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.


Xperi Sets Out to Enable Immersive Experiences

Xperi is a new entity with a complicated back-story, but a pretty cool vision for its future. First, there was Tessera, well-known throughout the advanced packaging sector of the semiconductor industry as an IP-based technology company focused on chip packaging and interconnects that historically licensed its technology know-how and patents. In 2003, the company formed a new parent company –... »

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The Brighter Side of SEMICON West 2017

Generally, I avoid reading other journalists’ coverage of events I’ve attended until I’ve had a chance to finish my own coverage. But there it was in my inbox in a recent edition of Semiconductor Packaging News: “Five Takeaways from Semicon” by Semi Engineering’s Mark LePedus. I couldn’t resist. I had to click. I must admit, Mark is more of a hardcore technology journalist than I am,... »

Heterogeneous Integration Versus Dimensional Scaling; One Year In (Part 2)

In the first part of this series, I covered the perspectives of dimensional scaling vs. heterogeneous integration based on discussions during SEMICON West 2017. For part two, I spoke with equipment and material suppliers who serve either (or in some cases, both) the front- and back-ends of the semiconductor manufacturing industry, to round out the picture of how the industry-wide shift in focus fr... »

2017 3D InCites Awards Ceremony and Reception: A Retrospective

Once again this year, the industry came out in full force to honor excellence in heterogeneous integration at the 2017 3D InCites Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception to benefit KidSizeCures for childhood cancer. After a brief ceremony during which we presented 11 awards in 10 categories (find out who won here), guests enjoyed good food, drinks, and conversation, as well as some fun activities, ... »

Heterogeneous Integration Versus Dimensional Scaling: One Year In (Part 1)

Heterogeneous Integration Versus Dimensional Scaling; One Year In (Part 2)At SEMICON West 2016, the big story was the end of the ITRS Roadmap for dimensional scaling according to Moore’s Law and the birth of the Heterogeneous Integration Roadmap (HIR). There were many reasons for this: the cost of continued scaling vs. the reduced performance benefits, the advantages of being able to heterogeneo... »

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Executive Viewpoint: Breaking The Chicken and Egg Cycle for HDAP

  For several years now, Herb Reiter, eda2asic, and John Ferguson, Mentor Graphics, have been evangelizing about the necessity of assembly design kits (ADK), similar to the process design kits (PDKs) for chip designers, to help drive ecosystem capabilities for what is collectively now being called high density advanced packaging (HDAP), comprising 2.5D IC, 3D IC and high density fan-out wafer... »

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Impressions from ECTC 2017

Let’s start with the indoor rainstorm. I arrived at the Swan and Dolphin in Orlando just in time for the fan-out plenary session of ECTC 2017, so tossed my stuff in my room and headed on in (wearing jeans, no less!) You can read about that here. Afterward, I had a bite to eat with industry colleagues. Back in my room at 11:15 to call it a night, only to find it raining ON my bed thanks to a leak... »


Fifty Shades of Fan-out Discussed at ECTC 2017

The fan-out conversation that started at IMAPS DPC 2017 in March continued this week at the annual Electronics Components Technology Conference (ECTC), which took place in Orlando at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. The buzz started during the Tuesday evening plenary session, where panelists Douglas Yu, TSMC, Tim Olson, Deca Technologies; Steffen Kroehnert, NANIUM; Rolf Aschenbrenner... »

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The 2017 3D InCites Awards Will Help Fund Kid Size Cures for Childhood Cancer

It’s that time of year again! With SEMICON West just over 2 short months away, we’re ready to launch the 2017 3D InCites Awards. The 2017 3D InCites Awards will be presented on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, during SEMICON West, in a ceremony at the Impress Lounge, (located above Moscone North). The ceremony will be followed immediately by a cocktail reception to benefit this year’s designate... »

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The Advanced Packaging Times, they are A-Changing…or Are They?

It’s been a nearly a month since the 2017 IMAPS Device Packaging Conference and Global Business Council, so I’ve had plenty of time to mull over the many presentations and conversations focused on advanced packaging trends. The winds of change are blowing ever so slightly from year’s past. You had to listen carefully, and in some cases, read between the lines so not to miss them. I could rep... »

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