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January • February 2019; Volume 23, Number 1

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The emergence of next-generation 5G, WiFi protocols, and automotive radar have pushed ICs into extreme frequency bands. High-volume 6GHz production test cells are being modified to up-convert, mix, down-convert, source, and measure for both cmWave (3GHz to 30GHz) and mmWave (30GHz to >100GHz) frequencies. Test interface hardware has now become a key differentiator for bringing these next-generation applications to market, with relatively few solutions available.


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White Paper: The Future of Package Design Verification: Assembly Design Kits
Chip design companies and package assembly houses have no unified signoff verification process to ensure that an IC package meets manufacturability and performance requirements. Packages need a process that confirms the disparate products they contain can be manufactured within a single package. Mentor Graphics collaborated with Qualcomm and STATS ChipPAC to develop a prototype assembly design kit (ADK) for 2.5/3D IC packages. While creating an ADK is a non-trivial effort, and requires cooperation and collaboration between design houses, assembly houses, and EDA vendors, using an ADK can reduce risk of package failure, while also reducing turnaround time for both the component providers and assembly houses.
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Industry News

February 2019

Completion of Building Construction at Kuwabata Plant(Zone C, A-Building)

Hiroshima, Japan - February 5, 2019 - DISCO Corporation has completed construction of a new building with a seismically isolated structure at Kuwabata Plant (Kure City, Hiroshima), where precision processing equipment used for cutting, grinding, and polishing silicon wafers, process tools and consumables are manufactured. The floor space in the existing building (Zones A and B, A-Building) has been expanded as a result of this construction, and the production space will be increased approx. 1.5 times.
Zone C - (Construction completed in January 2019)
Zone B - (Construction completed in January 2015)
Zone A - (Construction completed in January 2010)

Purpose of Zone C Construction in A-Building, Kuwabata Plant

Enhancement of Precision Processing Tool Production System and BCM³ Support. The semiconductor and electronic component markets are expected to continue expanding in the future based on the development of IoT, AI, self-driving technologies, and installation of multiple cameras on smartphones. Demands for DISCO’s precision processing equipment and tools are also expected to increase accordingly. DISCO has two production sites, Kuwabata Plant and Kure Plant, in Kure City, Hiroshima. Precision processing equipment and precision processing tools are mainly produced in Kuwabata Plant and Kure Plant, respectively. By allocating a part of the production space in Zone B, Kuwabata Plant, for which construction was completed in January 2015, for precision processing tools, a second production site was established to improve BCM support. Moreover, by making Zone C in A-Building, Kuwabata Plant, for which construction was completed in January 2019, a production space for precision processing tools, DISCO will achieve further enhancement of the production system and BCM support, as well as more effective production through the promotion of automation.

  1. Precision processing equipment: Equipment used for cutting, grinding, and polishing silicon wafers, etc.
  2. Precision processing tool: Tools mounted on precision processing equipment which performs the cutting, grinding, and polishing. These are consumables and must be replaced frequently.
  3. BCM: Business Continuity Management Overview of Zone C in A-Building, Kuwabata Plan
Name Zone C in A-Building, Kuwabata Plant
Structure Seismically isolated structure
Total floor space Approx. 65,900 m² (Existing building: Approx. 128,500 m²)
Total Investment Approx. JPY 13.8 billion
Construction start February 2017
Construction completion January 31, 2019
Operation start February 2019
Future Plan (Extension of Zone D)  

In order to respond to expected future increases in demand, Zone D will be constructed in A-Building of Kuwabata Plant, following the completion of Zone C.

Name Zone D in A-Building, Kuwabata Plant
Structure Seismically isolated structure
Total floor space Approx. 67,400 m²
Total Investment Approx. JPY 14 billion
Construction Period September 2019 – August 2021

Reference: Decision for Further Expansion of Kuwabata Plant in Order to Enhance Production System of Precision Processing Tools (News Release, October 25, 2017)

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Indium Corporation Announces
Senior Level Promotions

Clinton, NY - January 29, 2019 Indium Corporation is proud to announce the promotion of three employees to high-level positions in their respective departments.
Scott Pringle has been promoted to Business Unit Vice President. Pringle will continue to be a member of the Management Team, with his new position bringing a focus on aligning the Global Account Sales and the China Field Sales organizations, as well as serving as leader and coordinator of the Asia Sales Leadership Team. Throughout his more than a decade at Indium Corporation, he has distinguished himself as an industry expert and built a strong global sales organization. He has broad and extensive international experience developing business in Europe, the Americas, and Asia.


Chris Bastecki has been promoted to the position of Director of Americas Sales and Global PCBA Marketing. Bastecki, who joined Indium Corporation in 2012, will now lead both the Americas sales and service organization, and the global PCBA product groups to create and execute successful sales strategies and sustained growth. He has more than 25 years of experience in electronics materials marketing, sales, and business management. Chris has a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. He has participated in numerous leadership development programs at Harvard University and other institutions, as well as Six Sigma training.


Jonas Sjoberg has been promoted to Associate Director of Global Technical Service and Application Engineering. He provides direct management of the Asia Technical team, focusing on promoting career development among his team members through trade show participation and creation of papers for industry publications. Sjoberg also coordinates global technical initiatives with the other technical teams in Europe and the Americas. He joined Indium Corporation in 2014 and has more than 20 years of technical experience in the electronics industry, establishing himself as an industry expert.


Indium Corporation is a premier materials manufacturer and supplier to the global electronics, semiconductor, thin-film, and thermal management markets. Products include solders and fluxes; brazes; thermal interface materials; sputtering targets; indium, gallium, germanium, and tin metals and inorganic compounds; and NanoFoil®. Founded in 1934, the company has global technical support and factories located in China, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the USA.

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Sofradir and ULIS to invest €150M in French Nano 2022 program, part of EU initiative on microelectronics
Five-year investment to develop next-generation infrared detectors aims to strengthen Europe’s microelectronics ecosystem and ensure industry growth

Grenoble, France - January 21, 2019 – Sofradir and its subsidiary ULIS today announce their participation in the Nano 2022 initiative, which sees the Group invest €150M ($171M) over the period 2018-2022.

This announcement follows the European Commission’s approval on December 18, 2018 of the ‘Important Project of Common European Interest’ (IPCEI), a joint project by France, Germany, Italy and the UK to give €1.75 billion (approx. $2bn) in public support for research and innovation in microelectronics.

Nano 2022 is France’s initiative within the cross-border program that will support developments in nanotechnology, a market sector of strategic importance for the future, which includes applications such as smart sensors. The Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region, where Sofradir and ULIS have operations, announced it will contribute €35M ($40M) to support Nano 2022.

Sofradir and ULIS, whose infrared technologies are used in a range of applications from space observation and environmental monitoring to security surveillance and predictive maintenance, will invest €150M ($171M) in the Nano 2022 initiative in order to develop next-generation infrared detectors

“Infrared technologies can offer the necessary solutions for improving assisted living, mobility, energy efficiency, security and environmental monitoring, which are all crucial societal needs,” said Jean-François Delepau, chairman and CEO of Sofradir and ULIS. “As a result of our investment, equipment manufacturers will benefit from the ease-of-use and performance these new products will offer.”

Nano 2022 will enable ULIS to develop the next generations of infrared detectors to address trends in autonomous systems for smart buildings (workspace management, energy savings), road safety and in-cabin comfort of vehicles. It also enables Sofradir to develop the very large dimension infrared detectors needed for space and astronomy observations as well as compact and light sensors that can be used in portable devices and on drones. Nano 2022 contributes to the funding of the pilot lines required for developing these technologies and products.

Sofradir and ULIS participate in Nano 2022 alongside other companies based in the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region, including STMicroelectronics and Soitec.

The IPCEI framework develops key cross-border R&D and infrastructure projects aimed at encouraging member states to channel their public spending into large projects. These make a clear contribution to economic growth, job creation and the competitiveness of Europe. The European Commission (DGComp) evaluates the funding conditions, ensuring they are in line with EU state aid rules.

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