Archives June 2019 - 3D InCites

10 Years of Invent, Innovate, Implement at EV Group

10 Years of Invent, Innovate, Implement at EV Group

Of all the companies that have supported 3DInCites over the past 10 years, none has been more consistently involved, both as contributor and sponsor, as EV Group. In fact, without EVG’s belief in our mission and their sponsorship the first three years, I doubt 3DInCites would still exist today. Therefore, it seemed fitting to honor them with the cover story for our 10th Anniversary print edition... »

Good News about Glass Substrates

Good News about Glass Substrates

Over the years on 3D inCites, we’ve discussed the debate about the advantages and disadvantages of using glass substrates for advanced packaging applications. Thanks to ongoing research and development, a clear path has emerged for the use of glass in two key areas: as carrier substrates for high-density fan-out (FO) packages and as glass interposers for 2.5D integration. At ECTC 2019, I spoke w... »

EV Group Invests 30 Million Euros for Capacity Expansion at Corporate HQ in Austria

EV Group Invests 30 Million Euros for Capacity Expansion at Corporate HQ in Austria

EV Group (EVG) today announced that it has begun construction on another extensive capacity expansion building project at its corporate headquarters in St. Florian am Inn, Austria. With an investment of 30 million Euros, the new Cleanroom V building will create additional capacity for product and process development, equipment demonstrations for existing and potential customers, feasibility studie... »

IFTLE 417: Passing the Advanced Packaging Baton to TSMC’s 3D-MiM                                                

IFTLE 417: Passing the Advanced Packaging Baton to TSMC’s 3D-MiM                                                

As IFTLE has been predicting for many years, the baton is once again being passed. In the early days of advanced microelectronics, packaging breakthroughs were developed by integrated device manufacturers like IBM, DEC, NEC, Fujitsu, etc. In the early 2000s, this baton was passed to the OSATS like Amkor, ASE, SPIL, and STATSChipPAC. As it became more obvious that advanced packaging was going wafer... »

Xperi launches DBI Ultra at ECTC 2019.

DBI® Ultra Changes the Game for Heterogeneous Integration

I’ve been following the DBI story for over a decade (well before Xperi became a sponsor of 3D InCites). I’ve watched it grow from its humble, start-up beginnings as a Ziptronix process to its current rock-star status at Xperi/Invensas, as THE current hybrid bonding technology process for image sensors globally. All along the way, I’ve been a diehard fan of this elegant process (AND its entir... »

SEMI ASMC 2019: Heterogeneous Integration Enters the Mix

SEMI ASMC 2019: Heterogeneous Integration Enters the Mix

“It’s relatively easy to build a fancy new transistor in the lab, but in order to replace what we’re doing today, you need to be able to put billions on a chip, at a reasonable cost, with high reliability and almost no defects. It is very difficult. That makes it all the more important to pursue other ways of making better computers.” Linley Gwennap, in The Economist, March 2016. “It may... »

Fan-out Panel-level Packaging Comes to the ECTC Technology Corner

Fan-out Panel-level Packaging Comes to the ECTC Technology Corner

On my annual trek around the ECTC Technology Corner, I’m always on the look-out for something new to write about. This year, it quickly became clear by the number of exhibitors displaying their product samples, that one of my blogs would be an update on fan-out panel-level packaging. For the past few years, fan-out panel-level packaging (FOPLP) has been in hot debate: is it needed? Does it REALL... »

Advanced Substrates: The Winds of Change

Advanced Substrates: The Winds of Change

Historically, the integrated circuit (IC) substrate and board industry have assumed a passive role, especially when it comes to innovation. However, in the past few years, things have changed. The dedicated landscape welcomed innovative solutions and new players. “Today, we are facing an increasingly competitive ecosystem and players are looking to differentiate from each other’s” asserts Ma... »

IFTLE 416: What’s Coming Next on the IC Front End? Samsung Gates All Around

IFTLE 416: What’s Coming Next on the IC Front End? Samsung Gates All Around

IFTLE has been saying for a few years that the decades-long scenario of moving from one node to the next was, for most if not all, dead and, that we had to keep our eyes open for what the next IC technology would be, because as we all know packaging only exists to protect and assist chips function. Based on the 2019 Samsung Foundry Forum, which took place this May in Santa Clara, we certainly need... »

The ECTC Time Machine: Lead-free Solder, Environmental Reporting, and Next-Generation Sensors

The ECTC Time Machine: Lead-free Solder, Environmental Reporting, and Next-Generation Sensors

Attending ECTC 2019 this year was like a trip through a time machine. From my post at the 3DInCites booth, I talked to people I’ve known for decades and others I was meeting for the first time. By visiting booths and listening to presentations, I gained insight into how the semiconductor packaging industry has evolved in the past decade and why work I did ten or 25 years ago is newly relevant. E... »

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