Category Archives: Supply Chain

Six ways to improve chip yield rate- before the project starts

Early on in Chip projects, yield is not taken very seriously. The common thinking goes –  anyhow there isn’t much to do as this early point of time. However, there are actually several things you can do even before the Chip design starts, which will translate to clear savings.

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QFN Package Overview

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QFN package is probably the most successful package type today. Offering low price, excellent performance and small size, it is an ideal package for many applications.

 
QFN (quad-flat no-leads) is a plastic SMT package consisting of: a leadframe, single or multiple dies, wirebonds and a molding compound. The

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Packaging and Delivery Methodology for: wafer, die and ICs

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There are many ways to deliver, package and transport silicon products. Here’s a short primer that provides the basic facts regarding how silicon can be packed and delivered to ensure safe transportation with minimum damages.
 
There are two main options for receiving wafers from your foundry: tested or untested.
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Copper Wire (Cu) Bonding Reduces Package Cost

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Do you know someone that is not eager to reduce their ASIC production costs? I don’t.  Some say that redesign changes can lead to significant cost reduction, for instance – using a more advanced silicon technology node to shrink the die size. True, but this is a really big, painful

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Does size matter? Understanding Wafer Size

Silicon wafers are the most essential element in the realization of ICs. The semiconductor industry had invested heavily to increase the wafer size during the last 30 years, so while foundries used to produce 1 inch wafers, today’s common wafer size is 300mm (11.8 times larger than 1 inch). There

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How to Obtain ASIC Turnkey Services from TSMC and GLOBALFOUNDRIES?

Pure-play foundries are offering vanilla flavor services, meaning one can buy only wafers. ASIC design, testing, packaging and supply chain services are not part of their service offering.
 
Large IDM players, who manage their own supply chain, seek this type of engagement because they prefer to own the supply

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