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MEPTEC & IMAPS Semiconductor Speaker Series (WEBINAR)
Semiconductor Industry Speaker Series - Stephen Rothrock - US-China Trade War: The Tariff Effects on the Global OSAT Market
MEPTEC & IMAPS Semiconductor Speaker Series
US-China Trade War: The Tariff Effects on the Global OSAT Market
Continuing market demands for our gadgets to be both smaller and smarter is putting an exponential demand on Integrated Circuits (IC) in terms of reliability, size, thickness and cost. The ICs used today are a lot smaller and thinner than what were used just a decade ago. Handling of such ICs is vital to a multitude of semiconductor applications such as MEMS, compound semiconductors, LEDs, fan-out WLP, CMOS image sensors (CIS), and most recently, 2.5D and 3D integration.
Molded Waffle Pack and JEDEC trays have reached their limit in handling such delicate devices, and are too slow to accommodate the frequently changing IC dimensions driven by constant consumer product refreshes and upgrades. More than ever, there is now a need for new tray solutions that can address such needs while maintaining compatibility with existing PnP, SMT and other automated handling machines.
Inspired by Gecko fibril microstructures, Gel-Pak developed different surface textures with reversible adhesion that are universal to IC dimensions, which involved tuning materials chemistry and fabrication process. The presentation will share the learnings throughout the development process and some of the challenges faced in scaling-up a nature concept to a commercial product. These textured have been successful scaled for few different form factors ranging from 2-inch Chip trays to as large as JEDEC trays, and could also be adapted to handle 300mm wafers.
Stephen founded ATREG in 2000 to help global advanced technology companies divest and acquire infrastructure-rich manufacturing assets, including wafer fabs (front- and back-end) as well as MEMS, solar, display, and R&D facilities. Over the last 20 years, his firm has completed close to 40% of all global operational wafer fab sales in the semiconductor industry. Recent global acquisitions and sales have involved Fujitsu, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, IBM, Infineon, Matsushita (Panasonic), Maxim, Micron, NXP, ON Semiconductor, Sony, Qualcomm, Renesas, and Texas Instruments to name just a few. Prior to founding ATREG, Stephen established Colliers International’s Global Corporate Services initiative and headed the company’s U.S. division based in Seattle, Wash.