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At the Applied Materials Master Class today, we highlight two fast-growing and highly enabling areas of the semiconductor industry. “ICAPS” silicon powers billions of new devices on the edge—including electric vehicles. No longer an afterthought, packaging now enables the benefits associated with Moore’s Law to continue even as 2D scaling slows. Today’s class demonstrates that the AI Era requires innovation across a wide range of technologies, from the edge to the cloud.
Applied’s upcoming, Sept. 8 Master Class features the topic of heterogeneous design and advanced packaging. In this blog I preview why the role of packaging has evolved from simply protecting and connecting chips to circuit boards, to now being a competitive imperative for the world’s leading semiconductor and systems companies.
As everyday products like phones and cars get smarter, they demand more silicon, much of which is not leading-edge logic and memory. Applied Materials’ ICAPS group was formed to solve the unique design and manufacturing challenges of devices built using process nodes that are no longer found at the leading edge. In this blog I outline why devices in this segment are experiencing a renaissance of innovation.