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September • October 2018; Volume 22, Number 5

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The ZEISS Xradia 520 Versa X-ray microscope (XRM) provides non-destructive package-level failure analysis and 3D volumetric and linear measurements on packaging structures with submicron resolution. The photo, taken inside the XRM chamber, shows a loaded sample being prepared for measurement just after placement by the robotic arm. The XRM system collects 2D projection images from the rotating sample, which is positioned between an X-ray source and detector, and then uses proprietary software to reconstruct 3D volume data that may be visualized and analyzed. Scintillator-coupled microscope objectives enable it to maintain resolution regardless of package size.


Cover image courtesy of Zeiss.

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Industry News

Call for Papers is now open for the 2019 IEEE Electronic Components and Technology Conference (ECTC 2019), to be held May 28 –May 31, 2019, at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. 2019

ECTC Abstract Submission Deadline is October 8
This premier international conference, sponsored by the IEEE Electronics Packaging Society (IEEE EPS), covers a wide spectrum of electronic packaging technology topics, including components, materials, assembly, interconnect design, device and system packaging, wafer level packaging, Si photonics, LED and IoT, optoelectronics, 2.5D and 3D integration technology, and reliability. ...>>

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Clinton, NY USA - July 26, 2018 - Indium Corporation and MEL Systems and Services Ltd. (MELSS) have formed a strategic partnership to expand accessibility to Indium Corporation soldering materials throughout India. MELSS will be selling all of Indium Corporation’s soldering materials, such as low-voiding solder paste and solder preforms for bottom termination components, solder wire for hand and robotic soldering, and rework fluxes. ...>>

Amkor Delivers Industry's First Package Assembly Design Kit to Support Mentor's High-Density Advanced Packaging Tools Amkor's SmartPackage™ Speeds Accurate Design and Verification of Heterogeneous Integration Package Solutions

Tempe, AZ USA - July 18, 2018 - Amkor Technology announced today it has partnered with Mentor to release Amkor's SmartPackage™ Package Assembly Design Kit (PADK), the first in the industry to support Mentor's High-Density Advanced Packaging (HDAP) design process and tools. Amkor's award-winning High-Density Fan Out (HDFO) process can now be used in conjunction with Mentor's software to deliver early, rapid and accurate verification results of advanced packages required for Internet-of-Things, automotive, high-speed communications, computing and artificial intelligence applications. ...>>

Alpha Assembly Solutions Acquires HiTech Korea CO., LTD

Somerset, NJ – May 9th, 2018 – Alpha Assembly Solutions, a world leader in the production of electronic soldering and bonding materials, has recently announced their acquisition of HiTech Korea Co., LTD (HiTech), a premier electronics assembly polymer and epoxy-based materials supplier, with its primary operational facility in Korea. ...>>

Cohu to acquire Xcerra

Poway, CA., & Norwood, MA - May 8, 2018 - Cohu, Inc. (NASDAQ:COHU) and Xcerra Corporation (NASDAQ:XCRA) announced they have entered into a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which Cohu will acquire Xcerra for a combination of cash and stock. The acquisition is expected to make Cohu a global leader in semiconductor test, with combined sales for Cohu and Xcerra in excess of $800 million for the last twelve months. ...>>

EV Group begins construction of new manufacturing III building to expand production capacity

St. Florian, Austria, May 2, 2018 - EV Group (EVG) announced that it has started construction work for the next expansion phase of its corporate headquarters. The new, state-of-the-art building will house EVG's "Manufacturing III" facility, which will more than double the floor space for the final assembly of EVG's systems. ...>>

ASE Industrial Holding, Co., Ltd. completes equity exchange on the Taiwan (TWSE) and New York (NYSE) Stock Exchanges

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ASM Pacific Technology Ltd. completes acquisition of AMICRA Microtechnologies GmbH

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Industry Events

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MEMS and Sensors Summit
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Imaging and Sensors Summit
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Semiconductor Industry Speaker Series

Monday, October 22, 2018 / 11:30am - 1:00 pm
SEMI Global Headquarters
673 South Milpitas Blvd., Milpitas, CA 95035

The Road Ahead: Outlook for the Industry
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The semiconductor industry has seen record growth in the last few years, but with slowing growth in the smartphone shipments and PC sales what’s next? ...>>

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