Kulicke & Soffa collaborate with i3 Microsystems for advanced microelectronics packaging

Kulicke and Soffa Industries Inc. and i3 Mircosystems Inc. have announced that they will be co-manufacturing lithography solutions for the next generations of microelectronics packing technology.

The companies will be utilizing each other’s experience in their respective fields to provide calibrated solutions in this rapidly changing packaging market. For example, Kulicke & Soffa’s new LITEQ 500A 355nm laser-powered projection stepper with high speed and accuracy is being used by i3 Microsystem packaging facilities.

The LITEQ 500A has the capacity of exposing ultra-fine pitch patterns with 16µm depth of focus through an aperture of 0.128. A number of benefits come with its design such as high-wattage wafer handling amongst many others that make it a perfect choice for a wide variety of complex applications in the markets MEMS, optical, radio-frequency, and advanced logic market.

Justin Borski, i3 Microsystems’s Director of Business Development & Programs said, “The Department of Defense (DOD) through the Defense Production Act, Title III, and other programs have invested in advanced microelectronics for many years to create secure microsystems for strategic, mission-critical programs. i3 Microsystems has been at the forefront of that investment strategy since the outset. K&S’s LITEQ 500A projection stepper at the i3 Microsystems foundry will add additional capability and capacity, and support wafer sizes from 100mm to 300mm with improved resolution, faster throughput, and broad compatibility for digital and radio-frequency advanced packaging applications. This expansion of capability and capacity reflects i3 Microsystems’s commitment to serving as a solution provider for protecting our national security with secure domestic prototyping and manufacturing; accelerating innovation with state-of-the-art technologies; and strengthening our domestic semiconductor supply chain and ecosystem through collaboration.”

“We are honored to partner and collaborate with i3 Microsystems, a leading manufacturer of advanced, reliable high-performance electronic and integrated systems solutions. Through this collaboration, leveraging on i3 Microsystem’s leading  technology together with the LITEQ 500A, we are positioned to deliver a revolutionary suite of advanced microelectronics packaging solutions for our customers and the industry”, said Joeri Durinckx, Kulicke & Soffa’s VP  of the EA/APMR and Lithography Business Unit.

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