Tim Olson Founder & CTO, Deca Technologies
Packaging technology continues to drive
Thursday, October 23, 2014

In the areas of both design and manufacturing, the industry is pushing the limits, even in technologies once thought to be mature. Wafer bumping, wire bonding, and surface mount technology, for example, are all very active topics in the research labs and manufacturing lines. On the design side, work continues in areas like system partitioning, materials, and design tool development. With all of this progress, the bridge that spans them – design for manufacturability (DFM) – has become more important than ever.

This year, for its annual industry update, MEPTEC is bringing together packaging experts in these critical areas and others to present detailed technical updates. Don’t miss your chance to get up to speed on today’s most important topics in packaging, all in one place on one day. The opportunity to learn is enhanced with MEPTEC’s unmatched Silicon Valley networking opportunities built into the day.

Pushing the Limits in Packaging

Wafer Fab, Packaging, and Test – Supply Chain Coordination as a Critical Capability
Session Leader: Phil Marcoux, FOA

Wafer fabs are expecting more from their package and test resources. IC packaging is continuing to be complicated, capital intensive, and unpredictable.  The number of different package types marketed in the last ten years exceeds the number of different types deployed in the entire prior forty years of the semiconductor industry.

Due to pressures from the wafer device makers, semiconductor packaging is taking on features similar to the more capital intensive front-end wafer processing.  This results in common challenges (and opportunities) for the entire semiconductor wafer, packaging, and test supply chain. The speakers in this session will help sort out the issues and suggest solutions where they can.

Pushing the Envelope on IC Package Manufacturing
Session Leader: Joel Camarda, SemiOps

This session will concentrate on leading-edge process technologies -- the non-proprietary capabilities and associated the process, equipment, and material details.

Wire bonding is declared to be obsolete at least every 10 years (via TAB, flip chip, wafer-level packaging, etc.), but it still remains the dominant interconnect. Beyond conventional gold and aluminum wire, we have seen copper wire, silver wire, insulated wire, longer wires, thinner wires, finer pitch bonding, multi-level bonding, and so on. How is this accomplished? Die bumping has also progressed consistently for many years with greater densities and process improvements. Solder bumps have yielded to finer pitched copper columns for many applications. What have been the key process enablers, and where is it headed? Substrate line, pitch, and via densities have also continued to advance. What are the key process enablers in materials and equipment?

Design Considerations for Advanced Package Development
Session Leader: John Xie, Altera

With the increased complexity of silicon in advanced process nodes, it is becoming more difficult to meet density, performance, and cost targets simultaneously. Optimizing the chip / package interface using the IC-PKG co-design concept is one of the critical processes in achieving product objectives. Meanwhile, IC-PKG co-design has also expanded beyond the chip / package interface -- it goes deeper into silicon layers and extends to the PCB and system. This industry-wide trend puts a high demand on EDA tools and features, new design flows, new concepts in product architectures, and the knowledge and skills of designers of ICs, packages, and PCBs. This session will include speakers who will discuss the latest developments in design from the EDA community, IC companies, and the packaging industry.

Enabling Multi-Die Packaging as a Mainstream Solution
Session Leader: Jeff Demmin, STATSChipPAC

Integration of more than one semiconductor device in a single package is nothing new.  What used to be just a high-end approach, though – picture multi-chip modules from 20 years ago – is now a common solution in many applications from consumer electronics to servers.  This range of applications creates a variety of challenges in design and manufacturing, including wafer thinning, stacking, interconnect, thermal management, and reliability. 

This session will report on the latest technical developments that enable such configurations as processor / memory integration in mobile products, stacked memory, and RF modules.

Ivor Barber, Xilinx
• Joel Camarda, SemiOps
• Jeff Demmin, STATS ChipPAC
• Nikhil Kelkar, Exar Corporation
• Phil Marcoux, FOA
• Rich Rice, ASE (U.S.) Inc.
• Jim Walker, Gartner
John Xie, Altera Corp.

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Transforming Electronic Interconnect
Tim Olson, Founder & CTO, Deca Technologies

It begins and ends with us. As consumers, we’re creating a tidal wave of demand for all things portable and connected. We hold in our hands the force that shapes the global electronics industry with smartphones overtaking computers as the largest semiconductor end market.

The implications are significant. From unfamiliar terms such as SoC disintegration to the blurring of lines within the supply chain, we’ll examine the technology, capital and operational methods driving a transformation in electronic interconnect.

Spanning five orders of magnitude from 10’s of nanometers at the transistor level to 100’s of microns at the ball grid array (BGA) connections, electronic interconnect (EI) might best be characterized as the nervous system of an end appliance such as a smartphone. Within EI, traditional supply chain boundaries assign back end of line (BEOL) structures to the domain of wafer foundries operating in a range of 10’s of nanometers to 10’s of microns. First-level interconnect, or semiconductor packaging, is classically the purvey of semiconductor assembly and test service providers (SATS) working largely in the range of 10’s to 100’s of microns. Second-level interconnect, or classic board level assembly, is the responsibility of electronic manufacturing systems providers (EMS) who generally measure their work in 100’s of microns or larger dimensions.

A few of the highest growth areas within EI include wafer level chip scale packaging (WLCSP) and fan-out wafer level packaging (FO-WLP). These same technologies provide key building blocks for 2.5D and 3D architectures of the future while challenging traditional supply chain boundaries. For example, leading SATS have extended themselves into the domain of wafer fab processing while foundries have been extending their reach into the classic domain of SATs.

The transformation underway in electronic interconnect will redefine not only supply chain lines, but also the work of system architects, IC designers, packaging experts and many others in the years ahead.

Tim Olson is the founder and a board member of Deca Technologies. He served as Deca’s President and CEO for the first four years prior to transitioning to the role of Chief Technology Officer in 2013. Tim was previously Sr. Vice President of Research & Development and Emerging Technologies at Amkor when several breakthrough technologies were introduced including TMV™ PoP and FusionQuad™ (TMV™ & FusionQuad™ are trademarks of Amkor Technology). During his tenure at Amkor from 2003 to 2009, Tim also managed the leadframe products and advanced modules businesses.