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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... »

IFTLE  423: GLOBALFOUNDRIES and ARM Turn to 3D Chip Stacks for High Performance Computing
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IFTLE  423: GLOBALFOUNDRIES and ARM Turn to 3D Chip Stacks for High Performance Computing

A year after GLOBALFOUNDRIES cancels its 7nm program, the company is developing 3D chip stacks fabricated using GLOBALFOUNDRIES’s 12nm FinFET process and features ARM’s mesh interconnect technolog... »

How to Transform Innovative Technologies Into Customer-Specific Solutions
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How to Transform Innovative Technologies Into Customer-Specific Solutions

Technology innovations don’t reach customers right away. It takes careful collaboration with the right partners to transform a new and innovative technology into high-value, customer-specific soluti... »

What is Happening to the Memory Market?
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What is Happening to the Memory Market?

Because memory represents typically about half the silicon content of a system, and multi-die packages typically combine many memory devices with one or more logic dice, I made it a point to attend bo... »

IFTLE 422: Is Advanced Packaging Production Returning to the US by SHIP?
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IFTLE 422: Is Advanced Packaging Production Returning to the US by SHIP?

Is advanced packaging production coming back to the USA?  The Navy (i.e. NSWC Crane) is currently seeking proposals from the industry for the development of technical and business plans to establish ... »

A Look Inside The  3D Technology Toolbox For STCO
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A Look Inside The 3D Technology Toolbox For STCO

System-technology co-optimization (STCO) – enabled by 3D integration technologies – is seen as a next ‘knob’ for continuing the scaling path. Eric Beyne, imec fellow and program director of im... »

Advanced SiPs Help More than Moore Reach Maturity
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Advanced SiPs Help More than Moore Reach Maturity

Earlier this summer, 175 system-in-package (SiP) experts from all over the world met at the Marriott Hotel in Monterey’s Old Town at the IMAPS Advanced SiPs Conference. This conference focused exclu... »

New Details About More-than-Moore Test Technology Advances
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New Details About More-than-Moore Test Technology Advances

SEMICON West and the Electronic System (ES) Design West were, for the first time, co-located at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, from July 9 to 11, 2019. In addition to most keynotes, I reported a... »

IFTLE 421: Intel Showcases Co-EMIB Advanced Packaging Architecture
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IFTLE 421: Intel Showcases Co-EMIB Advanced Packaging Architecture

Building on its previous announcements of embedded interconnect bridge (EMIB) and Foveros technologies, Intel recently provided details on three new enabling technologies for advanced packaging: Co-EM... »

How 3D Keeps the Semiconductor Industry Scaling
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How 3D Keeps the Semiconductor Industry Scaling

Imec did their usual stellar job of demonstrating what needs to happen in the semiconductor manufacturing world to enable the next generation of semiconductor devices and keep the industry moving forw... »

IFTLE 420: Low-Loss NCF and Laser-Assisted TCB
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IFTLE 420: Low-Loss NCF and Laser-Assisted TCB

Since it first appeared several years ago, IFTLE has been a big-time proponent of pre-applied non-conductive film (NCF) combined with thermal compression bonding (TCB) for fine-pitch bump interconnect... »

What Role does the US-China Trade War Play in the Semiconductor Downturn?

What Role does the US-China Trade War Play in the Semiconductor Downturn?

The US-China trade war is top of mind for those who work in the semiconductor industry. How much of the current downturn is it responsible for? What impact will it have on the industry? It’s no surp... »

SEMICON West Keynotes Look to a Future Beyond Moore’s Law
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SEMICON West Keynotes Look to a Future Beyond Moore’s Law

Reporting from the SEMICON West keynote talks, Herb Reiter relays the perspectives of industry experts on everything from More than Moore, to hot topics and future technologies. »

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Advanced Packaging Industry: A Wonderful World

The semiconductor industry is at a turning point. The slowdown in CMOS scaling, coupled with escalating costs, has prompted the industry to rely on integrated circuit (IC) packaging to extend the bene... »

Talking about Technology Megatrends at SEMICON West 2019
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Talking about Technology Megatrends at SEMICON West 2019

What a difference a year makes. First the aesthetic: after two years of maneuvering around a construction zone at SEMICON West, the Moscone Center renovation is complete and looks fabulous. It’s als... »

IFTLE 419: Update on GlobalFoundries Foundry Status and Cree’s SiC Plans     
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IFTLE 419: Update on GlobalFoundries Foundry Status and Cree’s SiC Plans     

Is GlobalFoundries looking for an exit or simply shedding parts of the company that do not fit its new focus? Back in IFTLE 406 we started discussing the persistent rumors that GlobalFoundries  might... »

EV Group Earns Exceptional Seventh Consecutive Triple Crown Win in VLSIresearch 2019 Customer Satisfaction Survey

EV Group Earns Exceptional Seventh Consecutive Triple Crown Win in VLSIresearch 2019 Customer Satisfaction Survey

EVG continues win streak with 17th consecutive year listed among “THE BEST” suppliers in survey results; frequently cited by customers as best at partnering and recommended supplier EV Group (EVG)... »

A Look at imec’s Two-Step Wafer-level Mold Process
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A Look at imec’s Two-Step Wafer-level Mold Process

The recipient of the 2019 3D InCites Award for Process of the Year was Belgian research institute, imec, for its two-step wafer-level transfer mold process for 3D die-to-wafer assembly. The individual... »

IFTLE 418: Xperi DBI Ultra for D2W Hybrid Bonding
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IFTLE 418: Xperi DBI Ultra for D2W Hybrid Bonding

Requirements for interconnect pitches of 20µm and below is expected to be the norm in the future. Since typical solder bump technology is not expected to be able to meet those requirements, many comp... »

SiP Technology To Enable Technology Megatrends
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SiP Technology To Enable Technology Megatrends

Two years ago, IMAPS tested the waters for a new conference focused entirely on system-in-packaging (SiP) technologies. They had also recently acquired the 3D Architectures for Semiconductor Integrati... »

EV Group’s MLE Technology Revolutionizes Lithography

EV Group’s MLE Technology Revolutionizes Lithography

EV Group (EVG) today unveiled its maskless exposure technology (MLE™), a revolutionary next-generation lithography technology developed to address future back-end lithography needs for advanced pack... »

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