04 Nov '13, 9pm

Packaging: A 30-Year Career Retrospective - Electronic Design

Packaging: A 30-Year Career Retrospective - Electronic Design

Sometime in the mid to late 1960s, my father came home excited from the university where he was an assistant professor in the Electronic Technology department. He hustled me into his study, put down his satchel, opened it, and withdrew a small, clear plastic jewel case. “This is the future of electronics, son,” he said, placing the small box in my hands as though it were a precious treasure. Inside, suspended from black foam by eight or 10 gold plated prongs, was a silvery disk on which rested a tiny grayish sliver of silicon. Fine, barely visible gold strands connected golden posts on the outer edge of the silvery disk to tiny dots on the silicon chip. I stared at it uncomprehendingly. “What is it?” I asked. Dad smiled. “It’s an integrated circuit,” he said. “It’s where electronics are going.” I didn’t know then that I’d be spending over three decades of my life helping i...

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