3D Packaging and TSV - BLOGS

Metallurgical Difficulties In Microelectronic 3-D IC Packaging

dated 7th Apr

The method that seems most promising now is to utilize 3D IC in which a number of semiconductor chips are stacking together. A really goodA great factor to doing this is that it saves space in a gadget having a tight demand 

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ASE, Inotera reportedly to set up 3D IC packaging joint ... - DigiTimes

dated 7th Apr

TSMC eyes 50% global market share (Mar 25) - Taipei Times · TSMC's Chang urges a peaceful end to protests (Mar 27) - China Post (USE The China Post) · As smartwatches abound, chipmakers battle to be the brains inside 

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3D IC and TSV Interconnect Market Worth $6.55 billion by 2016

dated 7th Apr

According to a new market research report “Three-dimensional Integrated Circuit (3D IC/Chip) & Through-Silicon Via (TSV) Interconnects Market – Global Forecast & Trend Analysis (2011 – 2016) By Technology (Substrate, 

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3D IC Packaging and 2.5D/3D IC Integration « IPC Blog

dated 7th Apr

PD30, Thursday, March 27, 2014, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm 2.5D/3D IC integration is taking the semiconductor industry by storm. It has been: (a) impacting chip suppliers, fab-less design houses, foundries, integrated device 

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Secher Nbiw: Momentum Builds for Monolithic 3D ICs | EE Times

dated 7th Apr

Momentum Builds for Monolithic 3D ICs | EE Times. [+ Neil] The door has started to open for alternative technologies that might help to maintain the IC industry's overall momentum, and monolithic 3D ICs seem well positioned 

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EV Group boosts 2.5D and 3D IC/TSV performance with new

dated 7th Apr

TSV interconnects are critical to the development of 2.5D/3D-ICs since they enable through-chip communication between the vertically stacked device layers. Resist coating layers are needed around the sidewalls of these 

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Nvidia Reveals Next-Generation "Pascal" GPU for 2016

dated 7th Apr

Pascal will use 3D packaging and a new tech called NVLink. ... The chip is also based on a technology called NVLink, and uses 3D memory to amplify the bandwidth between the GPU and memory sub-system. Pascal fits in a 

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EV Group boosts 2.5D and 3D-IC/TSV performance ... - I-Micronews

dated 26th Mar

EV Group boosts 2.5D and 3D-IC/TSV performance with new NanoSpray application on EVG150XT high-volume-manufacturing photoresist processing system. Yole Comment: Middle end technologies are found in the 

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I-Micronews - ADVANCED PACKAGING : Micron to release more

dated 26th Mar

... packaging orders to Taiwan backend service suppliers. Micron Technology reportedly plans to release more backend packaging orders for its commodity DRAM chips to Taiwan-based IC testing and packaging companies starting the first half of the second quarter of 2014, according to industry sources. ... EV Group boosts 2.5D and 3D-IC/TSV performance with new NanoSpray application on EVG150XT ... Mar 20th. EV Group Establishes China headquarters in 

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I-Micronews - ADVANCED PACKAGING : Unimicron Technology

dated 26th Mar

Following capital expenditure of NT$10.4 billion (US$348 million) in 2013, Unimicron has set aside a capital expenditure budget of NT$10 billion for 2014, with 70-80% to be used in IC substrate production in Taiwan and the remaining in HDI, flexible PCBs and operations of overseas subsidiaries, the company pointed out. Unimicron holds ... EV Group boosts 2.5D and 3D-IC/TSV performance with new NanoSpray application on EVG150XT ... Mar 20th. EV Group 

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Silicon interposers with Integrated Passive Devices - I-Micronews

dated 26th Mar

Since the 90s, designers have been working on 3D integration (Multi-Chip Package, stacked die, System in Package) which brings highly efficient solutions to achieve these goals. Several products have been developed, in particular the interposers. The interposer can be assimilated to a packaging platform serving as a high density substrate with a redistribution layer and offering, unlike traditional packages, the reduced pitch capabilities required by advanced IC 

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Plug-and-play test strategy for 3D ICs | Solid State Technology

dated 26th Mar

By Ron Press, Mentor Graphics. Three-dimensional (3D) ICs, chips assembled from multiple vertically stacked die, are coming. They offer better performance, reduced power, and improved yield. Yield is typically determined 

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Metallurgical challenges in microelectronic 3D IC packaging

dated 26th Mar

Metallurgical challenges in microelectronic 3D IC packaging technology. (Nanowerk News) Mobile hand-held consumer electronic products have a rapid growing market today, witnessed by the popularity of Apple products

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3D IC Packaging and 2.5D/3D IC Integration « IPC Blog

dated 26th Mar

PD30, Thursday, March 27, 2014, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm 2.5D/3D IC integration is taking the semiconductor industry by storm. It has been: (a) impacting chip suppliers, fab-less design houses, foundries, integrated device 

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Semiconductor Engineering .:. Plug-And-Play Test Strategy For 3D ICs

dated 26th Mar

As the industry transitions to 3D ICs, new test strategies are being developed to meet to two 3D IC test goals: improving the pre-packaged test quality and establishing new tests between the stacked die. Solutions for 3D IC test 

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Heat Problems Grow With FinFETs, 3D-ICs - Semiconductor

dated 26th Mar

Heat Problems Grow With FinFETs And 3D-ICs. Electromigration, questions about which problems to fix first are raising red flags in leading-edge designs

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Why SOI is the Future Technology of Semiconductors - Monolithic

dated 26th Mar

B. SOI is the natural technology for monolithic 3D IC for all overlaying transistor layers, and monolithic 3D is the most effective path to keep Moore's Law C. SOI, or better 'XOI', is the most efficient path for most of the new 

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The 2014 European 2.5/3DIC Summit | Solid State Technology

dated 24th Feb

GlobalFoundries (GF) has been detailing their imminent commercialization of 2.5/3D IC for several years. Michael Thiele, Sr. section manager for packaging reported that Rev 0.5 of their design manual and process design kit 

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A bilayer temporary bonding solution for 3D-IC TSV fabrication

dated 24th Feb

The challenges to implementing 3D-IC TSV integration are not trivial, and the search for a solution has prompted exploration of several schemes. These are frequently labeled as via-first, via-middle or via-last depending on 

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Slashing Costs in 3D IC Wafer Process | EE Times

dated 24th Feb

At Grenoble's 3D TSV Summit, which took place this week on Minatech's campus, the talks were about 3D IC manufacturability, and all its associated costs, or how to trim them to make 3D IC packaging a cost-effective winner 

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Substrate impact on 2.5/3D IC costs | Solid State Technology

dated 24th Feb

After making the standard argument that 2.5/3DIC was needed to combat the costs of continued scaling and that system level cost savings could pay for interposer costs, Dave McCann of GLOBALFOUNDRIES indicated that GF was achieving 

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TSV Stress-Aware Full-Chip Mechanical Reliability Analysis and

dated 24th Feb

Three-dimensional integrated circuit (3D IC) with through-silicon-via (TSV) is believed to offer new levels of efficiency, power, performance, and form-factor advantages over the conventional 2D IC. However, 3D IC involves disruptive 

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Momentum Builds for Monolithic 3D ICs | EE Times

dated 24th Feb

The door has started to open for alternative technologies that might help to maintain the IC industry's overall momentum, and monolithic 3D ICs seem well positioned to do so

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More Momentum Builds for Monolithic 3D ICs - Monolithic 3D Inc

dated 24th Feb

Following last year IEDM 2012 we wrote a blog - IEDM 2012 - The Pivotal Point for Monolithic 3D IC (a good primer still well worth reading) and now, a year later, we read that Momentum Builds For Monolithic 3D ICs

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Motivation for 3D IC and Key Take-aways from the IEEE ... - 3D InCites

dated 24th Feb

The IEEE 3D Systems Integration Conference (IEEE 3D IC) is an international effort focused on both progress in 3D IC and 2.5D high volume manufacturing

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“Atoms Don't Scale”=> What is Beyond 7nm (2019)? MonolithIC 3D

dated 24th Feb

We really enjoyed talking with you about all the exciting possibilities for new products and processes that are enabled by monolithic 3D IC. Here is Zvi 'guarding' the poster: Semicon West 2013 Poster. Figure 1 - Zvi Or-Bach at 

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Rudolph Sells NSX 320 TSV Metrology System to CEA-Leti - AZoNano

dated 24th Feb

Rudolph Technologies, Inc. announced today the sale of its first NSX® 320 TSV Metrology System to CEA-Leti, a leading research organization based in Grenoble, France, which, in the frame of the Nanoelec Research 

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A bilayer temporary bonding solution for 3D-IC TSV fabrication

dated 24th Feb

Advances in three-dimensional (3D) through-silicon via (TSV) semiconductor technology promise to significantly improve the form factor, bandwidth and functionality of microelectronic devices by enabling once-horizontal chip 

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TSV Stress-Aware Full-Chip Mechanical Reliability Analysis and

dated 24th Feb

Three-dimensional integrated circuit (3D IC) with through-silicon-via (TSV) is believed to offer new levels of efficiency, power, performance, and form-factor advantages over the conventional 2D IC. However, 3D IC involves disruptive 

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Intel: The End Of Moore's Law - Seeking Alpha

dated 24th Feb

When the topic of 3D ICs comes up, the conversation turns to 3D NAND memory. There are other 3D semiconductor processes. My personal favorite is TriGate. Intel has years of experience in the etching and deposition, and 

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SK Hynix licenses BeSang's 3D IC... - I-Micronews

dated 20th Jan

SK Hynix Inc. in Icheon, South Korea, has licensed the 3D chip technology of BeSang Inc. of Beaverton, Oregon. SK Hynix, which mainly makes DRAM and flash memory chips, will license what BeSang (which in Korean 

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3D-IC: Two for one - Monolithic 3D Inc., the Next Generation 3D-IC

dated 20th Jan

We have a guest contribution from Zvi Or-Bach, the President and CEO of MonolithIC 3D Inc. Zvi details MonolithIC 3D Inc's participation at the upcoming events in 3D IC field and the key role of the company in each event

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MonolithIC 3D Inc. at IEEE International Conference on 3D System

dated 20th Jan

Join MonolithIC 3D Inc. at IEEE International Conference on 3D System Integration (3D IC) on October 2nd -4th, 2013 in San Francisco, CA. Zvi Or-Bach, President and CEO of MonolithIC 3D Inc. will present a guest tutorial on 

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SAMCO unveils deep silicon etching system for MEMS and TSV

dated 20th Jan

SAMCO is proud to announce the release of our newest deep silicon etching system — the RIE-800iPBC — for MEMS and TSV production processing. The RIE-800iPBC is the latest in SAMCO's etching system lineup, and 

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More Momentum Builds for Monolithic 3D ICs

dated 20th Jan

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Invensas and Tezzaron partner to deliver commercial 3D-IC products

dated 16th Dec

Invensas Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tessera Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: TSRA), announced that it is partnering with Tezzaron Semiconductor Corporation, a pioneer and producer of 3D Integrated Circuit 

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I-Micronews - ADVANCED PACKAGING : System integration ups the

dated 16th Dec

To register to 3D Packaging magazines, please click here ... Yole Développement to address on 3D packaging market trends and applications at the . ... Invensas and Tezzaron partner to deliver commercial 3D-IC products

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Could copper pillar change the ecosystem?... - I-Micronews

dated 16th Dec

To register to 3D Packaging magazines, please click here ... Yole Développement to address on 3D packaging market trends and applications at the . ... Invensas and Tezzaron partner to deliver commercial 3D-IC products

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I-Micronews - ADVANCED PACKAGING : Ziptronix teams with

dated 16th Dec

ADVANCED PACKAGING. Dec 10th, 2013. Ziptronix teams with Tezzaron and Novati Technologies to accelerate development of 3D ICs. Sells 3D IC development lab to Tezzaron; Novati Technologies to operate facility. Send to a friend

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Semiconductor Engineering .:. 3D-IC Requires Expanded Power

dated 10th Dec

In a 3D-IC system several die share the same network supplies. The power grid analysis (PGA) tool must concurrently analyze all the dies, since the voltage drop for one could be directly linked to another. Also, PGA solutions 

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Monolithic 3D IC Technologies | EE Times

dated 10th Dec

In this installment of our 3D IC mini-series, we ponder the use of esoteric materials and monolithic 3D IC technologies

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The State of the Art in 3D IC Technologies | EE Times

dated 10th Dec

In this installment of our 3D IC mini-series, we ponder the current state-of-the-art 3D IC technologies

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The World Before 3D ICs | EE Times

dated 10th Dec

There's still a lot of confusion about 3D ICs. Let's start by considering the way of the world before they existed

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SUSS MicroTec Completes Installation of ELP300 Excimer Laser

dated 10th Dec

'We see high growth potential for this technology, especially in our core market of advanced packaging and the future growth market for 3D IC's.', says Frank P. Averdung, President and CEO of SUSS MicroTec. 'We have a 

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Semiconductor Engineering .:. 3D-IC Standardization Progress

dated 10th Dec

There are now a total of seven published 3D standards

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Leti Outlines FDSOI And Monolithic 3D IC Roadmaps

dated 10th Dec

Leti Outlines FDSOI And Monolithic 3D IC Roadmaps A look at the new technologies that will be required in future semiconductor scaling, what they are, and where they ultimately may fit in

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SK Hynix licenses BeSang's 3D IC... - I-Micronews

dated 10th Dec

SK Hynix Inc. in Icheon, South Korea, has licensed the 3D chip technology of BeSang Inc. of Beaverton, Oregon. SK Hynix, which mainly makes DRAM and flash memory chips, will license what BeSang (which in Korean 

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【CAE】Investigating 3D IC Underfill Process Through Moldex3D

dated 10th Dec

According to IC Insights' 2012 McClean Report, “The assembly and packaging of ICs no longer takes a back seat to front-end processing…packages have evolve

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Monolithic 3D IC Technologies | EE Times

dated 10th Dec

In this installment of our 3D IC mini-series, we ponder the use of esoteric materials and monolithic 3D IC technologies

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Monolithic 3D IC Technologies | DDR4 News | DDR4 Information

dated 10th Dec

In this installment of our 3D IC mini-series, we ponder the use of esoteric materials and monolithic 3D IC technologies. This entry was posted in Uncategorized by ddr4. Bookmark the permalink. Comments are closed. Search 

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Leti Outlines FDSOI And Monolithic 3D IC Roadmaps

dated 10th Dec

Leti Outlines FDSOI And Monolithic 3D IC Roadmaps A look at the new technologies that will be required in future semiconductor scaling, what they are, and where they ultimately may fit in

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MonolithIC 3D Inc.s 2D and 3D-ICs Simulation Tool a Success

dated 10th Dec

San Jose, CA (PRWEB) April 18, 2013. MonolithIC 3D Inc., a Silicon Valley startup specializing in 3D ICs, announces a milestone with its 2D and 3D ICs simulator tool. Industry professionals from 49 countries across the globe 

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“Atoms Don't Scale”=> What is Beyond 7nm (2019

dated 10th Dec

However, another form of 3D IC may become truly interesting – the monolithic 3D IC. In fact, all of the non-volatile memory vendors have already announced monolithic 3D NAND Flash architectures and their plans for 

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IEDM 2012 - The Pivotal Point for Monolithic 3D IC - MonolithIC 3D Inc

dated 10th Dec

From our biased point of view we see the recent IEDM12 as a pivotal point for monolithic 3D. Here's why: We start with the EE Times article IEDM goes deep on 3-D circuits, starting with "Continuing on the theme of 3-D circuit 

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TSV stacked memory: a closer look - I-Micronews

dated 10th Dec

Nov 25th, 2013. TSV stacked memory: a closer look. There is a lot of confusion among non memory experts as to how stacked memory technology with TSV is evolving. I-Micronews thought we should take …A Closer Look. Send to a friend

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3D Integration Opportunities For Memory Interconnect In Mobile

dated 10th Dec

3D Integration Opportunities for Memory Interconnect in Mobile

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Wide I/O 2, Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) – Memory Models Advance

dated 10th Dec

This blog post provides some background about two of those standards -- Wide I/O 2 and Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) -- both of which are aimed at 3D-IC architectures. The other supported standards are LPDDR4, eMMC 5.0, 

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SK Hynix licenses BeSang's 3D IC... - I-Micronews

dated 10th Dec

SK Hynix Inc. in Icheon, South Korea, has licensed the 3D chip technology of BeSang Inc. of Beaverton, Oregon. SK Hynix, which mainly makes DRAM and flash memory chips, will license what BeSang (which in Korean 

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【CAE】Investigating 3D IC Underfill Process Through Moldex3D

dated 10th Dec

According to IC Insights' 2012 McClean Report, “The assembly and packaging of ICs no longer takes a back seat to front-end processing…packages have evolve

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“Atoms Don't Scale”=> What is Beyond 7nm (2019

dated 10th Dec

However, another form of 3D IC may become truly interesting – the monolithic 3D IC. In fact, all of the non-volatile memory vendors have already announced monolithic 3D NAND Flash architectures and their plans for 

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Image Sensors World: BeSang Licenses its 3D IC Technology to Hynix

dated 13th Nov

PR Newswire: BeSang announces a patent license agreement with SK hynix. The license agreement covers a broad range of 3D IC products offered by SK hynix Inc. One of BeSang's 3D technologies covers image sensors:

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SK Hynix licenses BeSang's 3D IC... - I-Micronews

dated 13th Nov

SK Hynix Inc. in Icheon, South Korea, has licensed the 3D chip technology of BeSang Inc. of Beaverton, Oregon. SK Hynix, which mainly makes DRAM and flash memory chips, will license what BeSang (which in Korean 

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Polymer via-filling to improve reliability of 3D-IC / TSV ... - I-Micronews

dated 13th Nov

Polymer via-filling to improve reliability of 3D-IC / TSV packaging. The successful progression of three-dimensional (3-D) integration on multi-level chip designs has enabled the evolution of smaller, faster and smarter devices

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【CAE】Investigating 3D IC Underfill Process Through Moldex3D

dated 13th Nov

According to IC Insights' 2012 McClean Report, “The assembly and packaging of ICs no longer takes a back seat to front-end processing…packages have evolve

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SMIC announces formation of center for vision, Sensors and 3DIC

dated 13th Nov

The semiconductor industry is rapidly adopting TSV-based 2.5D and 3DIC technology in order to further miniaturize system ICs while reducing power consumption and boosting device and system performance. Market 

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TSMC OIP Forum: 16nm FinFETs, 3D-ICs Gain EDA and IP Support

dated 13th Nov

Two emerging semiconductor technologies - 16nm FinFET design and 3D-ICs - are moving closer to volume production, according to Dr. Cliff Hou, vice president for R&D at TSMC. Speaking at the TSMC Open Innovation 

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Biggest Challenge of Adoption of 3D IC Technology - SemiWiki

dated 13th Nov

Hi, What is the biggest obstacle in adoption of 3D IC technology. Is it 1. Lack of foundries and assembly houses which supports 3D IC Technology 2. Lack of EDA tools which is needed for 3D specific issues like thermal aware 

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MonolithIC 3D Inc. Announces its Advisory Board Members

dated 13th Nov

San Jose, CA (PRWEB) April 03, 2013. MonolithIC 3D Inc., a Silicon Valley leading 3D-IC start-up, announced the formation and appointment of two members to its corporate Advisory Board today. The new members are 

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“Atoms Don't Scale”=> What is Beyond 7nm (2019

dated 13th Nov

However, another form of 3D IC may become truly interesting – the monolithic 3D IC. In fact, all of the non-volatile memory vendors have already announced monolithic 3D NAND Flash architectures and their plans for 

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I-Micronews - ADVANCED PACKAGING : 3D TSV without limits

dated 13th Nov

Heads of the 3D TSV groups among the most renowned R&D labs will share with you their views on what is coming next with 3D TSV technologies. Mid to long term perspective will be shared with attendees. They will take the 

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I-Micronews - ADVANCED PACKAGING : Xilinx and TSMC reach

dated 29th Oct

Xilinx Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) and TSMC (TWSE: 2330, NYSE: TSM) announced production release of the Virtex-7 HT family, the industry's first heterogeneous 3D ICs in production. With this milestone, all Xilinx 28nm 3D IC 

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SMIC Opens Center for Vision, Sensors and 3DIC - Image Sensors

dated 29th Oct

PRNewswire, EETimes: SMIC announces the formation of SMIC's Center for Vision, Sensors and 3DIC (CVS3D). CVS3D consolidates SMIC's R&D and manufacturing capabilities for silicon-based sensors, TSV and other 

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China's National Center for Advanced Packaging ... - I-Micronews

dated 29th Oct

The Wuxi headquarters includes 2000 sq meters of 10/100/1000 and 10,000 cleanroom, equipped with facilities, for 200 and 300mm wafers, for 2.5D/3D IC backend processes, and packaging assembly, testing and reliability, 

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All Xilinx 28nm 3D IC Families Now Reach Volume Production

dated 29th Oct

Xilinx, Inc. and TSMC today announced production release of the Virtex®-7 HT family, the industry's first heterogeneous 3D ICs in production. With this milestone, all Xilinx 28nm 3D IC families are now in volume production

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Xilinx and TSMC Reach Volume Production on all 28nm CoWoS(TM

dated 29th Oct

With this milestone, all Xilinx 28nm 3D IC families are now in volume production. These 28nm devices were developed on TSMC’s Chip-on-Wafer-on-Substrate (CoWoS(TM)) 3D IC process that produces significant silicon 

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SMIC Announces Formation of Center for Vision, Sensors and 3DIC

dated 29th Oct

The semiconductor industry is rapidly adopting TSV-based 2.5D and 3DIC technology in order to further miniaturize system ICs while reducing power consumption and boosting device and system performance. Market 

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Scaling makes monolithic 3D IC practical | Solid State Technology

dated 29th Oct

Accordingly the industry developed a 3D IC technology based on TSV (Thru Silicon Via) where each strata (wafer) could be independently processed, then after thinning at least one wafer, place in a 3D configuration, and 

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TSMC and Cadence Deliver 3D-IC Reference Flow for True 3D

dated 29th Oct

Highlights: New reference flow enhances CoWoS™ (chip-on-wafer-on-substrate) chip design; Flow certified using a memory-on-logic design with a 3D stack. Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), a leader in 

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SMIC establish TSV-based 3D IC research center - iTers IT Eco Map

dated 29th Oct

(iTers News) - The semiconductor industry is rapidly adopting TSV-based 2.5D and 3DIC technology in order to further miniaturize system ICs while reducing power consumption and boosting device and system performance

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Simulation Technique for Thermally Aware 3D TSV IC Stacking

dated 29th Oct

Simulation Technique for Thermally Aware 3D TSV IC Stacking Join us for a webinar on Aug 22, 2012 at 12:00 PM PDT. Register now! https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/reg...77958213443584 Cielution invites you to join this 

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Scaling makes monolithic 3D IC practical

dated 29th Oct

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Motivation for 3D IC and Key Take-aways from the IEEE 3D IC

dated 21st Oct

The IEEE 3D Systems Integration Conference is an international effort focused on both progress in 3D IC and 2.5D high volume manufacturing

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3D-IC: Two for one | Solid State Technology

dated 21st Oct

On the other hand, monolithic 3D's function is to enable the continuation of Moore's Law and to overcome the escalating on-chip interconnect gap. Quoting Robert Gilmore, Qualcomm VP of Engineering, from his invited paper 

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The Many Flavors of 3D DRAM - 3D InCites

dated 21st Oct

After attending last week's IEEE 3D IC Symposium, I was curious about the differences between Tezzaron's DiRAM, HMC and HBM. Add to that the much-discussed but little-understood monolithic 3D DRAM approach being 

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Monolithic 3D chip fabricated without TSVs | Solid State Technology

dated 21st Oct

They then used a novel low-temperature chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) technique to thin and planarize the silicon, enabling the fabrication of ultrathin, ultraflat devices. The monolithic 3D architecture demonstrated 

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“Atoms Don't Scale”=> What is Beyond 7nm (2019

dated 21st Oct

However, another form of 3D IC may become truly interesting – the monolithic 3D IC. In fact, all of the non-volatile memory vendors have already announced monolithic 3D NAND Flash architectures and their plans for 

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ADEKA Corp. sets its sights on TSV additive market | IT Eco Map

dated 21st Oct

(iTers News) - As system designers are extremely demanding progressively smaller parts and components, chip makers are stacking multiple chips into a 3 dimensional structure. A short for through silicon via, the TSV 

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Cadence Receives Three TSMC Partner of the Year Awards for

dated 7th Oct

Cadence was presented awards for three different categories including awards for analog/mixed signal IP, 16nm FinFET design infrastructure, and 3D-IC design solutions. The awards underscore the deep collaboration 

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TSMC 3D-IC Reference Flow Supports 3D Die Stacking - Industry

dated 7th Oct

Home > Community > Blogs > Industry Insights > tsmc 3d ic reference flow supports 3d die stacking. Login with a Cadence account. Not a member yet? Create a permanent login account to make interactions with Cadence 

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Mentor Graphics Tools Included in TSMC's 3D-IC Reference Flow

dated 7th Oct

Expands support for interposer- and TSV-based physical design, verification, extraction, thermal and testing to full 3D

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3D-IC: Two for one

dated 7th Oct

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TSMC, EDA partners join hands to deliver 16nm FInFET and 3D IC

dated 23rd Sep

(iTers News) - Taiwanese foundry chip maker TSMC has unveiled three silicon-validated Reference Flows, parts of its Open Innovation Platform, or OIP, to enable 16FinFET systems-on-chip, or SoC designs and 3D chip 

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TSMC and OIP Partners Deliver 16FinFET and 3D IC Reference Flows

dated 23rd Sep

TSMC, the world's largest dedicated semiconductor foundry, today released three silicon-validated Reference Flows within the Open Innovation Platform (OIP) that enable 16FinFET systems-on-chip (SoC) designs and 3D 

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I-Micronews - ADVANCED PACKAGING : EV Group unveils new via

dated 23rd Sep

EV Group unveils new via-filling process to improve reliability of 3D-IC / TSV packaging. EVG's new NanoFill™ via filling solution for 3DIC TSV packaging. Send to a friend. Fig 1: EV Group unveils a new via-filling process

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I-Micronews - ADVANCED PACKAGING : Dow Corning joins EV

dated 23rd Sep

EVG launched its new open LowTemp platform in July when it also announced the expansion of its global materials supply chain to accelerate the growth of high-end 3D-IC packaging. "As a global leader in advanced silicone 

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I-Micronews - ADVANCED PACKAGING : ams invests over €25m to

dated 23rd Sep

ams AG (SIX: AMS), a leading provider of high performance analog ICs and sensor solutions, announced that it has invested over €25m to create dedicated 3D IC production capacity at its wafer fabrication plant near Graz, 

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“Atoms Don't Scale”=> What is Beyond 7nm (2019

dated 23rd Sep

However, another form of 3D IC may become truly interesting – the monolithic 3D IC. In fact, all of the non-volatile memory vendors have already announced monolithic 3D NAND Flash architectures and their plans for 

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EUV vs. TSV: Which one will become production ready first

dated 23rd Sep

Like every Semicon West show in the past, where many experts are brought together for showing the latest and greatest semiconductor manufacturing equipment and bringing numerous seminar/panel discussions, this 

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I-Micronews - ADVANCED PACKAGING : ams invests over €25m to

dated 16th Sep

ams AG (SIX: AMS), a leading provider of high performance analog ICs and sensor solutions, announced that it has invested over €25m to create dedicated 3D IC production capacity at its wafer fabrication plant near Graz, 

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EV Group unveils new via-filling process to improve reliability of 3D

dated 13th Sep

EV Group, a supplier of wafer bonding and lithography equipment for the MEMS, nanotechnology and semiconductor markets, today unveiled a new polymer via-filling process for 3D-IC/through-silicon-via (TSV) semiconductor packaging 

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Collaboration needed on 3D-IC | Solid State Technology

dated 13th Sep

By Karen Savala, President, SEMI Americas. The history of semiconductors has been a history of collaboration. For decades, the great leaps forward in semiconductor cost reductions and performance improvements have been achieved 

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MonolithIC 3D Inc. at IEEE International Conference on 3D System Integration (3D IC)

dated 13th Sep

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AMS Builds 3D Chip-Stacking Line | EE Times

dated 13th Sep

Analog and sensor IC company AMS has invested more than about $33 million to create production capacity for analog 3D ICs at its wafer fab in Austria

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ams Invests in 3D IC Integration Technology Equipment | Power

dated 13th Sep

ams has invested over $39 million dedicated to 3D IC production to enable the production of packages that are smaller, cheaper, and less vulnerable to EMI

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EV Group Unveils New Via-Filling Process to Improve Reliability of

dated 13th Sep

TSV interconnects are critical to the development of 3D-ICs since they enable through-chip communication between the vertically stacked device layers. Currently, most TSVs employ a solid copper via structure. However, the 

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Dow Corning Joins EV Group's Open Platform For Temporary

dated 13th Sep

Both companies join forces to offer simple, cost-effective temporary bonding/debonding solution for high-performance 3D-IC packaging

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Entegris Collaborates with imec to Broaden Adoption of 3D IC

dated 2nd Sep

Entegris, Inc., a leader in contamination control and materials handling technologies for highly demanding advanced manufacturing environments, and imec, a world-leading research center in nanoelectronics, announced 

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Amkor's chip-on-chip face-to-face alternative to 3D ... - I-Micronews

dated 2nd Sep

At the recent IEEE ECTC conference in Las Vega Amkor described their development of chip-on-chip face to face Technology as a low lost alternative to 3D packaging. IMicronews thought it was worth …A Closer Look

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EUV vs. TSV: Which one will become production ... - MonolithIC 3D

dated 2nd Sep

Like every Semicon West show in the past, where many experts are brought together for showing the latest and greatest semiconductor manufacturing equipment and bringing numerous seminar/panel discussions, this 

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IEDM 2012 - The Pivotal Point for Monolithic 3D IC - Monolithic 3D

dated 2nd Sep

From our biased point of view we see the recent IEDM12 as a pivotal point for monolithic 3D. Here's why: We start with the EE Times article IEDM goes deep on 3-D circuits, starting with "Continuing on the theme of 3-D circuit 

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Microelectronics Technology Alert. Alternate Material for Interposers

dated 28th Aug

This issue profiles an alternate material for interposers that reduce cost in IC packaging, an advanced silicone-based technology to enable cost-effective 3D integrated circuits, and 3D IC manufacturing for CMOS image 

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Stacking The Deck | The Way IC It - Chip Design

dated 28th Aug

2.5D and 3D ICs: A New Landscape With higher levels of co-design required for these devices, several links in the chain are not correctly prepared for this increased interaction. OSATs generally do not have the expertise in 

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MemCon Panel: Promises and Pitfalls of 3D-IC Memory Standards

dated 28th Aug

Home > Community > Blogs > Industry Insights > memcon panel promises and pitfalls of 3d ic memory standards. Login with a Cadence account. Not a member yet? Create a permanent login account to make interactions with 

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Wide I/O 2, Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) – Memory Models Advance

dated 28th Aug

Home > Community > Blogs > Industry Insights > wide i o 2 hybrid memory cube hmc memory models advance 3d ic standards. Login with a Cadence account. Not a member yet? Create a permanent login account to make 

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Consolidation seen coming in the IC industry... - I-Micronews

dated 28th Aug

Marcus Lentz, industry analyst for Sematech, in his presentation “Semiconductor Industry update – Inflection Coming” at the recent ConFab show in Las Vegas took a look at some “major inflections “ coming in the IC industry. Since the status of the IC industry strongly impacts the future of IC packaging. Send to a friend ... Amkor's chip-on-chip face-to-face alternative to 3D packaging... Aug 5th. Toshiba and Amkor Technology complete Amkor's acquisition of Toshiba's 

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3D-ICs; Marvelous Memories; EE, Heal Thyself (Great Reads 8-9

dated 13th Aug

"Indeed, I believe the IC industry will bifurcate in the near future into those pursuing Moore's Law and those pursuing 'More than Moore.' Which camp companies pick will be based on several criteria -- total system cost, IC cost, 

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Market and Technology Drivers to Bring 3D-IC to Production

dated 13th Aug

With semiconductor technology moving towards systematic integration of stacked heterogeneous chips and 3D-IC becoming a mainstream trend, the latest developments will be featured at 3D-IC Substrate Pavilion and 

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Wide I/O 2, Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) – Memory Models Advance

dated 13th Aug

Home > Community > Blogs > Industry Insights > wide i o 2 hybrid memory cube hmc memory models advance 3d ic standards. Login with a Cadence account. Not a member yet? Create a permanent login account to make 

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Circuit Design Trends: 3D-ICs Extend Scaling - The Fuller View

dated 13th Aug

"The reason for that is as FO4 (fan-out of 4) stops scaling, it's getting harder and harder for us to increase the data rates power effectively as we go off chip. And pins are expensive-we can't just add pins." In looking at the 3D-IC 

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3D IC Supply Chain: Still Under Construction | System-Level Design

dated 13th Aug

Technology challenges will be solved faster than the business model

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EUV vs. TSV: Which one will become production ready first?

dated 13th Aug

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SETNA Atmospheric Plasma Surface Modification - 3D InCites

dated 26th Jul

SET is known in the 3D IC world for its high accuracy die bonder for die-to-die and die-to-wafer stacking. The SET Representative in North America (SETNA) has also launched a companion tool, ONTOS7, for the purpose of 

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Semicon Showed Support for 3D ICs | EE Times

dated 26th Jul

3-D chip stacks are gaining momentum with chip, equipment and material suppliers based on a tour of last week's Semicon West

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3D InCites | It Takes an Ecosystem to Launch 2.5D and 3D Integration

dated 19th Jul

As 2.5D and 3D IC technologies round the ten-year development mark and volume manufacturing keeps getting pushed just beyond our reach, I'm always looking for a new angle to cover while waiting for 'The Big One'

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3D InCites and TechSearch International Announce the Winners of

dated 19th Jul

Madden shared 'lessons learned' on the road to 2.5D and 3D IC commercialization. Ana Londergan, Senior Staff Engineer at Qualcomm Technologies, presented a $5,000 check on behalf of the 3D InCites Awards Program to 

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3D InCites | 2013 SUSS MicroTec Technology Forum Focuses on

dated 19th Jul

SUSS, being an equipment maker addressing various manufacturing challenges faced by 3D IC enablement, definitely has a lot riding on ensuring that all pieces of the 3D IC puzzle are in place. This was evident from the 

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I-Micronews - ADVANCED PACKAGING : SSEC introduces

dated 19th Jul

She added, "We have worked closely with our customers to develop practical solutions to some of the industry's toughest manufacturing challenges in 2.5D and 3D ICs, MEMS, and compound semiconductors. The launch of 

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ADVANCED PACKAGING : USHIO has booked its 2.5D/3D

dated 19th Jul

USHIO INC., (TOKYO: 6925) (President and CEO: Shiro Sugata) announced that the company has booked the large-field stepper “UX7-3Di LIS 350” for manufacturing interposers used for 2.5D/3D packaging applications, and 

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Dow Corning boards Imec's 3D IC packaging initiative - integrated

dated 19th Jul

Dow Corning has joined the growing community of companies participating in advanced research on the development and broader adoption of 3D integrated circuit (IC) packaging technologies, spearheaded by 

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Gilbert Lecarpentier commented on 3D IC Reality Check saying Thank you Françoise, very

dated 19th Jul

April 3, 2013 - 2:30amGilbert Lecarpentier commented on 3D IC Reality Check saying Thank you Françoise, very

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3D InCites | EV Group Celebrates Strong Growth and New

dated 15th Jul

Demand For Flexible, High-Volume Manufacturing Solutions in 3D-IC/Advanced Packaging, MEMS, Power Device and Compound Semiconductor Markets Drive Growth. SEMICON WEST, San Francisco, July 9, 2013— EV 

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3D ICs – Still Just Around the Corner - Blog - MySemiconDaily

dated 15th Jul

The path to realization of 3DIC technology has led to a curious term: 2.5D, to indicate that it's not quite 3D, but more advanced than the traditional 2D packaging. With 2.5D, two chips basically make a sandwich with a silicon 

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3D InCites | Alchimer Signs Collaboration with CEA-Leti to Evaluate

dated 15th Jul

Wet Nanometric Film Deposition Processes Capable of Delivering 20:1 Aspect Ratio TSVs at Low Cost of Ownership. MASSY, France – July 8, 2013 – Alchimer, S.A. today announced a collaboration with the French research 

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EV Group Pushes the Limits on 3D-IC Manufacturing for Next

dated 10th Jul

Enhanced wafer alignment metrology capability coupled with market-leading GEMINI FB system creates closed-loop fusion wafer bonding solution to enable high-density TSV devices

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3D InCites | Semi Trade Pubs Talk 3D, Just in time for SEMICON West

dated 10th Jul

In the latest issue of Solid State Technology, EV Group's Paul Lindner and Thorsten Matthias discuss paradigm changes in 3D-IC manufacturing. This article offers a thorough back-story on the evolution of TSVs and 3D ICs; 

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3D InCites | Bumps are the Elephant in the Wafer Stress Room

dated 10th Jul

Now though, in the 3D Age, it's die thinning, with or without through silicon vias (TSVs) for 2.5D or 3D IC, that's introducing new areas of device reliability concern. Stress in thin wafers, and thermal effects in thin, or thin stacked 

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Paradigm changes in 3D-IC manufacturing... - I-Micronews

dated 10th Jul

Successful 3D-IC prototypes have been demonstrated for many different devices. However, while for some applications 3D-IC architectures have been smoothly integrated into products despite their technical complexity and 

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3D InCites | Waiting For Godot? Report from D43D 2013, Grenoble

dated 10th Jul

The first day of the conference started with a great talk by Christian Val, CEO of 3D Plus, about 3D-IC technology that he and his company are doing for aerospace, automotive, and health applications; although not exactly 

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3D InCites | 3D Buzz from ConFab, 3D Integration at IITC 2013, and

dated 10th Jul

Thermal issues in 3D ICs is one of the remaining technical issues for 3D IC adoption. iMicronews recently devoted one of its “closer look” pieces to IBM's work developing a test vehicle to address thermal resistance in 3D chip 

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Synopsys to join TSI consortium to speed up adoption of 3D IC design

dated 10th Jul

(iTers News) - Synopsys, Inc. will join Singapore's A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics (IME)-led 2.5D TSI Consortium to provide a framework for heterogeneous 3D-IC systems using through-silicon interposer, o TSI 

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3D-IC Testing with the Mentor Graphics Tessent Platform

dated 10th Jul

Three-dimensional stacked integrated circuits (3D-ICs) are composed of multiple stacked die, and are viewed as critical in helping the semiconductor industry keep pace with Moore's Law. Current integration and interconnect 

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Panel: 3D-IC Design Experts Tackle “Practical Issues” in 2.5D and

dated 10th Jul

3D-IC technology has gone from the "grandiose plans" of several years ago to the "practical issues" of ramping up for widespread deployment, according to one panelist at the Electronic Design Process Symposium (EDPS) 

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TSMC 2013 Symposium: Progress in 20nm, 16nm FinFET, and 3D

dated 10th Jul

The TSMC 2013 Technology Symposium, held April 9 in San Jose, California, brought good news for anyone interested in advanced node or 3D-IC technologies. Keynote speakers noted excellent yields and significant 

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Advanced Temporary Bonding Solution for 3D TSV Semiconductor

dated 10th Jul

The semiconductor industry's march toward broader 3D IC integration marked an important milestone today at ECTC 2013, with the report of an advanced new temporary bonding solution for 3D Through-Silicone-Via (TSV) 

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Toshiba to Build Fab for 3D NAND Flash

dated 10th Jul

EE Times: LONDON — Toshiba is preparing to increase NAND flash manufacturing capacity and move to vertically organized 3D NAND with the .. | cmos image sensor with color noise, leader that collaborates with technology 

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3D NAND Market Heats Up | Semiconductor Manufacturing

dated 19th Jun

3D stacked-die using through-silicon vias (TSVs) is on the slower path. Advanced chip-stacking has several challenges and is still a few years away from mass production. In contrast, 3D NAND is heating up, as Samsung and 

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Panel: 3D-IC Design Experts Tackle “Practical Issues” in 2.5D and

dated 8th May

3D-IC technology has gone from the “grandiose plans” of several years ago to the “practical issues” of ramping up for widespread deployment, according to one panelist at the Electronic Design Process Symposium (EDPS)

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GLOBALFOUNDRIES demonstrates 3D TSV ... - I-Micronews

dated 8th May

Manufactured using GLOBALFOUNDRIES' leading-edge 20nm-LPM process technology, the TSV capabilities will allow customers to stack multiple chips on top of each other, providing another avenue for delivering the

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Q3D Notes created the posting More than Moore and 3D IC: Decoding the Code at the GSA Silicon Summit 2013

dated 8th May

April 26, 2013 - 9:52amQ3D Notes created the posting More than Moore and 3D IC: Decoding the Code at the GSA Silicon Summit 2013

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GlobalFoundries Demonstrates 3D TSV Capabilities on 20nm

dated 22nd Apr

GlobalFoundries Successfully Implements TSVs onto 20nm Manufacturing Process

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Waiting For 3D Metrology | Semiconductor Manufacturing & Design

dated 22nd Apr

3D is a catch-all phrase that includes a range of new architectures, such as finFET transistors, 3D NAND and stacked-die using through-silicon vias (TSVs). Although a few 3D-like devices have appeared in the market, many

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Francoise Von Trapp created the posting For Discussion: Is Wright’s Law a better Economic Index for 3D ICs than Moore’s Law?

dated 22nd Apr

April 1, 2013 - 3:53pmFrancoise Von Trapp created the posting For Discussion: Is Wright’s Law a better Economic Index for 3D ICs than Moore’s Law?

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Progress in 20nm, 16nm FinFET, and 3D-IC Technologies

dated 17th Apr

The TSMC 2013 Technology Symposium, held April 9 in San Jose, California, brought good news for anyone interested in advanced node or 3D-IC technologies.

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Backend to outperform IC sector, says ASE chair - DigiTimes

dated 17th Apr

The new facilities are part of ASE's plans to enhance its manufacturing and R&D capabilities for advanced technologies, including bumping, copper pillar, TSV, flip chip and 3D IC packaging. Tweet. Categories: Bits + chips IC

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Silex Microsystems and BroadPak bring 2.5D IC ... - I-Micronews

dated 17th Apr

3D-IC designs are widely recognized as the next step towards meeting the growing performance requirements such as increased bandwidth, reduced latency, and lower power. 2.5D silicon interposers, which are

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MonolithIC 3D Inc. Announces its Advisory Board Members

dated 17th Apr

Dr. Rajendran and Dr. Lim are two of the leading scientists in 3D IC field. San Jose, CA (PRWEB) April 03, 2013. MonolithIC 3D Inc., a Silicon Valley leading 3D-IC start-up, announced the formation and appointment of two

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Globalfoundries shows off first 3D-stacked TSV chips on 20nm

dated 17th Apr

Globalfoundries broke a huge milestone in the quest to 3D stacking of chips, a method that will speed up communications between layered chips

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To USB or Not to USB » Blog Archive » NAND Flash Prices to drop

dated 17th Apr

System-to-Silicon (S2S) Verification Solution, 3D-IC Design Solutions · Technical Platforms Integrated product .... The primary drivers to greater NAND flash are the increasing demands of Smart Phone and Tablet users to run more apps, store more high resolution pictures (like the 13MP camera on the Samsung Galaxy S4) and eventually, in the future, those using the 4k video cameras supported by sensors by companies like Aptina. Go ahead do a search on 4k and

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Francoise Von Trapp created the posting 2.5D Products and 3DIC Standards and Roadmaps Are On the Move

dated 17th Apr

April 10, 2013 - 4:27pmFrancoise Von Trapp created the posting 2.5D Products and 3DIC Standards and Roadmaps Are On the Move

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Q3D Notes created the event GSA 3D IC Working Group Meeting

dated 17th Apr

April 8, 2013 - 11:04amQ3D Notes created the event GSA 3D IC Working Group Meeting

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A*STAR and UTAC to develop 2.5D TSI platform... - I-Micronews

dated 8th Apr

With the 2.5D/3D IC process technologies gradually being accepted by industry, IME has been actively engaging companies from the supply chain to drive the mass production of 2.5D/3D ICs. "IME's strong commitment in

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Globalfoundries delays 3D IC stack production | News about

dated 8th Apr

We may not see 3D chip stacks for next-gen smartphones until 2015 or later. We can, however, expect new chip designs for tablets using the much simpler 2.5D stacking techniques by late next year. The good and bad news

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Global Foundries Demonstrates 3D TSV Capabilities on 20 nm

dated 8th Apr

Global Foundries has demonstrated its first functional 20 nm silicon wafers with integrated Through-Silicon Vias (TSVs) and reached a key milestone in the company's plan to enable 3D stacking of chips for next generation

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Francoise Von Trapp created the event NCCAVS Joint User Group Meeting: 3D Packaging

dated 8th Apr

April 3, 2013 - 4:22pmFrancoise Von Trapp created the event NCCAVS Joint User Group Meeting: 3D Packaging

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Gilbert Lecarpentier commented on 3D IC Reality Check saying Thank you Françoise, very

dated 8th Apr

April 3, 2013 - 2:30amGilbert Lecarpentier commented on 3D IC Reality Check saying Thank you Françoise, very

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Jayna Sheats commented on For Discussion: Is Wright’s Law a better Economic Index for 3D ICs than Moore’s Law? saying As a (former) chemist, I am

dated 8th Apr

April 2, 2013 - 3:05pmJayna Sheats commented on For Discussion: Is Wright’s Law a better Economic Index for 3D ICs than Moore’s Law? saying As a (former) chemist, I am

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Samsung 28nm Still Does Not Yield?

dated 31st Mar

As if Samsung didn’t have enough to worry about with their new neighbor to the North (Korea) declaring war on them, Samsung 28nm is still NOT yielding. In my previous blog “Can Samsung Deliver as Promised?” I wondered what will power the new Galaxy S4 phones that Samsung has been over marketing. You would think it would be a 28nm version of the Exynos 5 Octa SoC that was launched at CES in January with former President Bill Clinton. As it turns out that is not the case, which of course pleases me to no end. I like honesty, I like transparency, I don't like Samsung

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Imagination, TSMC extend collaboration to FinFET and 3D ICs

dated 29th Mar

Imagination Technologies and contract chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) have announced the next phase of their technology collaboration

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Francoise Von Trapp created the posting Easing the 3D IC Pain at IMAPS DPC 2013

dated 29th Mar

March 25, 2013 - 4:25pmFrancoise Von Trapp created the posting Easing the 3D IC Pain at IMAPS DPC 2013

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Will 14nm Yield?

dated 26th Mar

If I had a nickel for every time I heard the term “FinFET” at the 2013 SNUG (Synopsys User Group) Conference I could buy a dozen Venti Carmel Frappuccinos at Starbucks (my daughter’s favorite treat). In the keynote, Aart de Geus said FinFET 14 times and posed the question: Will FinFETs Yield at 14nm? So that was my mission, ask everybody I see if FinFETs will yield at 14nm

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MonolithIC 3D Inc. Granted its 30th Patent on 3D IC Technology

dated 20th Mar

Startup now has 26 issued patents and 4 to be issued soon in the field of monolithic 3D IC. San Jose, CA (PRWEB) March 13, 2013. MonolithIC 3D Inc., a Silicon Valley startup, announced today that it has been granted its

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Developing and strengthening 3D IC manufacture in Europe | News

dated 20th Mar

Technology News. March 01, 2013 // Julien Happich. Developing and strengthening 3D IC manufacture in Europe. The European 3D TSV Summit that took place at Grenoble's Minatec campus late February gathered 320

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Ready For 3D-IC | System-Level Design

dated 20th Mar

A look at the challenges and solutions for verifying and testing IC designs targeted for 2.5D or 3D packages

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New TSV-enabled 3D IC Chip Stacking Technology | SoloPoint

dated 20th Mar

United Microelectronics Corporation and STATS ChipPAC announced recently that their first 3D TSV-enabled IC Chip Stacking project was successfully completed. The chip also passed their first stage reliability testing

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STATS ChipPAC and UMC Unveil World's First 3D IC Developed

dated 20th Mar

STATS ChipPAC and UMC today announced the world's first demonstration of TSV-enabled 3D IC chip stacking technology developed under an open ecosystem collaboration

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Can Heat Be Removed from 3D-IC Stacks? - Monolithic 3D Inc., the

dated 20th Mar

One of the big challenges facing 3D-IC is how to remove the heat dissipated on the upper layers to keep a high performance chip temperature within the system and reliability constraints and prevent hot spots. Most existing

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Power Awareness » Blog Archive » Fundamentals For 3D IC Flows

dated 20th Mar

While true 3D ICs are a few years off, 2.5D is here. There are some key differences, namely that with 2.5D the interposer is a passive die, but there also are some fundamental shared requirements. Samta Bansal, senior

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MonolithIC 3D Inc. Granted Its 30th Patent On 3D IC Technology

dated 20th Mar

Startup now has 26 issued patents and 4 to be issued soon in the field of monolithic 3D IC. San Jose, CA (PRWEB) MonolithIC 3D Inc., a Silicon Valley startup, announced today that it has been granted its 30th patent on

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Low Temperature Cleaving - Monolithic 3D Inc., the Next Generation

dated 20th Mar

We really enjoyed talking with you about all the exciting possibilities for new products and processes that are enabled by monolithic 3D IC. For those who could not make it, here is what our booth looked like: Picture. Nice tie

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Is the Cost Reduction Associated with Scaling Over? - Monolithic 3D

dated 20th Mar

Yes, unless we Augment Dimensional Scaling with monolithic 3D-IC Scaling. Picture. We have a guest contribution from Zvi Or-Bach, the President and CEO of MonolithIC 3D Inc. Zvi discusses about Cost Reduction

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Could 3d chip technology extend Moore's law to 2030?

dated 20th Mar

The most common form of 3d technology involves through silicon vias, but a startup company called Monolithic 3d has an alternate approach. In an interview with Sander Olson for Next Big Future, Monolithic CEO Zvi Or-Bach

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3D integration: different approaches for different goals | Riding the

dated 20th Mar

In contrast, MonolithIC 3D proposes true 3-D design integration, in which the layers of a stack are designed as a single unit. Partitioning the design appropriately allows global interconnects to be vertical as well as horizontal,

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New TSV-enabled 3D IC Chip Stacking Technology | SoloPoint

dated 20th Mar

United Microelectronics Corporation and STATS ChipPAC announced recently that their first 3D TSV-enabled IC Chip Stacking project was successfully completed. The chip also passed their first stage reliability testing

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Impact of TSV induced mechanical stress on FinFET - I-Micronews

dated 20th Mar

The impact of TSV proximity on this advanced CMOS remains a major concern . The difference in thermal expansion between the TSV metal and the Si substrate causes mechanical stresses in the silicon that may affect carrier

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EV Group Admin created the posting EV Group Ships 300-mm Wafer Bonding System to Leading Chinese Semiconductor Foundry for 3D IC and Advanced Packaging Volume Production Applications

dated 15th Mar

March 13, 2013 - 7:55amEV Group Admin created the posting EV Group Ships 300-mm Wafer Bonding System to Leading Chinese Semiconductor Foundry for 3D IC and Advanced Packaging Volume Production Applications

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Q3D Notes created the posting Viewing 3D IC Blossoms at SPIE Advanced Lithography 2013

dated 11th Mar

March 7, 2013 - 11:08amQ3D Notes created the posting Viewing 3D IC Blossoms at SPIE Advanced Lithography 2013

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Francoise Von Trapp created the posting 2013 Predictions for 3D ICs as reported by SPN

dated 1st Mar

February 27, 2013 - 4:40pmFrancoise Von Trapp created the posting 2013 Predictions for 3D ICs as reported by SPN

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Francoise Von Trapp created the posting 3D IC Blogosphere Update – Feb 22, 2013

dated 25th Feb

February 22, 2013 - 1:40pmFrancoise Von Trapp created the posting 3D IC Blogosphere Update – Feb 22, 2013

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Modeling TSV, IBIS-AMI and SERDES with HSPICE

dated 21st Feb

The HSPICE circuit simulator has been around for decades and is widely used by IC designers worldwide, so I watched the HSPICE SIG by video today and summarize what happened. Engineers from Micron, Altera and AMD presented on how they are using HSPICE to model TSVs, IBiS-AMI models and SERDES, respectively

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STATS ChipPAC, UMC unveil world's first 3D IC chip stacking

dated 18th Feb

"The open ecosystem collaborative approach drives proven and reliable 3D IC solutions for the semiconductor market by combining the foundry partner's robust, leading-edge TSV and front-end-of-line (FEOL) process

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Semiconductor Dicing Tapes: TAIKO Process. Is it viable for TSV

dated 18th Feb

Is it viable for TSV production? TAIKO is a process where a thick wafer is thinned in the center to allow backside development. The semiconductor industry is facing a major challenge to increase the speed of certain core

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Research and Markets: Global 3D IC Market 2012-2016 Reveals

dated 15th Feb

TechNavio's analysts forecast the Global 3D IC market to grow at a CAGR of 19.7 percent over the period 2012-2016. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the huge demand for memory-enhanced

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STATS ChipPAC and UMC Unveil World's First 3D IC Developed

dated 15th Feb

Package-level reliability success is a significant milestone towards the prove-out of a full-scale 3D IC solution for customers HSINCHU, Jan. 29,

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I-Micronews - ADVANCED PACKAGING : Impact of TSV induced

dated 15th Feb

The impact of TSV proximity on this advanced CMOS remains a major concern . The difference in thermal expansion between the TSV metal and the Si substrate causes mechanical stresses in the silicon that may affect carrier

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Q3D Notes created the posting 3D IC Gets a Nod or Two of Encouragement at Common Platform Tech Forum 2013

dated 15th Feb

February 13, 2013 - 5:00pmQ3D Notes created the posting 3D IC Gets a Nod or Two of Encouragement at Common Platform Tech Forum 2013

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Francoise Von Trapp created the event IPC APEX: Exploratory Strategy Meeting on 3D Packaging

dated 15th Feb

February 13, 2013 - 11:59amFrancoise Von Trapp created the event IPC APEX: Exploratory Strategy Meeting on 3D Packaging

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Francoise Von Trapp created the posting Proof that a Collaboration Model Works for 3D ICs

dated 15th Feb

February 4, 2013 - 12:33pmFrancoise Von Trapp created the posting Proof that a Collaboration Model Works for 3D ICs

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Martijn Pierik commented on 2013 Predictions for 3D ICs as told by Everyone - Part 1 saying Regarding #2 No other

dated 15th Feb

January 17, 2013 - 3:37pmMartijn Pierik commented on 2013 Predictions for 3D ICs as told by Everyone - Part 1 saying Regarding #2 No other

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STATS ChipPAC and UMC Unveil World's First 3D IC Developed

dated 4th Feb

STATS ChipPAC and UMC today announced the world's first demonstration of TSV-enabled 3D IC chip stacking technology developed under an open ecosystem collaboration

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Stars of DesignCon: Thermal Co-Design Key to 3D Chip Success

dated 4th Feb

Successful three-dimensional integrated circuits (3D-ICs) use co-design techniques that perform thermal analyses not just of each individual die, but of all the dice in a 3-D die-stack, its packaging, the printed circuit board

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Heterogeneous 3D IC Test Vehicle Uses CoWoS Process | News

dated 4th Feb

Altera Corp. and the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) have jointly developed the world's first heterogeneous 3D IC test vehicle using TSMC's Chip-on-Wafer-on-Substrate (CoWoS) integration process

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PVA Tepla, imec demonstrate 3D through-silicon via (TSV) void

dated 4th Feb

Imec and PVA Tepla present breakthrough results in the detection of TSV voids in 3D stacked IC technology. After having applied Scanning Acoustic Microscopy to temporary wafer (de)bonding inspection, they successfully

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IEDM 2012 - The Pivotal Point for Monolithic 3D IC

dated 4th Feb

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Francoise Von Trapp created the posting European 3D TSV Summit Interview: Gilles Fresquet

dated 4th Feb

January 31, 2013 - 11:28amFrancoise Von Trapp created the posting European 3D TSV Summit Interview: Gilles Fresquet

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Francoise Von Trapp created the posting European 3D TSV Summit: Focus on Cost of Ownership

dated 4th Feb

January 30, 2013 - 11:09amFrancoise Von Trapp created the posting European 3D TSV Summit: Focus on Cost of Ownership

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STATS ChipPAC, UMC unveil 3D IC developed under open

dated 30th Jan

STATS ChipPAC and United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) have jointly announced the first demonstration of TSV-enabled 3D IC chip stacking technology developed under an open ecosystem collaboration

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Cadence, Imec Develop Test Methodology for 3D-IC Memory on Logic

dated 30th Jan

Network with Cadence technologists and peers in the Cadence Community. Stay abreast of technology trends, news and opinion through Blogs, forums, and social networking

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Francoise Von Trapp created the posting 3D ICs News in Brief

dated 30th Jan

January 29, 2013 - 11:24amFrancoise Von Trapp created the posting 3D ICs News in Brief

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Francoise Von Trapp created the video/podcast Scenes from the European 3D TSV Summit 2013

dated 30th Jan

January 28, 2013 - 2:06pmFrancoise Von Trapp created the video/podcast Scenes from the European 3D TSV Summit 2013

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New Quad Virtex-7 2000T 3D IC Rapid ASIC Prototyping Platform

dated 23rd Jan

S2C Inc. today announced the addition of the newest prototyping platform, Quad V7, to its V7 TAI Logic Module series, a new generation of SoC/ASIC prototyping hardware based on Xilinx's Virtex®-7 2000T All Programmable

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Imec, Cadence Demonstrate 3D Memory-on-Logic DFT Solution at

dated 23rd Jan

At the European 3D TSV Summit in Grenoble, France on January 22-23, 2013, imec, a world-leading nano-electronics research institute, today announced that together with Cadence Design Systems they have developed,

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PC's Semiconductors Blog: S2C's quad Virtex-7 2000T 3D IC rapid

dated 21st Jan

S2C's quad Virtex-7 2000T 3D IC rapid ASIC prototyping platform optimized for design partitioning. USA: S2C Inc. announced the addition of the newest prototyping platform, Quad V7, to its V7 TAI logic module series, a new

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Francoise Von Trapp created the posting European 3D TSV Summit Sneak Preview

dated 21st Jan

January 19, 2013 - 8:33amFrancoise Von Trapp created the posting European 3D TSV Summit Sneak Preview

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GSA 3D IC Working Group Meeting | January 23, 2013

dated 17th Jan

[top] Overview | Registration [top] Overview The 3DIC Working Group begins 2013 exploring Business Models that will drive 3D IC market growth. These presentations tie directly to our 3D IC Business Models, 3D IC Roadmap

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Separate The Hype From The Reality In 3D-ICs | Boards content

dated 17th Jan

Michael White takes a look at the current state of 3D IC chip packaging including 3D die-on-die stacking techniques and a variation called 2.5D die-on-silicon interposer packaging

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Francoise Von Trapp created the posting 2013 Predictions for 3D ICs as told by Everyone - Part 2

dated 17th Jan

January 15, 2013 - 12:14pmFrancoise Von Trapp created the posting 2013 Predictions for 3D ICs as told by Everyone - Part 2

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Biggest Challenge of Adoption of 3D IC Technology

dated 14th Jan

Hi, What is the biggest obstacle in adoption of 3D IC technology. Is it 1. Lack of foundries and assembly houses which supports 3D IC Technology 2. Lack of EDA tools which is needed for 3D specific issues like thermal aware

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I-Micronews - ADVANCED PACKAGING : Development of TSV

dated 14th Jan

Development of TSV technology in China: a closer look. At the recent RTI 3D ASIP (Architectures for Semiconductor Integration and Packaging) conference in Redwood City Prof. Daquan Yu of the Chinese Academy of

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3D Testing Challenges to Cost, Profit, Risk, High Tech

dated 10th Jan

The presentation will also outline challenges of 2.5D and 3D implementation, highlight limitations with today's monolithic solutions, and offer alternatives for a high yield, integrated Die Level Handling environment

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3D TSV Development Technologies, High Tech

dated 10th Jan

3D Challenges in OSAT Nov. 6, 2012 ITPS in Hawaii Choon Lee Enabling a Microelectronic World® Supply Chain Model Amkor Proprietary Business Information 2 3D TSV Key Process Foundry / IDM / OSAT TSV Wafer

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Dennis Dachtler... commented on TSVs Find Their Way into Prototypes saying This is really pretty much

dated 10th Jan

January 9, 2013 - 9:03amDennis Dachtler... commented on TSVs Find Their Way into Prototypes saying This is really pretty much

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Francoise Von Trapp created the posting 2013 Predictions for 3D ICs as told by Everyone - Part 1

dated 10th Jan

January 8, 2013 - 2:53pmFrancoise Von Trapp created the posting 2013 Predictions for 3D ICs as told by Everyone - Part 1

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3D IC | enggstudy.com

dated 7th Jan

The three dimensional (3-D) chip design strategy exploits the vertical dimension to alleviate the interconnect related problems and to facilitate heterogeneous integration of technologies to realize system on a chip (SoC)

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3D IC Heterogeneous Integration, Business

dated 7th Jan

business.wesrch.com - Papers - 3D IC Heterogeneous Integration, Business

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PC's Semiconductors Blog: MonolithIC 3D shows 3D-ICs can be

dated 7th Jan

Heat removal from the stacked layers of 3D ICs has been an industry issue for many years, and has been thought to be a limiter on the types and performance of circuits that can be stacked. As well, hot spots in the stacked

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System integration ups the ante: Amkor leadership ... - I-Micronews

dated 7th Jan

the 3D IC business initially, in the long term industry yields usually all level out, and then the sector will be driven by cost. IDMs will stay in the business as long as they see differentiation, but as the new technology matures,

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POSSUMTM die design as a low cost 3D packaging ... - I-Micronews

dated 7th Jan

latency or parasitics, and the lower costs involved to produce effective 3D solutions for today's products. Face-to-face chip-on-chip technology. There are many ways to stack die: • Face-to-face IC assembly is the joining of two

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3D Stacked ICs – The Next Dimension to Computing? : iRunway Blog

dated 7th Jan

In fact, 3D stacking of dies has been successfully demonstrated and is currently being commercially employed in some embedded domains (for instance, stacking DRAM memory on CPU cores). A recent 3D IC report from

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MonolithIC 3D Inc. Shows 3D-ICs Can Be Effectively Cooled

dated 7th Jan

MonolithIC 3D Inc., presented a paper at the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) showing that effective cooling of 3D-ICs can be made possible by utilizing the circuits power delivery networks* (PDNs) and the

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MonolithIC 3D Inc. Granted its 20th Patent on 3D IC Technology

dated 7th Jan

Monolithic 3D-IC technology provides IC designers and manufacturers 10,000x higher vertical connectivity than state-of-the-art Through-Silicon Via (TSV) 3D technology. In addition to the 17 issued patents, the company has

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Monolithic 3D Inc. awarded its 20th patent 3D IC Technology

dated 7th Jan

San Jose, CA (PRWEB) December 4, 2012 Monolithic 3D Inc., a startup in Silicon Valley, today announced it has been awarded its 20th patent monolithic 3D-IC

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Can Heat Be Removed from 3D-IC Stacks?

dated 7th Jan

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Francoise Von Trapp created the posting Tying up 2012 3D IC Loose Ends

dated 7th Jan

January 4, 2013 - 3:26pmFrancoise Von Trapp created the posting Tying up 2012 3D IC Loose Ends

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Stepha Gachp commented on Stress Management for 3D ICs using TSVs saying The argument that we are so

dated 7th Jan

January 2, 2013 - 6:27pmStepha Gachp commented on Stress Management for 3D ICs using TSVs saying The argument that we are so

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Michael Smith commented on The Transition to 450mm Wafers: What does it Mean for 3D ICs? saying I think that would be really

dated 7th Jan

January 2, 2013 - 4:51pmMichael Smith commented on The Transition to 450mm Wafers: What does it Mean for 3D ICs? saying I think that would be really

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I-Micronews - ADVANCED PACKAGING : Straight talk On 3D TSVs

dated 19th Dec

SMD: What is ITRI doing in 3D TSVs? Lau: At ITRI we have developed the world's first Applied Materials' 300mm (3D TSV) integration line. The line was completed two years ago. We developed the process from the very

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PC's Semiconductors Blog: MonolithIC 3D shows 3D-ICs can be

dated 19th Dec

USA: MonolithIC 3D Inc., presented a paper at the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) showing that effective cooling of 3D-ICs can be made possible by utilizing the circuit's power delivery networks* (PDNs)

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Executive Outlook | System-Level Design

dated 19th Dec

We're going to see a big push to 3D-IC when Micron releases its 3D memory, too. Companies are going to look at it, realize its benefits, and buy it. This is going to offer a lot of improvement in system-level performance, and it's

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I-Micronews - ADVANCED PACKAGING : European 3D TSV Summit

dated 17th Dec

The theme of the first-ever Summit is “On the Road towards TSV Manufacturing,” a critical issue as device designers and manufacturers increasingly cross into the third dimension due to the industry's continuing pursuit of

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OSAT positioning in the emerging Mid-End: Fan Out, 3D ICS and 2.5

dated 17th Dec

Mid-End: Fan Out, 3D ICS and 2.5D multi die interposers. The historical regularity of technological advancement, driving the expansion of functions on a chip at a lower cost per function and lower power per transistor has changed. The

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Francoise Von Trapp created the posting 3D IC Pioneers Continue to Lead the Way

dated 17th Dec

December 14, 2012 - 10:38amFrancoise Von Trapp created the posting 3D IC Pioneers Continue to Lead the Way

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Francoise Von Trapp created the posting Tips on Modeling Warpage for 3D ICs

dated 10th Dec

December 7, 2012 - 5:12pmFrancoise Von Trapp created the posting Tips on Modeling Warpage for 3D ICs

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Francoise Von Trapp created the posting 3D TSVs: Will Europe Lead the Way?

dated 3rd Dec

November 28, 2012 - 3:50pmFrancoise Von Trapp created the posting 3D TSVs: Will Europe Lead the Way?

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Francoise Von Trapp created the posting 2.5D and 3D FPGA Update

dated 3rd Dec

November 27, 2012 - 4:02pmFrancoise Von Trapp created the posting 2.5D and 3D FPGA Update

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Francoise Von Trapp created the posting 3D IC Blogosphere Update

dated 23rd Nov

November 21, 2012 - 3:53pmFrancoise Von Trapp created the posting 3D IC Blogosphere Update

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Francoise Von Trapp commented on 3D ICs and the Hype Cycle saying Regarding #5 Jayna - Thanks

dated 23rd Nov

November 15, 2012 - 11:36amFrancoise Von Trapp commented on 3D ICs and the Hype Cycle saying Regarding #5 Jayna - Thanks

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Paul Werbaneth commented on 3D ICs and the Hype Cycle saying Hi Jayna, Thank you for the

dated 23rd Nov

November 15, 2012 - 11:15amPaul Werbaneth commented on 3D ICs and the Hype Cycle saying Hi Jayna, Thank you for the

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3D TSV: Ready for manufacturing? - I-Micronews

dated 21st Nov

In 2012, 3D TSV is one of the hottest technologies, along with 450mm and EUV, in the semiconductor industry due to the technology's huge potential. Depending on the type of application and timeframe, gains in bandwidth,

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Pradeep Chakraborty's Blog!: Xilinx announces 20nm portfolio strategy

dated 14th Nov

The next generation FPGAs, second generation SoCs and 3D ICs will be 'co-optimized' with Vivado for the most compelling alternative ever to ASICs and ASSPs. From enabling programmable logic, the Xilinx 20nm portfollio

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ADVANCED PACKAGING : STATS ChipPAC advances TSV

dated 14th Nov

STATS ChipPAC a leading semiconductor test and advanced packaging service provider, announced that its Through Silicon Via (TSV) capabilities have achieved a new milestone with the qualification of its 300mm mid-end

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Ira Feldman commented on 3D ICs and the Hype Cycle saying Francoise, Many thank for

dated 14th Nov

November 13, 2012 - 10:50pmIra Feldman commented on 3D ICs and the Hype Cycle saying Francoise, Many thank for

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Francoise Von Trapp created the posting Tezzaron, Novati and 3D ICs: They’re doing it in the USA

dated 14th Nov

November 5, 2012 - 1:55pmFrancoise Von Trapp created the posting Tezzaron, Novati and 3D ICs: They’re doing it in the USA

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Investigating 3D IC Underfill Process Through Moldex3D

dated 5th Nov

According to IC Insights' 2012 McClean Report, “The assembly and packaging of ICs no longer takes a back seat to front-end processing…packages have evolved from simple cookie-cutter type packages to highly sophisticated and

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I-Micronews - ADVANCED PACKAGING : The Power of 3D

dated 5th Nov

Global leaders in 3D technology will convene to discuss the latest advances in Grenoble on January 22-23, 2013 at the European 3D TSV Summit. This new SEMI event will take place in the heart of the French Alps, in one of

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Tezzaron, Novati and 3D ICs: They’re doing it in the USA

dated 5th Nov

While everyone’s waiting for the big memory houses like Micron and Samsung, and IDMS and foundries like IBM and TSMC to announce they are ramping to high volume manufacturing (HVM) with 3D ICs, deep in the heart of Texas, it’s already happening in low volumes for custom applications thanks to Tezzaron Semiconductor and its recent acquisition, Novati Technologies (formerly SVTC Technologies)

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Yole Développement presents its latest 3D TSV ... - I-Micronews

dated 2nd Nov

Next month, SUSS MicroTec invites you to the Asia Technology Forum covering the latest in materials, manufacturing technologies and market trends in 3DIC and Wafer Level Packaging. The SUSS Asia Technology Forum

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3D IC Packaging Enablement Challenges Ahead - a panel of

dated 29th Oct

electronics.wesrch.com - Papers - 3D IC Packaging Enablement Challenges Ahead - a panel of experts, High Tech

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Francoise Von Trapp created the posting 3D IC Educational Opportunities

dated 26th Oct

October 23, 2012 - 3:10pmFrancoise Von Trapp created the posting 3D IC Educational Opportunities

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The GSA IP Working Group Meeting on IP Quality, Licensing, and

dated 22nd Oct

Please join us at Advantest on Oct 24th, at 1:30 PM (PDT), as we continue to explore pertinent topics impacting 3D IC product development, adoption, and production. Registration Click here to register for the meeting

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Experts At The Table: The Sky Isn't Falling | Semiconductor

dated 22nd Oct

SemiMD sat down recently to discuss how the industry is making 3D ICs a reality today with Sylvan Kaiser, chief technology officer at Docea Power; Steve Smith, senior director for 3D-IC strategy at Synopsys; and Dr. Ahmed

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TSMC Forum: An Update on 20nm, 3D-IC, and 16nm FinFETs

dated 22nd Oct

Network with Cadence technologists and peers in the Cadence Community. Stay abreast of technology trends, news and opinion through Blogs, forums, and social networking

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A New Information Resource for 3D-IC TSV Design - Industry

dated 22nd Oct

Network with Cadence technologists and peers in the Cadence Community. Stay abreast of technology trends, news and opinion through Blogs, forums, and social networking

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TSMC Validates Cadence 3D-IC Technology for Its CoWoS(TM

dated 22nd Oct

Last week I wrote that TSMC had validated Synopsys' design flow on its 3D-IC process. Today I received a press release from Cadence stating fundamentally the same thing with regard to its design flow. It is clear that work on

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ITRI Tapes Out 3D-IC Chip Using Cadence Technology

dated 22nd Oct

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), a leader in global electronic design innovation, announced today that its full suite of 3D-IC technologies were deployed by Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute

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TSMC Validates Cadence 3D-IC Technology for Its CoWoS

dated 22nd Oct

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), a leader in global electronic design innovation, announced today that TSMC has validated Cadence® 3D-IC technology for its CoWoS™ (chip-on-wafer-on-substrate)

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Synopsys and TSMC Deliver 3D-IC Design Support | Gabe on EDA

dated 22nd Oct

May be you think the 3D-IC pace of development is too slow, but I am of the opposite point of view. Synopsys announced that it is delivering a comprehensive 3D-IC design solution that is included in TSMC's CoWoS™ (Chip

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The Week In Review: Oct. 12 | System-Level Design

dated 22nd Oct

Community. "Yes,3D IC is a compelling path for future scaling but not just the stacking version/TSV but far more so the monolithic 3D..." - Zvi Or-Bach. Comment from: Where Does It Hurt?

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Toshiba Next NAND- 3D with 15 Layers - Ron Maltiel

dated 22nd Oct

A strong candidate is stacking memory NAND dies one on top of another. The dies are connected using Through Silicon Vias (TSV). Toshiba has a different approach to 3D " not stacking NAND chips one atop the other but

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Francoise Von Trapp created the posting This Week in 3D IC News (Oct 8-12)

dated 12th Oct

October 11, 2012 - 12:14pmFrancoise Von Trapp created the posting This Week in 3D IC News (Oct 8-12)

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Francoise Von Trapp created the posting SEMICON Europa 2012 Focuses on Materials, 3D ICs, and 450mm

dated 12th Oct

October 9, 2012 - 11:11amFrancoise Von Trapp created the posting SEMICON Europa 2012 Focuses on Materials, 3D ICs, and 450mm

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V2.5 ints, simulator 2D and 3D-IC-Open Source was

dated 8th Oct

About this Entry. V2.5 ints, simulator 2D and 3D-IC-Open Source was was posted on October 4th, 2012 at 2.40pm and is filed under Meindl. This entry has no comments (yet). You can follow any responses through the RSS 2.0 Feed

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Francoise Von Trapp created the posting Talkers vs. Doers in the 3D IC World

dated 8th Oct

October 1, 2012 - 12:38pmFrancoise Von Trapp created the posting Talkers vs. Doers in the 3D IC World

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Designing with FinFETs

dated 8th Oct

Intel is the number one semiconductor company in the world and has taken the lead in bringing FinFET (aka Tri-Gate) silicon to market at the 22nm node starting in May 2011, so now we see the pure play foundries playing catch-up and start talking about their own FinFET roadmaps. IC designers and layout engineers want to know how their design methodology will change as they consider using a FinFET process compared to a planar process

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I-Micronews - ADVANCED PACKAGING : EVG unveils new spray

dated 3rd Oct

PTI expect 3D IC technology to start generating income in 2014... Sep 21st. A*STAR's Institute of Microelectronics and Hitachi Chemical to develop 3D IC packaging ... Sep 20th. Silicon & glass interposers among the top 5 key

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The Sky Isn't Falling | Semiconductor Manufacturing & Design

dated 3rd Oct

3D ICs add a new dimension to design with new degrees of freedom possible, even with the added design and manufacturing complexities. Looking at the semiconductor ecosystem today and anticipating what will be needed

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Outline - Monolithic 3D Inc., the Next Generation 3D-IC Company - â

dated 3rd Oct

Free Outline - Monolithic 3D Inc., the Next Generation 3D-IC Company - …, Outline - Monolithic 3D Inc., the Next Generation 3D-IC Company - … ppt, Outline - Monolithic 3D Inc., the Next Generation 3D-IC Company - …

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SPTS Introduces Low-Temperature PECVD Solution for 3D-IC

dated 24th Sep

SPTS Technologies, the company that provides wafer processing solutions globally for semiconductor packaging, MEMS, power management device markets and such related markets, has introduced a low temperature

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Francoise Von Trapp created the posting SPTS Debuts Low-Temperature PECVD Technology for 3D-IC

dated 24th Sep

September 19, 2012 - 11:27amFrancoise Von Trapp created the posting SPTS Debuts Low-Temperature PECVD Technology for 3D-IC

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GlobalFoundries Announces 14nm Process

dated 20th Sep

Today GlobalFoundries announced a 14nm process that will be available for volume production in 2014. They are explicitly trying to match Intel's timeline for the introduction of 14nm. The process is called 14XM for eXtreme Mobility since it is especially focused on mobile. The process will be introduced just one year after 20nm, so an acceleration of about a year over the usual two year process node heartbeat

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The place of “middle-end” in the future landscape of 2.5D / 3DIC

dated 18th Sep

future landscape of 2.5D / 3DIC chip-to-package manufacturing. The sea change of finally bringing 3D into mainstream production will mean major challenges and opportunities for the supply chain, as companies figure out where best to focus

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I-Micronews - ADVANCED PACKAGING : 3D IC commercialization

dated 11th Sep

The adoption and commercialization of 3D TSV stacking IC technology and products will likely take place in the 2015-16 timeframe, according to Tong Ho-ming, general manager and chief of R&D at Advanced Semiconductor

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3D Thursday: Produce cost-effective 2.5D and 3D devices. Attend

dated 6th Sep

His topic: Using Repair & Redundancy with KGD to Produce Cost Effective 2.5 and 3D Devices. Of course, you don't build 2.5D or 3D IC assemblies without known good die, so this conference is a natural for anyone involved

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Industry migration to 3D ICs to take place in 2015-16... - I-Micronews

dated 6th Sep

Industry migration to 3D ICs to take place in 2015-16. The industry's gradual migration toward 3D ICs with through-silicon vias (TSV) is unlikely to happen until 2015 or 2016, according to sources at semiconductor companies

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STATS ChipPAC advances TSV capabilities with ... - Digitimes

dated 6th Sep

MediaTek hikes smartphone chip shipments goal. MediaTek has revised upward its forecast for 2012 smartphone-chip shipments to 95 million units. 28nm chips in short supply at TSMC. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing

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STATS ChipPAC Expands TSV Activities | Semiconductor

dated 3rd Sep

The OSAT player has extended its capabilities in mid-end and back-end TSV manufacturing to increased 2.5D and 3D packaging integration

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Francoise Von Trapp created the posting The Transition to 450mm Wafers: What does it Mean for 3D ICs?

dated 3rd Sep

August 29, 2012 - 4:32pmFrancoise Von Trapp created the posting The Transition to 450mm Wafers: What does it Mean for 3D ICs?

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Francoise Von Trapp created the posting When 3D is 3D IC, and When it’s Not

dated 3rd Sep

August 24, 2012 - 4:14pmFrancoise Von Trapp created the posting When 3D is 3D IC, and When it’s Not

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3D-IC Impact On Computational Lithography? | Semiconductor

dated 20th Aug

With the number of challenges 3D technology brings, will it complicate matters for the computational lithography tools that ensure printability? Fret not

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First 3D-IC Standard Approved!... - I-Micronews

dated 20th Aug

First 3D-IC Standard Approved! Formed in late 2010, the SEMI 3DS-IC Committee recently approved its first Standard for publication during SEMICON West 2012. Pending successful procedural review, the Document will be

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Francoise von Trapp created the posting Wanted: Alternatives to TSVs

dated 20th Aug

August 17, 2012 - 11:45amFrancoise von Trapp created the posting Wanted: Alternatives to TSVs

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Francoise von Trapp created the posting SEMI Standards, the ITRS Roadmap and other Boring but Important Items for the Progression of 3D IC manufacturing

dated 20th Aug

August 8, 2012 - 3:35pmFrancoise von Trapp created the posting SEMI Standards, the ITRS Roadmap and other Boring but Important Items for the Progression of 3D IC manufacturing

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SEMI Approves 3D Standard

dated 13th Aug

SEMI’s 3DS-IC Committee recently approved its first standard

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Taiwan's Leading IC Assemblers Boost 3D IC Capacity

dated 8th Aug

s (TSMC's) development of 3-dimension IC packaging for 20nm process technology it is working on, Taiwan's leading IC assemblers are vigorously boosting 3D IC packaging and test capacity. The assemblers include

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Francoise von Trapp created the posting Design and Test Solutions are Trending in 3D ICs

dated 8th Aug

August 7, 2012 - 4:38pmFrancoise von Trapp created the posting Design and Test Solutions are Trending in 3D ICs

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Agilent Series (Part 2) - CommNexus San Diego

dated 6th Aug

Accelerate 3D-IC Integration for RF Applications: More than Moore - A Necessity for RF? Agilent Series Part 2 of 3. Moore's Law (the number of transistors on a chip doubles every 18 to 24 months) has driven microelectronics

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3D Thursday: Wide I/O and TSVs have a ripple effect on the DRAM controller. Who knew?

dated 6th Aug

Currently, the JEDEC Wide I/O DRAM specification looks to be the biggest driving force behind the adoption of 3D IC assembly. The 512-bit data maw of a Wide I/O SDRAM provides high bandwidth with low power levels, both excellent arguments … Continue reading →

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Q3D Notes created the resource "The Demands and the Challenges of TSV Technology Application in IC & System

dated 6th Aug

July 31, 2012 - 2:29pmQ3D Notes created the resource "The Demands and the Challenges of TSV Technology Application in IC & System

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In Focus: 3D-IC & TSV Technology - Solar Feeds News

dated 31st Jul

Improved performance, reduced timing, reduced power consumption and device scaling attributes are key driving forces for the adoption of new microchip technology for mobile devices referred to as 3D integrated circuits

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SEMI Europe Launches New Show Focusing on TSV | SMART Group

dated 31st Jul

SEMI Europe today announced that it is organizing a new event — the European 3D TSV Summit on January 22-23, 2013 in Grenoble, France. The theme of the first-ever Summit is “On the Road towards TSV Manufacturing,”

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3D Thursday: Magnificent Max explains 3D IC in simple terms

dated 31st Jul

If you’re looking for simplified explanations of technical topics, few people write them as well as Clive “Max” Maxfield. His simplified 3-page explanation of 3D IC assembly is here. (Note: Registration needed to go past page 1, unfortunately.)

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Francoise von Trapp created the posting Outside the 3D TSV Box

dated 31st Jul

July 15, 2012 - 5:53amFrancoise von Trapp created the posting Outside the 3D TSV Box

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Stacking The Deck | System-Level Design

dated 26th Jul

First of three parts: Planning for success in 3D ICs isn't so easy, particularly when power and thermal issues are factored in. Tools have been created, but are largely untested and may need modification

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3D Thursday: Will water cooling for 3D IC assemblies ever be

dated 26th Jul

The topic of the interview was cooling of 3D IC devices. It's no secret that cooling will become an issue when you stack a bunch of hot die together and bond them. The heat has to go somewhere and the heat from the middle

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Nanya demonstrated its 1st functional 3D stacked ... - I-Micronews

dated 26th Jul

Jul 19th, 2012. Nanya demonstrated its 1st functional 3D stacked DDR3 SDRAM using TSV middle. Nanya Technology Corporation successfully demonstrated its first functional TSV (Through Silicon Via) 8Gbit DDR3 SDRAM QDP (Quad-Die

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Advantest announces 3D TSV stack test solutions... - I-Micronews

dated 26th Jul

Advantest Corporation today announced that a new product line of fully automated and integrated test and handling solutions for TSV based 2.5D and 3D products is under development. Send to a friend. The concept model

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I-Micronews - ADVANCED PACKAGING : A giant leap? An

dated 26th Jul

ADVANCED PACKAGING. Jul 17th, 2012. A giant leap? An evolutionary path? How all roads lead to 3D. Here is an interesting article discussing 3D packaging adoption, especially for NAND flash memory. Send to a friend. With Intel already

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Speakers at SEMICON West describe a fragmented 3D IC landscape

dated 23rd Jul

In March of this year, Altera announced "the world's first heterogeneous 3D IC test vehicle using TSMC's Chip-on-Wafer-on-Substrate (CoWoS) integration process". TSMC is planning to offer the CoWoS process as part of a

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Intel vindicated by TSMC/ARM announcement

dated 23rd Jul

ARM and TSMC are teaming up to optimize next-generation 64-bit ARM cores for FinFET process technology. And that must be leaving Intel feeling rather smug. After all, it completely validates what the chip behemoth said at its investor day -- in both Paul Otellini's and Brian Krzanich's presentations – that Intel is a good four years ahead of its closest foundry competition

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3D and power is all wet

dated 19th Jul

There has been a lot of talk recently about 3D ICs and the challenges associated with them. One area that contains some of the biggest challenges is related to power – how do you get power in and how do you get the heat generated back out again. To understand this a little more, I talked to Madhavan Swaminathan who is the Joseph M. Pettit Professor in Electronics at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Interconnect and Packaging Center (IPC), an SRC Center of Excellence, at Georgia Tech, Atlanta. He is also the Founder and CTO of E-System Design

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20 nm Chips, 3D ICs, Low Power and Fast Tools Are Themes Of

dated 12th Jul

This is a wrapup of the 2012 Design Automation Conference (DAC 49) with emphasis on some of the trends that were evident at the event

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Separate The Hype From The Reality In 3D-ICs

dated 12th Jul

Michael White takes a look at the current state of 3D IC chip packaging including 3D die-on-die stacking techniques and a variation called 2.5D die-on-silicon interposer packaging

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Could 3d chip technology extend Moore's law to 2030?

dated 12th Jul

The most common form of 3d technology involves through silicon vias, but a startup company called Monolithic 3d has an alternate approach. In an interview with Sander Olson for Next Big Future, Monolithic CEO Zvi Or-Bach

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Strained silicon beats TSV stress in 3DICs | Tech Design Forums

dated 12th Jul

Texas Instruments had good news for teams that want to assemble 3DIC stacks using thru-silicon vias (TSVs). The stress induced by the copper TSVs is not as bad as many feared for nanometer-scale transistors

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Is the Cost Reduction Associated with Scaling Over?

dated 12th Jul

Yes, unless we Augment Dimensional Scaling with monolithic 3D-IC Scaling [...]

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Is TSV for real?

dated 12th Jul

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Safe Harbor for Interposers

dated 6th Jul

Silicon interposers competed with TSV at ECTC. Gazing over the scenic San Diego harbor, more than a thousand people gathered at the Electronic Components and Technology Conference (ECTC) to discuss cutting-edge developments in electronics packaging, materials, and assembly.

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Sony’s PS Vita Uses Chip-on-Chip SiP – 3D, but not 3D

dated 6th Jul

At the tail end of last year Sony released their PlayStation Vita, and it was duly torn down by iFixit and others. In due course we took it apart too, though we didn’t post it on our teardown blog. Sony CXD5315GG in the PlaySation Vita Inside we found the usual set of wireless chips, motion sensors, and memory, but the key to the increased performance of the PS Vita is the Sony CXD5315GG processor, a quad- core ARM Cortex-A9 device with an embedded Imagination SGX543MP4+ quad-core GPU

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More Revelers Amp Up Hybrid Memory Cube Party

dated 6th Jul

A bunch more IT vendors have picked up shiny new Hybrid Memory Cube sledgehammers and are working with Micron Technology and Samsung Electronics to smash the memory barrier

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I-Micronews - ADVANCED PACKAGING : TI examines TSV induced

dated 28th Jun

The impact of via-middle Cu TSVs on neighboring devices and overlying low-k interconnect has long been a key concern for integrating TSVs into deep submicron CMOS. The TI researchers used NanoBeam Diffraction (NBD)

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ARM, HP, and SK hynix join Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium

dated 28th Jun

I first covered the Hybrid Memory Cube in the EDA360 Insider nearly a year ago. (See “3D Thursday: Micron's 3D Hybrid Memory Cube delivers more DRAM bandwidth at lower power and in a smaller form factor using TSVs”

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2.5D and 3D Messages Worth Repeating

dated 28th Jun

I listened in on yesterday’s webcast, 3D and 2.5D Integration: A Status Report Live Event hosted by Solid State Technology, and while most of the information was similar to what I had heard at IMAPS Device Packaging Conference, EDPS, ECTC 2012, etc., they are clearly messages worth repeating, and some new interesting nuggets as well

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June Event Highlights in 3D (Part 1)

dated 28th Jun

Note to self: no more graduations/college orientations/vacations in the month of June. There are way too many events in 3D and I missed so much while I was off focusing on other things! Lucky for me, people writing and blogging about 3D technologies are coming out of the woodwork, and so as I catch up on my reading, I’ll point you to some of the key points made by my capable colleagues in the 3D blogosphere

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June Event Highlights in 3D (Part 1)

dated 27th Jun

Note to self: no more graduations/college orientations/vacations in the month of June. There are way too many events in 3D and I missed so much while I was off focusing on other things! Lucky for me, people writing and blogging about 3D technologies are coming out of the woodwork, and so as I catch up on my reading, I’ll point you to some of the key points made by my capable colleagues in the 3D blogosphere

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3D Thursday (Late): Sony to invest 80 billion Yen in stacked CMOS

dated 25th Jun

It's a little known fact that these 3D IC assemblies have been in volume production for a while and are widely used in the low-cost imagers used, for example, in mobile phone handsets and tablets. Target total capacity is

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Can 2.5D IC assembly really reduce SoC software-development costs? Gabe Moretti thinks it can

dated 25th Jun

Last week on the EDA Café Web site, EDA Editor and Industry Observer Gabe Moretti discussed my DAC blog post on Wally Rhines’ discussion of software’s role in the rising cost of SoC development. (See “Some chip-design reality from Mentor’s … Continue reading →

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TSMC Theater Presentation: Apache

dated 25th Jun

At the TSMC Theater Apache (don't forget, now a subsidary of Ansys) talked about Emerging Challenges for Power, Signal and Reliability Verification on 3D-IC and Silicon Interposer Designs. The more I see about the costs and challenges of 20/22nm and below, the more I think that these 3D and 2.5D approaches are going to be one of the main ways that we keep on the Moore's law curve at the system level

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3D Thermal and Mechanical Stress for IC Packaging at DAC

dated 21st Jun

3D has been a growing buzz word in IC design and packaging for several years now, so it's refreshing to actually find an EDA vendor that has developed tools to help analyze something like 3D thermal and mechanical stress at DAC. I met with Jens Andersen, CEO of Invarian to learn more, although my only mistake was that every few minutes a colleague or prospect would stop by and say hello to Jens and interrupt us. The Invarian booth had visible traffic that kept the staff engaged

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PTI aims to be No. 4 in two years

dated 18th Jun

PTI's R&D efforts in 3D IC and other advanced packaging processes will start to bear fruit in 2013, said Tsai, adding that the complete offering of new technologies provides the firm a better chance of being the fourth-largest IC

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Friday Video: Mr. 3D IC, Herb Reiter, speaks about his start with 3D

dated 18th Jun

I conducted this video interview with Herb Reiter, “Mr. 3D IC” and president of eda2asic, the day after he spoke at a MEPTEC lunch in Silicon Valley—see “3D Thursday: The “King of 3D ICs” (Herb Reiter) speaks to his

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DAC 2012 Panelists Tackle Tough Questions About 2.5D-ICs and

dated 18th Jun

Since the discussion covered both 2.5D-IC and 3D-IC technologies, here's some quick background. In general, 2.5D refers to multiple silicon dies placed side-by-side on a silicon interposer substrate. A "true" 3D-IC stack

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3D Thursday: The “King of 3D ICs” (Herb Reiter) speaks to his subjects—“Learn to work together”

dated 18th Jun

Mr. 3D IC—aka Herb Reiter—spoke to an attentive group of packaging experts about the state of 3D IC technical and business development today at a MEPTEC luncheon held at the “luxurious” Biltmore Hotel in cental Silicon Valley. I’ve written about Reiter before but I’ve just found out at lunch that he’s been crowned as the “King of 3D ICs” by Françoise von Trapp, Editorial Director of 3D-ICs.com and the Queen of 3D (as proclaimed at SEMICON Europa 2007), because of the four years Reiter has put into learning about, cheering on, and supporting the growth of 3D IC assembly. (I am pretty certain that Reiter is glad he’s not been named the Queen of 3D.)

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We Interrupt this Hawaiian Vacation to Bring you 3D InCites Coverage of the IEEE VLSI Symposia on Circuits

dated 18th Jun

So here I am in Honolulu with my family, celebrating the return of my nephew from a 6 month deployment on a nuclear submarine, and I realize that the co-located IEEE Symposia on VLSI Technology and IEEE Symposia on VLSI Circuits is taking place at the SAME TIME, and there's a couple of sessions on 3D technologies!! So rather than joining my gang on a scuba diving adventure, I send them off to explore the ocean depths and take myself over to the Hilton Hawaiian Village to check out the 3D action. (Ok, this isn't exactly how it happened, but it makes for a good story, and most of it is true.)

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Cadence/TSMC 3D

dated 12th Jun

Mark Twain remarked that everyone talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it. 3D ICs seems to be a bit like that. Over the last couple of years there have been lots of people talking about 3D but very little that has actually been manufactured. In addition to the weather, everyone talks about Xilinx's 3D Virtex design because it is about the only one that is in manufacturing (it is so high end I hesitate to say it is "volume manufacturing")

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3D Thursday: Want to see a closeup of the TSMC 3D IC test vehicle

dated 10th Jun

Richard Goering just published a detailed blog post about the TSMC 2.5D/3D IC test vehicle, which TSMC is calling CoWoS (Chip on Wafer on Substrate) in his Industry Insights blog. This approach to 3D IC assembly bonds

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TSMC-Cadence Collaboration Helps Clarify 3D-IC Ecosystem

dated 10th Jun

Perhaps the most challenging question about 3D-IC design is what gets done when, by which kind of provider. With its recently introduced chip-on-wafer-on-substrate (CoWoS) process, TSMC has taken a step towards

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The 3D Buzz at ECTC 2012

dated 10th Jun

Video Blog: At ECTC 2012, 2.5D and 3D technologies were the main topic of conversation, both in formal panels and off-line discussions. 3D InCites talked to a number of industry experts to get their perspective on the status of 3D as we move closer to commercialization

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Friday Video + 3D Thursday: Xilinx Virtex-7 H580T uses 3D

dated 4th Jun

The first 3D part in the Xilinx Virtex-7 FPGA family—the 2000T—permitted the construction of a huge FPGA while sidestepping the yield issues of large 28nm die. Now, Xilinx has used 3D IC assembly to meld two FPGA logic

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Q&A: GSA Working Group Tackles Barriers to 3D-IC Adoption

dated 4th Jun

The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) 3D IC Working Group is helping pave the way to mainstream adoption of 3D-ICs. With around 275 members, this group provides a neutral forum in which representatives of EDA

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The Brave New World Of Modeling TSVs

dated 4th Jun

With 2D ICs the prevailing notion has been that wire parasitics are relatively self-contained with the exception of very advanced designs running at hundreds of gigahertz. For the most part, the package designer and IC designer lived in their own separate worlds. With the advent of chip stacking using through silicon vias (TSVs), those worlds are being thrust together

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What will change on the road to 3D ICs?

dated 4th Jun

3D-IC represents different benefits for different applications. It can be both a performance enhancer and a power reducer due to shorter, lower capacitance interconnect lines, for example when used to stack memory on logic. It can provide a smaller overall footprint for mobile apps like cell phones, and it can improve yield when multiple smaller die can be assembled in lieu of a large SoC during early process maturity. It also allows analog and digital IP to hit performance and integration targets without forcing implementation in a single process. Depending on the application targeted, the jury is still out about relative costs and reliability, but there expectations for improvement in the long run in these areas as well.

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2.5D and 3D: Life Preservers for Foundries?

dated 4th Jun

Wow, times have changed. Who would have thought the foundries would ever willingly turn to the packaging industry for the solutions to future scaling? But I heard it myself yesterday at the ECTC luncheon keynote address, straight from the lips of Global Foundries’ CTO Greg Bartlett, who said that “silicon is not a great place to be right now,” referring to challenges with scaling beyond 28nm, and how scaling is running out of steam. “We’re looking across the abyss to packaging and hope 2.5D and 3D guys are going to throw us a life preserver.” That statement, I’m pretty sure, was music to many more ears than just mine – and particularly those who have been driving the move to 3D integration for the past several years

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OSATS Discuss the Transformed Role of the Packaging Foundry at ECTC

dated 4th Jun

ECTC sure knew how to pack ‘em in early this year! It was no accident that they held a special session on the Transforming Role of the Packaging Foundry on the Professional Development Course Day (Tuesday, May 29). Instead of 30 or so stragglers who wandered in between their regular courses during last year’s special session, there was standing room only at this session (I’m told 150+ people) and it was easy to understand why: how often do you get all the major OSATS represented on one panel?

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Blog Review: May 23 | System-Level Design

dated 23rd May

Cadence's Richard Goering interviews one of his colleagues, Ken Potts, about the GSA's 3D IC working group. For an ecosystem to build technology this complex, we're going to need lots of standards groups like this one

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Why Wait Until 2016? Invensas Introduces A Bridge to Mobile Wide IO

dated 22nd May

We’ve all heard it: Wide I/O DRAM on Logic using TSV interconnects will be THE solution for achieving the high performance/low power needs of next generation devices, beginning with the high performance computing and making its way into gaming processors, smartphones and tablets. To listen to the experts, meeting such performance goals as true HD, faster video streaming, multi-cameras, multi-application operation, and other processor-intense applications that require higher bandwidth at slower clock speeds can only be done with Wide I/O (Figure 1). Unfortunately, it looks like manufacturing logistics will push out the previously scheduled forecasted timeframe for Wide I/O DRAM on Logic package configurations from 2014 to as late as 2016. So what are we to do in the meantime?

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Q&A: GSA Working Group Tackles Barriers to 3D-IC Adoption

dated 22nd May

The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) 3D IC Working Group is helping pave the way to mainstream adoption of 3D-ICs. With around 275 members, this group provides a neutral forum in which representatives of EDA vendors, design services houses, foundries, outsourced assembly and test (OSAT) providers, and other important ecosystem players can come together and work through the business and technical challenges posed by 3D-IC technology. Ken Potts, product marketing director at Cadence, recently became the chairman of the GSA 3D IC Working Group. In this interview he talks about the business and technical challenges facing 3D-ICs, the role of the GSA working group, the advantages of 3D-ICs, the need for standards, and when 2.5D and 3D-ICs will come into volume production

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Semiconductor memory plays a large role in smartphone design

dated 17th May

Scalability (in terms of capacity, performance, and functionality), because no one can see five years ahead; More bandwidth; New packages (to accommodate 3D IC assembly and thermal issues); Lower power consumption

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The Fabless Model will Thrive in the 3D IC World

dated 17th May

In the May 15 issue of Future Fab News!, Aaron Hand, contributing editor, asked for opinions on Mark Bohr’s (Intel) now famous EE Times interview, with Rick Merritt, where he said the fabless model is collapsing and a return to the IDM is inevitable. (I addressed a similar topic a year ago in a post titled Will 3D Integration Keep 2nd Tier Foundries Alive?) So for what it’s worth, here’s my input, from the perspective of the 3D IC industry, where things are progressing quite nicely, thank you, and the fabless/foundry/OSAT model seems to be the most desired for a multitude of reasons

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Power Becomes Bigger Issue In Stacked Die

dated 15th May

Concern over getting the heat out of stacked die is well defined, even if the current raft of existing and proposed solutions ranges from ineffective to exotic and expensive. What is less well understood is how to plan for and manage power inside of stacked die.

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Moore's Law: Wanted, Dead or Alive | EDA360 Insider

dated 15th May

So with all of those benefits, is IBM looking into 3D IC assembly? If you've been reading the EDA360 Insider blog, you know the answer's “yes.” (See “3D Thursday: Can IBM and 3M really build a 3D, 100-chip stairway to

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TSMC Tops Intel, Samsung in Capacity!

dated 15th May

While I was marlin fishing in Hawaii last week I missed some interesting comments from TSMC executives at the Technology Symposium in Taiwan, a much different show than the one here in San Jose I’m told. It is good to see TSMC setting the record straight and taking a little credit for what they have accomplished! I’m sorry I missed it but I know quite a few people who didn’t and they were quite impressed

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My Day at the IBM Partner Summit

dated 15th May

Want to know how to torture a journalist? Invite them to present at a conference but ask them to sign an NDA so they can’t write about it! However, I can say this much: the 3D Program is alive and well at IBM. From IBM Fellow, Subramanian Iyer, I learned some basic truths about scaling and 3D. One of the current challenges being faced where 3D can provide the solution is in the power budget. Communication between chips can take up to a third of the system power. “Semiconductor scaling doesn’t address this issue, but tighter inter-chip connections can,” notes Iyer. “3D does not eliminate the need to scale, it’s an orthogonal element for increasing performance.” He added that the cost per transistor still needs to come down

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Microsoft signs up for 3D hardware market

dated 15th May

Visit any major city on the planet, roll through its development over the past 100 years and you’ll notice something about the height of the skyline. When you need to pack more people into a fixed area, X and Y are not enough. You MUST build upwards. KitGuru casts an eye over Microsoft’s need for a better packing density

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3D Thursday: Electronics Component and Technologies Conference

dated 11th May

The Electronics Component and Technologies Conference being held in San Diego on May 29-June 1 will provide you with several significant opportunities to come up to speed on 3D IC assembly and related topics including

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Smartphones set to become the fastest spreading technology in

dated 11th May

And because of the development of Smartphones which can do more and more things the development will go to higher integration between both volatile and non-volatile memory in 3D IC beneath SoC processors fortcoming

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IFTLE 100 IMAPS MINAPAD Addresses Advanced Packaging in Grenoble

dated 7th May

“I’ve been a big fan of Phil’s ever since his first blog in August of 2007. Did you know he was born in Hell’s Kitchen in New York City? Congratulations to the world’s foremost expert on 3D integration on his 100th blog!” -- Peter Singer, Editor-in-Chief, Solid State TechnologyIMAPS France held the 2nd Micro/Nano-Electronics Packaging, Assembly, Design and Manufacturing Forum (MiNaPAD) in Grenoble in late April.

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3D Thursday: 3D IC success stories—a DAC panel. June 7

dated 7th May

What better way to understand the realities of 3D IC assembly than to listen to the pioneers who have already taken the arrows so you won't have to? That's the topic of the upcoming DAC panel: “Is 3-D Ready for the Next

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3D Thursday: Practical Approaches to 3-D IC—TSV/Silicon

dated 7th May

If you're like me, you've heard more than enough theory about 3D IC assembly and you're ready to get on with the main event and design something. Want to hear about 3D IC technology that works? Now? Then you will

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What’s Driving Electronics Packaging and Assembly Trends?

dated 2nd May

ulti-die configurations and a switch to copper wires are rampant, and supercomputers are why. One of the main topics at conferences around the world is what’s the driver for electronics packaging for the next 10 years? The Joint Conference of the 12th International Conference on Electronics Packaging and IMAPS ALL Asia Conference that convened in Tokyo in late April was no exception

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EE Daily News: More EDA vendor attention turns to 3D ICs, as

dated 2nd May

The release of Redhawk-3DX, by Ansys subsidiary Apache Design Inc., demonstrates the increasing attention that EDA vendors are giving to tools for stacked-die packaging in the last several months. Just one year ago, the

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Getting down to the Business of 3D ICs

dated 2nd May

Really, it all boils down to simple economics. I’m referring to WHY the road to 3D is taking as long as it is to reach commercialization. We’ve convinced the engineers of the technology benefits. Now it’s time to convince those who hold the purse strings: the management

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GSA’s Silicon Summit: Good News from the 3D Ecosystem Panel

dated 2nd May

I don’t get to attend all the 3D events that I would like to, and such was the case with this year’s GSA Silicon Summit, held Thursday, April 26, in San Jose. But I did get some insight from Rich Rice, Senior VP of Sales and Engineering, ASE, who was a panelist on the afternoon 3D Packaged IC Ecosystem panel discussion, and whom has also participated in a number of similar panel discussions over the past year

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GSA 3DIC and Cadence

dated 30th Apr

At the GSA 3D IC working group meeting, Cadence presented their perspective on 3D ICs. Their view will turn out to be important since the new chair of the 3D IC working group is going to be Ken Potts of Cadence. Once GSA decided the position could not be funded then an independent consultant like Herb Reiter had to bow out and the position would need to be taken by someone funded by the company they work for. So thanks Cadence. And thanks for the beer and wine after the meeting too

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Qualcomm's Nick Yu says “3D DRAM stacking has started—it's

dated 30th Apr

Qualcomm has been working on 3D IC technology development projects to help prepare the company for a 3D future. “3D DRAM stacking has started—it's shipping in products because it has maintained the bit density/cost

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3D Thursday: GLOBALFOUNDRIES adds TSV capability for 28nm

dated 30th Apr

3D Thursday: GLOBALFOUNDRIES adds TSV capability for 28nm and 20nm die to Fab 8 in Saratoga County, New York. Posted on April 26, 2012 by sleibson2. Customers' clamor for 3D IC assembly capability and die with TSVs

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Taiwanese Fabless Player Etron Technology plans to use 3DIC to drive its growth

dated 25th Apr

Drawing the analogy of the human brain, the company's niche buffer memory products act like the memory, its USB3.0 host products are like nerves that provide connectivity, and the webcam IC provides vision just like our eyes. The flash drive – commonly known as a thumb drive – is now moving from USB2.0 into the USB3.0 era. Etron's recently launched USB3.0 device control ICs break new world records in terms of speed, adding a "thumbs up" to the coming of the information age of convenient, connected and portable 3C electronics

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3D Thursday: The low down on low-power CPU-memory

dated 20th Apr

Earlier this month at EDPS, Marc Greenberg, Director of Product Marketing for the Cadence Design IP Group, said that Wide I/O SDRAM memory was going to drive the earliest adoption of 3D IC assembly techniques

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Panel: Let’s Rally Around 3D Chip Standards

dated 17th Apr

The IC industry must embrace — and become more active — in the standards process to help jumpstart the 2.5D/3D chip era, according to a panel at the recent Mentor Graphics User Group Meeting in Santa Clara, Calif

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EDPS: 3D ICs, part II

dated 13th Apr

In the panel session at EDPS on 3D IC a number of major issues got highlighted (highlit?)

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3D-MAPS multicore processor: A closer look

dated 13th Apr

D-MAPS (3D Massively Parallel Processor with Stacked Memory) is a two-tier 3D IC, where the logic die consists of 64 general-purpose processor cores running at 277MHz, and the memory die contains 256KB SRAM. In the last few months it has been described in detail at the IEEE ISSCC and the DAT- Europe conferences. I-Micronews thought it was worth “A Close Look”.

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3D Thursday: A funny thing happened to me on the EDPS 3D-IC

dated 13th Apr

Funny thing is, as moderator I was not able to take any notes during the panel and that was most unfortunate because the panelists covered a lot of interesting ground with respect to 3D IC design and assembly issues

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EDPS 3D Friday – The Vendor’s Turn

dated 13th Apr

In addition to my Monday blog post, there has been a plethora of articles authored by other industry bloggers about the 3D Friday event, most of them focused on the user perspective, as well as the panel. I haven’t seen a whole lot of attention paid to the vendors, Mentor, Cadence and Synopsys – all who had some input on their company’s offerings and readiness for 3D IC so far. So I will give them some air-time here

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IFTLE 95 3DIC – Time Flies When You're Having Fun; Further Details on the Micron HMC , Equipment Suppliers Continue Consolidation, EVG Temp Adhesive Open Platform » IFTLE 96 A New Concept for a 3DIC Conference

dated 11th Apr

In the past IFTLE has ranted about how every technical conference on the face of the planet wanting a piece of the 3D integration pie and how that is propagating severe redundancy in the presentations that are being given. Paying $500 + travel expenses for a conference that gives you 15 3D presentations when you have already seen 12 of them under slightly modified titles can be upsetting. Going to a conference that gives you 1 session of 3DIC presentations and you’ve seen all 5 of them is even worse. I don’t blame the presenters, because I know they are being begged by the session chairs to submit their presentations even if they admit that they have nothing new to say.

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EDPS: 3D ICs, part I

dated 11th Apr

The second day (more like a half-day) of EDPS was devoted to 3D ICs. There was a lot of information, too much to summarize in a few hundred words. The keynote was by Riko Radojcic of Qualcomm, who has been a sort of one-man-band attempting to drive the EDA and manufacturing industries towards 3D. Of course it helps if you don't just have a sharp arrow but the wood of Qualcomm behind it. Curiously, though, Qualcomm themselves have been cautious in actually using 3D IC technology. Possibly they have done some test chips but I don't know of any parts that they have in production. Other presentations were by Altera, Mentor and Cadence, plus a panel discussion

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Panelists: What Needs to Happen for 3D-IC TSV Success

dated 11th Apr

It's time to get to work if we want to bring 3D-ICs with through-silicon vias (TSVs) into the semiconductor design mainstream. What ecosystem support is needed in the short term, medium term, and long term to make this new technology successful? That's the question that was put to a panel of 3D-IC experts at the recent Electronic Design Processes Symposium (EDPS) April 6, 2012 in Monterey, California

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3D preview from EDPS: Qualcomm's Director of Engineering Riko

dated 9th Apr

Last week's Electronic Design Process Symposium (EDPS) opened a rich new vein of 3D IC material and you'll see a lot nuggets from me on that topic in the next few days. Meanwhile, Richard Goering has already published

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EDACafe.com - What Would Joe Do? - EDPS: 3D-IC Showers

dated 9th Apr

It's April 2012, and both spring and 3D-ICs are in the air. But if Spring means April showers and May flowers, what do 3D-ICs mean? Well, if you were at EDPS in Seaside this morning, at the Monterey …

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Show Me The Money: 3D Friday at EDPS

dated 9th Apr

While it was Good Friday for most, it was 3D Friday for those of us who attended the 19th Annual Electronic Design Process Symposium (EDPS), held last week in Monterey CA. What an amazing location! For an ocean-starved desert dweller like me, it was hard to tear my eyes off the waves and pay attention at what was going on in the front of the room... but I managed and it was definitely worth tuning in to

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Xilinx and Altera: FPGA TSV battle planes

dated 9th Apr

FPGA is a product designer can modify their internal logic advantage.TPA5052RSAT Suppliers. As the development of the continuous rise in the cost of ASIC and ASSP alternatives, more and more electronic products start with FPGA. FPGA competitiveness from the source in the semiconductor manufacturing technology of micronized. FPGA is maintained in the same design under the premise of increase production, very suitable for mass production, can make the enterprise for the first time using the most sophisticated manufacturing technology. Therefore, FPGA to ASIC, ASSP have obvious advantages, promote the formation of the enterprise by using the benign loop

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4th International Memory Workshop in Milan tackles all things non-volatile with respect to semiconductor memory. May 20-23

dated 9th Apr

You will need to travel to Milan, Italy to attend the 4-day intensive event devoted to non-volatile memory, which seems to be the exclusive topic for the 4th International Memory Workshop Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits covers latest STT-MRAM developments being held on May 20-24.

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Fundamentals For 3D IC Flows | Power Awareness

dated 5th Apr

Lots of changes are ahead, but at least no one is glossing over what needs to be done anymore

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2.5D Leverages Existing Tools On The Way To 3D | Low-Power

dated 5th Apr

On the power side of 2.5D designs there are some extra issues that have to be considered during the design process, pointed out Steve Smith, senior director of 3D IC strategy and marketing at Synopsys. “For example, the die

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3DIC: a key technology to reach exascale computing!

dated 5th Apr

ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy and IBM announced an initial 32 million EURO, five-year collaboration to research extremely fast, but low-power exascale computer systems targeted for the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA)

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Stacked DRAM in a multicore system: a closer look

dated 2nd Apr

A few weeks ago in Dresden “Design, Automation and Test” held its annual European conference better known as DATE. ARM, IMEC and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) gave an interesting presentation on the “Performance and Efficiency of 3D Stacked DRAM in a Multicore System”. iMicronews thought it worthy of “A Closer Look”

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Time Flies When You're Having Fun; Further Details on the Micron HMC , Equipment Suppliers Continue Consolidation, EVG Temp Adhesive Open Platform

dated 2nd Apr

Seems like yesterday that the packaging world was hearing that Fujitsu, Toshiba, NEC, Oki, Renesas and others had formed a pre-competative consortium under the Association of Super Advanced Electronics Technologies to study direct connecting of chips with through silicon vias (TSV). It seems like yesterday but it was 1999, 13 years ago.

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At Fraunhofer IZM-ASSID, It’s All Silicon, All the Time

dated 30th Mar

One of 60 research institutes that make up Germany’s Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM is known worldwide for its work in the realm of microelectronic packaging and system integration. The center ASSID (which stands for All Silicon System Integration Dresden) was established as a division of Fraunhofer IZM with the core mission of developing 3D integration, interconnection and assembly technologies for the heterogeneous integration of multi-functional electronic devices into one wafer-level system-in-package (SiP). Its state-of-the art cleanroom facility houses a complete leading edge 300mm process line for through silicon via (TSV) formation, TSV post processing on the wafer front and backside, pre-assembly, 3D device stacking assembly, as well as test and in-line methodology for process control. I had the opportunity recently to visit the center in Dresden, Germany and meet with M. Juergen Wolf, who, besides being strongly engaged in Fraunhofer IZM’s wafer level system integration activities, manages and coordinates IZM-ASSID. Wolf shared some details about what distinguishes Fraunhofer IZM-ASSID from other 3D integration research programs at Fraunhofer

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Packaging Players Face High Stakes

dated 30th Mar

OSATs are facing off with foundries over next-gen packages. Two poker games occurred at the IMAPS Global Business Council and International Device Packaging Conference held in Ft. McDowell, AZ, in early March. One was a game of Texas Hold’em for attendees; the other had much bigger stakes.

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3D Thursday: Micron to present Hybrid Memory Cube status at

dated 29th Mar

Micron will be presenting the morning of Friday, April 6 during what I've been calling 3D Friday. You now have less than a week to sign up for this event and if you have any interest in 3D IC assembly, then you need to be in

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EV Group,Triple I at Work: The Sequel

dated 29th Mar

Two years ago, I visited EV Group’s world headquarters in Schärding, Austria, and wrote about what they call their Triple I approach to success. Triple I stands for Invent, Innovate, Implement, and refers to EVG’s mission of getting into whatever market they target at the ground level, investing 20% of its revenue in R&D, and working alongside customers to bring new technologies to market. “I’m fully convinced that Triple I is the engine for our growth by being in the forefront of innovation. One of our strengths and engines for success is our huge investment in product support and product development, which gives us a clear advantage to providing the right capabilities and establishes the groundwork for future growth,” notes Hermann Waltl, executive sales & customer support director, EV Group.

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Want some additional details about the Micron Hybrid Memory Cube?

dated 29th Mar

This week at Design West (the conference previously known as the Embedded Systems Conference), I had a chance to speak with Mike Black from Micron about the Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC), a 3D DRAM assembly aimed at high-performance computing. The first thing he told me was that Micron had built an operational prototype of the HMC. It delivers 121Gbytes/sec of bandwidth, about 95% of the target bandwidth: 128Gbytes/sec. He promised to send me a photo, but it looks like a prototype not a finished product so Micron has not been eager to pass the image around

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Synopsys Announces 3D-IC Initiative | EDA Geek

dated 27th Mar

Synopsys announced a 3D-IC initiative to accelerate the design of stacked multiple-die silicon systems. The initiative will use 3D-IC integration

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3D Thursday: 3D ICs and analog chips. Where's the match? Is there

dated 27th Mar

Because this slide clearly shows an intersection between 3D IC assembly and analog chip technology—something usually not overly discussed in 3D IC technology coverage—I took the opportunity to interview Dr. Menon

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Synopsys Announces 3D-IC Initiative | EDA Geek

dated 27th Mar

Synopsys 3D-IC EDA Solution. DFTMAX Test Automation Design-for-test for stacked die and TSV; DesignWare STAR Memory System IP Integrated memory test, diagnostic and repair solution; IC Compiler Place-and-route

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Surprise! Altera and TSMC develop heterogeneous 3D IC test vehicle

dated 27th Mar

Eeek alors! The net is buzzing with the news that the folks from Altera and TSMC have just announced their joint development of what they describe as “The world’s first heterogeneous 3D IC test vehicle using TSMC’s Chip-on-Wafer-on-Substrate (CoWoS) integration process” (see also Dylan McGrath’s column TSMC, Altera team on 3-D IC test vehicle)

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Synopsys: now in 3D

dated 27th Mar

And no red and green glasses required. I remember the first time I heard about a Through Silicon Via (TSV), punching a hole through the entire wafer to make an electrical connection at the back, like we do all the time in printed circuit boards with through plated holes. I thought someone was trying one on and trying to make me look a fool. But it is real and becoming realer (as my daughter used to say)

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3D-IC Testing – A 3D perspective to SoC

dated 27th Mar

In my last article I talked about the physical design aspect of 3D-IC. Now looking at its verification aspect, it spans through a wide spectrum of test at hardware as well as software level. The verification challenge goes much beyond that of a SoC which is at a single plane. Even a typical SoC that comprises of a processor core, memory controller, GPU, IP block and peripheral units is very difficult to test as a whole system together

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3D Thursday: A quick look at glass interposers for 3D IC assembly

dated 22nd Mar

3D InCites just published a short piece on glass interposers for 3D ICs, as discussed at the 2012 IMAPS International Device Packaging conference, held March 5-8 in Scottsdale, AZ. If you're interested in seeing a more

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When Stacked Die Make Sense | The Way IC It

dated 22nd Mar

3D-IC has vias in silicon containing active circuitry. 2.5D is similar, but uses ... While both 3D-IC and 2.5D technologies reduce PCB real estate, 3D-IC has the promise of having a greater real estate reduction. There is also the

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3D Thursday: 3D ICs and analog chips. Where's the match? Is there

dated 22nd Mar

Because this slide clearly shows an intersection between 3D IC assembly and analog chip technology—something usually not overly discussed in 3D IC technology coverage—I took the opportunity to interview Dr. Menon

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TEL acquires NEXX and expands its activities in 3DIC and advanced packaging technologies

dated 22nd Mar

In the explosive growth of multifunction mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, it has become essential to produce thinner and smaller low power consumption devices with increased functionality. Advanced packaging technology addresses this need and, in particular, wafer level packaging to form Lead-free / Cu- pillar bumping and TSV (Through-Silicon Via) on the silicon wafer has emerged as the fastest growing semiconductor packaging technology for over the next 5years to come

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3D Progress As Told at the 2012 IMAPS International Device Packaging Conference

dated 19th Mar

3D InCites talks to conference attendees and participants to find out about the progress of 2.5D and 3D IC Packaging technologies. Thanks to Keith Cooper, SET NA, Jerome Baron, Yole Developpment, Kathy Cook, Ziptronix, Ron Huemoeller, Amkor, and Kim Pollard, Dynaloy, for your participation. Oh - and thanks to the guy at the very end who says, Come on, Really?

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EDPS Monterey

dated 19th Mar

1st day: Misha Buric, CTO of Altera, talking about SoC FPGAs and other things; Dinner: Jim Hogan, himself, talking about SoC Realization; 2nd day: Riko Radojcic, director of engineering at Qualcomm, talking about 3D IC

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EDPS 3D Friday (April 6) expands with new speakers including 3D

dated 19th Mar

I've written previously about the all-3D IC design, assembly, and packaging program that will take place during the second day of the EDPS (Electronic Design Process Symposium) workshop in Monterey. This blog post is to

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Hynix addresses 3D TSV challenges: A closer look

dated 13th Mar

At the recent IMAPS Device Packaging Conference in Ft McDowell AZ Nick Kim , VP of electronic packaging technologies at Hynix, addressed upcoming packaging challenges.

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EDA CEOs Speak Out: 3D-ICs, IP Integration, Low Power, and More

dated 13th Mar

What's driving the EDA industry today and where is it headed in the near future? Some high-level answers to these questions came from the EDA Consortium

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Is TSMC putting all its Eggs (or Apples) in one Basket?

dated 13th Mar

For those of us who attended Doug Yu’s keynote address at the 3D Architectures for Semiconductor Integration and Packaging Conference in December, yesterday’s keynote at IMAPS DPC was, in the words of the immortal George Carlin, “déjà vu all over again”; driving home the message that yes, TSMC intends to provide full 2.5F and 3D service including chip design and fabrication, stacking and packaging. While he didn’t actually state TSMC’s intentions formally in his address titled “System Scaling Superhighway”, Yu, who is senior director of integrated interconnect and packaging, R&D at TSMC, outlined the key technologies that offer the best path to commercializing 3D integration technologies, with the implication that TSMC is well positioned to provide them all

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3D Panel Discusses the Evolving 2.5D/3D Infrastructure

dated 13th Mar

Here’s something new from previous Device Packaging Conferences – rather than a panel largely populated by members of the EMC3D Consortium (ie: suppliers) moderated by either Jan Vardaman or Phil Garrou, the panel was populated by foundry and OSAT representatives, a fabless company, a market analyst, and still moderated by Phil Garrou. Specifically, the panelists included Doug Yu TSMC; Jon Greenwood, Global Foundries; Remy Yu, UMC; Nick Kim, Hynix, Ron Huemoeller, Amkor; Rich Rice, ASE; Matt Nowak, Qualcomm; and Jan Vardaman, TechSearch International. This alone was a clear indicator that indeed, 3D has moved beyond what has become known as ‘powerpoint engineering’ and is headed full tilt toward commercialization

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IMAPS Device Packaging Conference Through 3D Glasses - Day 1

dated 13th Mar

Its going to be a busy 3D week here at IMAPS Device Packaging Conference, in Scottsdale AZ. So I’m going to attempt to keep up with everything with short, daily blog posts. I can’t promise to cover everything in detail (hey, if you wanted that, you should have come yourself!) As I’ve said in the past, if you attend a number of conferences each year on a topic, you tend to hear a lot of repeat information. And with the snail’s pace of new technology adoption in the industry – it gets awfully redundant to keep writing the same thing over and over, so I’m going to try and spare 3D InCites readers from that and assume you all know the basics (market drivers, remaining technology challenges, need for standards, etc) and instead try to deliver what strikes me as new information. Let’s see how this goes

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3D Thursday: How about a closeup of the Avago MiniPOD optical interconnect on the Altera Optical FPGA?

dated 13th Mar

I just posted a blog entry about the Altera Optical FPGA that pumped 100Gigabit/sec Ethernet (GbE) traffic through a 3D-package-on-package-mounted, 12-channel optical interconnect device from Avago.

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EE Daily News: EDA (and one *not* EDA), executives share their

dated 6th Mar

For the first question, the panel (and EDAC members) were asked when 3D IC packaging, whether stacked die or "2.5D", where several silicon die are interconnected on an interposer, would become mainstream. This emerging technology is

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More DDR4, DDR3, and 3D IC technical details from ISSCC

dated 6th Mar

More DDR4, DDR3, and 3D IC technical details from ISSCC, courtesy of memory analyst and expert Jim Handy. Posted on March 2, 2012 by sleibson2. Semiconductor memory analyst and expert Jim Handy has just published an overview of

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3D Thursday (Leap Year edition): Raspberry Pi now on sale, Feb 29

dated 6th Mar

If you're not familiar with the RaspBerry Pi board, it's a very capable, Linux-programmable single-board computer with a package-on-package 3D IC assembly consisting of a 700MHz Broadcom ARM 11-based application

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IFTLE 91 IEEE 3DIC Japan 2012 part 2

dated 6th Mar

Continuing to examine presentations from the 3rd Int IEEE 3DIC Conf held in Japan in Feb 2012.

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3D Turns up at the BiTS Workshop 2012

dated 6th Mar

It wasn’t on the final agenda, but thanks to a last-minute presentation switch by BiTS Workshop keynoter Jim Feldhan, president of Phoenix-based Semico Research, 3D became a featured topic at this year’s event. For the past few years, BiTS General Chair, Fred Taber, has contracted me to conduct video interviews at the event for the BiTS Workshop website. The fact that I had the opportunity to get another analyst’s perspective on 3D was a bonus

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The Making of a Real 3D Movie – Part II

dated 6th Mar

knew when I visited EV Group’s world headquarters in Schärding, Austria two years ago that there was an ongoing story here and I would be returning to write about the next phase of growth. (This time, we’ll be catching it all on video as well.) What I didn’t anticipate was the warm welcome we received at the Hotel Gugerbauer. As a returning guest, I was greeted as an old friend, handed a key and that was it. No registering, no showing of my passport. “You’ve been here before,” was the explanation. The room was lovely, the food - delicious; the sauna - reviving. It was a good way to rest up from the arduous journey from Dresden that involved navigating the autobahn in the rain and dark and rescuing our luggage from taking an unaccompanied side trip to Phuket

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Which companies will be the drivers of thru-silicon-via (TSV

dated 6th Mar

3D-IC offers the promise of considerable miniaturization. The stacking of die that would otherwise be adjacent to each other reduces the area required on a PCB. While both 3D-IC and 2.5D technologies reduce PCB real

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The Making of a Real 3D Movie

dated 27th Feb

I usually never miss the Academy Awards, but this year I am in Germany visiting Fraunhofer IZM ASSID in Dresden for a 3D InCites sponsored site visit, and decided against getting up at 2am to see first hand who won Best Picture. I was invited by M. Juergen Wolf, who manages and coordinates IZM-ASSID (which stands for all silicon system integration Dresden), to come and see what Fraunhofer’s program is all about. Unlike other site visits, this time I brought along 3D InCites staff videographer, Steve Rayle, to see if we couldn’t make an Oscar winner of our own

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NUF underfill limiting chip thinning: a closer look

dated 27th Feb

A recent report by IMEC at the IEEE 3DIC in Japan focused on the Si stresses in 3D stacked ICs caused by the thermo-mechanical interaction of the underfill, microbumps and Silicon die.

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3D wafer thinning by wet etch: a closer look

dated 27th Feb

Backgrinding, which is used in nearly all 3D wafer thinning processes, is known to generate residual stress in the silicon and a layer of damage (crystalline defects and microcracks). Additional processes such as CMP, dry etch etc. are carried out after backgrinding to release the residual stress and minimize the damage layer

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2.5-D will be a market of its own

dated 27th Feb

The IC industry is revving up efforts to make 2.5-D and eventually 3-D IC technology a mainstream reality. The vision of a 3-D IC is promising, but some industry watchers believe the 2.5-D market to be more than a steppingstone to true 3-D design. They say 2.5-D technology has staying power. Leveraging it industrywide will require evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, adjustments to current design flows and the supply chain.

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Wide I/O driving 3-D with through-silicon vias

dated 27th Feb

The standard for Wide I/O mobile DRAM, released by Jedec in January, uses through-silicon vias (TSVs) to connect DRAM to logic on three-dimensional integrated circuits. With its 512-bit data interface, JESD229 Wide I/O Single Data ­Rate (SDR) doubles the bandwidth of the Low-Power Double Data Rate 2 (LPDDR2) specification without increasing power consumption.

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Is Wide I/O SDRAM a disruptive technology? Signs say yes

dated 23rd Feb

A new article about Wide I/O and 3D IC assembly published in EETimes brings some additional technical information to light. The article was written by Marc Greenberg and Samta Bansal, both from Cadence, and it contains

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3D Thursday: 40G and 100G optical Ethernet—Killer 3D app

dated 23rd Feb

I've written several times about Wide I/O DRAM and how its speed and power advantages make it a slam dunk and killer app for 3D IC assembly. I saw another such 3D IC killer app this week at the Ethernet Technology

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I-Micronews - MEMS : 3D heterogeneous integration of MEMS +

dated 23rd Feb

At the recent IEEE 3DIC meeting in Japan researchers from Nanyang University in Singapore reported on the 3D integration of MEMS and CMOS using Cu-Cu bonding to simultaneously achieve electrical and mechanical

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I-Micronews - MEMS : Yole Développement presents it analysis on

dated 23rd Feb

3D integration using through silicon via (TSV) has first been used for MEMS and CMOS image sensor integration: now 3D is moving to the mainstream IC business, with the emergence of wide input/output interface, stacked

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PC's Semiconductors Blog: SEMICON China to focus on technology

dated 23rd Feb

The growth of 3D IC and TSV has spawned a whole ecosystem for TSV technologies from industry, academia and research institutions, to equipment and material suppliers. The Secondary Equipment Applications, Service

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3D-IC Physical Design

dated 23rd Feb

When process nodes reached 28 nm and below, it appeared that design density is reaching a saturation point, hitting the limits of Moore’s law. I was of the opinion that the future of microelectronic physical design was limited to 20 and 14 nm being addressed by technological advances such as FinFETs, double patterning, HKMG (High-k Metal Gate) etc... Probably, this limitation pushed the industry to look at other avenues such as growing vertically giving rise to 3D-IC, also enabling SoC arena, which is of interest today

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3D Thursday: 40G and 100G optical Ethernet—Killer 3D app? Perhaps. Compelling? Definitely

dated 23rd Feb

I’ve written several times about Wide I/O DRAM and how its speed and power advantages make it a slam dunk and killer app for 3D IC assembly. I saw another such 3D IC killer app this week at the Ethernet Technology Summit. The speaker was Chris Bergey, VP of Marketing at Luxtera, and the topic was 100Gbps Ethernet (100GbE). This realm of 40GbE and 100GbE is presently the domain of optical interconnect, used primarily in data centers. Optical interconnect burns a lot of power, on the order of 20W/channel, so there’s a lot of interest in reducing the power consumption of these Ethernet connections because data centers tend to use a lot of them and the electricity needed to cool these systems is a substantial fraction of the data center’s operating cost

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Why Bill McClean Says the IC Market Growth Will Be Much Better Over the Next 10 Years

dated 21st Feb

I attended the annual IMAPS local chapter lunch here in Arizona last week and got the low-down on the semiconductor market and forecast from Bill McClean at IC Insights. Bill does a great job at showing the whole picture – comparing the Worldwide GDP and showing the correlation between it and the worldwide semiconductor market. He’s also good at relating theory to statistics, which helps someone like me, who always needs to know WHY, understand the charts and graphs. So rather than recite the percentages and charts here (hey, to get that you can just read the presentation here.) I’ll relay the major takeaways

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Who coined the term “through silicon via” and when?

dated 21st Feb

Guest Blogger John H. Lau, ITRI, Taiwan, poses an interesting question in this blog post. Please login and share your knowledge in the comment area provided

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Viewpoint: Rudy Kellner, VP & GM Electronics Business Unit, FEI

dated 16th Feb

3D packaging integration continues to increase in complexity, and as a result, it is driving more samples into FA labs for development support and failure analysis.

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3D Thursday: EDPS conference features 3D Friday

dated 16th Feb

The Electronic Design Process Symposium soon to be held in Monterey, California, will devote all of Friday, April 6 to 3D IC issues.

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IFTLE 88 Apple TSV Interposer rumors; Betting the Ranch ; TSV for Sony PS-4; Top Chip Fabricators in Last 25 Years

dated 15th Feb

It's not news that Apple has been considering moving fabrication of its A6 ARM processor from its current supplier Samsung to TSMC. The "A6," was scheduled to appear in the iPad 3 later in 2012

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3D Thursday: Lessons learned from the IMEC’s 3D DRAM-on-logic chip design work

dated 13th Feb

I recently covered the groundbreaking WIOMING 3D chip design done by CEA-Imec in conjunction with ST-Ericsson. (See “3D Week: Wide I/O SDRAM, Network on Chip, Multicore, TSV, Asynchronous Logic—3D SoC stack from CEA-Leti and ST-Ericsson hits all the advanced notes. Can you say ‘Tour de Force’?”) Now, Eric Beyne, Director of Advanced Packaging and Interconnect Research at Imec has published an article with key lessons learned from related work associated with stacking a special 3D logic die with TSVs (through silicon vias) and microbumps on a DRAM die and it’s a worthwhile read

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Wanted: 3D Chip Testing Solutions and Standards

dated 9th Feb

At a recent event, Ivo Bolsens, senior vice president and chief technology officer at Xilinx Inc., warned that the IC industry faces many challenges to make the giant leap into the 2.5D/3D chip era. Design issues, technical hurdles and supply chain complexities are among the challenges, Bolsens said. “The industry still has a lot of work to do,” he said at a recent 3D conference in Burlingame, Calif

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SPN Viewpoint 2012:Daniel L. Donabedian, President and CEO, Ziptronix Inc.

dated 7th Feb

Although specific market forecasts differ -- some positive and some negative -- there seems to be overall agreement that 2012 will get off to a relatively slow start for the semiconductor industry. However, ultra thin high-performance laptops are a potential positive variable in the equation

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Leti’s Open 3D Targets Niche Market Players

dated 7th Feb

Last week, CEA-Leti launched its Open 3D initiative to the 3D world in an effort to make its mature 3D technologies accessible to industrial and academic partners for their advanced products and research projects. Wanting to learn more about this offer than was detailed in the press release, I interviewed Leti’s David Henry, Open 3D project manager. He not only provided answers to my questions, he also addressed those of M.P. Divakar, a 3D InCites member who posted questions on the press release post itself. (See how this interactive community thing works when people use it?)

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What’s Wrong with Today’s 3D Integration Conferences?

dated 6th Feb

I am a conference junkie. I go to many 3D Integration conferences and would like to share one very important observation with you! Every time I look around me and check out the companies of the attendees, more than 95% are from:

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Lessons Learned from 3D DRAM-on-Logic Chip Development

dated 3rd Feb

Three-dimensional (3D) integration is considered a very promising technology for integrated circuit design. It provides numerous opportunities to designers looking for more cost-effective system chip solutions.

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3D Standards

dated 3rd Feb

At DesignCon this week there was a panel on 3D standards organized by Si2. I also talked to Aveek Sarkar of Apache (a subsidiary of Ansys) who is one of the founding member companies of the Si2 Open3D Technical Advisory Board (TAB), along with Atrenta, Cadence, Fraunhofer Institute, Global Foundries, Intel, Invarian, Mentor, Qualcomm, R3Logic, ST and TI.

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3D Thursday: Boosting the bandwidth of Wide I/O SDRAM to 1 Tbit/sec through standards evolution

dated 3rd Feb

This week’s DesignCon included a panel on 3D standards. You can read a review of the panel here in EETimes. Many topics were discussed, but the nugget I want to focus on in this blog post is the issue of Wide I/O SDRAM. The JEDEC Wide I/O SDRAM spec (JESD229) calls for a 512-bit-wide data interface (split into four independent 128-bit channels) running at 266MHz with one transfer per clock cycle (single data rate signaling). This spec was created specifically for the low-power needs of mobile applications such as mobile phone handsets, where the total amount of energy available from a charged battery drives nearly all design decisions. (See “3D Week: JEDEC Wide I/O Memory spec cleared for use”)

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Semiconductor Packaging (3D IC) Emerging As Innovation Enabler!

dated 31st Jan

he ASIC business is getting more and more complicated. The ability to produce innovative die at a competitive price to solve increasingly complex problems just isn’t enough. The technology required to package that die is now front and center.

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Nimbic Board of Director Jim Hogan to Participate in Panel Discussion on 3D Design Standards

dated 30th Jan

Nimbic, the leading provider of Maxwell-accurate, 3D Full-Wave Electromagnetic Integrity solutions, today announced that Jim Hogan, Nimbic Board of Director, will join the panel discussion titled “Why Do We Need 3D Design Standards?” to be held at DesignCon 2012 in Santa Clara, California

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3D Thursday: Gabe Moretti nails 3D IC—economics, architecture

dated 26th Jan

Gabe Moretti is a long-time EDA analyst and commentator. His latest “Assembling the Future” newsletter highlights and summarizes key economic, architectural, and test issues associated with 3D IC assembly. Gabe writes:

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The Semiconductor Landscape In A Few Years?

dated 26th Jan

Looking at the huge gap between the revenue of semiconductor design and manufacturing (~$300B) and that of EDA tools, services and silicon IP combined (~6B) inspired me to look more deeply into the overall arena of semiconductors in today’s context and possibly decipher some trends which should emerge in near future. Although this gap in revenue always existed, in the realm of SoCs and ever increasing complexity on a single wafer over last few years, the gap seems to be justified and may open up new chapters in the semiconductor arena. I have been watching the developments in this space for a few years and the industry seems to be at an inflexion point. This prompted me to write this article

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Continuing with key developments at the 2011 RTI ASIP

dated 23rd Jan

One of the best received presentations of the conference was "A Three-Layers 3D-IC Stack including Wide IO and a 3D NoC - a Practical Design Perspective" by Pascal Vivet, and Vincent Guérin. Going well past their allotted time during the scheduled presentation, they were brought back (by yours truly) after the session ended to answer questions for a further 45 minutes. While some of the presentation was beyond the capability of the management and process development audience, the importance of the contribution was crystal clear to everyone

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Mind the Gap! SEMATECH’s EMA’s Prepare 3D Tools for HMV Readiness

dated 23rd Jan

Last week, SEMATECH and ISMI announced they would be conducting Equipment Maturity Assessments (EMAs) of several critical 3D tools during 2012 to establish functional equipment capabilities and address high volume manufacturing (HVM) maturity issues for 3D IC manufacturing. This is a significant step in SEMATECH’s goal to accelerate the 3D technology revolution. To find out more about this, I talked with Sitaram Arkalgud, director of the 3D program at SEMATECH, and Lorn Christal, project manager at ISMI, about the EMA process, and how this focused assessment of tools, development systems, processes, and materials will help identify and plug the gaps to pave the way for HVM of 3D devices

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Wioming : A Closer Look

dated 19th Jan

ST-Ericsson, CEA Leti, and Cadence have disclosed an application processor design known as Wioming (Wide IO Memory Interface Next Generation), the first application processor SOC integrated with a Wide I/O memory interface. Wioming integrates a Wide I/O DRAM memory stacked on top of two identical SOC logic die that incorporate multiple processor cores on each die

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Si2 open 3D: a closer look

dated 19th Jan

Si2, in its 24th year, is an organization of “semiconductor, systems, EDA and manufacturing companies focused on the development and adoption of standards to improve the way integrated circuits are designed and manufactured, in order to speed time-to market, reduce costs, and meet the challenges of sub-micron design.” Si2 represents over 90 companies involved in all parts of the silicon supply chain throughout the world.

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Electromagnetic Solver for 3D Fullwave Signal Integrity, Power

dated 17th Jan

3D Integrated Circuit Packaging (3DIC): As shown in the Figure above, several 3D techniques are being developed, such as mounting ICs on a Silicon Interposer, Stacked Dies and Package on Package (PoP). Through Silicon Vias (TSVs) are

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STATSChipPAC packaging evolution to 2.5/3D: a closer look

dated 11th Jan

At the recent RTI Architectures for Semiconductor Integration and Packaging (RTI ASIP), Raj Pendse, VP and CMO for STATSChipPAC (SCP) gave an in depth presentation on SCPs thoughts and approach to advanced packaging and 2.5/3D. i-Micronews thought it was worth A Closer Look…

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A Note on the New JEDEC Standard of Wide I/O SDR for 3D Integration

dated 9th Jan

First of all, this standard is timely and very useful for 3D integration technology, especially for mobile products. Congratulations! Secondly, I read through all those 67 pages of the standard and didn’t see the words “through-silicon via or TSV”. I admire the authors’ principle, honesty and courage. After all, the objective of this standard is to specify the Logic/Memory Interface (LMI) and have nothing to do with TSVs! Sure, the memory cube and the logic/SoC may very well use TSVs, but it is out of the scope of this standard!

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Why Are TSVs so Fat

dated 9th Jan

In today's blog post, we'll look at TSV sizes for TSMC, IBM and others, and discuss technical reasons for the fat TSVs we are seeing... I'll present solutions to this issue at the IEEE CPMT Society on Wednesday

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Is 2012 going to be another breakout year for NAND Flash and Low-Power Design?

dated 9th Jan

It’s just one week into the year, I am increasingly getting the feeling that 2012 is going to be a momentous, tumultuous year for semiconductor technology and low-power system design. Among the many recent events that are giving me this feeling are the changes taking place in the NAND Flash arena

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IFTLE 82 3DIC at the 2011 IEEE IEDM

dated 4th Jan

3DIC presentations at the recent IEEE IEDM Conference focused on potential reliability concerns. ST Micro / Leti reported on two potential reliability issues for direct bond copper -- namely stress induced voiding and electromigration. Electromigration (EM) and stress-induced voiding (SIV) testing was performed on bonded daisy chains to investigate the reliability of the structures. Test vehicles were wafers bonded at room temperature, atmospheric pressure, and ambient air and then annealed at 200°C or 400°C to strengthen the bonding

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Lessons from 2011

dated 4th Jan

The supply chain was hit hard in 2011. It’s unclear whether 2012 will bring a reprieve. A cloudy global economic forecast is causing uncertainty among many corporations, even those in the electronics industry. While last year’s worries were caused by natural disasters, 2012 fears are man made.

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voip-video » Blog Archive » Make to Cheng Mai and enter 3D to

dated 2nd Jan

According to market of China's flashing memory Time sequence will enter 2012 years soon, semi-conductive industry's technology will improve continuously, among them 3D IC is the development trend of the chip in the future

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TSV Activity Revving Up To Realize True 3D IC Packages

dated 2nd Jan

Micron Technology's Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC), a 3D IC with TSVs, is making use of IBM's 3D IC expertise. It will achieve speeds 15 times faster than today's technology in a 90% smaller package. IBM's fabrication facility is

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Micron Races to Its Future

dated 2nd Jan

Perhaps no semiconductor company took it on the chin harder the last half of 2011 than Micron. And yet, perhaps no company was racing as hard as Micron to make a radical changeover. Micron is considered a bell weather on the overall health of the semiconductor industry given that DRAM, NAND and NOR Flash are used in some combination in every piece of electronic equipment. But sometimes economics and geopolitics come to the fore and, watch out, the DRAM market tanks. For Micron, the Future is not standard commodity DRAM, it is High Performance Servers and NAND Storage. Both have processor vendors as partners and some interesting innovation on the horizon

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Semiconductor Industry Collaborating on 3D IC Technology and

dated 30th Dec

Four groups within Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) are working on 3D IC standards. Its Three-Dimensional Stacked Integrated Circuits Committee includes SEMI members Globalfoundries,

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3D Thursday: Let’s end 2011 with a high-performance DRAM memory stack design. How would you improve it?

dated 30th Dec

For the last 3D Thursday blog post of 2011in the EDA360 Insider, I thought I’d take a flight of fancy and try to put as many of this year’s 3D IC concepts as possible together to see what we might get. I started thinking about the year’s major announcements and here’s my short list:

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The future of ASICS in 3D

dated 26th Dec

Here is an article written by Javier DeLaCruz, eSilicon’s semiconductor packaging director. Javier is sharing his feeling on 3DIC for ASICs applications. “3D technology is generating a lot of interest as a way to reduce NRE costs and speed time to market. This is still a nascent approach, so people are looking for a single standard in through-silicon vias (TSVs), primarily to reduce infrastructure costs. Unfortunately, I do not think this will be possible.”

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3D Week: The State of 3D IC assembly—December 2011 | EDA360

dated 26th Dec

The nascent 3D IC industry's foremost scribe, Francoise von Trapp, has just published a wrap up of this weeks 3D IC assembly conference held by the Research Triangle Institute in Burlingame, California. She notes some of

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EDA Approaches to 3D IC Tools

dated 26th Dec

When I was in high school and then in college, I used my mother’s Smith-Corona MANUAL typewriter to write all my English and journalism papers. (Yes, electric typewriters already existed, but we were "slow adopters" — aka "cheap" — heck, we didn’t even have a color TV until 1981) Those were the days of white-out, carbon paper, and lots and lots of revisions. Watching my high school-age daughters whip up their homework on their laptops, I can’t help but think how easy they have it.The same can be said for EDA tools designated for 3D TSV designs. As Mark Santoro, CEO of MicroMagic, developers of the world’s first layout editor for 3D IC, said to me, “You can use a manual typewriter to write your dissertation. It will take longer than using a word processor and you won’t end up with as good a product, but it can be done."

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PC's Semiconductors Blog: SEMATECH'S 3D enablement center

dated 20th Dec

Following the introduction of the wide I/O DRAM, further research and development of 3D IC technology will be driven by high demand, high volume applications that continue to demonstrate the benefits of 3D integration,

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3D IC Working Group Presentations

dated 20th Dec

Meeting: 3D IC Working Group Meeting Presentation: 2.5D and MEPTEC Update (PDF, 2.4 MB) Applied Materials Overview (PDF, 717 KB) Wide I/O Standard JC 42.6 (PDF, 822 KB) Date: December 12, 2011 Location Applied Materials, San

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Global Interposer Technology 2011 Workshop, Part 1: The Business of GIT

dated 20th Dec

We welcome back guest blogger, Paul Werbaneth, newly appointed business development manager at EV Group. Werbaneth's return to the pages of 3D InCites begins with a two-part blog post on his perceptions of the 2011 Global Interposer Technology Workshop

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Global Interposer Technology 2011 Workshop, Part 2: GIT Technology

dated 20th Dec

I take my running shoes with me when I’m on the road, and during the poster session and nosh that followed Day 1 of the GIT Workshop at Georgia Tech I asked one of the presenting students about whether there were any famous runs at Georgia Tech

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The Great 3D Supply Chain Debate: The Handoff

dated 20th Dec

The supply chain business model for manufacturing 3D stacked ICS has caused perhaps one of the hottest debates so far in commercializing 3D semiconductor processes. It’s easy to see why. Beyond the rather obvious question of who will own the liability of damaged devices, there’s a good deal of revenue at stake for those who make the investment in adding capacity for middle end of the line (MEOL) processes, whether they are a pure-play foundry, IDM or OSAT. At last week’s RTI 3D Architectures for Semiconductor Integration and Packaging (ASIP), we heard from TSMC, IBM , and STATS ChipPAC on their manufacturing readiness and arguments for the optimal hand-off point. We also heard recommendations from the research community as well as suppliers

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3D Week: Driven by economics, it's now one minute to 3D | EDA360

dated 15th Dec

To get further reductions in package size and system power consumption and to get substantial boosts in system bandwidth, there's only one path forward: 3D IC assembly. According to the data gleaned from presentations by

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3D Week: Wide I/O SDRAM, Network on Chip, Multicore, TSV

dated 15th Dec

Yesterday, at the RTI 3D Conference, Pascal Vivet from CEA-Leti and Vincent Guérin from ST-Ericsson unveiled a 3D IC project that represents a real Tour de Force of cutting-edge system technology. The quest starts with a

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The Many Dimensions of 3D Adoption

dated 15th Dec

Day Two of 3D ASIP and even though the conference opened with declarations that “3D is here” it’s clear after attending the sessions and hearing what all the presenters have to say, that this is a multi-dimensional situation. First, there are the vendors and suppliers, who have a lot at stake, having invested billions developing processes to get to this point. Then there are the manufacturers — IDMS, Foundries, and OSATS —who see the potential and are investing in capital equipment to be ready when that first order comes; and lastly, but most importantly, there are the customers (fabless, fab-lite and end-users) who, at the end of the day, really cast the deciding vote as to whether (or more likely when) this goes or not

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Challenges in 3D-IC and 2½D Design

dated 15th Dec

3D IC design and what has come to be known as 2½D IC design, with active die on a silicon interposer, require new approaches to verification since the through silicon vias (TSVs) and the fact that several different semiconductor processes may be involved create a new set of design challenges

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3D Week: JEDEC Wide I/O Memory spec cleared for use

dated 15th Dec

According to Ken Shoemaker, Vice-Chair of the JEDEC 42.6 Low Power Memories committee, the Wide I/O specification has been finalized and approved by the directors. It will be published shortly. Participants in the effort included representatives from Elpida, Hynix, Micron, Qualcomm, TI, Intel, AMD, and Apple (and more but I couldn’t write them down fast enough)

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FPGA Giants See Supply Chain and Power Issues in 3D

dated 13th Dec

The two major FPGA houses — Altera Corp. and Xilinx Inc. — are bitter rivals in the market. Altera and Xilinx have different design philosophies and concepts. In the 2.5D/3D chip world, Xilinx has already announced its first 2.5D FPGA. Altera is working on unannounced 3D-like devices in the lab

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3D Integration: It’s HEEEEEEERE!

dated 13th Dec

Got up before dawn to catch the 6am flight to SFO for RTI’s 3D Architectures for Systems Integration and Packaging Conference (3D ASIP), and arrived just in time to catch the tail-end of Xilinx’ Ivo Bolson’s presentation. It was ironic (or strategic?) that Ivo started things off, because it was just a year ago that Xilinx 2.5D was the big story at 3D ASIP and became the poster child as the first step to 3D integration. So it was fitting that Bolson’s comments set the stage for the rest of the day’s presentations

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3D Week: The three interconnect crises of the electronics industry

dated 13th Dec

Many people in the electronics industry view 3D IC assembly as not being in the mainstream. That's easy to understand. It's not at the moment. Yet I do believe in the inevitability of 3D assembly. Here's why. At last week's IEEE

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Everywhere you look, people are talking 3D

dated 13th Dec

My head is spinning. I just spent a few hours reading through all the latest 3D technology posts on various semiconductor news websites; something I find myself doing a lot more ever since I took on 3D-ICs.com. As editorial director of that site, it’s my job to sift through all the RSS feeds and aggregate all that is 3D through the portal site

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IEDM Panel Gives 3D the Green Light

dated 12th Dec

Word on the street is, if 3D is serving a niche market, it’s going to be a big niche! At least that was what Subramanian Iyer reported back from the 3D Panel he moderated on December 6 during IEDM 2011. The panel’s ultimate goal was to address the overall theme "Is 3 Dimensional Integration at Best a Niche Play?”. Organizers tested a new format, leaving the powerpoint slides at home, and getting right to the discussion. Iyer declared it to be a great success, with attendees numbering in the neighborhood of 400, lots of lively discussion among the panelists and involvement from audience

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3D Thursday (OK, Friday): Live from Newport Beach—The IEEE 3D IC Workshop

dated 12th Dec

I’m attending the all-day workshop on 3D ICs being held by the local IEEE Chapter of the CPMT (Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology) Society and it’s a huge success with 150 attendees. I’m busy listening to presentations, but here’s a photo I just shot from the auditorium at TowerJazz Semiconductors

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IMEC’s Beyne discusses 3D challenges and progress : A closer look

dated 11th Dec

During the recent (December 2011) IEEE CPMT Orange County 3D workshop, Eric Beyne of IMEC offered his look at 2.5D/3D challenges and progress. I-Micronews thought it deserved “A Closer Look”

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Foundries expand into MEMS and 3D business

dated 9th Dec

For some time, the MEMS foundry business has been dominated by one vendor — STMicroelectronics Inc. — followed by a steep drop in share by the likes of Texas Instruments Inc., Sony Corp. and a plethora of smaller MEMS-only foundry players

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3D Thursday: Is 2.5D IC assembly “buzz-worthy”?

dated 9th Dec

I’ve written several times about the Xilinx Virtex-7 2000T FPGA that uses 2.5D IC assembly techniques to form four FPGA die into one FPGA package with two million logic cells. (See “3D Thursday: Generation-jumping 2.5D Xilinx Virtex-7 2000T FPGA delivers 1,954,560 logic cells using 6.8 BILLION transistors (UPDATED!)” and “Generation-jumping 2.5D Xilinx Virtex-7 2000T FPGA delivers 1,954,560 logic cells, consumes only 20W”) Now Deepak Sekur, Chief Scientist at Monolithic 3D, has written his own blog titled “Is the Buzz around Xilinx’s 2.5D FPGA Justified”

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December 12th 3D IC Working Group Meeting

dated 5th Dec

When: Monday, December 12, 2011 10:30 AM-1:30 PM (UTC-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada). Where: Applied Materials Note: The GMT offset above does not reflect daylight saving time adjustments. *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* 3D IC Working Group

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Is the Buzz aroun Xilinx 2.5D FPGA Justified?

dated 5th Dec

The Xilinx 2.5D FPGA has met with widespread acclaim since its launch in October 2010. EETimes called it "the world's highest capacity FPGA". Two of my favorite bloggers, Steve Leibson and Francoise von Trapp, had positive things to say about it too. Steve dubbed it "generation-jumping" and Francoise said "it has got the 3D IC market segment abuzz". Since I specialize in this field, people frequently ask me about pros and cons of 2.5D FPGAs, and want to know if the press attention is justified. Thought I should write a blog-post on the subject today.

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Hybrid Memory cube with 3D memory and 10 times the data speed should be commerially available in 2 years

dated 5th Dec

The Hybrid Memory Cube consortium formed by Samsung Electronics and Micron Technology this October is leveraging IBM Microelectronics' 3D wafer-baking expertise to get HMC memory to market in two years

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3D IC Standards are great, but do we care?

dated 2nd Dec

Next month’s DesignCon 2012, which will take place in Santa Clara, CA, will host many interesting panels, including “Why do we need 3-D design standards?” As cutting edge and exciting as that title sounds, it may be asking the wrong question, however. The right question may be, Do the economics of 3-D make sense, and who takes the fall when things go wrong?

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Silicon Valley Test Workshop – 2nd Year “Rocks”

dated 29th Nov

Back for the second year (with a minor name change), the Silicon Valley Test Workshop is an unpolished gem. Looking past the rough edges (minor logistical issues), what really shines through is the interaction of the participants. This conference really has an exciting energy level missing in other forums. Beyond the greeting of old industry friends and colleagues, there was true participation and engagement. This was demonstrated in numerous ways from the dialogue between speakers and audience during the presentations to the in-depth discussions in the packed exhibit hall

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A Note on Wide I/O Memory, Wide I/O DRAM, Wide I/O Interface, and Memory-Chip Stacking for 3D IC Integration

dated 28th Nov

In this post, guest blogger, John H. Lau, Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) in Taiwan unravels the mysteries of Wide I/O devices. There is much confusion among Wide I/O Memory, Wide I/O DRAM, Wide I/O Interface, and Memory-Chip Stacking. The objective of this brief note is to group them together, show their applications, and tell you a very “simple” story with samples, not just Power-Point Engineering (PPE) or analysts’ rumors! Figure 1 shows the PPE of these 4 memory structures related to TSV and 3D IC integration. Please be noted that 3D Si integration is out of the scope

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2.5D interposers: a closer look

dated 28th Nov

Interest in silicon interposers, or “2.5D” as ASE’s Ho Ming Tong named them a few years ago, has certainly increased over the past few years and has culminated with the commercialization of the Xilinx Virtex-7. I-Micronews felt it was time to step back and take a “Closer Look”.

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Packaging: Embedded design challenges ahead

dated 23rd Nov

The most under-appreciated members of any embedded systems design team may be the packaging specialists. Until I read two recent contributions to Embedded.com: “Xilinx’s Virtex-7 200T FPGAs” by Jack Ganssle, and “3D-IC Design” by Samta Bansal, I was not completely aware of the daunting challenges packaging designers face and how much coordinated effort is required between all team members.

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What if 2.5D got really cheap? How would that affect low-power design?

dated 17th Nov

Last week, silicon-interposer foundry Deca Technologies unstealthed. I found out from an article in the San Jose Mercury News and just published a blog about the announcement in my other blog, the EDA360 Insider. Deca is a subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor and the outspoken President and CEO of Cypress, TJ Rodgers, was good for a quote, as always:

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A Little Disruption can be Good for You!

dated 17th Nov

Two weeks ago, wearing my Chip Scale Review Sr. technical editor hat, I attended (along with 11 other journalists) an exclusive press conference launching a new electronic interconnect company, Deca Technologies, which claims to have developed disruptive manufacturing processes based on its sister company, SunPower’s, solar cell wafer processes, rather than traditional semiconductor manufacturing processes, that reportedly result in a drastic reduction in cycle time and cost, and offers unprecedented design-to-product flexibility

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3D Thursday: Who is responsible for successful 2.5D and 3D

dated 16th Nov

Two weeks ago, I moderated a 3D IC panel at the 9th International SoC Conference in Newport Beach, California. Last week, I wrote about the first two speakers. (See “3D Thursday: Where can you start with 3D?” and “3D

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3D Thursday: How Xilinx developed a 2.5D strategy for making the

dated 16th Nov

Two weeks ago, I moderated a 3D IC panel at the 9th International SoC Conference in Newport Beach, California. Last week, I wrote about the first two speakers. (See “3D Thursday: Where can you start with 3D?” and “3D

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I-Micronews - ADVANCED PACKAGING: 3D IC, WLP & TSV

dated 16th Nov

Home > ADVANCED PACKAGING: 3D IC, WLP & TSV > MEMSIC presents smallest MEMS Accelerometer in 3D WLP packa... > ADVANCED PACKAGING: 3D IC, WLP & TSV. Nov 15th, 2011. MEMSIC presents smallest MEMS Accelerometer

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Supply Chain Under Stress in 2.5D and 3D IC Era | Semiconductor

dated 16th Nov

But as the world moves toward the 2.5D and 3D chip era, the lines in the IC manufacturing flow are blurring. Within these emerging segments, the chip “supply chain model is under stress,” said Rich Rice, senior vice president

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John's Semi-Blog: 3D ICs Have a History

dated 14th Nov

3D ICs Have a History. Steve's Improbable History of 3D ICs? Six decades of 3D electronic packaging | EDA360 Insider is a great quick history (with pictures!) of 3-dimensional chips (actually, going back to the vacuum tube

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Physical Verification of 3D-IC Designs using TSVs

dated 14th Nov

3D-IC design has become a popular discussion topic in the past few years because of the integration benefits and potential cost savings, so I wanted to learn more about how the DRC and LVS flows were being adapted. My first stop was the Global Semiconductor Alliance web site where I found a presentation about how DRC and LVS flows were extended by Mentor Graphics for the Calibre tool to handle TSV (Thru Silicon Via) technology. This extension is called Calibre 3DSTACK

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2.5D and 3D Supply Chain Solutions – is there only one?

dated 11th Nov

I had a bit of an “aha!” moment yesterday at the MEPTEC 2.5D, 3D and Beyond Conference, with regard to the whole supply chain conundrum that seems continues to be part of the 3D commercialization hold-up. After listening to Sunil Patel of GlobalFoundries and Rich Rice of ASE discuss their respective companies’ game plans, it hit me. Perhaps there IS more than one way to skin this particular cat. (God – that’s an awful cliché isn’t it? It’s much harsher in text form than verbal… but I digress)

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Semiconductor Packaging: 2.5D, 3D, and Beyond!

dated 11th Nov

The MEPTEC “2.5D, 3D and Beyond – Bringing 3D Integration to Packaging Mainstream” conference was a mixed-bag. Yes, it is always exciting to hear about new suppliers and progress. But it is disconcerting to realize that the price of progress is an ongoing burden on our industry’s supply chain

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3D Thursday: Where can you start with 3D? | EDA360 Insider

dated 11th Nov

My first panelist to speak on last week's 3D IC panel at the 9th International SoC Conference in Newport Beach was Herb Reiter, generally known as “Mr. 3D.” Herb knows everyone in the industry connected to anything 3D.

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3D Thursday (early): Steve's Improbable History of 3D ICs? Six

dated 9th Nov

Last week at the 9th International SoC Conference in Newport Beach, I moderated a 3D IC panel that did a great job of exploring today's state of the art for 3D IC development. I will be blogging the presentations made by the

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3D Interconnect Wiki: Standards for 3DS-ICs

dated 7th Nov

Despite its high potential, a lack of uniform standards have slowed the migration of 3D technologies into mainstream production. In particular, cost-effective high-volume 3D integration of ICs from multiple sources will require the development of a cohesive set of end-to-end standards at the interfaces between supply chain partners

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3D Transistors @ TSMC 20nm!

dated 7th Nov

Ever since the TSMC OIP Forum where Dr. Shang-Yi Chiang openly asked customers, “When do you want 3D Transistors (FinFETS)?” I have heard quite a few debates on the topic inside the top fabless semiconductor companies. The bottom line, in my expert opinion, is that TSMC will add FinFETS to the N20 (20nm) process node in parallel with planar transistors and here are the reasons why:

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3D Thursday: Low-cost, all-day workshop on 3D IC to be held in

dated 4th Nov

This has to be the 3D IC educational bargain for this year. The Orange County Chapter of the IEEE Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology (CPMT) Society is sponsoring an all-day workshop on 3D IC

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Invensas and ALLVIA Collaboration Results in Full 3D R&D Line; Paves the Way for 3D Manufacturing

dated 3rd Nov

Earlier this week Invensas Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tessera Technologies, Inc., announced both its acquisition of ALLVIA’s patent assets, and a two-year collaborative partnership with ALLVIA to further develop technology and intellectual property (IP) in the 3-dimensional integrated circuit (3D-IC) packaging space. This strategic alliance is expected to optimize the strengths of each company at a time when 2.5D and 3D ICs are poised for market adoption. I spoke with Simon McElrea, president of Invensas Corporation, and Sergey Savastiouk, chief executive officer, ALLVIA, Inc. to learn more about the motivations and benefits of this for this acquisition/collaboration

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Final Program of 3D IC Workshop now available | IEEE Orange

dated 2nd Nov

Final Program of 3D IC Workshop now available. Posted on October 31, 2011 by ocs-cpmt. The final program of the CPMT OC Chapter All-Day 3D IC Workshop on Dec 9, 2011 is now available. Please see the final announcement flier for more

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Through-Silicon Vias (TSV) Technology for Smart 3D-Package Chip

dated 2nd Nov

Through-Silicon Vias (TSV) Technology for Smart 3D-Package IC Integration. TSVs are a high performance technique to create 3D packages and 3D integrated circuits, compared to alternatives such as System in Package, Chip Stack MCM,

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Through-Silicon Vias (TSV) Technology for Smart 3D-Package Chip Integration

dated 2nd Nov

Through-Silicon Via (TSV) is a vertical electrical connection (via) passing completely through a silicon wafer or die. TSVs are a high performance technique to create 3D packages and 3D integrated circuits, compared to alternatives such as package-on-package, because the density of the vias is substantially higher, and because the length of the connections is shorter. In TSV wafers or the chips are stacked on top of each other, and are connected using vertical pathways of interconnects (instead of wires) that run completely through the chips. The chips can be of the same type or of different types, referred to as homogeneous or heterogeneous integration, respectively

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Through-Silicon Vias (TSV) Technology for Smart 3D-Package Chip Integration

dated 2nd Nov

Through-Silicon Via (TSV) is a vertical electrical connection (via) passing completely through a silicon wafer or die. TSVs are a high performance technique to create 3D packages and 3D integrated circuits, compared to alternatives such as package-on-package, because the density of the vias is substantially higher, and because the length of the connections is shorter. In TSV wafers or the chips are stacked on top of each other, and are connected using vertical pathways of interconnects (instead of wires) that run completely through the chips. The chips can be of the same type or of different types, referred to as homogeneous or heterogeneous integration, respectively

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I-Micronews - ADVANCED PACKAGING: 3D IC, WLP & TSV : Micron

dated 1st Nov

ADVANCED PACKAGING: 3D IC, WLP & TSV. Nov 1st, 2011. Micron / Samsung TSV stacked memory collaboration: a closer look. Samsung Electronics and Micron Technology have created an industry group to collaborate on the

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I-Micronews - ADVANCED PACKAGING: 3D IC, WLP & TSV : Micron

dated 1st Nov

ADVANCED PACKAGING: 3D IC, WLP & TSV. Nov 1st, 2011. Micron / Samsung TSV stacked memory collaboration: a closer look. Samsung Electronics and Micron Technology have created an industry group to collaborate on the

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Could moving forward with 450mm stall investment in 3D ICs?

dated 31st Oct

Last week, I read a very interesting report from SEMICON Europa concerning the cost of development for 450mm reaching between $20 and 40B ; and that this could force a choice between funding 450 and funding More than More(including 3DIC) developments

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3D Thursday: Generation-jumping 2.5D Xilinx Virtex-7 2000T FPGA delivers 1,954,560 logic cells using 6.8 BILLION transistors (UPDATED!)

dated 27th Oct

Tuesday, Xilinx announced that it is shipping Virtex-7 2000T FPGAs to customers. This is one monster FPGA. Its 6.8 billion transistors deliver 1,954,560 logic cells, 21.55 Mbits of distributed SRAM, 2160 DSP slices, 46,512Kbits of block RAM, four PCIe ports, 36 12.5Gbps GTX serial transceivers, and 1200 user I/O pins. All in about 20W (!!!). The only fly in the ointment, if you want to call it that, is that no one on this planet can make this FPGA as a monolithic device. The Virtex-7 FPGA is a 2.5D assembly that combines four FPGA tiles on a silicon interposer

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Completing the Solution for Micro-bump / TSV Probing

dated 25th Oct

mproved stepping accuracy: The first and most obvious requirement for micro-bump/TSV probing is for accurate die stepping. From our customers we estimate we should be prepared to probe at 40 um pitch next year, and at 20 um pitch (with 5 to 10 um pads) around 2014. The full accuracy budget is not yet entirely clear, but to accurately hit 5 to 10 um pads, we expect the prober accuracy should be within 1.5 um for 40 um pitch probing, meaning that the combined effect of probe station move accuracy and probe-to-pad-alignment assures that a “perfect” probe tip array will contact a “perfect” pad array within that XY tolerance. We expect the requirement will be less than 1 um for 20 um pitch probing. Early results indicate this is achievable, at least at room temperature

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I-Micronews - ADVANCED PACKAGING: 3D IC, WLP & TSV

dated 24th Oct

EPworks was founded to provide advanced 3D semiconductor packaging solutions. They have expanded from their initial focus on 3D TSV research activities into providing state-of-the-art 3D interposer and stacked IC

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Nanotechnology and 3D Integration for the Electronics Industry

dated 20th Oct

Guest Blogger, John H. Lau, of ITRI, is back again with some thoughts on Nanotechnology and 3D Integration's history and thoughts on the future. Enjoy! ~ F.v.T. In the evening of December 29th, 1959, the 1965 Nobel Physics laureate Richard Feynman gave a lecture with the title “There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom” to the American Physical Society at CalTech

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Apple iPhone 4S: How about a peek under the hood?

dated 19th Oct

Friday was the first day to get your hands on an Apple iPhone 4S. I saw a photo in the San Jose Mercury News of Steve “Woz” Wozniak sitting in a lawn chair camped out at a local Apple store. He was queued up first in line to pick up one of the new phones. Meanwhile, there are several engineers around the world busily tearing apart their copies of the iPhone to give you a peek at the innards. You can see examples of this teardown work on the Chipworks and iFixit Web sites. More including 2 3DIC devices

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The Move Toward 3D Chips | hey33.com

dated 14th Oct

Keywords: 3D chips TSVs IC manufacturing Chip makers have spent the past several years perfecting the through-silicon vias ( TSVs ) that will interconnect 3D IC

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3D-TEST 2011 Workshop

dated 14th Oct

Design-for-test and test engineering professionals throughout the entire semiconductor industry are preparing for 2.5D- and 3D-SICs (Stacked Integrated Circuits) to become product reality, with recent product announcements from a number of leading semiconductor companies, foundries, and assembly houses as public testimonials. Consequently, after experiencing a successful launch in 2010, the second edition of the 3D-TEST Workshop (in full: “IEEE International Workshop on Testing Three-Dimensional Stacked Integrated Circuits”), grew by 30% in 2011 to 129 attendees. Like last year, the 3D-TEST Workshop was organized in conjunction with the IEEE International Test Conference (ITC), the world’s premier test conference, and took place on September 19-23 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California. Guest Blogger, Erik Jan Marinissen, imec, is the founder and Program Chair of this young and popular workshop. Here is his report on this year’s event

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Integrated Design and Full-Wave Analysis of Mixed-Signal 3D Package Designs

dated 14th Oct

A unified chip/package/module co-design methodology can address a number of analog and digital design integration issues. These challenges include the best placement of die I/O buffers and die bumps for optimal floorplanning; sufficient spacing between the die footprints in a package; and interconnect parasitics that are not so high as to cause signal integrity problems for critical signals.

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Testing, testing… 3D ICs

dated 10th Oct

3D ICs complicate silicon testing, but solutions exist now to many of the key challenges. - by Stephen Pateras The next phase of semiconductor designs will see the adoption of 3D IC packages, vertical stacks of multiple bare die connected directly though the silicon. Through-silicon vias (TSV) result in shorter and thinner connections that can be distributed across the die. TSVs reduce package size and power consumption, while increasing performance due to the improved physical characteristics of the very small TSV connections compared to the much larger bond wires used in traditional packaging. But TSVs complicate the test process, and there is no time to waste in finding solutions. Applications involving the stacking of one or more memory die on top of a logic die, for example using the JEDEC Wide I/O standard bus interface, are ramping quickly

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Apple iPhone 5 Prototype Lost: Is Release Date Round the Corner

dated 1st Oct

It is reported that the TSMC manufactured A6 chipset will incorporate 3D IC technology. It has also been reported that TSMC is in production with 3D IC technology and is in a race with Intel to manufacture a 3D IC chip. EETimes reported that

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3D Thursday: The elephant that's 3D—Musings about 3D chip

dated 1st Oct

There is a big difference between TSV type 3D IC and what I am talking about – monolithic 3D (10000x vertical connectivity)! With monolithic 3D IC every folding is equivalent for 1 node of scaling from every point one look at.

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I-Micronews - ADVANCED PACKAGING: 3D IC, WLP & TSV

dated 1st Oct

Home > ADVANCED PACKAGING: 3D IC, WLP & TSV > Successful Semiconductor Fabless 2011 Event in Paris !... > ADVANCED PACKAGING: 3D IC, WLP & TSV. Sep 1st, 2011. Successful Semiconductor Fabless 2011 Event in Paris !

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3D-IC Opens a New Era of Packaging and Testing (SEMI)

dated 1st Oct

Leading industry leaders to envision the future of 3D-IC at SiP Global Summit Taipei, Taiwan – August 11, 2011 – Given the growing importance of packaging and testing in the global semiconductor supply chain, SEMI will

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TSVs Ease Heat In 3D ICs | Low-Power Engineering Community

dated 1st Oct

There are still lots of issues to work out and improve, but thermal management is getting lots of attention and progress is being made

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DFT for 3D-IC: It's déjà vu all over again | EDA360 Insider

dated 1st Oct

Reading Richard Goering's blog about the Cadence-Imec collaboration on 3D-IC design for test architecture—How Imec and Cadence “Wrapped Up” 3D-IC Test—gave me a strong sense of déjà vu all over again. (Never pass

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How Imec and Cadence “Wrapped Up” 3D-IC Test - Industry Insights

dated 1st Oct

Network with Cadence technologists and peers in the Cadence Community. Stay abreast of technology trends, news and opinion through Blogs, forums, and social networking

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Apple's A6 processor: 28-nm, 3D IC and made by TSMC

dated 1st Oct

While we wait for Lion, interesting to note the next Apple A6 processor will be made by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) and will be a 3D IC 28-nanometer low-power powerhouse, sweetly tucked away inside

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3D IC Testing | System-Level Design

dated 1st Oct

Effectively testing of stacked die will become one of the biggest challenges in 2.5D and 3D, but a methdology is in place to make this work

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Startup Announces Monolithic 3D DRAM Technology - World of

dated 1st Oct

MonolithIC 3D Inc., one of the industry?s leading innovators in 3D-IC technology, has unveiled a monolithic 3D DRAM technology. The startup claims this technology can provide a 2x-3x increase in memory density over

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Startup Announces Monolithic 3D DRAM Technology

dated 1st Oct

MonolithIC 3D Inc., one of the industry?s leading innovators in 3D-IC technology, has unveiled a monolithic 3D DRAM technology. The startup claims this technology can provide a 2x-3x increase in memory density over

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Best of West Finalist, MonolithIC 3D, Inc., Announces Multiple 3D

dated 1st Oct

SAN JOSE, Calif., July 8, 2011 -- (PRNewswire) -- MonolithIC 3D, Inc., the innovator of practical monolithic 3D IC technology, has unveiled multiple 3D IC technologies that now cover most mainstream semiconductor device types

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New Monolithic 3D DRAM Technology Unveiled | Datacentre

dated 1st Oct

According to a press release, MonolithIC 3D – a association focused on 3D-IC record – denounced a new monolithic 3D DRAM record to yield increasing memory firmness during allied costs. As a provider of semiconductor

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Startup Announces Monolithic 3D DRAM Technology - Monolithic

dated 1st Oct

Startup Announces Monolithic 3D DRAM Technology San Jose, CA (PRWEB) July 01, 2011 MonolithIC 3D Inc., one of the industry's leading innovators in 3D-IC technology, has unveiled a monolithic 3D DRAM technology

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Samsung Develops 32GB Green DDR3 Using TSV Package

dated 1st Oct

The new 32GB RDIMM with 3D TSV package technology is based on Samsung's 30nm-class four gigabit (Gb) DDR3. It can transmit at speeds of up to 1333 megabits per second (Mbps), a 70 percent gain over preceding

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TSV shrinks memory footprint | SemiAccurate

dated 1st Oct

Japanese memory manufacturer Elpida Memory, Inc. (TYO: 6665) has just started sampling some very advanced memory modules

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I-Micronews - ADVANCED PACKAGING: 3D IC, WLP & TSV : IBM

dated 1st Oct

The picture that came along with the press release makes it look like the chips are simply being simply glued together without any indication of the 3 prerequisites for 3D IC stacking, namely 1) thinning, 2)TSV and

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3D Thursday: Design 3D die stacks with test in mind | EDA360 Insider

dated 1st Oct

You can read an excellent new article on test challenges for 3D IC design here. The article was written by Samta Bansal of Cadence and Herb Reiter, Chair of the GSA's 3D-IC working Group. The article discusses the key

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SEMICON Taiwan 2011: 3D IC, MEMS and green

dated 1st Oct

Singapore-based IC distributor Serial System plans to issue 28 million TDRs (Taiwan depositary receipts) on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) on October... Read more · FCCL maker Asia Electronic Material looks to revenue

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Apple's A6 processor: 28-nm, 3D IC and made by TSMC

dated 1st Oct

While we wait for Lion, interesting to note the next Apple A6 processor will be made by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) and will be a 3D IC 28-nanometer low-power powerhouse, sweetly tucked away inside

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3D IC Stacking Challenges | System-Level Design

dated 1st Oct

Sonics CEO Grant Pierce looks at what needs to change in SoC design, what's driving those changes, and how all of this will be affected by 2.5D and 3D stacking

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I-Micronews - ADVANCED PACKAGING: 3D IC, WLP & TSV : IBM

dated 1st Oct

The picture that came along with the press release makes it look like the chips are simply being simply glued together without any indication of the 3 prerequisites for 3D IC stacking, namely 1) thinning, 2)TSV and

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3D-IC Design: The Challenges of 2.5D versus 3D

dated 1st Oct

Full 3D ICs will require extensions in methodology beyond what we have for 2.5D

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3D NAND

dated 1st Oct

NAND as we know it is reaching the end of the line. It’s been a good run. But Judgement Day is Coming!

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3D Thursday: AMD Radeon E6460 embedded graphics processor

dated 1st Oct

There are still big advantages to be gleaned from 3D IC-packaging technology that's more than 30 years old. But there's a second, really subtle application of 3D assembly that you might possibly miss so I want to highlight it.

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I-Micronews - ADVANCED PACKAGING: 3D IC, WLP & TSV : Betting

dated 1st Oct

Home > ADVANCED PACKAGING: 3D IC, WLP & TSV > Betting on through silicon vias in glass substrates... > ADVANCED PACKAGING: 3D IC, WLP & TSV. Sep 28th, 2011. Betting on through silicon vias in glass substrates. There are two big

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I-Micronews - ADVANCED PACKAGING: 3D IC, WLP & TSV

dated 1st Oct

ADVANCED PACKAGING: 3D IC, WLP & TSV. Sep 23rd, 2011. Package innovation from STMicroelectronics shrinks antenna couplers to improve connection reliability and battery life. STMicroelectronics has unveiled two new chips for

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I-Micronews - ADVANCED PACKAGING: 3D IC, WLP & TSV : How to test

dated 1st Oct

Semiconductor design is starting to see the adoption of 3D IC packages. These packages involve stacking multiple bare die vertically using connections that go directly though the silicon. Through-silicon vias (TSV)

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Changes are Afoot at 3D InCites

dated 1st Oct

I knew we were onto something when Leo Archer and I chose 3D ICs and 3D packaging as the top of focus two and a half years ago when we first launched 3D InCites. The intention was to play off the word “incite” was to stir up interest in this emerging area of technology, while also capitalizing on the I C in the word InCites. Clever, no? Not everyone gets the name, (many think the name is 3D InCITIES) but most everyone gets what we’re about. As we draw closer to market adoption, there is more focus then ever industry wide on 3D integration, and I like to think maybe we had something to do with that

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Key Technologies of Semiconductor Industry in the Spotlight at

dated 1st Oct

Berlin/Brussels - September 30, 2011 – 3D-IC, new device architectures, next-generation lithography, advanced materials, and 450mm are among the technical topic highlights to be featured next month at SEMICON Europa 2011, October

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Do 3M and IBM Hold the Key to 3D IC Commercialization?

dated 1st Oct

I got an email last week from R. Colin Johnson, of EE Times, looking for my impression on the collaboration between IBM and 3M, and their announcement to begin development of an adhesive material that would allow building “silicon towers” or “silicon bricks” that would be 100 chips high. Johnson wanted to know my thoughts on this, could 3M’s thermally conductive adhesive really be, as they claimed, the “key material” for the commercialization of multi-chip 3D ICs

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Thermal Modeling Held Back By Outdated Standards | Low-Power

dated 1st Oct

As the reality of true 3D IC design nears, engineering teams are keen to manage the heat between the stacked die in order to avoid catastrophic failures. Thermal modeling tops the roster of techniques to leverage in this area.

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Experts At The Table: Mobile Design Challenges | Low-Power

dated 1st Oct

I still believe performance is driving the business. Unfortunately, those fancy technologies are crucial to the semiconductor industry but we don't get recognition. People don't care about a 3D IC. They care about being able to

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I-Micronews - ADVANCED PACKAGING: 3D IC, WLP & TSV

dated 1st Oct

ADVANCED PACKAGING: 3D IC, WLP & TSV. Oct 7th, 2011. Qualcomm sees pricing challenges for TSVs. The development of three-dimensional (3D) chips based on through-silicon-vias (TSVs) is making solid progress on the technology

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I-Micronews - ADVANCED PACKAGING: 3D IC, WLP & TSV : The

dated 1st Oct

Home > ADVANCED PACKAGING: 3D IC, WLP & TSV > The Intel “Tri-Gate Transistor” structure: a closer look... > ADVANCED PACKAGING: 3D IC, WLP & TSV. Oct 4th, 2011. The Intel “Tri-Gate Transistor” structure: a closer look. At the most

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IWLPC in 3D

dated 1st Oct

I just got back from the IWLPC 2011 in Santa Clara, and my head is full of commentary just begging to be dumped on a page. This year’s agenda was jam packed with 3D discussion — plenary talks by Matt Nowak of Qualcomm and John Lau of ITRI, a panel on 3D infrastructure, and the 2.5D/3D debate — which was great for me and the rest of the 3D InCites community, but I kind of felt bad for the MEMS and WLP folks, because beyond technology tracks devoted to MEMS and WLP, most of the ‘extra’ events focused in the 3D technology space. But then again, I guess 3D really does touch on MEMS and WLP as well, so maybe it’s just indicative of the direction the semiconductor world is going

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3D Thursday: Do dis-integrated circuits reside in a 3D future? Does anyone (besides me) remember Project Tinkertoy?

dated 1st Oct

I recently ran into this unusual article written by Joe Fjelstad and published on the Global SMT & Packaging Web site. The article discusses the possibility of building hybrid chips using a brick-and-mortar approach as advocated by a joint paper published in 2007 by researchers from the University of Washington in Seattle and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Essentially, the “mortar” is a silicon interposer, which may or may not have active elements on it. The bricks are small, single-function chips bonded to the interposer. In this way, you can assemble a more complex chip using a variety of IC process technologies as appropriate for each “brick.”

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