TSV substrates for power amplifiers A*STAR IME partners with ELTA Systems

March 7, 2011 — The Institute of Microelectronics (IME), an institute of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), and electronic defense systems company ELTA Systems Ltd. (ELTA), a group and a wholly owned subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), have inked an agreement to design and develop a novel through silicon via (TSV) substrate technology for multi-chip module (MCM) packaging.

The collaboration will result in new applications in multi-chip modules in radar, communication, and electronic warfare systems. The new technology platform would enable miniaturization of wireless applications that are faster, lighter and can withstand higher temperatures.
"Our joint goal is to develop innovative manufacturing and design processes to address the challenges associated with the use of TSV substrate technologies. We expect the resultant technology to have a fundamental impact on the defense systems industry, and on a wider scale, the worldwide semiconductor packaging market," said Professor Dim-Lee Kwong, executive director of IME. IME offers capabilities in IC packaging design and wafer-level molding.

By providing high density, very fine pitch interconnects and better stress tolerance between the die and substrate, TSV substrate technology is increasingly viewed as a critical means of resolving the growing geometric and material incompatibility between printed circuit boards and ICs. Apart from the greater miniaturization they afford, TSV substrate technology also offers more flexibility and shorter time-to-market. IME has been spearheading the development of this disruptive technology through its TSV research program and the 3D TSV consortium it leads.

The Institute of Microelectronics (IME) is a research institute of the Science and Engineering Research Council of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore. Its key research areas are in integrated circuits design, advanced packaging, bioelectronics and medical devices, MEMS, nanoelectronics, and photonics. For more information, visit IME at http://www.ime.a-star.edu.sg. A*STAR is the lead agency for fostering world-class scientific research and talent for a vibrant knowledge-based and innovation-driven Singapore.

Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. is a leader in the aerospace and defense industry and Israel’s largest industrial exporter. ELTA Systems Ltd., a group and wholly owned subsidiary of IAI, is one of Israel’s leading defense electronics companies specializing in intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR); early warning command and control; homeland security (HLS); self-protection and self-defense, and fire control applications. Please visit www.iai.co.il for more information.

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