IMEC

New Solution for Testing Chips Prior to 3D Stacking

New Solution for Testing Chips Prior to 3D Stacking

Stacking chips on top of each other (aka 3D stacking) is a well-known approach to make more compact and powerful systems. Until now, it was impossible to probe the large arrays of fine-pitch micro-bumps on advanced chips before stacking. This had a negative effect on the compound yield (because of including faulty dies in the stack). Imec, together with FormFactor (formerly Cascade Microtech), has... »

3D Systems-on-Chip: Clever Circuit Partitioning To Extend Moore’s Law

3D Systems-on-Chip: Clever Circuit Partitioning To Extend Moore’s Law

In recent years, the technology of 3D integration has evolved into an economically interesting road. In particular, the technology is used to package the CMOS imagers you find in your smartphone, the high-bandwidth DRAM memory stacks used in high-end computing, as well as in advanced graphics cards. 3D integration allows a significant reduction of a system’s footprint and enables ever shorter an... »

Mission Impossible? Not for SEMI!

Mission Impossible? Not for SEMI!

San Francisco’s Moscone Center (above), the traditional home of SEMICON West trade shows, is undergoing major reconstruction work. Looking at this picture of the South Hall you may ask yourself: “Can anybody organize a large trade show here and make it a big success?” My answer is: “YES, the SEMI team can! They did exactly this in July for SEMICON West 2017!” With some very creative spac... »

Announcing the Winners of the 2017 3D InCites Awards!

Announcing the Winners of the 2017 3D InCites Awards!

The 2017 3D InCites Awards program has turned out to be the most exciting yet! We had as many as seven nominees in some fields (supplier of the year), and tallied just over 17,529 votes in total! We also saw a considerable increase in nominees using social media to promote their participation in this year’s event. As heterogeneous integration, fueled by advanced packaging and 3D integration, mov... »

Finding The Next Switch for Semiconductor Scaling

Finding The Next Switch for Semiconductor Scaling

The data traffic explosion, fueled by the Internet of Things (IoT), social media and server applications, has created a need for ever-advancing semiconductor technologies. Servers, mobile devices, IoT devices… they drive the requirements for semiconductors’ future processing and storage capacity. But will we be able to continue traditional semiconductor scaling, as initiated by Gordon Moor... »

ECTC 2016: Is the Life after Moore’s Law?

ECTC 2016: Is the Life after Moore’s Law?

Is Moore’s Law dead or not? It depends on your perspective. Last week at ECTC 2016, Rozalia Beica, Dow Electronic Materials, gathered a prestigious group of senior executives from the world’s leading microelectronics research institutes to discuss Life after Moore’s Law. Panelists included Marie-Noelle Semeria, CEA-Leti; Dim Lee Kwong, IME; Luc van den hove, imec; CP Wong, NCAP; and Subu Iye... »

Combining Technology Platforms and Integrating Complex Materials for New Applications

Combining Technology Platforms and Integrating Complex Materials for New Applications

Heterogeneous integration is in many ways different from other research technology platforms. For one thing, the technology is mostly driven by specific customer needs and hence extremely difficult to anticipate. For some applications, we need to build, on top of CMOS, various sensors, filters, fluidic channels or photonics circuits. For certain other applications, we sometimes even use exotic sub... »

Developing 3D Systems with Ultrafine and Dense Interconnections

Developing 3D Systems with Ultrafine and Dense Interconnections

For the past 2 to 3 years, 3D integration technology has developed into a technically and economically interesting road for further improving the performance of systems. In comparison to conventional planar 2D systems, we are now able to fabricate shorter and faster connections between circuits. And we can make these connections much denser, allowing a fine-grained partitioning of functions. Thes... »

Taking 3D Integration to the Next Level

Taking 3D Integration to the Next Level

There is no rest for the weary. Just because we can finally declare that 3D ICs are in production doesn’t mean we’re done working on it. To the contrary, efforts are ongoing at research institutes like imec in Belgium and Leti in France to take 3D integration to the next level. imec Driven by what imec’s Luc van den hove called “the intuitive internet of things (I-IOT)” the heat is on to... »

SEMICON West 2015 Demonstrates the Powerful IC Manufacturing Base

SEMICON West 2015 Demonstrates the Powerful IC Manufacturing Base

A few weeks ago, San Francisco’s Moscone Center hosted the Design Automation Conference (DAC 2015), with many EDA experts and their customers focused on how to design the new wave of 10nm chips, this year and next. Last week the Moscone Center was buzzing again, this time with material suppliers, equipment vendors, and IC manufacturing experts, discussing how to ramp up production and improve yi... »

Page 1 of 512345