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Hello, Microelectronics and Packaging? Your Opportunities are Calling

Hello, Microelectronics and Packaging? Your Opportunities are Calling

There’s no doubt about it. This is a good time to be in the microelectronics and packaging sector of the semiconductor industry. With exciting markets like artificial intelligence (AI), 5G, and the internet of things  (IoT) technologies moving from ideas to implementation, this previously tired segment of the semiconductor industry is poised for action and faces abundant opportunities. “The s... »

Dr. Phil Garrou Makes the Move to 3D InCites

Dr. Phil Garrou Makes the Move to 3D InCites

Yes. You read that right. It is my great pleasure to announce that Dr. Phil Garrou is joining 3D InCites as contributing editor and as a member of our esteemed technical advisory board. Like me, you may have noticed a pause in Phil’s missives on all things advanced packaging. While it’s only been a month or so since he penned his last post for Solid State Technology, it has already left a void... »

Thermal Metamaterials for Advanced Packaging Applications from Stanford University

Thermal Metamaterials for Advanced Packaging Applications from Stanford University

Dense materials that exhibit high thermal conductivity are abundant in nature: think copper, think diamond, think silicon. And porous materials with low thermal conductivity also exist, or are easily fabricated: think polyimide, for example, or think of the various porous xerogels. But dense materials that are also thermal insulators, or porous materials that are good thermal conductors? Those are... »

Packaging, Innovation, and Our Application-Driven World

Packaging, Innovation, and Our Application-Driven World

MEPTEC lunches, now known as the MEPTEC / IMAPS / SEMI Semiconductor Speaker Series Luncheon sponsored by Chip Scale Review, are on again in Silicon Valley. At the most recent lunch  in mid-March 2018, I was pleased to see that it was none other than Rich Rice, VP Business Development, ASE US, delivering his view on Packaging Innovation for our Application-Driven World Rich’s thesis: that, desp... »

Continental Drifts or Tectonic Shifts? Advanced Packaging 2017

Continental Drifts or Tectonic Shifts? Advanced Packaging 2017

That’s great it starts with an earthquake … R.E.M. Boxing Day 2017 ended with an earthquake in Silicon Valley, at 10:32 pm, a magnitude 3.9 temblor near Alum Rock I thought could have been my neighbor dropping something heavy in the apartment upstairs, except that nobody lifts and drops anything that heavy, for that long, in the building where I live. No reports of damage, but the shaking came... »

Sir Walter Raleigh towered above the 50th IMAPS Symposium

Sir Walter Raleigh towered above the 50th IMAPS Symposium

Almost 500 years ago Walter Raleigh was born in England, rose rapidly in the favor of Queen Elizabeth I and was knighted in 1585. In 1587 he initiated the founding of Raleigh. Last week he welcomed – appropriately dressed – about one thousand semiconductor experts to the 50th International Symposium on Microelectronics at the Raleigh, NC, Convention Center (Figure 1). If you look closer at thi... »

IMAPS 2017 SiP Conference Takes on Sonoma

IMAPS 2017 SiP Conference Takes on Sonoma

California’s Wine Country attracts visitors from all over the world. They can enjoy the scenic countryside, historic places, golf courses, tennis courts, gambling and of course great wine and excellent food. How well can a highly technical conference compete with all these “distractions”? Please read about the sessions I attended and judge for yourself! The Inaugural Conference and Exhibitio... »

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... »

13th 3D ASIP Conference Demonstrates Manufacturer’s Commitment

13th 3D ASIP Conference Demonstrates Manufacturer’s Commitment

The 3D Architectures for Semiconductor Integration and Packaging (3D ASIP) conference is one of the biggest (if not THE biggest) event focused exclusively on the 3D IC family of technologies. The December 2016 event was held even closer to San Francisco airport than in previous years. From the lobby of the SFO Marriott Hotel, we could see planes taking off and landing.  Every smooth touch-down an... »

Pasadena offers Roses and Technology

Pasadena offers Roses and Technology

California’s Pasadena is well known for the New Year Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl. There is no doubt: It takes commitment and organizational talent to make these events successful for 100+ years, and encourage every contributor to prepare and execute successful events every year. Last week’s International Microelectronics Assembly and Packaging Solutions Conference (iMAPS) in Pasadena’s Con... »

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