semiconductor industry. Yole Développement (Yole) highlights many mergers and acquisitions with several billions of dollars transactions.“And 2017 seems to be following the same path”, wrote Jérôme Azemar, Technology & Market Analyst, Advanced Packaging at Yole in an article posted on i-micronews.com. Year after year, the advanced packag... »

The Advanced Packaging Times, they are A-Changing…or Are They?

The Advanced Packaging Times, they are A-Changing…or Are They?

It’s been a nearly a month since the 2017 IMAPS Device Packaging Conference and Global Business Council, so I’ve had plenty of time to mull over the many presentations and conversations focused on advanced packaging trends. The winds of change are blowing ever so slightly from year’s past. You had to listen carefully, and in some cases, read between the lines so not to miss them. I could rep... »