Archives October 2018 - 3D InCites

IFTLE 397: Malicious Embedded Chips? And TSMC Rides the Leading Edge

IFTLE 397: Malicious Embedded Chips? And TSMC Rides the Leading Edge

Malicious Embedded Chips in our Mother Boards? Early October brought a report from Bloomberg that I have heard was the top tech story circulating at the DoD and DARPA. For years, articles about counterfeit chips, and our reliance on Asian-made chips – where they could be modified in ways to pass on information or allow hacks – have worried us. Now…. we’ve got something new to worr... »

Bridging the Interconnect Pitch Gap Calls for 3D Technologies

Bridging the Interconnect Pitch Gap Calls for 3D Technologies

Last week at IWLPC, keynote speaker, Doug Yu, TSMC, kicked off the event with a similar storyline used by ASE’s Tien Wu during his IMAPS Symposium keynote earlier this month: High-performance applications like artificial intelligence (AI), 5G, autonomous driving, and even high-end smartphones are driving the continuation of Moore’s Law augmented by More than Moore. This need for high-performan... »

Using Co-Design to Ensure Multi-Fabric System-Design Success

Using Co-Design to Ensure Multi-Fabric System-Design Success

As next-generation High-Density-Advanced-Packaging (HDAP) designs become more common, PCB designers and engineers are looking to system-level co-design to tie multi-substrate visualization, planning, and optimization, into a complete multi-board design. Co-design methodology allows design teams to plan and optimize I/O and connectivity from a chip, through multiple packaging scenarios, and on to p... »

NEO 2000 for compound semiconductors

Trymax Receives Multi-System Orders from a Leading Chinese Compound Semiconductor Company

NIJMEGEN, THE NETHERLANDS – October 17, 2018 – Trymax Semiconductor Equipment BV (Trymax), a global leader in plasma solutions, today announced it has received multi-system orders for its NEO 2000 Series from a Chinese foundry. This news confirms the expansion of Trymax’s footprint in the region and reinforces the company’s leadership in compound semiconductor equipment. Shipping o... »

IFTLE 396: DARPA Envisions CHIPS as New Approach to Chip Design and Manufacturing

IFTLE 396: DARPA Envisions CHIPS as New Approach to Chip Design and Manufacturing

First a word on the change in venue… After working with Pete Singer at Solid State Technology from 2010-2018 and previously at Semiconductor International from 2007 – 2010 (as PFTLE), I have decided to move my packaging blog, IFTLE, to a new platform. I will be forever indebted to Pete for giving this old school technologist a chance to report on, and share his thoughts on, the world of IC pac... »

Hello, Microelectronics and Packaging? Your Opportunities are Calling

Hello, Microelectronics and Packaging? Your Opportunities are Calling

There’s no doubt about it. This is a good time to be in the microelectronics and packaging sector of the semiconductor industry. With exciting markets like artificial intelligence (AI), 5G, and the internet of things  (IoT) technologies moving from ideas to implementation, this previously tired segment of the semiconductor industry is poised for action and faces abundant opportunities. “The s... »

TSMC Announces SoC Design in the Cloud at the OIP 2018 Ecosystem Forum

TSMC Announces SoC Design in the Cloud at the OIP 2018 Ecosystem Forum

As I prepared to attend TSMC’s OIP 2018 Forum on October 3, 2018 two emails from TSMC caught my attention. They conveyed the news that TSMC just lowered the entry barrier for SoC design significantly by announcing the OIP Cloud Alliance. This is the latest addition to their four Open Innovation Platform Alliances for EDA, IP, Design Services and Value Chain Aggregators. Having promoted Barcelona... »

And the winners of the MEMS, Imaging and Sensors Summits tech showcases are…

And the winners of the MEMS, Imaging and Sensors Summits tech showcases are…

The technology showcases at the European MEMS and Sensors and Imaging Sensors Summits give start-ups and established companies alike ten minutes to pitch their latest innovation to the crowd, after which attendees vote for the best. The competition is fierce, and the prize – a free booth the following year – is much sought after. Each summit has one winner, and they were announced during the g... »

How Do We Create Smart Cities Without Exploiting Personal Data?

How Do We Create Smart Cities Without Exploiting Personal Data?

Creating smart cities while also protecting the personal data of its citizens is no easy task these days, particularly with growing public awareness and concern about how their data is being used and shared. It’s become a challenge particularly in Europe, where urban designs lend themselves well to smart city concepts, yet the region’s dedication to protecting citizen data is of paramount impo... »

Dr. Phil Garrou Makes the Move to 3D InCites

Dr. Phil Garrou Makes the Move to 3D InCites

Yes. You read that right. It is my great pleasure to announce that Dr. Phil Garrou is joining 3D InCites as contributing editor and as a member of our esteemed technical advisory board. Like me, you may have noticed a pause in Phil’s missives on all things advanced packaging. While it’s only been a month or so since he penned his last post for Solid State Technology, it has already left a void... »

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