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Talking about Technology Megatrends at SEMICON West 2019

Talking about Technology Megatrends at SEMICON West 2019

What a difference a year makes. First the aesthetic: after two years of maneuvering around a construction zone at SEMICON West, the Moscone Center renovation is complete and looks fabulous. It’s also so much easier to navigate between halls, and to and from the keynote stage at the newly christened Blue Shield of California Theater. Last year at SEMICON West, the semiconductor industry was flyin... »

SiP Technology To Enable Technology Megatrends

SiP Technology To Enable Technology Megatrends

Two years ago, IMAPS tested the waters for a new conference focused entirely on system-in-packaging (SiP) technologies. They had also recently acquired the 3D Architectures for Semiconductor Integration and Packaging Conference (3DASIP), originally produced by RTI Tech Venture Forum, which took place annually in December in San Francisco. The IMAPS executive committee decided to combine the two co... »

Heterogeneous Integration Component Flavors SEMI ASMC 2019

Heterogeneous Integration Component Flavors SEMI ASMC 2019

“It may prove to be more economical to build large systems out of smaller functions, which are separately packaged and interconnected. The availability of large functions, combined with functional design and construction, should allow the manufacturer of large systems to design and construct a considerable variety of equipment both rapidly and economically.” G. Moore, “Cramming more comp... »

The 5G Revolution is Pushing Innovations for RF front-end SiP

The 5G Revolution is Pushing Innovations for RF front-end SiP

Without a doubt, 5G has arrived and various key smartphone OEMs have already announced products that will support 5G cellular and connectivity. It is clear for everyone that 5G will totally redefine how the radio frequency (RF) front-end interacts in-between the network and the modem. The new RF bands (sub-6 GHz and mm-wave, as defined in 3GPP release 15) pose big challenges for the industry. The ... »

Fan-out is Hot, 3D Is Back, and 5G is Needed: The Inside Scoop from ECTC 2018

Fan-out is Hot, 3D Is Back, and 5G is Needed: The Inside Scoop from ECTC 2018

There’s fact, and there’s perception. The messages people carry away from conferences are not only influenced by what they hear from the speakers, but also from the conversations they have with their colleagues. This post contains a little of both. At IMAPS Device Packaging Conference in March, Yole Developpement analyst, Emilie Joliet announced to the industry that at long last, 3D in... »

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... »