Francoise von Trapp (aka the Queen of 3D) has been following and reporting on the progress of 3D integration technologies since 2009. Francoise in 3D provides a high-level perspective of 3D industry events, offers executive viewpoints, and focuses on process and manufacturing aspects of 3D integration.

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There’s a Fan-out for That

Long gone are the days of the “killer app” and the notion that a single device market like personal computers (PCs) or smartphones alone can make or break the semiconductor industry. In fact, while both those markets have softened, a multitude of emerging technologies including 5G, artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT) platforms, deep learning, autonomous vehicles, blockchain ... »

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Getting IC Package Design Right the First Time

Once considered to be one of the simpler tasks in semiconductor device manufacturing, IC package design has become more complicated as it becomes more critical to the performance of the end-devices.  Market drivers are more varied than ever. Time-to-market is more critical than ever.  And advanced packaging options are more numerous than ever. In this exclusive interview with Keith Felton of Me... »

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Hybrid Bonding: From Concept to Commercialization

Hybrid bonding is quickly becoming recognized as the preferred permanent bonding path for forming high-density interconnects in heterogeneous integration applications, from 2DS enhanced, to 3D stacking with or without through silicon vias (TSVs), as well as MEMS and III-V applications. In this exclusive interview with Gill Fountain, Xperi, winner of the 2018 3D InCites Engineer of the Year award f... »

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Let’s Face It, The Business of Self-driving Cars is About Profit, Not Saving Lives

How does the innovation of self-driving cars affect the business world we live in? This was the topic the iMAPS Global Business Council (GBC) chose to explore during its spring meeting two weeks ago, held in conjunction with the IMAPS Device Packaging Conference, March 6-8, 2018 in Fountain Hills, AZ. In traditional GBC fashion, the morning’s session started with a big-picture keynote presented ... »

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Taking Stock and Redefining the Heterogeneous Integration Roadmap at IMAPS DPC 2018

As it has for the past 14 years, the global microelectronics industry gathered at Wekopa Resort and Conference Center in Fountain Hills, AZ, March 6-8, 2018, for the 2018 IMAPS Device Packaging Conference (DPC) to share knowledge, discuss strategies for growth, learn about the latest heterogeneous integration from fan-out wafer level packaging (FOWLP) to 3D ICs. We also managed to get in some golf... »

2018 3D InCites Awards Ceremony Raises $5500 for Children’s Health and STEM Education

March 7, 2018, the day of the 2018 3D InCites Awards Ceremony, dawned chillier than normal for this time of year in Fountain Hills, AZ. As they enjoyed their breakfast on the terrace outside the conference center, attendees of the 14th Annual iMAPS Device Packaging Conference (iMAPS DPC), may have noticed an artist hard at work creating an original mural that would later provide a backdrop to comm... »


Announcing the Winners of the 2018 3D InCites Awards

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 3D InCites Awards, sponsored by KLA-Tencor and EV Group and hosted by iMAPS. This may have been the most exciting awards year yet, with 40 nominees from 26 companies and four research institutes competing for awards in 9 categories. The competition was fierce! We logged in over 40,619 online votes, more than twice the number of last years event. T... »

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Living the Dream at SEMI’s Industry Strategy Symposium

As I noted in my day one coverage of SEMI’s Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS 2018), which took place last week at the Ritz-Carleton Hotel in Half Moon Bay, CA, this was the first time I’d been invited to join the industry elite as a member of the press* at this most coveted annual event. In this role, I was made privy to the inner workings of what makes the semiconductor industry tick, and the... »

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Notes from SEMI’s ISS 2018, Days 2 and 3

The remaining two days of SEMI’s ISS 2018 dawned foggy and damp, making it a heck of a lot easier to head to the ballroom for a day and half full of inspiring talks versus ditching it all to answer the call of the pounding surf (I grew up on the ocean and now live in the desert, so trust me when I say the temptation was real.) Day Two started with a general technology session kicked off by L... »

Notes from SEMI’s ISS 2018, Day One

SEMI’s Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) has been on my conference bucket list for some time, so when I was offered a press pass to attend ISS 2018, there was no question about attending. One day in, and I’m not disappointed. The venue, the Ritz Carleton at Half Moon Bay, is spectacular – nothing like falling asleep to the sound of crashing waves on the beach below – and so far, the speake... »

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