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How 3D Keeps the Semiconductor Industry Scaling

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 forward to achieve 3nm integrated circuits (ICs). More importantly, however, they discussed how to use 3D in both packaging and transistor cell design to achieve system integration that will enable integr... »

TOP 25 OSATs Ranking: Survival of the Fittest?

TOP 25 OSATs Ranking: Survival of the Fittest?

Out of the top 25 OSATs, Taiwan-based OSATs contributed more than half of the revenue in 2018 followed by China, US, and Malaysia. The leading giant of the outsourced semiconductor and test service providers (OSATs), ASE Technology Holding Co., Ltd. (formerly ASE Inc.) and subsidiaries, has got even bigger after the official acquisition of SPIL on April 30, 2018. In 2018, ASE Technology Holding Co... »

SEMI ASMC 2019: Heterogeneous Integration Enters the Mix

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 reliability and almost no defects. It is very difficult. That makes it all the more important to pursue other ways of making better computers.” Linley Gwennap, in The Economist, March 2016. “It may... »

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

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 visiting booths and listening to presentations, I gained insight into how the semiconductor packaging industry has evolved in the past decade and why work I did ten or 25 years ago is newly relevant. E... »

Heterogeneous Integration Component Flavors SEMI ASMC 2019

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 design and construction, should allow the manufacturer of large systems to design and construct a considerable variety of equipment both rapidly and economically.” G. Moore, “Cramming more comp... »

Advanced Heterogeneous Packaging Solutions for High Performance Computing

Advanced Heterogeneous Packaging Solutions for High Performance Computing

Heterogeneous integrated circuit (IC) packaging has made a full entrance into the high-performance computing arena. The target applications are broad, running the gamut from artificial intelligence (AI), deep learning, data center networking, supercomputers, and autonomous driving. In fact, a new generation of deep learning AI, leading central processing units (CPUs) for data center servers as wel... »

Advanced Packaging: Game Changer for Semiconductor Revolution

Advanced Packaging: Game Changer for Semiconductor Revolution

Advanced packaging has entered its most successful era boosted by a need for better integration, the end of Moore’s law and, beyond that, the megatrends, transportation, 5G, consumer, memory & computing, artificial intelligence (AI) and high-performance computing (HPC). The market today is dominated by large integrated device manufacturers (IDMs), such as Intel and Samsung, top four global o... »

Heterogeneous Integration Calls for Increased Materials Reliability

Heterogeneous Integration Calls for Increased Materials Reliability

Automotive reliability is a pivotal concern for heterogeneous integration technologies, especially as emerging mission profiles for electric and autonomous vehicles push component lifetimes out by two to three times or more over standard testing regimes. There has been an increasing realization of the importance of chip-package interaction (CPI) as a source of reliability issues in semiconductor a... »

Extending Moore’s Law through Advanced Packaging

Extending Moore’s Law through Advanced Packaging

The performance and productivity of microelectronics have increased continuously over the last 50 years due to the enormous advances in lithography and device technology. Today, these technologies are becoming prevalent in 3D packaging, which further enables advances in integrating various technologies (logic, memory, RF, sensors, etc.) in a small form factor. There are concerns with the sustainab... »

Thank 2.5D Interposer Technologies for the Success of 3D ICs

Thank 2.5D Interposer Technologies for the Success of 3D ICs

Would it be flippant to say that the most pivotal event that impacted the commercialization of 3D integration technologies, may have been the commercialization of 2.5D interposer technologies? Arguably, 3D and silicon interposer are very different technologies, with a common denominator that happens to be the through silicon via (TSV). Until Xilinx announced its Virtix-7 2000T in or around 2011, s... »

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