Heterogeneous Integration

Heterogeneous Integration increases not only the degree of miniaturization, but also the functional density of microelectronics. This approach could be a solution for companies in a vast range of industries. Especially for those vying for competitive advantages in their market and trying hard to stay cost-effective.

“Heterogeneous integration is the opposite of what we call monolithic integration. This approach puts as many functionalities as possible into one single chip. The manufacturing process of the chip is seamless. It turns out that this approach provides the best scaling prospects. This means the lowest cost per area. it’s only feasible for large fabrication runs due to the complexity. It is also limited to functions that can be built together in the same fabrication process.

Heterogeneous integration, similarly, uses special integration techniques to bring the various functional blocks together in a form factor that is not unlike a System on Chip (SoC). However, it gives you substantially more freedom when it comes to selecting the functionalities you would like to integrate.“ (Erik Jung on Real IZM)

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