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Ultrathin wafer bonding system installed in Taiwan lab

Posted: 19 Jan 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:system wafer bonding? lab Taiwan? 3D process IC?

EV Group (EVG) has installed an EVG 500 series wafer-bonding system at Brewer Science Inc.'s Taiwan applications lab. Located in Hsinchu Science Park, this joint effort offers customers timely localized support in Asia for 3D IC and other advanced process development programs. To speed commercialization of through-silicon via (TSV) technology and enable the development of smaller, higher performance and more power-efficient electronic devices, the move is set to continue the momentum of their joint development efforts.

In December 2007, the duo announced ultrathin wafer handling capability for TSV creation to enable 3D chip stacking. This joint development program continues efforts to provide a complete family of ultra-thin wafer handling solutions to leading-edge CMOS image sensors, DRAM and IDMs, who demand wider temperature range, thin wafer etching, passivation and metallization. To better leverage their bonding and materials expertise and relationships in Taiwan, the two companies now bring local bonding capability to technology development teams for rapid process testing and development in Asia.

Closer to Asian customers
"With Taiwan, and Asia Pacific generally, home to leading adopters of novel processes such as TSV, the move to jointly manage customer process development locally is a logical progression in advancing our partnership efforts with Brewer Science," remarked Stefan Pargfrieder, EVG's business development manager. "By leveraging Brewer Science's facility and equipping them to handle temporary bonding demonstrations, it allows us to have faster cycle times and a more centralized hands-on lab to collaborate closely to adapt the process to our Asia-Pacific customers' requirements."

Mark Privett, product manager of bonding materials at Brewer Science Inc., added, "Demand for localized TSV development support in the Asia-Pacific region warranted this investment. Adding EVG's 500 series bonder to the laboratory in Taiwan will help accelerate the adoption of TSV and 3DP technology in the region. The addition of the bonder to the lab also allows us to provide process training for the region's engineers."

EVG's 500 series wafer bonding system was integrated in the applications lab in December 2008.

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