By Dr. Phil Garrou, Contributing Editor
Dave Anderson, CEO of Novati talked about â€śMore-than-Moore, Advanced Packaging and Creating Game-Changing Innovation.â€ť In keeping with the main theme expressed by IFTLE for several years, Anderson echoed, â€śMost companies canâ€™t afford to continue to pursue Mooreâ€™s Law scalingâ€ť and offered â€śMore-than-Mooreâ€ť as a product customization route for the future.
Andrew Kim of Philips Lumileds updated attendees in â€śTrends in LED Manufacturing.â€ť (As you may recall IFTLE and its incarcerated spokesman Lester Lightbulb are not strong supporter of LED replacementÂ of the incandescent bulb, i.e. see IFTLE Lester Lightbulb.)
Kim presented a â€śvery simplifiedâ€ť process sequence for LEDs manufacturing. (â€śWow that sure should be cheaper and better for the environment than a tungsten filament bulb.â€ť â€“ Lester) In addition, as we have shown before, the new light sources are not only the â€śelectroluminescent emitter,â€ť but a far more complicated circuit of PCB and components [see IFTLE 63 â€śBidding Adieu to Lester the light bulbâ€ť]
Kim sees the following options developing for substrate alternatives.
â€“ Sapphire: currently dominant, current substrate cost for larger sizes
â€“ Silicon: Manufacturing and performance
â€“ GaN on GaN: Cost and value proposition
â€“ SiC: Single LED user with captive source
Evidently the DOE game plan is still to reach $8 / bulb by the early 2020â€™s. (â€śWow that will make it only 16X the cost of an incandescent bulbâ€ť â€“ Lester)
LEDs certainly offer new form factors for light and in the future will allow creation of devices that we are not today thinking about.Â IFTLEs issue with LED lighting is with how it was sold to the consumer as a saver of power and a saver of cost. IFTLE arguments have been presented previously and can be found here [link].
By the way, we are now more than three years into our single bulb testing which was started in Aug 2011. The CFL was dead in < 10 months but the LED and the incandescent are still burning bright 3 years into the testing. Remember the incandescent cost me only 50 cents.
Fellow SST Blogger Dick James from Chipworks shared â€śInside Todayâ€™s Systems & Chips: AÂ Survey of the Past Yearâ€ť. During their reverse engineering of the Apple iPhone 5s, Chipworks identified the CMOS image sensor as Sonyâ€™sÂ AW34 5399.
IEEE CPMT Packaging Session
Bill Chen of ASE put together an Advanced Packaging panel to update ConFab attendees on the latest packaging advances.
Garrou (IFTLE), Chen (ASE), Huemoeller (Amkor), Bezuk (Qualcomm) and Black (AMD)
The presentations of Amkor, Qualcomm and AMD have been reviewed recently by IFTLE [ see: â€śIFTLE 179 GaTech Interposer Conf: Amkor, GlobalFoundriesâ€ť; â€śIFTLE 186 IMAPS Device Pkging Conf: Qualcomm, Prismarkâ€ť; â€śIFTLE 188 IMAPS Device Packaging Conf Part 2: AMD, SCPâ€ť.
As part of my presentation, I looked at the status of a few of the 3DIC rumors that we have discussed on IFTLE, which didnâ€™t come true and the current status of announced products including Hynix stacked memory, Microns HMC stacked memory and graphics modules from Nvidia. Memory is now happening, so hopefully the rest of the products will be coming soon.
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