Francoise von Trapp, Author at 3D InCites

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How Do We Entice Young Women to Pursue Careers in Microelectronics & Packaging?

How Do We Entice Young Women to Pursue Careers in Microelectronics & Packaging?

If what is expressed during ongoing discussions on gender diversity and inclusion at semiconductor and packaging industry events is true, then the overarching belief is that women are drawn to careers that help people. In science, they want to be doctors or researchers to find cures for cancer. It’s also been noted that the younger generation, in general, is interested in the societal benefits o... »

Advice on Gender Diversity and Inclusion from the Trenches

Advice on Gender Diversity and Inclusion from the Trenches

From the semiconductor industry panels on gender diversity and inclusion and networking receptions to casual lunches and one-on-one interviews, I’ve been listening to women of all levels of experience talk about what brought them to pursue careers in microelectronics and semiconductors. The stories are as varied as the women telling them. In this two-part series, we hear from three women in lead... »

How Do We Improve Gender Diversity and Inclusion in the Semiconductor Industry?

How Do We Improve Gender Diversity and Inclusion in the Semiconductor Industry?

In 2018, gender diversity and inclusion (D&I) ranked right up there with artificial intelligence, autonomous cars, and panel-level packaging as a hot-button topic for panel discussions at most of the semiconductor industry and advanced packaging events I attended (as well as those I didn’t). ECTC 2018 featured its annual women’s panel and reception, and IMAPS International hosted an inform... »

Happy Holidays, from all the elves at 3D InCites!

Happy Holidays, from all the elves at 3D InCites!

The semiconductor industry could learn a few things from Santa’s elves. How about devices that package themselves? These guys may be onto something. Check it out. »

Seen on the Scene at Electronica 2018

Seen on the Scene at Electronica 2018

This was my first Electronica, and all I can say is – It is massive. It covered everything to do with the electronics supply chain, from chip design to the chip itself, to the package, component, subassembly, circuit board, through to test and measurement, and enclosures, switches, the works. While my focus for this trip was SEMICON Europa, I took the long way to hall A4, wandering through the E... »

Seen on the Scene at SEMICON Europa 2018

Seen on the Scene at SEMICON Europa 2018

SEMICON Europa was an island in the vast sea of Electronica. It occupied one hall out of 18. But without that hall full of equipment, process, and material suppliers, the other 17 wouldn’t have any reason to exist. Think about that for a bit. There’s a reason “Semiconductors drive smart” was SEMI’s chosen theme for the event.  Rather than attend all the sessions in the tech arena, I cho... »

Closing Out My 2018 Conference Season With SEMICON Europa and Electronica

Closing Out My 2018 Conference Season With SEMICON Europa and Electronica

In the past 10 weeks, I’ve attended five conferences: two in Europe, and three in California. Two focused on MEMS and sensors, two on advanced packaging, and one that tied everything all together. At all of these events, the themes were consistent: advanced packaging rules; automotive and IoT is driving the train, and artificial intelligence and machine learning are the ones to watch on the hype... »

UnitySC Unveils New Inspection System for the Advanced Packaging and Wafer Processing Ecosystem

UnitySC Unveils New Inspection System for the Advanced Packaging and Wafer Processing Ecosystem

Grenoble, France (November 8, 2018)— UnitySC European leader and a key player in inspection and metrology solutions, today launched the Unity_LIGHTiX ™ system for micro/macro all surface inspection and 2D/3D metrology. This new inspection and metrology system has been designed to address multiple applications including redistribution layers (RDL) down to 2/2 µm line/space, as well as µbump i... »

The MSEC 2018 Technology Showcase: Who Owns the Data?

The MSEC 2018 Technology Showcase: Who Owns the Data?

The competition was fierce and the stakes high for the annual MSEC 2018 technology showcase. which took place during the MEMS and Sensors Executive Congress, in Napa CA. The winner gets a free table next year and is expected to share their progress. After a rapid-fire session of presentations and time to visit demo tables, their fate is in the hands of the attendees who have 24 hours to vote for t... »

MSEC 2018 Keynote Speaker Examines the Growing Importance of Cybersecurity

MSEC 2018 Keynote Speaker Examines the Growing Importance of Cybersecurity

Just over a year ago, Napa Valley was in flames, and the annual MEMS and Sensors Executive Congress (MSEC) had to be relocated from the Silverado Resort and Spa, located on the fringes of the Atlas Fire, to its sister hotel in San Jose, CA. So, it was with a bit of trepidation that I drove the switchbacks from Sacramento Airport to Napa to attend MSEC 2018 at the Silverado, October 28-30, 2018. Wh... »

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