Table of Contents

Solid State Technology

Year 2007
Issue 8


New Products


Editorial Board

Optoelectronics: The Comeback Kid

In 1887, Heinrich Hertz first observed the photoelectric effect. Over the intervening years, that early observation gave rise to the optoelectronics industry.

Packaging Trends

Harsh Environments in Advanced Packaging: Just the Beginning

Significant inroads to integrate surface-acoustic-wave- (SAW-) based electronics with sensors are producing more high-demand areas for packaging applications.

Industry Voices

SiP Package Design - Where the IC and PCB Meet

Is package design an extension of IC design or PCB design, or both? Should pin-outs be driven by the ICs and components on the package, or by the PCB(s) on which the package will be mounted? With the increase in package design complexity, can we live with the same tools we have had in the past? Answers to these questions depend on the company, application, organization and type of package being designed.

Whorsquos Who At Semicon

Who’s Who at SEMICON Europa

For US-based editors of an international publication, SEMICON Europa was a great venue for meeting with industry experts, equipment and material manufacturers, and service providers we generally only communicate with electronically.




King Me

3D integration in packages involves stacking two or more planar devices, increasing their capability as the vertical grows, much like the old-fashioned game of checkers.


The Back End Process

Detecting Brittle Fracture Failures

The increased use of lead-free solder in BGA packages, widely used in portable devices, makes them susceptible to brittle fracture failures at the solder ball to pad interfaces when subjected to mechanical shock. Brittle fractures at the interfaces between solder balls and package substrate bond pads are considered unacceptable.

Thick Copper Pillar Bump

Thick Copper Pillar Bump Fabrication

Copper pillar bumps were introduced in 2006 by Intel in their 65-nm “Yonah” microprocessor. Wafer bump foundries and semiconductor manufacturers are actively evaluating this new technology. Integration of photolithography and electroplating is critical to the fabrication process.

Copper Cleaning Made Eas

Copper Cleaning Made Easy Oxidation reduction for wafer bumping

Clean metal surfaces are critical to bumping and soldering processes. Poor cleaning can result in delamination of plated metal layers and lackluster wetting during soldering.

Sats Update Riding The P

SATS Update: Riding the Packaging Wave

Semiconductor assembly and test service (SATS) providers have been all over the news this year, with mergers and acquisitions, R&D collaborations, and technology innovations.