Pan Pacific Symposium Conference Proceedings


Authors: Wei Koh, Ph.D. and Sarah Shen et al.
Company: Kingston Technology
Date Published: 2/25/2005   Conference: Pan Pacific Symposium

Abstract: The growth of semiconductor packaging industry and technical capability in China in recent years has been phenomenally fast, as many foreign-owned enterprises set up factories and research centers in China. By 2005, China semiconductor market will reach over $47 billion. The semiconductor backend packaging, materials, and test services will remain a significant and growing part of this lucrative market. This paper provides an overview of the present status and trends in the chip packaging industry inside China.

In the first part, an overview of the industry product and manufacturing capability from various types of participants are discussed. The technology and product volume leaders are from either foreign multinational OEMs or foreign-local joint-venture enterprises. The second contributors are independent IC packaging service and design houses. The third tier contributors, more likely followers in terms of technical capability, and often neglected by foreign concerns, are the local firms that include state-owned enterprises (SOE), government-sponsored research institutes, universities, domestic packaging companies, and local materials and equipment suppliers.

From the technology point of view, the trend is changing from the dominance of trailing-edge technology packages such as leadframe and ceramic SOP and DIP packages to the more advanced and compact chip scale packages, fine pitch ball grid array, and even wafer level packaging, 3-dimensional stacking, and system in package. Some the fastest growing applications are packages for flash, DRAM, SRAM memories, microcontrollers, and ASICs. Finally, the technical and professional society activities on packaging technology in recent years are also reviewed.

Key words: Semiconductor packaging, China.

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