IFTLE 242 Advanced Packaging at the ConFab
By Dr. Phil Garrou, Contributing Editor
At the recent ConFab meeting in Las Vegas, aside from all the talk about consolidation (see IFTLE 241), Bill Chen from ASE and Li Li from Cisco put together a great Advanced Packaging session.(L to r) Bill Chen (ASE), Ram Viswanath (Intel), Kevin Tran (Hynix), CP Hung (ASE), John Knickerbocker (IBM) and Li Li (Cisco)
CP Hung, VP of R&D for ASE discussed “Integrating 3D IC into the IC Packaging DNA” Hung proposed that 2.5D IC significantly extends FCBGA technology as shown in the fig below.
Kevin Tran of Hynix announced that HBM (high bandwidth memory) has completed the qualification for mass production in March 2015. Each application has different memory requirements, but most common are high bandwidth and density. He indicated that packaging technology has become a key enabler for high performance, small form factor, low cost memory solutions.
Hynix is readying HBM 2 which will be applied for HPC, graphics, servers and network computing. High end graphics products have already been announced like Pascal at Nvidia and Greenland at AMD. Can Intel be far behind? IFTLE thinks not.
Ram Viswanath of Intel pointed out that “…the ability to monolithically integrate diverse functionality on the die has become impractical due to technology complexity and affordability” and that “on package integration is playing a key role in bringing diverse functionality into smaller form factor.” Key focus is on delivering
- performance for servers
- form factor for wearable products
- cost/form factor for client products
-low cost for future IoT products
Intel’s evolution of dense interconnect is shown below. The Xenon Phi for HPC uses memory stacks on an interposer (reportedly Micron HMC).
Intel compares side-by-side multichip packaging to 2.5D interposers to 3D stacking in the table below. (note – IFTLE cannot support some of the conclusions on EMIB without seeing the actual data first).
|Elect perform (IO)|
|Elect Perform (Power)|
|Manuf complex (Yield)|
*2.5D designs are comparable
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