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   CHAPTER ACTIVITIES (events listed in chronological order)
Bullet IMAPS Arizona Chapter September 16 Lunch Meeting on Fine Pitch Copper Pillar Flip Chip Technology (read more...)

Bullet IMAPS Metro Chapter September 16 Dinner Meeting on Copper Wirebonding in Microelectronics (read more...)

Bullet IMAPS Chesapeake Chapter October 5 Dinner Meeting (read more...)

Bullet IMAPS Europe Co-Sponsoring SEMICON Advanced Packaging Conference “Enabling Packaging Technologies for System Integration” (read more...)

Bullet IMPACT 2010 (The 5th International Microsystems, Packaging, Assembly and Circuits Technology) (read more...)

Deadline to Submit Your IMAPS Awards Nominations - August 27 (read more...)

  IMAPS Events (view full Web Calendar)

IMAPS 2010 (Research Triangle) - Program and Registration Now Available; Booths Selling Quickly    ^ Top
The 43rd International Symposium on Microelectronics (IMAPS 2010) is being held October 31 – November 4, 2010, at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. The advance program, exhibit information and registration is now on-line at The website and additional details will be enhanced in the days ahead.

IMAPS 2010 will feature technical tracks on 3D Packaging/Interconnect, Design, Reliability, Advanced Packaging and Material. 25 technical sessions will be featured this year including sessions on: 3D IC at RTP, 3D Packaging, 3D Systems Integration, 3D TSV Processes, Materials, Ceramics/LTCC, Flip Chip, WL/CSP, LED, MEMS, Modeling & Design, Pb-Free Solder, Printed/3D Structural Electronics, Thermal, Wire Bonding and more. This year's symposium will also offer you 18 professional development courses, a GBC Marketing Forum on Photovoltaics and 3D, and keynote presentations from Dr. John Edmond, co-founder CREE Research, and Dr. Rao Tummala, Georgia Tech.

Along with our usual outstanding technical program, Professional Development Courses and state-of-the-art exposition, there are many other opportunities available this year because of the location of IMAPS 2010. Raleigh, NC, is part of the world-renown Research Triangle Park (RTP). The three points of the Research Triangle are three major universities, Duke University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University.

The RTP is the leading and largest high technology research and science park in the United States and the second largest in the world. RTP boasts a critical mass of full-time technology and knowledge workers and is home to a number of US Federal Government laboratories and institutes, as well as multinational companies such as IBM, Sony, Panasonic, Cree, etc. We are proud to announce that our exhibit hall will feature the addition of the IBM Servers Group that will display current research and developments.

170 world-class firms employ 42,000 professionals. Not only are these companies engaged in vital research, but they are developing products and services using our technologies. Networking at IMAPS 2010 will surpass any other opportunities IMAPS has offered in years past. You will meet the scientists and business leaders you need to impact. As you can see, IMAPS 2010 offers you the advantage of being where the real technological action is. You will also be able to network with officials located in the RTP and plan visits while you are attending IMAPS 2010.

For more information, please visit and make your reservations. IMAPS 2010 is a golden opportunity to expand your knowledge and your business and shouldn’t be missed.

These companies have already reserved a booth at IMAPS 2010. You will surely want to join them.

3D Systems Packaging Research Center  at Georgia Tech
AdTech Ceramics
Advance Reproductions Corp.
Advanced Cooling Technologies
AI Technology, Inc.
Air-Vac Engineering Company
All Flex Flexible Circuits
Atotech USA, Inc.  
Batten & Allen, Ltd.
Brewer Science, Inc.
CAD Design Software, Inc.         
Chip Supply, Inc.   
Coining, Inc.
Co-Planar, Inc.
Crane Aerospace and Electronics
Device Packaging and Interconnect
DuPont Electronics and Communications
Endicott Interconnect Technologies, Inc.
Epoxy Technology, Inc.
ES Components, Inc.
ESL ElectroScience
F & K Delvotec, Inc.
Ferro Corporation
Finetech, Inc.
Geib Refining Corporation         
Haiku Tech, Inc.     
Harrop Industries, Inc.
HEI, Inc.
Hengli Eletek Co., Ltd.
Henkel Corporation
Heraeus Thick Film Division
Hesse & Knipps, Inc.
Hi-Rel Laboratories, Inc
IBM Servers Group
Indium Corporation of America

Infinite Graphics, Inc.
Interconnect Systems, Inc.         
Kyzen Corporation
Laser Tech, Inc.
LORD Corporation
Metallix Refining, Inc.
Micro Hybrid Dimensions, Inc.
Micropac Industires, Inc.
MicroScreen LLC  
Micross Components Corp.
Minco Technology Labs, Inc.
Mini-Systems, Inc.
Mundt & Associates, Inc.
NAMICS Corporation
nanosystec, GmbH
Natel Engineering Co., Inc.
Newport Corporation
NorCom Systems, Inc.
Nordson DAGE
Nordson EFD, Inc.
Nordson YESTECH, Inc.
Orthodyne Electronics
Pac Tech Packaging Technologies USA
Pacific Aerospace & Electronics
Palomar Technologies, Inc.       
Perfection Products, Inc.
Quartzdyne Electronics
Reldan Metals Co.
Remtec, Inc.
Riv, Inc.
Rogers Corporation
Royce Instruments, Inc.
SEFAR Printing Solutions, Inc.
Semiconductor Equipment Corporation
Sikama International, Inc.
Silicon Cert, Ltd.
Smart Equipment Technology (S.E.T.)
Sonoscan, Inc.
SST International  
Stellar Industries Corp.
Stellar Microelectronics Inc.
TDK Corporation  
Technic, Inc.
Technical Materials, Inc.
Teledyne Microelectronic Technologies, Inc.
Torrey Hills Technologies, LLC
Trebor Instrument Corp.
Tresky Corporation
US Tech and Wafer
Utz Technologies, Inc.
Valtronic Technologies (USA), Inc.
VIOX Corporation
West-Bond, Inc.
Williams Advanced Materials

Questions about exhibiting, please contact Ann Bell 202-548-8717 or .


ATW on High Reliability Microelectronics for Military Applications Begins Next Week - Register Today    ^ Top
The ATW on High Reliability Microelectronics for Military Applications will be held August 31 - September 2, 2010, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Visit for full details and to register.

In our current global situation where the focus is on military electronics reliability and performance in hostile environments, extensive work is being done to advance the state-of-the-art in high reliability electronics packaging. The technical program will focus on the latest military electronic devices, systems, and applications, with particular emphasis on system level issues that have an impact on mission assurance as well as the connected issues at the design and applications level.

Tuesday, August 31st

Registration: 7:00 am - 4:15 pm
Continental Breakfast: 7:15 am - 8:00 am

Opening Remarks: 8:00 am - 8:15 am
General Chair: Greg Caswell, DfR Solutions

Keynote Presentation: 8:15 am - 9:00 am
Challenges in DoD Acquisition: Reliability Design and Assessment in a Post-MIL-STD World

Grant Schmieder, USD AT&L/DDR&E/SE/MA

Grant Richard Schmieder is a senior reliability engineer supporting the Office of the Director, Defense Research and Engineering/Systems Engineering, in Arlington, VA.  Mr. Schmieder has 26 years of experience in logistics and reliability engineering, including 19 years in defense; a BS in engineering from the University of Santa Clara in Santa Clara, CA; and an MS in systems and industrial engineering from the University of Arizona in Tucson. He spent 16 years with Hughes (now Raytheon) Missile Systems in Tucson, working as a logistics engineer on the Maverick, AMRAAM, ESSM, AIM-9X, and Phoenix missile programs. Transitioning to reliability engineering while obtaining his master’s degree in systems and industrial engineering, he served as the reliability engineer on the Stinger missile system. After a brief stint as a reliability engineer for Cubic Defense Systems in San Diego, he spent 7 years working as the reliability lead for Telabs’ Salix Division and BioVeris Corporation in Maryland. He is an American Society for Quality Certified Reliability Engineer and holds the Professional Certificate in Reliability and Quality Engineering from the University of Arizona.

Keynote Presentation: 9:00 am - 9:45 am
Pb-Free Electronics Overview

Edward A. Morris, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Edward A. Morris is Director of Mechanical Engineering & Manufacturing on the Lockheed Martin Corporate Engineering & Technology team.  His focus is on improving the effectiveness of mechanical engineering design and manufacturing processes and technologies, and establishing practices that link the Mechanical Engineering, Production, Supply Chain Management and Sustainment communities so that life-cycle cost can be effectively managed.  He is Vice Chairman of the Lockheed Martin Corporate Production Council.  Additionally, Ed is responsible for developing and executing a proactive Lockheed Martin approach for Pb (lead)-free electronics risk management.  Ed has a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington.  He has 39 years of defense, commercial and international aerospace industry experience.

Break: 9:45 am - 10:15 am

Session 1: System Level/Mission Assurance
Session Chair: Keith Sturcken, BAE Systems
10:15 am - 11:45 am

Microcircuit Reliability Prediction Based on Physics-of-Failure Models
Lloyd Condra, Boeing; Craig Hillman, Ed Wyrwas, DfR Solutions; Dave Redman, Aerospace Vehicle Systems Institute

Derating Guidelines - Need to be Used Properly in Design
Dave Kayser, NAVAIR

HB0009 Reliability Program Handbook - Effective Reliability Programs
Paul E. Shedlock, Raytheon Missile Systems

Lunch: 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Session 2: System Level Reliability
Session Chairs: Maureen Curran, Orbital Sciences; Keith Rogers, Department of Defense
 12:45 pm - 4:15 pm

High Reliability Microelectronics for Military Applications
Jim McLeish, DfR Solutions

NanoChromics™ Printed Security Solutions Applications to Anti-Counterfeit, Identification, and Authentication Applications
Alain C. Briancon, NTERA, Inc. 

Minimizing the Risk of Counterfeit Electronic Devices
Mark Marshall, Integra Technologies LLC

Break: 2:15 pm - 2:45 pm

High Reliability Avionics at Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems
Bill Marsh, Northrop Grumman

Considering Counterfeits - Evaluating Anti-Counterfeit Partners and Strategies with Business Fundamentals
Philip Comer, DMEA

Using DNA to Safeguard Electrical Components and Protect Against Counterfeiting and Diversion 
Janice Meraglia, James Hayward, Applied DNA Sciences

Wednesday, September 1st

Registration: 7:00 am - 4:15 pm
Continental Breakfast: 7:15 am - 8:00 am

Session 3: Test Session/Reliability, Qualification
Session Chair: Rick Gunn, NexTek Inc.
8:00 am - 11:30 am

Optical Leak Test Data per Latest Release of MIL-STD 750, Test Method 1071
Chris Aubertin, Dick Vanderneut, NorCom Systems Inc.; Thomas J Green, TJ Green Associates LLC

Low Cost Hermetic Sealing of Large Electronic Packages
Thomas E. Salzer, Hermetric, Inc. 

Quantifying the Impact of Lead Free Assembly Using High Temperature Testing
Bill Birch, PWB Interconnect Solutions Inc.

Break: 9:30 am - 10:00 am

Reliability Testing for Microvias in Printed Wire Boards 
Bill Birch, PWB Interconnect Solutions Inc.

Understanding Semiconductor Package Hermeticity
John Pernicka, Pernicka Corporation

Automated Design Analysis: Accurately Capturing Warranty and End-of-Life Risks Early in Product Development
Nathan Blattau, DfR Solutions

Lunch: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Keynote Speaker: 12:35 pm – 1:15 pm
Leading on the Tough Days

Colonel Danny McKnight

Colonel Danny R. McKnight, U.S. Army, Retired, was born in Columbus, Georgia; moved to Rockledge, Florida in 1959; graduated from Cocoa High School in 1969 and Brevard Community College in 1971. He was a Distinguished Military Graduate from Florida State University in 1973, where he earned a BS in Management. In 1985, Danny earned his Master’s in Higher Education from the University of Florida while assigned as an Assistant Professor of Military Science in the ROTC Department.  His military career included combat duty on two occasions, Panama 1989 and Somalia 1993 (basis for the Book and Movie “Black Hawk Down”). Colonel McKnight now focuses all his efforts on being a nationwide motivational speaker. He and his wife, Linda, reside in Rockledge, Florida.

Session 4: Packaging/Board Level
Session Chair: Ed Kurek, Northrop Grumman
1:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Leveraging Device Level 3D Integration Technologies for High Performance/Reliability Modules
Dan Baldwin, Engent

Ceramic Column Grid Array Durability in Rugged Environments
Jerry Keller, Scott Dukes, Roy Belaen, Honeywell Aerospace 

Break: 2:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Printed Wiring Board Failure - Detailed Investigation
David Boyarsky, Debasis Basak, Orbital Sciences Corporation

Electronic Packaging Trends and Drivers in USA
Voya Markovich, Endicott Interconnect, Inc.

Low-Temperature Soldering Options for High-Reliability Hermetic Sealing
Christopher Nash, Thomas Acchione, Carol Gowans, Indium Corporation

Thursday, September 2nd

Registration: 7:00 am - 10:00 am
Continental Breakfast: 7:15 am - 8:00 am

Session 5: Materials/Components
Session Chair: Carolynn Drudik, DMEA
8:00 am - 10:00 am

A Review of Flip Chip Ceramic CGA Packaging
Joseph Fabula, Xilinx, Inc. 

Broadband Printing - Enhanced Solder Joint Reliability
Rick Love, Cookson Electronics

Mixed Metals Impact on Reliability
Rick Gunn, Nextek Incorporated

The Reliability Impact of Reballing COTS Pb-Free BGAs to Sn/Pb for Military Applications
Stephen Meschter, BAE Systems; Joelle Arnold, DfR Solutions

Closing Remarks: 10:00 am

Register On-line

ATW on Thermal Management - Technical Program Now Available    ^ Top
The Advanced Technology Workshop and Tabletop Exhibition on Thermal Management will be held September 28-30, 2010, at the Dinah's Garden Hotel in Palo Alto, CA. The full program is now available below and on-line. Visit today for full tabletop exhibition details and to register. Only a few tabletops remain.

Tuesday, September 28

Registration: 8:00 am - 7:30 pm

Continental Breakfast: 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Opening Remarks: 8:55 am - 9:00 am

Exhibit Opens: During Breaks & Lunch

Session 1: Market Drivers
Chair: Dave Saums, DS&A LLC
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Market Trends and Developments for Coolants for Electronic Systems
David L. Saums, DS&A LLC

Extending the Life of Air Cooling Through Architecture
Roger Dickinson, Bergquist Torrington Company

Session 2: Thermal Packaging Materials
Chair: George A. Meyer IV, Celsia Technologies
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

High Heat Flux, Low CTE Vapor Chamber Development
Evan Fleming, Pete Dussinger, Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc.

Break: 10:30 am - 11:00 am

Trends and Developments for IGBT Module Packaging and Thermal Materials
David L. Saums, DS&A LLC

Thermal Management for LED Lighting
Richard Hill, Laird Technologies

Nano-Bond Assembly: A Rapid Room Temperature and Fluxless Soldering Process
Jacques Matteau, Indium Corporation of America

Lunch: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm (Lunch served 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm)

Session 3:  Thermal Analysis and Modeling
Chair: Guy R. Wagner, Electronic Cooling Solutions
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Adaptive Power Blurring Techniques to Calculate IC Temperature Profile under Large Temperature Variations
Amirkoushyar Ziabari, Zhixi Bian, Ali Shakouri, University of California - Santa Cruz

Simultaneous Thermal Imaging of Peltier and Joule Effects
Bjorn Vermeersch, Ali Shakouri, University of California - Santa Cruz

Break: 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Thermal Analysis and Testing of a Radio Frequency Pin Diode Switch for Avionics Applications
Robert Meikle, Rockwell Collins, Inc.

Design Optimization Framework for Integrated Cooling Systems
Brian St. Rock, Scott Kaslusky, United Technologies Research Center

Simulation of a Concentrating Solar Electric Generator
Guy Wagner, Electronic Cooling Solutions

Dinner: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Session 3:  Thermal Analysis and Modeling (continues)
Chair: Guy R. Wagner, Electronic Cooling Solutions
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Thermal Management of a Novel iUHD-Technology Based MCM
William Roy, Peter Kwok, Livia Racz, Chung-Jen Chen, Draper Laboratory

Thermal Load Boards Improve Product Development Process
Bernie Siegal, Thermal Engineering Associates, Inc.

Wednesday, September 29

Registration: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Continental Breakfast: 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Exhibit Opens: During Breaks & Lunch

Session 4: Thermal Interface Materials and Testing
Chair: Dave Saums, DS&A LLC
9:00 am - 12:30 pm


The Use of Infrared Imaging Microscope in the Measurement of Total Thermal Resistance of Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanotube Arrays
Andrew J. McNamara, Vivek Sahu, Yogendra Joshi, Zhuomin M. Zhang, Georgia Institute of Technology

Thermal Stress Management for Large IC Packages
M. Shane Thompson, LORD Corporation

Comparative Test Data for TIM Materials for Silicon and Silicon Carbide IGBT Modules
Victor Papanu, John Ziemski, AOS Thermal Compounds LLC

Break: 10:30 am - 11:00 am

Development of a New Type Thermal Interface Material (TIM1) for High Power Microprocessors
My Nguyen, Jason Brandi, Henkel Corporation

Thermal Transient Based TIM Material Characterization
Andras Vass-Varnai, Zoltan Sarkany, Gabor Farkas, Andras Poppe, Marta Rencz, Mentor Graphics

Reliability and Failure Mechanisms of Thermal Interface Materials in Electronic Assemblies
Ryan Verhulst, Radesh Jewram, Bergquist Company

Lunch: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm (Lunch served 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm)

Session 5: Liquid, Phase-Change, and Refrigeration Cooling
Chair: John Peeples, The Citadel
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Water Cooled Power7 IH Supercomputing Node/System - Part I
Michael J. Ellsworth, Jr., IBM Corporation

The Water Cooled Power7 IH Supercomputing Node/System - Part II
Michael J. Ellsworth, Jr., IBM Corporation

Break: 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

CPU Spray Cooling Analysis
Charles Ortloff, CFD Consultants International; Marlin Vogel, Electronic Cooling Solutions  

Loop Vapor Chambers for Consumer Applications
George A. Meyer IV, Celsia Technologies


Superlattice Coolers for Dynamic Thermal Management of Microprocessor Hotspots
Vivek Sahu, Yogendra Joshi, Andrei Fedorov, Georgia Institute of Technology

Dinner: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Session 6: Military and Aerospace Applications
Chair: Ross Wilcoxon, Rockwell Collins, Inc.
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

An Integrated Centrifugal Blower Design for High Performance Air-Cooled Heat Sinks
Scott Kaslusky, Brian St. Rock, United Technologies Research Center

Thermoelectric Energy Harvesting - A Comparison of Flight Test Data to Test Bench and CFD Simulations
John Langley, Steve Morris, Marshall Taylor, Ambient Micro; Guy Wagner, Electronic Cooling Solutions

High Efficiency Compact Air to Air Heat Exchanger with Integrated Fan
Nicholas Herrick-Kaiser, AMETEK Rotron

Thursday, September 30

Registration: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm

Continental Breakfast: 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Session 7: System Cooling
Chair: Marlin Vogel, Electronic Cooling Solutions
9:00 am - 10:30 am

Micro Deformation Technology - A New Manufacturing Process to Create High Surface Area Cold Plates and Base Plates for Liquid Cooling of Power Electronics
Matt Reeves, Peter J. Beucher, Wolverine Tube, Inc. - MicroCool Division

Liquid Cooling with MicroChannel Enhanced Base Plates are Making In-Roads into the High-End Server Market
Peter Beucher, Jesus Moreno, Sy-Jenq Loong, Wolverine Tube, Inc. - MicroCool Division

Using Flow Optimizers to Save Cooling Fan Power
Howard Harrison, Distributed Thermal Systems

Break: 10:30 am - 11:00 am

Session 8: Data Center Cooling
Chair: David Copeland, Oracle
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Room-Level Energy and Thermal Management in Data Centers
Magnus Herrlin, ANCIS

Real-Time Data Center Transient Analysis
Xuanhang (Simon) Zhang, James W. VanGilder, APC by Schneider Electric

Experimental Study of Rack Level Cooling in a Data Center
Susheela Narasimhan, Cisco Systems Inc.

Closing Remarks: 12:30 pm

Register On-line

Early Registration/Exhibit and Hotel Deadlines: September 13, 2010

Polymers for Semiconductor Packaging    ^ Top

  • Convenient — education brought to YOU at YOUR desktop/phone - no travel, traffic or time away from the office or home.
  • Inexpensive — avoid travel costs, hotel fees and other costs for traditional in-person meetings.
  • Real-time — featuring current and up-to-date information.

Our Professional Development Course (PDC) Webinar Series is a true on-line meeting - a Webinar. Upon registering, IMAPS provides the log-in details for the web software as well as the audio dial-in through your phone. You are able to view the presentation materials over your computer and listen to the live lecture through your phone. You will receive a copy of the slides for each session, have direct interaction with the instructor, and also be sent an attendee list following your webinar(s).

PDC Webinar Series on
Polymers for Semiconductor Packaging

Presented by: Dr. Jeff Gotro, InnoCentrix, LLC
This three-session on-line Professional Development Course (PDC) webinar will be held Wednesdays, September 8, 15 and 22, 2010. All webinars will be held 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm EASTERN

PDC Webinar Series on
Guide to Component Chip Attach - Including Flip Chip

Presented by: Phillip Creter, Creter and Associates
This two-session on-line Professional Development Course (PDC) webinar will be held Tuesdays, September 14, and 21, 2010. All webinars will be held 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm EASTERN

Corporate Webinar on
Precious Metal Financing and Hedging
Presented by: Paul Angland, HSBC Bank USA
This corporate webinar will be held September 16, 2010. This webinar will be held 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm EASTERN

PDC Webinar Series on
Component Authentication and Screening
Presented by: Bhanu Sood, University of Maryland, CALCE
This two-session on-line Professional Development Course (PDC) webinar will be held Wednesdays, October 6 and 13, 2010. All webinars will be held 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm EASTERN

PDC Webinar Series on
Advances in WLED Technologies for Lighting and Backlighting
Presented by: Frank Shi, University of California, Irvine
This two-session on-line Professional Development Course (PDC) webinar will be held: September 2010 (TBD). All webinars will be held 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm EASTERN

PDC Webinar Series on
Rheology Issues in Electronic Packaging -- Details Available Soon

Presented by: Dr. Jeff Gotro, InnoCentrix, LLC
This three-session on-line Professional Development Course (PDC) webinar will be held Tuesdays, November 16, 23 and 30, 2010. All webinars will be held 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm EASTERN

Full Webinar details online at

  Chapter Activities (events listed in chronological order)

IMAPS Arizona Chapter September 16 Lunch Meeting on Fine Pitch Copper Pillar Flip Chip Technology    ^ Top

Dates: Thursday, September 16, 2010
Schedule: 11:30am - 1:00pm

Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort
Chandler, AZ


Attendees: $20 pre-registered; $25 at the door
Tabletop Exhibitors: $100


Fine Pitch Copper Pillar Flip Chip Technology - Enabling Higher Interconnect Densities for Next Generation Silicon Nodes 

Presented by:
Robert Lanzone, VP Advanced Package Development Amkor Technology, Inc.

On July 7th Amkor and Texas Instruments announced they teamed to deliver the "industry's first fine pitch copper pillar flip chip packages" to the market, enabling reductions in chip and package sizes at lower cost with higher performance.  TI and Amkor provided more information regarding this fine pitch FC and copper pillar platform technology at Semicon West explaining how.

This presentation will provide more details on the development, qualification and production status for this new FC bump and packaging technology.

This presentation will review the process development and advancement of several next generation fine pitch Cu Pillar bumping and assembly processes, with pitches less than 50um, that are focused on addressing the challenges seen on silicon nodes such as 45nm and below.  The advantages of the fine pitch Cu pillar structure will be reviewed in comparison to competing technologies. The risk assessment and rational decision making methodologies used will help illustrate the accelerated development and qualification path taken to meet an aggressive market introduction timeline for advanced device applications.  Through a structured collaborative approach to process & material development, design simulation, and reliability assessment approach, the team achieved its goal to provide a robust, reliable, and low cost bump and assembly process to meet the demands of current and future fine pitch, low-k, advanced silicon node technologies.

IMAPS Metro Chapter September 16 Dinner Meeting on Copper Wirebonding in Microelectronics    ^ Top

Dates: Thursday, September 16, 2010
Schedule: Registration/Networking 5-6:30 PM
Dinner Buffet: 6:30-7:15 PM
Presentation: 7:15-8:15 PM

Holiday Inn Ronkonkoma
3845 Veterans Highway
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779


Members: $30.00 if Pre-Registered by September 13, 2010.
$50.00 after September 13, 2010

Non-Members: $50.00 if Pre-Registered by September 13, 2010
$75.00 After September 13, 2010

Student Members: Free if Pre-Registered by September 13, 2010
$25.00 after September 13, 2010


Registration Email: , Phone: Steve Lehnert (650) 644-5218

There are a limited number of vendor tables available for this event. Please contact Steve Lehnert for further details.

Copper Wirebonding in Microelectronics
Presented By: Lee Levine Process Solutions

Wire bonding is the dominant IC interconnection method. More than 13 trillion wires are now bonded annually. Copper ball bonding is the highest growth segment of this market, presently only 5% of the total wire bonded interconnects are copper ball bonded (650 billion wires) but even 5% represents an enormous number of devices. Currently bonder manufacturers are reporting that virtually all new machine shipments require copper ball bonding capability (new machine shipments are presently at an all time record high) and retrofit kits for older machines are also in high demand.

Copper’s properties provide both advantages and disadvantages in bonding. Compared to gold it has lower cost (approximately 10% that of gold currently) and higher conductivity (both thermal and electrical). It is also harder and strain hardens during bonding significantly more than gold does. The increased hardness makes bonding on conventional Al bond pads difficult with increased probability of cratering.

New bond pad metallization designs, using ENIPIG (Electroless Nickel, Immersion Palladium, Immersion Gold) have been shown to provide excellent bondability and reliability with copper. They can be plated directly on copper plated bond pads eliminating the need for a conventional Al sputtered bond pad and the ENIPIG bond pads can be bonded with either copper or gold wire.

The talk will discuss the pros and cons of copper ball bonding and provide some perspective on the realities of the current market dynamics.

About Lee Levine:
Lee’s experience includes 20 years as Principal and Staff Metallurgical Process Engineer at Kulicke & Soffa  and Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Agere Systems. Currently he consults for his own company, Process Solutions Consulting, Inc. providing process consulting, yield improvement, SEM, EDS and Metallography services to the microelectronics industry. He has been awarded 4 patents, published more than 50 technical papers, and won the 1999 John A. Wagnon Technical Achievement award from the International Microelectronics and Packaging Society, IMAPS. Major innovations include copper ball bonding, loop shapes for thin, small outline packages (TSOP and TSSOP, and CSPs) and introduction of DOE and statistical techniques for understanding assembly processes. He is a Fellow, V.P of the Keystone Chapter, and V.P Technology for IMAPS.

IMAPS Chesapeake Chapter October 5 Dinner Meeting    ^ Top

Dates: Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Schedule: 3:00 - Registration, Networking, and Participant Introductions begin

Applied Physics Laboratory of Johns Hopkins University
11100 Johns Hopkins Road
Laurel, MD 20723
For map and directions visit
Enter in the area marked Lobby 1 and check-in with APL staff


On-line registration information will be e-mailed in two weeks

High Reliability Packaging for Defense & National Security


    3:00   Registration, Networking, and Participant Introductions.

    3:30   William Marsh, Senior Advisory Engineer of Northrop Grumman
               “Hi-Rel Avionics at Northrop Grumman”  

   4:00   Nathan Blattua, Chief Technologist at DfR Solutions  
             “Underfill Induced Tensile Strain Ratcheting and its Effect on Flip Chip Solder Bump Fatigue.”
   4:30  Break (beverages served)
   4:45  Andrei Shkel, Program Manager at DARPA
            “Precision Navigation and Timing Enabled by Micro Technology: Are We There Yet"

   5:15 Event wrap-up.  Ideas for next event.  Elections.  Other business.

   5:30 Dinner

IMAPS Europe Co-Sponsoring SEMICON Advanced Packaging Conference “Enabling Packaging Technologies for System Integration”    ^ Top
SEMICON Advanced Packaging Conference
“Enabling Packaging Technologies for System Integration”
in conjunction with SEMICON Europa
2010 19-20 October
Dresden, Germany
Details on-line

IMPACT 2010 (The 5th International Microsystems, Packaging, Assembly and Circuits Technology)    ^ Top
2010 is a rebounding year of electronics industry. Google smart phones, smartbooks, eBooks, touch-screen devices, cloud computing, hybrid cars, wireless-sensor apparatuses and etc will be released in this year. It will bring countless business opportunity and possibility in to the market. Taiwan takes the lead in semiconductor, packaging, assembly and PCB industries in the world. With the advanced technologies in R&D and manufacturing, IMPACT will be a great platform for experience exchange and acquiring market trends.  

IMPACT 2010 as the fifth conference, jointly organized by IEEE CPMT-Taipei, ITRI, IMAPS-Taiwan, Tsing Hua University, SIPO and TPCA, points the theme that Embrace IMPACT, Create Possibilities to bring together researchers, engineers and experts actively engaged in such a distinguished gathering. With the approach of recovery, such a great event looks forward to your paper to trigger off global impact on the earth.

Embrace IMPACT, Create Possibilities...

Date: Wednesday-Friday, October 20-22, 2010
Venue: Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Taipei, Taiwan
Conference: The 5th IMPACT Conference
Exhibition: TPCA Show 2010

Plenary Speakers:

  • Dr. Rolf Aschenbrenner, President of the IEEE-CPMT Board The Fraunhofer IZM in Germany
  • Dr. Happy T. Holden, Vice President & chief technical officer Foxconn Technology Group in USA/Taiwan
  • Dr. Douglas C.H. Yu, Senior Director Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC)  

For questions on paper submission, please contact:  

Technical Program Chair  
Prof. Hsien-Chie Cheng 鄭仙志
International Microelectronics And Packaging Society (IMAPS-Taiwan)  

Technical Program Cochair  
Dr. Wei-Chung Lo 駱韋仲
Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI)  

Requests for information about the symposia should be directed to:    
Taiwan Printed Circuit Association
Tel: +886 3 381 5659 #405 (Sylvia Yang)
Fax: +886 3 381 5150

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Deadline to Submit Your IMAPS Awards Nominations - August 27   ^ Top
This is an urgent appeal from your 2010 Awards Committee Chair to submit your nominations for the following awards – the cutoff date is Aug 27, 2010.

  1. Corporate Recognition
  2. Daniel C. Hughes, Jr.
  3. William D. Ashman
  4.  John A. Wagnon
  5. Technical Achievement
  6. Fellow of the Society
  7. Sidney J. Stein Interglobal
  8. Lifetime Achievement
  9. Outstanding Educator

Any IMAPS member may submit a nomination for any IMAPS member but must use the Awards Nomination Form that is available on our website – please navigate as follows: Log in -> Membership -> Society Awards. Eligibility requirements must be considered in making any nominations and these are also available under “Awards”.

Many thanks.
Delip Doug” Bokil
2010 Awards Committee Chair
2010 First Past President


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