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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Moore’s Law is Dead (Again), Chiplets are Hot, and other Highlights of ECTC 2019

In the blink of an eye, the 69th Electronics Component Technology Conference (ECTC 2019) has come and gone in a swirl of presentations, conversations, and networking events. Last week, (May 27-31, 2019) Las Vegas played host to 1563 attendees (the second highest number ever), who gathered to share and learn about the latest trends, drivers and technologies that make the microelectronics industry t... »


ECTC 2019 Will Go Back to Basics to Plan for the Future of Microelectronics and Packaging

Whoa! Where did the time go? ECTC 2019 is only three weeks away and I haven’t written my annual preview post! This year’s event takes place at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, from May 28-31. I’m excited to announce that my good friend and SemiSister, Nancy Stoffel, General Electric Research is this year’s General Chair. I’d tell you about our escapades the last time ECTC was in Las Vegas.... »


Book Review: Advances in Embedded and Fan-out Wafer Level Packaging Technology

When asked by Beth Keser and Steffen Krönert to review their new book, Advances in Embedded and Fan-out Wafer Level Packaging Technology, I was a little apprehensive. I reminded them that I was NOT an engineer, so would only be able to review it from the layperson’s perspective. They assured me that was precisely what they were looking for, so I agreed. Written by Experts When the book arrived ... »

Could ON Semiconductor be GlobalFoundries’ White Knight?

In light of recent rumors, could ON Semiconductor’s acquisition of GlobalFoundries’ East Fishkill fab save the company from being carved up further? The Basics Phoenix, AZ-based ON Semiconductor (ON Semi) announced its second big acquisition in the past month: the purchase of GlobalFoundries’ (GF) East Fishkill 300mm semiconductor fab. The first was the acquisition of WiFi technology... »

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Arizona SEMI Breakfast Forum Focuses on Sensors Enabling a Connected World

Why are sensors not on the same growth trajectory as CMOS? In the face of a shaky global economy, where are the opportunities coming from? How will doctors practice medicine five years from now and how will MEMS and sensors be involved? What are some of the cool, upcoming sensor-enabled devices that will change how we interact with the world? These questions and more were the topics of discussion ... »

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Celebrating 25 Years of Advanced Packaging Innovation: Part 2

Picking up where we left off, Part two of this series celebrating advanced packaging innovation takes us from 2009-2019, beginning with the establishment of 3D InCites in 2009. The first conference I covered was the IMAPS Device Packaging Conference in 2009. We officially launched the first website in time for SEMICON West 2009. Remember the logo? Things could only improve from here. In 2012, now... »

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Celebrating 25 Years of Advanced Packaging Innovation: Part 1

After spending three days in the company of the IMAPS community at the 15th annual IMAPS Device Packaging Conference (IMAPS DPC) March5-7,2019, in Fountain Hills, Arizona, I am once again reminded why I chose to focus 3D InCites on the advanced packaging segment of the semiconductor industry. The technology is fascinating and varied, the conversation is inspiring, and the people know how to have a... »


Heterogenous Integration’s Star Rises at the 15th Annual IMAPS Device Packaging Conference

Remember when device node scaling was the semiconductor superstar, and advanced packaging was the back-up singer? At the 15th Annual IMAPS Device Packaging Conference, held March 5-7, 2019, in Fountain Hills, AZ, it became clear how rapidly that hierarchy has shifted. From the keynotes to the panel discussion, to the Global Business Council session, speakers portrayed heterogenous integration (HI)... »

The First Decade: A Message from the Queen of 3D

Has it already been 10 years since my first business partner, Leo Archer, and I started 3D InCites? When we first conceived of the idea in 2009, I had no idea what I was getting myself into or that 10 years later, 3D InCItes would be so well recognized in the industry, and that I would be known as the Queen of 3D. Leo and I parted ways in 2011, and after a year of going it alone and seriously thin... »

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A Race to the Finish: Announcing the Winners of the 2019 3D InCites Awards

The 2019 3D InCites Awards vote was a nail-biter right up until the end.  While some categories seemed almost predictable from start, others were neck-and-neck, with the front runner changing on a daily basis. What was most exciting to me, however, was how many new participants we had, and how well they did. So, from almost-to-close-call to we-never-saw-that-one-coming, here’s my analysis of th... »

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