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Technical Tidbits from IWLPC and MSEC 2017

Technical Tidbits from IWLPC and MSEC 2017

It’s been a busy few weeks for me as I attended both the International Wafer Level Packaging Conference (IWLPC), October 24-26, 2017 at the DoubleTree in San Jose and SEMI-MSIG’s MEMS and Sensors Executive Congress, October 31-Nov. 2, at the Hayes Mansion in San Jose. In addition to taking in some great keynotes and technical sessions, I had the opportunity to meet with several companies to fi... »

First-Mover Advantage: Fan-Out Panel Level Packaging at IWLPC 2016

First-Mover Advantage: Fan-Out Panel Level Packaging at IWLPC 2016

“It is better to be first than it is to be better.” (Ries and Trout, in The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing.) Or is it “Fast Followers Not First Movers Are The Real Winners?” Fan-Out Wafer Level Packaging has built up such a head of steam this year (see “iPhone 7: Apple Charts a Strategic Course by Selecting TSMC’s inFO Platform”) that backwards reels the mind thinking about what come... »

3D/TSV Officially Recognized as Advanced Manufacturing Technology at SEMI ASMC 2016

3D/TSV Officially Recognized as Advanced Manufacturing Technology at SEMI ASMC 2016

As Dick James, Chipworks, puts it, the SEMI Advanced Manufacturing Conference is “… an annual conference focused on the manufacturing of semiconductor devices; in this it differs from other conferences, since the emphasis is on what goes on in the wafer fab, not the R&D labs, and the papers are not research papers – some are better described as ‘tales from the fab’! After all, it’s... »

ASMC 2016, the Return of MEPTEC Luncheons, and Your May Calendar

ASMC 2016, the Return of MEPTEC Luncheons, and Your May Calendar

The Saratoga Springs, NY, horse racing season starts in late July, following a racing tradition that dates to the 1860s. That’s a pretty long run indeed, and it’s one of the things, along with the healing spring waters, successful Revolutionary War battle history, and “summering” by well-to-do Boston and New York families, that gives Saratoga its charm. At first glance, Saratoga might be a... »

Semiconductor Supplier Updates from SEMICON West 2015

Semiconductor Supplier Updates from SEMICON West 2015

No SEMICON West would be complete without a few laps around Moscone North and South, and some one-on-one chats with suppliers. I stopped in to see several semiconductor supplier companies who annually request an audience with the Queen of 3D to talk about their latest accomplishments, as well as gain some insight on their perspective of the industry. I had my 9th annual briefing with Manish Ranjan... »

Lam Research: SABRE 3D

Lam Research: SABRE 3D

SABRE® 3D is a next-generation electroplating product designed to meet leading-edge production requirements for advanced packaging applications.  This product leverages proprietary front-end manufacturing technology and offers market-specific solutions for copper pillar and through-silicon via (TSV) fabrication.  SABRE 3D offers industry-leading throughput along with reduced cost of consumabl... »

ASMC 2015: Has the Wonderment of Semiconductors Become a Presumption?

ASMC 2015: Has the Wonderment of Semiconductors Become a Presumption?

The 26th annual SEMI Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference was held in Saratoga Springs, NY, May 3-6, 2015.  ASMC 2015 drew a record number of attendees to the lovely old town of Saratoga (aka the Queen of Spas), a town which is conveniently situated just miles up the road from GLOBALFOUNDRIES Fab 8 in Malta, NY, and which is just a reasonable drive away from The College of Nanoscale S... »