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The September 2023 Issue of PCB007 Magazine Available NowSeptember 18, 2023 | I-Connect007 Editorial Team
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New demands on PCB fabrication, namely advanced packaging, ultra high density interconnect (UHDI), and new specialty materials, are converging, changing the landscape of our business. And then there’s the impact of the CHIPS Act.
In this issue of PCB007 Magazine, we look at materials, advanced packaging and UHDI fundamentals from multiple directions with industry voices ranging from fabricators to equipment manufacturers, to industry advocates.
We also bring you special coverage with conversations from some of the suppliers to the ultra-modern fab and assembly facility in Moscow, Idaho, built by Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories.
SMTA will be hosting a new symposium on March 26th in Phoenix focused on Ultra High-Density Interconnect (HDI) technology. As the semiconductor industry charges forward, demanding ever-increasing performance and miniaturization, the SMTA Ultra HDI Symposium sets the stage for industry pioneers, researchers, engineers, designers, and academia to engage in the active sharing of information while addressing the complexities and innovations reshaping the world of Ultra HDI technology.
ASC Sunstone, a leading provider of high-quality printed circuit board (PCB) solutions, is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the upcoming Ultra High-Density Interconnects (UHDI) event hosted by the Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA). The event, titled "Advancements in HDI: Driving Innovation Forward," will serve as a platform for industry professionals to explore the latest trends and technologies in high-density interconnects.
Ultra high-density interconnect (UHDI) is a term used in the electronics industry to describe a cutting-edge technology that pushes the limits of fabrication capabilities for printed circuit boards (PCBs) and semiconductor devices. UHDI represents an advancement in miniaturization and integration, allowing for the creation of electronic components and systems with extremely high levels of functionality in a smaller footprint.
The November issue of PCB007 included a fair amount of discussion on the growing need for ultra-high density interconnects (UHDI). UHDI is an area replete with manufacturing challenges due not only to the feature sizes this technology requires (< 50 micron or < 2 mils), but also the lack of familiarity U.S. manufacturers have with this technology. In an interview with Calumet’s Todd Brassard and Meredith LaBeau, they stated that the U.S. is roughly 30 years behind the curve in manufacturing UHDI, which is likely the result of companies offshoring UHDI manufacturing for many years. How can we catch back up?
Candor Industries is a PCB fabricator investing in UHDI fabrication capabilities in Canada. To support advanced packaging, as well as the current pace of IC process shrinks, PCB fabrication capabilities must shrink to keep up. Sunny Patel, Candor’s technical sales manager, brings us up to speed on what Candor has learned in their journey to add UHDI. What we gain from this interview is that, while certainly not insignificant, the stretch to add UHDI may be not as far as one might think.