Guest bloggers from across the supply chain and from various market segments contribute to provide insight on the implications of 3D integration technologies. Industry experts who have something to say are invited to participate.


A Tribute to Gilles Poupon, CEA-Leti’s Advanced Packaging Pope

Sitting in the bus on the way back from Grenoble to Airport Lyon, I am reflecting the last two days during which we honored Gilles Poupon, the Advanced Packaging “Pope” of CEA Leti. Upon his retirement at the end of November 2017, somehow an era ends. I have known Gilles for quite a long time: He reminded of the first time we met. It was 2003 in Munich. Gilles was a member of the CEA delegatio... »

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MCM, SiP, SoC, and Heterogeneous Integration Defined and Explained

Multichip module (MCM),  system-in-package (SiP), system-on-chip (SoC), and heterogeneous integration are all important semiconductor packaging technologies. They deserve to have, at the very least, a book written about them. However, herein I would like to give these technologies very simple descriptions. if you don’t mind. MCM MCM integrates different chips and discrete components side-by-si... »

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Warpage Issues in Fan-Out Wafer Level Packaging

As you all know, warpage is a critical issue for fan-out wafer/panel level packaging. Many people like to talk about it, however, most of them don’t know what they are talking about. Let’s use the chips first, face-up fan-out wafer level packaging (FOWLP) approach as an example. Also, let’s consider three redistribution layers (RDLs). The process flow is schematically shown in the figure b... »

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Advanced Packaging Adds Value and Reduces Cost for Future Semiconductor Products

Yole Développement (Yole) confirms the consolidation of the advanced packaging industry, that is showing a steady growth in revenue of +7% between 2016 and 2022. “Advanced packaging is showing a total revenue CAGR higher than the total packaging industry (3-4%), semiconductor industry (4-5%) and generally the global electronics industry (3-4%)”, comments Andrej Ivankovic, Technology & Mar... »

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Are Glass Substrates the Next Option for Fan-out Packaging?

As you all may know, in most fan-out wafer level packages (FOWLP) such as embedded wafer level ball grid array (eWLB) by Infineon and STATS ChipPAC, and TSMC’s integrated fan out (InFO), the chip(s) are embedded in epoxy molding compound (EMC). Additionally, in some fan-out panel-level packaging (FOPLP) such as those being built by Fraunhofer IZM and J-Devices, the chip(s) are embedded in ... »

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The Advancement of Device Packaging – A Resume on IMAPS DPC 2017

As part of the organizing committee, we believe this year’s IMAPS Device Packaging Conference really fulfilled what the announcement promised – the largest conference dedicated to the full spectrum of 3DIC and packaging, fan-out technologies and MEMS/sensors. We enjoyed 12% attendee growth over 2016, welcoming nearly 600 attendees from 20 countries, in addition to a 12th consecutive so... »

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Executive Viewpoint: Next-Gen Drone Technologies Rely on Semiconductor Innovation

Robotics and drone technologies are one of the fastest growing end-use markets for integrated sensor technology today. According to a 2016 Yole Développement market report, the 2015 $351M US sensor market for drones and robots is expected to double by 2021, reaching US$ 709 million at a 12.4% CAGR. Key technologies include 3D cameras, solid state light detection and ranging (LIDAR), and ultra-pre... »

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Process Control Gains Importance in Advanced Packaging Applications

2016 will be remembered as the year fan-out wafer level packaging (FOWLP) went mainstream, thanks to TSMC’s strategic move in the advanced packaging arena and especially its integrated fan-out (InFO) win inside the iPhone 7. Already in high-volume manufacturing (HVM), FOWLP volumes significantly increased in magnitude. Will this strong momentum continue over the next few years? I believe it will... »


Silicon Patents: Repeating the Past

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” ~ George Santayana Over the past forty years, the presence of legally protected Intellectual Property (IP) has dramatically grown in the processes of electronic system development and deployment. Teams that use IP in product design and/or in subsequent product deployment and support have the additional corporate responsibilit... »

imec Collaborates with Antwerp and Flanders to Establish Smart City Living Lab

How can the Internet of Things change the future of the average citizen? To answer this question, imec joins forces with the City of Antwerp and the Flanders region to turn Antwerp into a Smart City Living Lab in which businesses, researchers, local residents and the city itself will experiment with smart technologies that aim to make urban life more pleasant, enjoyable and sustainable. “Making ... »

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