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A long-time evangelist of 3D integration technologies, Herb Reiter puts more than 20 years of experiences in technical and business roles at semiconductor and EDA companies to work, providing a holistic perspective and insight on how to bring 3D integration to the masses.

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DAC 54: From Grey to Colorful and Solutions-minded Messaging

The 54th Design Automation Conference (DAC 54) at the Austin Convention Center was very different, compared to the last several years’ events. Walking the exhibition floor, listening to keynotes, SKY talks and CEO interviews I got the following key impressions: While still representing a big part of the audience, the grey-haired men (like myself) were less dominant this year. Many younger people... »

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Will IoT be the Next Killer App for Semiconductors?

At the end of April, I attended the Internet of Things (IoT) Developers Conference at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Because our semiconductor industry is expecting that IoT applications will significantly contribute to revenue growth, I wanted to get the latest about: If, how, when, why and for which applications IoT designs will be introduced and ramped into high-volume production. General i... »

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Part 2: IMAPS DPC 2017 Covers Range of High-tech Topics, including EDA

The keynotes outlined in Part 1 of IMAPS DPC 2017 Covers Range of High-tech Topics, including EDA were obviously very important, but a relatively small part of the entire conference. After the two keynotes on Tuesday morning, I listened to YOLE’s presentation, delivered by Santosh Kumar, and learned that the three big memory vendors (Samsung, Micron, and Hynix) jointly hold over 200 TSV patents ... »

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IMAPS DPC 2017 Covers Range of High-tech Topics, Including EDA

The WeKoPa Resort near Phoenix was the venue for the latest IC packaging focused conference, IMAPS DPC 2017, which took place in early March. The exhibition floor and all the sessions I joined were well attended and covered a broad range of topics, including design tools and methodology demonstrations from both Cadence and Mentor Graphics (as of Friday, 3/31, officially re-branded “Mentor, a Sie... »

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Highlights of the 23rd TSMC Symposium

On March 15, 2017, TSMC held its 23rd Symposium, based on popular request, at the Santa Clara Convention Center. I had the opportunity to attend the entire symposium and want to share some of my impressions and facts learned with you. TSMC, by far the biggest pure-play foundry, has pioneered the transition from integrated device manufacturers (IDMs) to the fabless and foundry business model and ha... »

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13th 3D ASIP Conference Demonstrates Manufacturer’s Commitment

The 3D Architectures for Semiconductor Integration and Packaging (3D ASIP) conference is one of the biggest (if not THE biggest) event focused exclusively on the 3D IC family of technologies. The December 2016 event was held even closer to San Francisco airport than in previous years. From the lobby of the SFO Marriott Hotel, we could see planes taking off and landing.  Every smooth touch-down an... »

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IEDM 2016 Demonstrates Device Physics For The Semiconductor Industry

In the past few months I have been reading a lot of depressing news about our semiconductor industry’s declining growth rates, shrinking profit margins, many consolidations, as well as many articles about why, when and how following Moore’s Law will be only justified for extremely high-volume designs. Sounds kind of depressing and worrisome for semiconductors, however, last week’s Internatio... »

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Pasadena offers Roses and Technology

California’s Pasadena is well known for the New Year Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl. There is no doubt: It takes commitment and organizational talent to make these events successful for 100+ years, and encourage every contributor to prepare and execute successful events every year. Last week’s International Microelectronics Assembly and Packaging Solutions Conference (iMAPS) in Pasadena’s Con... »

TSMC’s OIP Symposium 2016

After a fairly long vacation it’s very hard to get back to work. That’s why I was really glad that this year’s OIP Symposium helped me – right after touring Europe for 3 weeks – to finding my groove again. Allow me to share some of my observations at and thoughts about the Symposium, from my “More-than-Moore EcoSystem builder” perspective. The collaborative innovation programs TSMC ... »

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The Great Divide Between Semiconductor Design and Manufacturing

Shortly before the summer break started, I attended a number of industry conferences: MEPTEC, ECTC, DAC, MEMS & Sensors, ASME and SEMICON West. At all of them, I clearly noticed that our industry is looking beyond “Moore’s Law” to advanced IC packaging, multi-die ICs, and system scaling. However, at every one of these conferences, I also noticed the “Great Divide”: It’s difficult t... »

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