Archives February 2018 - 3D InCites

FLEX2018 Shows how 3D Printed Electronics Will Impact Our Lives

FLEX2018 Shows how 3D Printed Electronics Will Impact Our Lives

If you drive a late model car, you may be impressed by the many sensors that capture engine conditions, tire pressure, etc. and report to you. Many cars even call the factory if they need preventive maintenance. Wouldn’t it be great if we could one day show the same preventive tender loving care (TLC) to our own bodies, as our cars enjoy today – instead of experiencing emergency room visits ... »

Advanced Packaging Trends, Part I: Solving PR Strip and UBM/RDL Challenges

Advanced Packaging Trends, Part I: Solving PR Strip and UBM/RDL Challenges

Over the years, the semiconductor industry has relentlessly focused on shrinking gate dimensions to drive performance. This focus has now transitioned to the packaging side as customers are shifting from wire bonding to flip chip for use in wafer level packaging (WLP). According to VLSI Research, about 35% of chips are currently packaged using WLP techniques. Advanced packaging opportunities slowe... »

Citius, Altius, Fortius: Packaging Topics at SEMICON Korea 2018

Citius, Altius, Fortius: Packaging Topics at SEMICON Korea 2018

Winter 2018, and Korea is at the center of the world in both sports and in electronics. Sports, of course, because of PyeongChang, host city for the 23rd Olympic Winter Games, with participants ranging from Eritrea to Tonga, along with the usual cold-weather-country (Norway, Canada, Sweden, etc.) players who showed up for the Games. And electronics, of course, specifically semiconductor device fab... »

The Invention of Tunneling-Based Flash Memory

The Invention of Tunneling-Based Flash Memory

Part 2 of the series, The Triumph of Quantum Mechanics at the Heart of Solid-State Data Storage, continues with a history lesson on the invention of tunneling-based flash memory.  In 1956, William Shockley, shared the Nobel Prize in physics with J. Bardeen and W.H. Brattain, all at Bell Laboratories, “for their researches on semiconductors and their discovery of the transistor effect”. T... »

European 3D Summit 2018: Fraunhofer Tour and Presentations 

European 3D Summit 2018: Fraunhofer Tour and Presentations 

This year’s European 3D Summit in Dresden, which highlighted “Heterogeneous Integration Driving 3D”, was led off by presentations and a lab tour of the Fraunhofer Institute, whose 18 high-performance centers collaborate with companies, universities and other research institutes in Germany.  All pictures and diagrams courtesy of Fraunhofer IZM. The Fraunhofer IZM presentation was introdu... »

Can We Thank Aristotle for Heterogeneous Integration?

Can We Thank Aristotle for Heterogeneous Integration?

A couple of years ago we may not have predicted that in 2018 there would be a growing demand for high-end chips specifically for global cryptocurrency mining. Those taking part in this search for hashes have a glimmer in their eye similar to those consumed by the hope and frenzy of a gold rush. The rush of getting to the answer first, and of course the alluring reward paid in Bitcoin, is driving p... »

Breakthroughs in 3D Chip Technology Lead to Cooling With Microfluidics and 3D Printing

Breakthroughs in 3D Chip Technology Lead to Cooling With Microfluidics and 3D Printing

  2017 saw a clear breakthrough for 3D chip technology in commercial products. Before then, the industry had looked rather skeptically at 3D, but now it is beginning to realize that 3D does not necessarily have to cost more money. Better still, it creates new possibilities and opportunities. 3D on the market In 2017 we saw 3D chip technology start to appear in a range of different commercial ... »

The Fundamentals and Early History of Quantum Mechanical Tunneling

The Fundamentals and Early History of Quantum Mechanical Tunneling

The mid-1920’s were the miracle years for quantum mechanics. The “Old Quantum Theory” originating with Niels Bohr, had reached crisis point by the end of 1924. Wave-particle duality from Einstein and de Broglie called for something new. The great theorists, Heisenberg, Born, Jordan, Schrödinger, and Dirac, published different formulations of a new theory that were quickly shown... »

The Triumph of Quantum Mechanics at the Heart of Solid-State Data Storage

The Triumph of Quantum Mechanics at the Heart of Solid-State Data Storage

If all the data sent worldwide each day on the internet were burned on to CDs and these were then piled one on top of the other, the resulting heap would reach Mars and back again. Much of this data is thankfully not stored on CDs but rather in much more efficient solid-state memories. And at the heart of these is fascinating, some would say weird, fundamental physics that explains a myr... »

2018 Industry Outlook: It’s Time to Get Serious about 5G

2018 Industry Outlook: It’s Time to Get Serious about 5G

While the entire semiconductor industry is buzzing about explosive and sustained growth well into the 2020s driven by smart everything (homes, cities, industry), automotive electronics, artificial intelligence and more, what’s truly exciting is how we are going to support the connectivity of all those applications. 5G is where it all comes together. Without it, connecting all this disparate data... »