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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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... »

Dev Gupta Disrupts the Fan-out Panel at IMAPS DPC, You Won’t Believe What Else Happened!

Here we go again! One thing is for sure, there is never a dull moment at the IMAPS Device Packaging Conference panel sessions. (Remember the year of Alphabet Soup?) Maybe it’s because they take place AFTER everyone’s had a few drinks, but this year was especially lively and entertaining. There was humor, there was drama, AND there was a really good story being told at the fan-out panel discus... »

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The FAST route to the Top of the TSV Mountain

. While on a recent visit to UnitySC in Grenoble, France, I spent some time visiting with a semiconductor process equipment company that shares the same cleanroom space: KOBUS. Named for a genus of the African antelope for its elegance and speed, the company has developed a unique approach to deposition for through silicon via (TSV) metallization processes (barrier, seed and fill) combining the pe... »

What’s in Store For You at IMAPS DPC 2017

Just under a week away, the agenda for the 2017 IMAPS Device Packaging Conference and co-located Global Business Council is geared to inspire attendees about the growing importance of heterogeneous integration technologies supported by advanced wafer level packaging, 2.5D, and 3D integration. While the quest for smaller silicon nodes continues, it’s well understood that these technologies are fi... »

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Using 3D Integration to Get the Heat Out

Thermal management is one of the last vestiges of 3D integration challenges. As such, the European 3D Summit (Jan 23-25, 2017) devoted its entire R&D segment to explore what is in the works to solve this in a session titled Tackling the Thermal Management Challenge. Chaired by Jean Michailos, STMicroelectronics the session featured the following talks: Integrated and Self-Adaptive Microfluidic... »

Highlights from the 2017 European 3D Summit

The 5th Annual European 3D Summit drew 220 attendees from 18 countries who gathered to understand the latest advanced packaging, 2.5D and 3D IC technologies being developed to achieve next-generation device requirements. In addition to informative sessions, attendees enjoyed some camaraderie, as we’ve all been meeting for a number of years to get 3D integration off the ground. The highlight ... »

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