Archives July 2018 - 3D InCites

Striking the Right Chord for Chiplet Integration

Striking the Right Chord for Chiplet Integration

The growing digitalization of our society has made our lives connected and, in many aspects, easier. But the digital revolution also implies that the total amount of data processed in the world is doubling every two years or so. Electronic devices such as mobile phones, laptops, satellites, servers or self-driving vehicles must cope with twice as much data, at higher speeds. Traditional signaling ... »

It’s not the Data, it’s what you DO with it; and Other Conversations from SEMICON West 2018

It’s not the Data, it’s what you DO with it; and Other Conversations from SEMICON West 2018

Emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) are driving more than just the semiconductor market. They also drove the conversations I had with everyone I spoke with at and around SEMICON West 2018. Turns out people had lots to talk about. AI and Machine Learning I often think back to the 2010 MEMS Executive Summit in Scottsdale Arizona, when Karen Lightman declare... »

Volumes Matter and Other Conversations from SEMICON West 2018

Volumes Matter and Other Conversations from SEMICON West 2018

The world wants intelligence in everything, especially things that aren’t nailed down like autonomous cars, and the internet of things (IoT) devices. And suddenly, semiconductors are the hottest game in town. Here’s how some of these trends are impacting suppliers that I spoke with at SEMICON West. The importance of purity While Entegris is agnostic to megatrends, Jim O’Neill, CTO, still... »

Leading Memory Chip Manufacturer Purchases Multiple Veeco AP300 Lithography Systems

Leading Memory Chip Manufacturer Purchases Multiple Veeco AP300 Lithography Systems

PLAINVIEW, New York, July 9, 2018 – Veeco Instruments Inc. (Nasdaq: VECO) today announced that one of the world’s leading memory chip manufacturers has ordered multiple AP300™ lithography systems to support the fast-growing demand for DRAM with copper (Cu) pillars. The company selected the Veeco tools for their versatility in addressing advanced packaging applications, proven reliability in ... »

SEMICON West Confirms:  AI is the New Killer-app for Semiconductors

SEMICON West Confirms:  AI is the New Killer-app for Semiconductors

SEMICON West (San Francisco, July 10 to 12) confirmed that our industry’s rapid growth will continue. Machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) will be the core technologies for a wide range of new applications. Applying AI to win in new and diverse markets – like autonomous cars, medical equipment, military systems, factory automation and a broad range of consumer products – wi... »

Why We need Lower Cost TSVs and How to Get Them

Why We need Lower Cost TSVs and How to Get Them

Through-silicon vias (TSVs) have been firmly established as a method of interconnect that enables high bandwidth and low latency between dies at extremely low power dissipation. Used for years in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), compound semiconductors, and image sensors, TSVs are now also in mainstream production for 2.5D interposer technologies, and for stacking die to create high-bandwidt... »

New Defect Inspection Systems Address Process and Tool Monitoring Challenges

New Defect Inspection Systems Address Process and Tool Monitoring Challenges

MILPITAS, Calif., July 10, 2018—Today KLA-Tencor Corporation (NASDAQ: KLAC) announced two new defect inspection products, addressing two key challenges in tool and process monitoring during silicon wafer and chip manufacturing at the leading-edge logic and memory nodes. The VoyagerTM 1015 system offers a new capability to inspect patterned wafers, including inspection in the lithography cell imm... »

What Should Replace “2.5D” in the Heterogeneous Integration Nomenclature?

What Should Replace “2.5D” in the Heterogeneous Integration Nomenclature?

The people have spoken! The results of last week’s poll are in, and it looks like the majority of those who participated think we should keep it simple. When it comes to heterogeneous integration nomenclature for package architectures, it should be 2D or 3D. The Back Story The term “2.5D” has been a topic of debate in the advanced packaging world ever since it was first added to the industry... »

SEMICON West 2018: Smart Starts Where?

SEMICON West 2018: Smart Starts Where?

Well, that was interesting. SEMICON West 2018 just wrapped up, and I’m not quite sure what just happened. This year’s event was… for lack of a better word… different. All I could think of as I looked around the Moscone Center upon arrival was “ready or not, SEMICON West 2018 is here, emphasis on ‘or not.’” While I generally endeavor to paint a rosy picture, I have to remember that ... »

 Latest Abatement System Installation Marks a Milestone of Success for Edwards

 Latest Abatement System Installation Marks a Milestone of Success for Edwards

SAN FRANCISCO – SEMICON West (11 July 2018) – Edwards Vacuum, a leading manufacturer of vacuum and abatement solutions, announces a milestone of 10,000 Edwards inward fired combustion abatement systems installed worldwide. Edwards calculates that its abatement systems have prevented emissions equivalent to over 14 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2017. “The safety and efficiency of our ... »

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