Future Opportunites for 3D Integrated Circuits

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3D Integrated Circuit technology enables the development of high performing microchips with small form factor and low-power consumption capability. With the growing demand for miniaturization in industries like consumer electronics and information and communication technology, 3D ICs are actively being considered as the ideal solution. The key requirements of modern day electronic devices are enhanced storage capability, low power requirements, efficient thermal management components, high-speed data transmission, high-speed data processing, high brightness lighting, connected and smart devices. These requirements from the consumer end of the supply chain are the key driving forces behind growth in 3D IC technology and its inherent market.

A notable feature of the 3D IC market ecosystem is that the vendor side of the supply chain is highly fragmented. This is mainly because of the numerous options available for 3D Integration. Also, the business models adopted by 3D IC fabrication companies are constantly evolving. The core technology is constantly being updated to the next-generation technology, foundries transitioning to end-to-end product developers, fabless designers venturing into software-based 3D designing and so on.

This technology and innovation report highlights through silicon vias (TSV) as the key technology in 3D IC technology. The report discusses the market and technological drivers and restraints for the 3D IC market and identifies the various technologies enabling 3D integration. TSV interconnect technology is analyzed exhaustively by evaluating key participants and their strategies in the TSV-enabled 3D integration sector. An Integrated Technology Roadmap (ITR) is developed by tracking the developments in the 3D integration technology. The ITR outlines the various industries that has been and is expected to witness moderate to high impact of these innovative products presently and in the in future. The growth opportunities for 3D IC are exhaustively analyzed through the ITR lens.

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