Archives April 2018 - 3D InCites

There’s a Fan-out for That

There’s a Fan-out for That

Long gone are the days of the “killer app” and the notion that a single device market like personal computers (PCs) or smartphones alone can make or break the semiconductor industry. In fact, while both those markets have softened, a multitude of emerging technologies including 5G, artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT) platforms, deep learning, autonomous vehicles, blockchain ... »

SEMI Alliance

Strategic Partnership with ESD Alliance Extends SEMI’s Reach to Semiconductor Design

On Monday, April 16, 2018, SEMI, the industry association representing the global electronics manufacturing supply chain, and the Electronic System Design (ESD) Alliance, representing the design community, announced a strategic partnership. On Tuesday I had a very informative conference call with Bettina Weiss, VP Business Development at SEMI and Bob Smith, Executive Director, the ESD Alliance to ... »

Kamel Ait-Mahiout Appointed as CEO of UnitySC

Kamel Ait-Mahiout Appointed as CEO of UnitySC

Grenoble, France – April 17, 2018 – UnitySC, a leader in advanced inspection and metrology solutions for the semiconductor and related industries, today announced that its board of directors has appointed Kamel Ait-Mahiout as chief executive officer. He has also been elected to serve on UnitySC’s board. Following the company’s recent announcement of the acquisition of HSEB Dresden, Gmb... »

Implementing High-Density Advanced Packaging for OSATs and Foundries

Implementing High-Density Advanced Packaging for OSATs and Foundries

Moore’s law is increasingly difficult to maintain and is driving the growth of innovative high-density advanced packaging (HDAP) technologies in response to system scaling demands. These innovations are increasingly in the form of fan-out wafer level packaging (FOWLP) or multi-substrate / multi-device packages like interposers and system-in-package (SiP). New challenges come with these disruptiv... »

Concept for 3-dimensional stacking of Flash devices. A thin film field effect transistor with a silicon nitride as charge reservoir and a tunnel oxide. A.J. Walker et al., VLSI Symposium, 2003.

The Future of Non-volatile Memory

Part 4 of the series, The Triumph of Quantum Mechanics at the Heart of Solid-State Data Storage, continues with the future of non-volatile memory. The figure above is a concept for 3D stacking of Flash devices. A thin-film field effect transistor with a silicon nitride as charge reservoir and a tunnel oxide. A.J. Walker et al., VLSI Symposium, 2003. The relentless shrinking of NAND Flash from ... »

Getting IC Package Design Right the First Time

Getting IC Package Design Right the First Time

Once considered to be one of the simpler tasks in semiconductor device manufacturing, IC package design has become more complicated as it becomes more critical to the performance of the end-devices.  Market drivers are more varied than ever. Time-to-market is more critical than ever.  And advanced packaging options are more numerous than ever. In this exclusive interview with Keith Felton of Me... »

ECTC 2018 To Focus on Heterogeneous Integration for Artificial Intelligence, Wearables, and More

ECTC 2018 To Focus on Heterogeneous Integration for Artificial Intelligence, Wearables, and More

Did you get your ECTC Advanced Program and Registration in the mail yet? Mine arrived yesterday, and I was pleased to see that this year’s Electronics Components and Technologies Conference (ECTC 2018), which takes place May 29-June 1, will be all about the new technology darlings driving development in heterogeneous integration: artificial intelligence, the human-machine interface, wearables, B... »

Packaging, Innovation, and Our Application-Driven World

Packaging, Innovation, and Our Application-Driven World

MEPTEC lunches, now known as the MEPTEC / IMAPS / SEMI Semiconductor Speaker Series Luncheon sponsored by Chip Scale Review, are on again in Silicon Valley. At the most recent lunch  in mid-March 2018, I was pleased to see that it was none other than Rich Rice, VP Business Development, ASE US, delivering his view on Packaging Innovation for our Application-Driven World Rich’s thesis: that, desp... »

Hybrid Bonding: From Concept to Commercialization

Hybrid Bonding: From Concept to Commercialization

Hybrid bonding is quickly becoming recognized as the preferred permanent bonding path for forming high-density interconnects in heterogeneous integration applications, from 2DS enhanced, to 3D stacking with or without through silicon vias (TSVs), as well as MEMS and III-V applications. In this exclusive interview with Gill Fountain, Xperi, winner of the 2018 3D InCites Engineer of the Year award f... »