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5G: Off the Fence Rail and into the Ring at IMAPS DPC 2018

5G: Off the Fence Rail and into the Ring at IMAPS DPC 2018

The cynic inside often thinks “All hat, no cattle” about the newest new, new thing (right, Michael Lewis?). But if you were to consult the Gartner Hype Cycle listings from 2008 as I just did you would find, perhaps to your surprise, that Cloud Computing, 3-D Printing, Solid-State Drives, and Augmented Reality are now things, having made it past 2008’s inflated expectations, and the disillusi... »

Citius, Altius, Fortius Redux: More From SEMICON Korea 2018

Citius, Altius, Fortius Redux: More From SEMICON Korea 2018

The Winter Games are over and the athletes returned home, and the SEMICON Korea 2018 teams from February have their sights on SEMICON China this month after all that snow-in-Seoul settled, but I still have a few more comments about the Electropackage System and Interconnect Product technical session SEMI organized for the afternoon of 01 February 2018, and on which I reported in my first installme... »

2018 Industry Outlook: It’s Time to Get Serious about 5G

2018 Industry Outlook: It’s Time to Get Serious about 5G

While the entire semiconductor industry is buzzing about explosive and sustained growth well into the 2020s driven by smart everything (homes, cities, industry), automotive electronics, artificial intelligence and more, what’s truly exciting is how we are going to support the connectivity of all those applications. 5G is where it all comes together. Without it, connecting all this disparate data... »

Take-Aways from Test Vision 20/20 Workshop and SEMICON West Advanced Packaging Sessions

Take-Aways from Test Vision 20/20 Workshop and SEMICON West Advanced Packaging Sessions

I am convinced that increasing device complexity, higher quality requirements (e.g. automotive and medical), as well as the need for faster production ramp-ups, will force our industry to pay even more attention to design-in quality, expand self-test, even add redundancy to control logic and interconnects. In addition, wafer-probe and final test need to be expanded. Therefore, attending the Test V... »

MEMS  Ascendant at IMAPS Device Packaging 2017

MEMS Ascendant at IMAPS Device Packaging 2017

Semiconductor device fabrication and packaging is rife with acronyms, and by my estimate, the Top 3 trafficked by speakers at the recent IMAPS Device Packaging Conference were the acronyms FOWLP, FOPLP, and MEMS. That would be fan-out wafer level packaging, fan-out panel level packaging, and microelectromechanical systems, respectively. It wasn’t that IMAPS was a MEMS packaging conference in the... »