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Optimizing Your SoCs and ASICs to Design PCBs More Cost Effectively
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Optimizing Your SoCs and ASICs to Design PCBs More Cost Effectively

Many high-performance systems today use custom ASICs or SoCs to provide the necessary computational power and data bandwidth demanded by their host system, whether it’s a network storage device, net... »

Good News about Glass Substrates
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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 developm... »

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

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

Xperi launches DBI Ultra at ECTC 2019.
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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 curr... »

SEMI ASMC 2019: Heterogeneous Integration Enters the Mix
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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 r... »

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

Advanced Substrates: The Winds of Change
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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 ded... »

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

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

The Importance of a Well-coordinated Semiconductor Supply Chain
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The Importance of a Well-coordinated Semiconductor Supply Chain

Would you buy your next hotdog in parts, from un-coordinated suppliers? For example: Get the bun from a baker, the sausage from a butcher, mustard and/or ketchup and veggies from the nearest supermark... »

Heterogeneous Integration Component Flavors SEMI ASMC 2019
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Heterogeneous Integration Component Flavors SEMI ASMC 2019

“It may prove to be more economical to build large systems out of smaller functions, which are separately packaged and interconnected. The availability of large functions, combined with functional d... »

Moore’s Law is Dead (Again), Chiplets are Hot, and other Highlights of ECTC 2019
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Moore’s Law is Dead (Again), Chiplets are Hot, and other Highlights of ECTC 2019

In the blink of an eye, the 69th Electronics Component Technology Conference (ECTC 2019) has come and gone in a swirl of presentations, conversations, and networking events. Last week, (May 27-31, 201... »

IFTLE 415:Substrate-like PCBs; Three Top Ten Packaging Houses are China-based
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IFTLE 415:Substrate-like PCBs; Three Top Ten Packaging Houses are China-based

Substrate-like PCBs (SLP) is a term describing a high-density printed circuit board (PCB) that has feature sizes close to that of an IC substrate. The main difference between a PCB and an IC substrate... »

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

TechSearch International predicts strong market growth for fan-in wafer level packages (WLPs) and fan-out WLPs (FO-WLPs).  Despite lower growth for smartphones, growth continues as the number of WLPs... »

Book Review: Handbook of 3D Integration – Volume 4
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Book Review: Handbook of 3D Integration – Volume 4

An essential part of successfully introducing a new technology is to educate engineers and managers on its benefits and tradeoffs. That’s why Wiley started publishing the Handbook of 3D Integration ... »

IFTLE 414: Lester the Lightbulb… Revisited 
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IFTLE 414: Lester the Lightbulb… Revisited 

In the past few weeks, a reader sent a message to IFTLE titled “Time to bring back Lester the Lightbulb” with a link to a story in the Detroit News. Way back in Aug of 2011, I was covering the for... »

EV Group Wafer Bonding Solutions for Heterogeneous Integration and Wafer-Level Packaging to be Highlighted at ECTC 2019
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EV Group Wafer Bonding Solutions for Heterogeneous Integration and Wafer-Level Packaging to be Highlighted at ECTC 2019

EV Group (EVG), a leading supplier of wafer bonding and lithography equipment for the MEMS, nanotechnology and semiconductor markets, today announced that new developments in heterogeneous integration... »

Material Value: A Narrative About More Sustainable, Less Wasteful Manufacturing
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Material Value: A Narrative About More Sustainable, Less Wasteful Manufacturing

While I’m only four chapters into Material Value written by my colleague and SemiSister, Julia Goldstein, I decided to write the review before I finish reading the book, because Julia will be at ECT... »

Women in Semiconductors: A Rising Tide Will Lift All Boats
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Women in Semiconductors: A Rising Tide Will Lift All Boats

Like most career women, balancing work and family life is a juggling act, leaving precious little time for hobbies. However, I’ve recently acquired quite a knack for managing NFL fantasy football te... »

A Non-Techie SemiSister Tackles The Elusive Semiconductor Language
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A Non-Techie SemiSister Tackles The Elusive Semiconductor Language

Not all SemiSisters are engineers. In fact, many of us joined this industry from a variety of career backgrounds with non-STEM educations including financial, business management, market research, mar... »

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