Advanced Packaging Design For Heterogeneous Integration

As device scaling slows down, a key system functional integration technology is emerging: heterogeneous integration (HI). It leverages advanced packaging technology to achieve higher functional density and lower cost per function. With the continuous development of major semiconductor applications such as AI HPC, edge AI and autonomous electrical vehicles, traditional chips are transforming i... » read more

The City In The Tower: 3D ICs Transform The Electronics System Landscape

By Keith Felton and Todd Burkholder The time of 3D integrated circuits (3D ICs) is here, and they will revolutionize the semiconductor industry and effect a watershed in the nature of electronics products that can be designed and manufactured. Yet again—as with personal computers, the internet, and smart phones—our increasingly digital world will never be the same. 3D IC architectures... » read more

Streamlining Failure Analysis Of Chips

Experts at the Table: Semiconductor Engineering sat down to discuss how increasing complexity in semiconductor and packaging technology is driving shifts in failure analysis methods, with Frank Chen, director of applications and product management at Bruker Nano Surfaces & Metrology; Mike McIntyre, director of product management in the Enterprise Business Unit at Onto Innovation; Kamran Hak... » read more

Test Strategies In The Era Of Heterogeneous Integration

Moore’s Law, the observation that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years, is critical to advances in computing technology. For decades, fabs have managed to achieve exponential growth in digital capability and transistor density by making transistors smaller and smaller, but we’ve hit the physical limits of these processes. Today, new proces... » read more

Chiplets: Deep Dive Into Designing, Manufacturing, And Testing

Chiplets are a disruptive technology. They change the way chips are designed, manufactured, tested, packaged, as well as the underlying business relationships and fundamentals. But they also open the door to vast new opportunities for existing chipmakers and startups to create highly customized components and systems for specific use cases and market segments. This LEGO-like approach sounds ... » read more

DAC 2023: Megatrends And The Road Ahead For Design Automation

As Silicon Valley is in the midst of the heat wave the world is experiencing, the recent Design Automation Conference and its exhibition discussed hot technologies. Three megatrends defined the current situation – artificial intelligence (AI), chiplets, and integration. To me, the more exciting aspect of DAC was the discussion of what is ahead for EDA in the decade to come, and for that, the ... » read more

Chiplets: More Standards Needed

Recent months have seen new advances in chiplet standardization. For example, consortia such as Bunch of Wires (BoW) and Universal Chiplet Interconnect Express (UCIe) have made progress in developing standards for die-to-die (D2D) interfaces in a chiplet’s design. Far from being a new phenomenon in communication, these types of standards are established for all forms of wired and wireless com... » read more

An OSAT Perspective On Semiconductor Market Trends

For the semiconductor industry, 2022 was a very interesting year. On one hand, it witnessed shortages in the supply chain. On the other hand, the macro-economic situation turned and demand for several consumer and computing devices plummeted. A trade war with China and ensuing localization of supply chain with passage of CHIPS act took shape in 2022. The auto industry is still recovering from t... » read more

Heterogeneous Integration: Fertile Ground For Medical And Biotech Innovation

Sensing components in medical and biotech devices often place severe restrictions on the assembly methods that can be employed, which is part of what is driving heightened demand for heterogeneous integration (HI). It is the newest frontier for the medical and biotech manufacturing services industry to contribute our own innovations by developing the processes to build these unique combinations... » read more

Addressing Three Big Challenges In Silicon Realization

There is no better way to gain insight into prevailing technical challenges than bringing together industry experts to share experiences and proposed solutions. Silicon realization—the ability to design and build today’s complex semiconductors—is one domain with no shortage of challenges. The quest for the best power, performance, and area, and delivery of first-time-right silicon, requir... » read more

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