3D IC integration

Talking Nerdy with Exhibitors at IWLPC 2018

Talking Nerdy with Exhibitors at IWLPC 2018

With heterogeneous integration, 3D, and advanced wafer-level packaging technologies officially declared the rising stars of the semiconductor industry, materials, process and equipment suppliers have pulled out their shiniest bells and whistles. Here’s a sampling of news and products that were on display at IWLCP 2018, October 23-25, 2018 at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose. Indium Corporation... »

It’s not the Data, it’s what you DO with it; and Other Conversations from SEMICON West 2018

It’s not the Data, it’s what you DO with it; and Other Conversations from SEMICON West 2018

Emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) are driving more than just the semiconductor market. They also drove the conversations I had with everyone I spoke with at and around SEMICON West 2018. Turns out people had lots to talk about. AI and Machine Learning I often think back to the 2010 MEMS Executive Summit in Scottsdale Arizona, when Karen Lightman declare... »

Diverse Technology Selections Served at CS MANTECH 2015

Diverse Technology Selections Served at CS MANTECH 2015

What were all these silicon people doing at a compound semiconductor conference? CS MANTECH 2015 was the 30th anniversary version of the conference once known as GaAs MANTECH, and which now goes by the more representative name of Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology Conference, the change made along the way to reflect the diverse technology selections being served at recent conferences,... »

Is Moore’s Law a Ceiling, Or Is It a Floor? More Notes From CS International 2015

Is Moore’s Law a Ceiling, Or Is It a Floor? More Notes From CS International 2015

Chris Mack, “Gentleman Scientist,” published an excellent piece on March 30, 2015 in IEEE Spectrum on “The Multiple Lives of Moore’s Law – Why Gordon Moore’s grand prediction has endured for 50 years.”  (Hint: “hard work, human ingenuity, and the incentives of a free market.”) Moore’s Law has several flavors beyond Gordon Moore’s prescient observation in 1965 that “int... »

Flying Many Flags: Heterogeneous Integration at CS International 2015

Flying Many Flags: Heterogeneous Integration at CS International 2015

The fifth annual CS International Conference, 2015 edition, was held in Frankfurt, Germany, March 11-12, 2015. Very conveniently located in the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel & Conference Center, just steps away from where I deplaned in Frankfurt after my flight from Dulles.  Over the course of its 2 days, CS International 2015, offered 6 major themes, spread over 37 individual presentati... »

Heterointegration Spoor in the 2015 Analog, MEMS and Sensor Startups to Watch, Part 3

Heterointegration Spoor in the 2015 Analog, MEMS and Sensor Startups to Watch, Part 3

In Parts 1 and 2 of this series, I drew your attention to what Peter Clarke, writing in EETimes on 02 January 2015, called the “15-in-15: Analog, MEMS and sensor startups to watch in 2015.” If we were to look for heterointegration spoor amongst Peter’s 15 notable startups what would we find? The first “10-in-15” companies profiled in Parts 1 and 2, namely Cambridge CMOS Sensors; Chirp Mi... »

More Spoor: Heterointegration in the 2015 Analog, MEMS and Sensor Startups to Watch, Part 2

More Spoor: Heterointegration in the 2015 Analog, MEMS and Sensor Startups to Watch, Part 2

In Part 1 of this series I drew your attention to what Peter Clarke, writing in EETimes on 02 January 2015, called the “15-in-15: Analog, MEMS and sensor startups to watch in 2015.” What would we find if we were to look for signs of heterointegration in this particular gathering, I asked? And what did we find when we looked for heterointegration spoor amongst these first 5 of Peter’s 15 nota... »

Heterogeneous Integration Spoor In MEMS and Sensor Start-ups

Heterogeneous Integration Spoor In MEMS and Sensor Start-ups

The distinguished journalist Peter Clarke, writing in EETimes on 02 January 2015, identified what he called the “15-in-15: Analog, MEMS and sensor start-ups to watch in 2015.” What better place to shine the heterogeneous integration spotlight than here, I thought, when I read the piece in January – as Peter wrote, “The blossoming of the [Analog, MEMS, Sensor] sector may be to do with the g... »

Riding Out on a Horse and in on a Goat: 3D IC Predictions for MEMS

Riding Out on a Horse and in on a Goat: 3D IC Predictions for MEMS

The Lunar New Year is soon upon us, and we will be celebrating the Year of the Goat with firecrackers, red packets (I hope!), and the evening parade in San Francisco on 07 March 2015. The goat is a sturdy animal whose praises are often undersung. Undersung – that sounds a little bit like the MEMS Industry, which, as I wrote in 2014, is sometimes looked upon as being the poor cousin of the se... »

Why You Missed Your 2014 3D Stacked DRAM Equipment Shipment Forecast

Why You Missed Your 2014 3D Stacked DRAM Equipment Shipment Forecast

Remember SEMICON West 2012? How could you forget? It was all clubbing with your customers at The Redwood Room, DNA Lounge, and The Endup after a few standout meals with them at Mission Chinese Food, Slanted Door, Wayfare Tavern, Acquerello, and Absinthe that were preceded by a few drinks with the team at House of Shields, Rickhouse, and The Old Ship Saloon that followed a day on the show floor tha... »

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