Package Assembly Design Kits: The Future Of Advanced Package Design


Why should there be an interest in Package Assembly Design Kits (PADK) today? For the most part, it is due to the advancement in the accumulation of files forming the PADK now offering a customized heterogeneous design experience that optimizes the device's intended package performance with complete connectivity verification, DRC, and assembly validation. Another primary reason is the ongoing f... » read more

Using Deep Learning ADC For Defect Classification For Automatic Defect Inspection


In traditional semiconductor packaging, manual defect review after automated optical inspection (AOI) is an arduous task for operators and engineers, involving review of both good and bad die. It is hard to avoid human errors when reviewing millions of defect images every day, and as a result, underkill or overkill of die can occur. Automatic defect classification (ADC) can reduce the number of... » read more

Package Integrated Vapor Chamber Heat Spreaders


With continuous increases in computational demand in nearly all electronics market segments, even historically lower power packaging is being driven into challenging thermal management situations. Node shrink alone is reaching a limit in maintaining track with Moore’s law. The economics and yield challenges of large monolithic system on chip (SoC) designs are driving the development of silico... » read more

Electromigration Performance Of Fine-Line Cu Redistribution Layer (RDL) For HDFO Packaging


The downsizing trend of devices gives rise to continuous demands of increasing input/output (I/O) and circuit density, and these needs encourage the development of a High-Density Fan-Out (HDFO) package with fine copper (Cu) redistribution layer (RDL). For mobile and networking application with high performance, HDFO is an emerging solution because aggressive design rules can be applied to HDFO ... » read more

High Performance, Multi-Chip Leadframe Package With Internal Connections


For high performance applications, demand for highly integrated packages has increased. This is due to the highly integrated package’s electrical performance advantages of reduction of interchip distance (delay), high density I/O counts for multi-function and small form factor [1-3]. With the increasing importance of highly integrated packages, the need for improved thermal management is also... » read more

Fluid Dispensing For Packaging Today’s Devices


Fluid dispensing systems are evolving in order to address the challenges that system-in-package (SiP) and micromechanical systems (MEMS) packages face, especially in regard to tight geometries and assembly processes. These packages, used in smartphones, have become more miniaturized, and as a result, have created added value in the market. However, they include a variety of small dies or dev... » read more

Semiconductor Device Manufacturing Process Challenges And Opportunities


Semiconductor device manufacturing involves a complex series of processes that transform raw materials into finished devices. The process typically involves four major stages: wafer fabrication, wafer testing, assembly or packaging, and final testing. Each stage has its own unique set of challenges and opportunities. The semiconductor device manufacturing process faces several challenges, inclu... » read more

The Good Old Days Of EDA


Nostalgia is wonderful, but there is something about being involved in the formative years of an industry. Few people ever get to experience it, and it was probably one of the most fortuitous events to have happened in my life. Back in the early '80s, little in the way of design automation existed. There were a few gate- and transistor-level simulators, primarily for test and a few 'calculators... » read more

LAB Flip Chip Reflow Process Robustness Prediction By Thermal Simulation


By Gabriel Chang and Ricky Zang Nowadays, there are many interconnects in IC chips. One of the packaging goals is to connect an IC to the next level of subsystem circuitry (package substrates/print circuit boards). Mass reflow (MR) of solder joints is a widely adapted and stable process in the industry. The applications of MR include flip chip, ball mounting, surface mount technology (SMT), ... » read more

Making Connections In 3D Heterogeneous Integration


Activity around 3D heterogeneous integration (3DHI) is heating up, driven by growing support from governments, the need to add more features and compute elements into systems, and a widespread recognition that there are better paths forward than packing everything into a single SoC at the same process node. The leading edge of chip design has changed dramatically over the last few years. Int... » read more

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