3D InCites 10th Anniversary

Celebrating 25 Years of Advanced Packaging Innovation: Part 2

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... »

Heterogeneous Integration Calls for Increased Materials Reliability

Heterogeneous Integration Calls for Increased Materials Reliability

Automotive reliability is a pivotal concern for heterogeneous integration technologies, especially as emerging mission profiles for electric and autonomous vehicles push component lifetimes out by two to three times or more over standard testing regimes. There has been an increasing realization of the importance of chip-package interaction (CPI) as a source of reliability issues in semiconductor a... »

Extending Moore’s Law through Advanced Packaging

Extending Moore’s Law through Advanced Packaging

The performance and productivity of microelectronics have increased continuously over the last 50 years due to the enormous advances in lithography and device technology. Today, these technologies are becoming prevalent in 3D packaging, which further enables advances in integrating various technologies (logic, memory, RF, sensors, etc.) in a small form factor. There are concerns with the sustainab... »

3D Integration Enables More than Moore Technologies

3D Integration Enables More than Moore Technologies

Looking back at the last 10 years, it is very difficult to choose one single event that was the most pivotal for commercializing 3D integration technology. There have been many prior events that have driven 3D integration and aligned the whole industry in migrating from monolithic 2D to heterogeneous and 3D integration. From my perspective, the most path-breaking event was the rise of the backside... »

3D ICs Eliminate the Memory Wall

3D ICs Eliminate the Memory Wall

The adoption of 3D ICs allowed the elimination of the “Memory Wall” using a new memory architecture and through silicon via (TSV) technology. While individual ICs became faster with each process node, the communication between the chips was constrained by limited pin counts, power hungry I/Os, and PCB-space limitations. Assembly of multiple dies into one package enables extremely wide busses b... »

Probe Test for 3D Integration: A Thousand Mile Journey

Probe Test for 3D Integration: A Thousand Mile Journey

When we look back at the last 10 years, it’s really been a series of baby steps to move the commercialization of 3D integration technologies forward. There is no single pivotal event that catalyzed the 3D evolution. Like the Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu said, “do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a s... »

3D Powered: From Image Sensors to Artificial Intelligence

3D Powered: From Image Sensors to Artificial Intelligence

The widespread deployment of 3D stacked CMOS Image Sensors (CIS) in consumer electronics, namely smartphones, by handset makers domestic (Apple, iPhone) and overseas (Samsung, Galaxy), is certain proof that 3D integration technologies pivoted over the last ten years from being something useful only for fairly esoteric applications and high ASP products, to being a technology that reached the right... »

3D InCites Turns 10: A Brief Analysis of the 3D Journey

3D InCites Turns 10: A Brief Analysis of the 3D Journey

I cannot believe 3D InCites is already turning 10! As wise people say, time flies!  Taking a step back, I have to admit a lot of progress has been made since my first attendance as a young engineer to the EMC 3D workshops back in 2008. At that time, we were discussing how to form a via, how to fill it, how to use a temporary wafer carrier to process thin wafers…etc. We are definitely more m... »