Semiconductor Engineering sat down to discuss advanced packaging with Calvin Cheung, vice president of engineering at ASE; Walter Ng, vice president of business management at UMC; Ajay Lalwani, vice president of global manufacturing operations at eSilicon; Vic Kulkarni, vice president and chief strategist in the office of the CTO at ANSYS; and Tien Shiah, senior manager for memory at Samsung. What follows are excerpts of that conversation. L-R: Walter Ng, UMC; Calvin Cheung, ASE; Ajay Lalwani, eSilicon; Vic Kulkarni, ANSYS; Tien Shiah, Samsung. (Photo credit: Patricia MacLeod/ASE) SE: Where do you see advanced packaging going, whether it’s 2.5D or fan-out or something else? And coinciding with that, what problems are beginning to surface? Shiah: We’re looking at it from the HBM (high-bandwidth memory) side, and it’s fairly leading-edge. So one of the big challenges is the cost. You go into this area because it enables you to have the fastest type of DRAM memory to … [Read more...] about Moore’s Law Now Requires Advanced Packaging
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The growing challenges of traditional chip scaling at advanced nodes are prompting the industry to take a harder look at different options for future devices. Scaling is still on the list, with the industry laying plans for 5nm and beyond. But less conventional approaches are becoming more viable and gaining traction, as well, including advanced packaging and in-memory computing. Some options are already here, while others are still in R&D and require more funding to get off the ground. Some may never work. Nevertheless, the industry is looking for solutions, whether that involves IC scaling or novel approaches. Chip scaling is being pursued by several chipmakers and foundry customers. For this, chipmakers are ramping up 10nm/7nm, with 5nm and 3nm in R&D. But at each node, the costs are escalating, meaning that only a select few with deep pockets can afford to migrate to the next step. Plus, the benefits of scaling are shrinking at each node, and the traditional approach is no … [Read more...] about What’s the Right Path For Scaling?
Read more transcripts from Face the Nation here. MARGARET BRENNAN: It's Sunday, November, 25th. I'm Margaret Brennan and this is FACE THE NATION. The new week begins with talks between the U.S. and Mexico to keep asylum seekers south of the border. This, just days after President Trump said he authorized the U.S. military to use lethal force to stop a caravan of migrants. And action critics challenged as unconstitutional. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: You're dealing with a minimum of five hundred serious criminals. So I'm not going to let the military be taken advantage of. MARGARET BRENNAN: And in the final weeks of the Republican-controlled Congress, a House Committee has subpoenaed fired FBI Director James Comey for a second round of closed-door questioning. A summons that Comey says he'll fight. Investigators also set their sights on a new scandal--first daughter Ivanka Trump's use of private e-mail for White House business. House … [Read more...] about Full transcript: “Face the Nation” on November 25, 2018
If data is the new oil, then knowing how to refine it into actionable intelligence is the key to unleashing its potential. To this end, CIOs are playing with predictive analytics, crafting machine learning algorithms and battle-testing analytics solutions in pursuit of businesses efficiencies and new ways to serve customers.Hyperaware that reducing costs or boosting revenues can help them shine in the eyes of the C-suite and board of directors, CIOs are spending more than ever on technologies that support data science.Worldwide revenues for big data and business analytics software will top $166 billion this year, an increase of 11.7 percent over 2017, according to market researcher IDC. Moreover, the war for talent who can work with emerging analytics technologies is at a fever pitch.Some CIOs who have found ways to boost top- and bottom-line growth crunching through data recently shared lessons learned and advice for peers undertaking similar efforts.Shell crunches data to anticipate … [Read more...] about 10 data analytics success stories: An inside look
When chemists from the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw were starting work on a new material designed for the efficient production of nanocrystalline zinc oxide, they didn't expect any surprises. They were thus greatly astonished when the electrical properties of the changing material turned out to be extremely exotic. The single source precursor (SSP) approach is widely regarded as a promising strategy for the preparation of semiconductor nanocrystalline materials. However, one obstacle to the rational design of SSPs and their controlled transformation to the desired nanomaterials with highly controlled physicochemical properties is the scarcity of mechanistic insights during the transformation process. Scientists from the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IPC PAS) and the Faculty of Chemistry of Warsaw University of Technology (WUT) now report that in the thermal decomposition process of a pre-organized zinc … [Read more...] about Hidden Gapless States on the Path to Semiconductor Nanocrystals