IBM has been workng hard with a partner to push 3D semiconductors to the next level.
TEL NEXX, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo Electron U.S. Holdings, is pleased to announce a new multi-year joint development program in 3D semiconductor packaging with IBM. TEL NEXX has collaborated with IBM R&D for many years (as NEXX Systems) to develop new concepts for interposers, lead-free bumping, microbumps, and other cutting-edge interconnect solutions. Now denser packaging and more energy conscious requirements are pushing semiconductor chip designs and equipment to deliver and accommodate more functionality, as 3D structures become a production reality. The program announced today focuses on meeting IBM’s rigorous technology requirements through its partners in the Semiconductor Research and Development Alliance. TEL NEXX will contribute its most advanced production tools to the venture, including the Apollo for physical vapor deposition (PVD), the Stratus for electrochemical deposition (ECD), among others, to study both complex substrates and tool design.
Tom Walsh, TEL NEXX President, commented, “The challenges offered through our collaboration with IBM, one of the most distinguished technology innovators in the semiconductor industry, keeps us innovating as a company. The opportunity to work with IBM represents a chance to produce the world’s latest, greatest and most production focused technologies. Enhanced Apollo PVD technology promises an economically efficient solution for barrier seed deposition. Stratus ECD will be deployed in developing plating interconnects, among other 3D structures. We’re aiming to meet levels of productivity and reliability that solve problems only now being formulated in IBM’s advanced labs.”
Last year, the Stratus plating platform for 300mm lead-free packaging was qualified to serve the stringent reliability requirements across IBM’s product family, including high-end and low-end servers and a wide range of custom logic products. IBM’s next generation server products are challenged to demonstrate trouble-free lifetimes of up to twenty years. Meeting that goal requires a near-perfect processing environment provided by the PVD and ECD production tools. The new IBM-TEL NEXX collaboration is squarely aimed at unraveling and solving these types of challenges.
About TEL NEXX: TEL NEXX brings exceptional technical expertise to flip chip and advanced packaging. Our product lines provide the most efficient, yet affordable, systems of their kind and include: Apollo for multi-layer sputter deposition of metals, and Stratus for high throughput electro-deposition of metals. Additional information can be found at: www.nexxsystems.com .
Source: Press Release
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