Future Opportunities for 3D Integrated Circuits is a recent analysis from Frost & Sullivan's TechVision (Microelectronics) Growth Partnership Service program. The research covers major application areas for 3D ICs, including consumer electronics, ICT, automobiles, military, healthcare, aerospace, datacenters, gaming, biomedical devices, military equipment and wearable devices.
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These capabilities have thrown open the application sectors of memory, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and sensors. They have also been a driving force in the emerging technologies of microfluidics and silicon photonics.
"3D ICs help shorten interconnect length as well as enhance signal speed while dissipating very little power," noted Frost & Sullivan TechVision Research Analyst Brinda Manivannan. "The technological superiority of 3D ICs addresses the needs of the futuristic semiconductor industry by aiding in the development of high-density and multifunctional electronic components."
While the advantages of 3D IC are many, manufacturers often have to overcome high development costs, technical limitations, wide prevalence of existing technologies and a highly unstructured supply chain. To combat these challenges, 3D IC companies have to find niche markets and streamline their supply chain horizontally to establish clear technological leadership.
"There has been significant interest among microelectronic companies all over the world in exploring 3D IC technology," noted Manivannan. "Among regions, Asia-Pacific is witnessing the most heated R&D activity and among countries, the U.S. is at the top of the R&D leaderboard, followed by China. While U.S. R&D efforts are aimed at technology development, Asia-Pacific countries are mostly looking to scale the technology."
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