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Highlights of the 23rd TSMC Symposium
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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 impre... »

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Executive Viewpoint: Next-Gen Drone Technologies Rely on Semiconductor Innovation

Robotics and drone technologies are one of the fastest growing end-use markets for integrated sensor technology today. According to a 2016 Yole Développement market report, the 2015 $351M US sensor m... »

Dev Gupta Disrupts the Fan-out Panel at IMAPS DPC, You Won’t Believe What Else Happened!

Dev Gupta Disrupts the Fan-out Panel at IMAPS DPC, You Won’t Believe What Else Happened!

Here we go again! One thing is for sure, there is never a dull moment at the IMAPS Device Packaging Conference panel sessions. (Remember the year of Alphabet Soup?) Maybe it’s because they take plac... »

EV Group Breaks Speed and Accuracy Barrier in Mask Alignment Lithography for Semiconductor Advanced Packaging

EV Group Breaks Speed and Accuracy Barrier in Mask Alignment Lithography for Semiconductor Advanced Packaging

FLORIAN, Austria, March 8, 2017—EV Group (EVG), a leading supplier of wafer bonding and lithography equipment for the MEMS, nanotechnology and semiconductor markets, today unveiled the IQ Aligner NT... »

The FAST route to the Top of the TSV Mountain
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The FAST route to the Top of the TSV Mountain

. While on a recent visit to UnitySC in Grenoble, France, I spent some time visiting with a semiconductor process equipment company that shares the same cleanroom space: KOBUS. Named for a genus of th... »

More-than-Moore 2.5D and 3D SiP Integration

More-than-Moore 2.5D and 3D SiP Integration

A new book on 2.5D and 3D integration, written by Riko Radojcic and published by Springer, will soon be available. The book addresses the current status of More-than-Moore system-in-package (SiP) tech... »

Rudolph Receives Multi-System Order from Leading Memory Manufacturer for Advanced Memory Ramp

Validates new 3D metrology option on NSX Systems for bump process control  Wilmington, Mass. (February 16, 2017)—Rudolph Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: RTEC) announced today that a leading memory manuf... »

Using 3D Integration to Get the Heat Out
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Using 3D Integration to Get the Heat Out

Thermal management is one of the last vestiges of 3D integration challenges. As such, the European 3D Summit (Jan 23-25, 2017) devoted its entire R&D segment to explore what is in the works to sol... »

Highlights from the 2017 European 3D Summit

Highlights from the 2017 European 3D Summit

The 5th Annual European 3D Summit drew 220 attendees from 18 countries who gathered to understand the latest advanced packaging, 2.5D and 3D IC technologies being developed to achieve next-generation ... »

Process Control Gains Importance in Advanced Packaging Applications
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Process Control Gains Importance in Advanced Packaging Applications

2016 will be remembered as the year fan-out wafer level packaging (FOWLP) went mainstream, thanks to TSMC’s strategic move in the advanced packaging arena and especially its integrated fan-out (InFO... »

The Edge of 3D: 3D SoC VLSI and Si Photonics
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The Edge of 3D: 3D SoC VLSI and Si Photonics

Last week, I posted an executive summary of this year’s European 3D Summit, touching on the highlights and general takeaways based on the closing remarks I delivered at this year’s well-attended e... »

Welcome to a New Era of Predictive Yield Process Control for Advanced Packaging
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Welcome to a New Era of Predictive Yield Process Control for Advanced Packaging

In April 2016, Fogale Nanotech Group acquired the assets of Altatech Semiconductor from Soitec in order to combine the metrology offerings of Fogale Nanotech Semicon with Altatech’s unique 2D and 3D... »

Silicon Patents: Repeating the Past
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Silicon Patents: Repeating the Past

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” ~ George Santayana Over the past forty years, the presence of legally protected Intellectual Property (IP) has dramatically gro... »

2017 European 3D Summit: Making Advanced Packaging Great Again
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2017 European 3D Summit: Making Advanced Packaging Great Again

Every year, I attend most of the events that are focused on 3D integration and related approaches to semiconductor advanced packaging. One thing that I’ve heard over the past year is that as 3D tech... »

TechSearch International Analysis Predicts Growth for Fan-in and FO-WLP

TechSearch International Analysis Predicts Growth for Fan-in and FO-WLP TechSearch International predicts strong market growth for fan-in wafer level packages (WLPs) and fan-out WLP (FO-WLP). Driven b... »

Addressing Advanced Packaging Challenges in 2017 and Beyond
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Addressing Advanced Packaging Challenges in 2017 and Beyond

As the two-dimensional (2D) shrinking of planar circuits (on which Gordon Moore based his famous observation) has become more difficult and expensive, the semiconductor industry has had to find other ... »

Outlook 2017: Advanced Packaging Technology Takes Center Stage
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Outlook 2017: Advanced Packaging Technology Takes Center Stage

The era of “More than Moore” was alive and well in 2016 as the semiconductor industry witnessed many new developments in advanced packaging. Among these was the production of the first hybrid bond... »

What the Heterogeneous Integration Technology Roadmap Will Mean for 2017

What the Heterogeneous Integration Technology Roadmap Will Mean for 2017

While it seems that the semiconductor industry has suddenly embraced heterogeneous integration as the next revolutionary innovation to further the quest for higher performance and lower-power, lower-c... »

Top Ten Reasons to Attend the 2017 European 3D Summit
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Top Ten Reasons to Attend the 2017 European 3D Summit

It’s that time of year again! For the 5th consecutive year, SEMI Europe is hosting the European 3D Summit (formerly known as the 3D TSV Summit for editions 1-3), and it’s shaping up to be a stella... »

13th 3D ASIP Conference Demonstrates Manufacturer’s Commitment
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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 Dece... »

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