3D ICs will resolve the memory bottleneck that current technologies will face in the near future, finds Frost & Sullivan’s TechVision team

LONDON – 28 February 2017 – With 2D integrated circuit (IC) technology nearing its scaling limit, there is an urgent need to scale up vertically to cope with the breakneck pace of advances in digital technologies. However, the progress made by the digital components has not been matched by the advances in microelectronic components, which has resulted in hindrances such as Memory Wall. In this scenario, 3D IC technology’s ability to help create high-performing, low-power-consuming microchips is proving invaluable.

3D circuit frost sullivan.jpgThe rising relevance of the Mega Trends of Internet of Things (IoT) and miniaturisation has made 3D ICs integral to modern-day electronic devices, as they enable:

  • enhanced storage capability
  • low power consumption
  • efficient thermal management
  • high-speed data transmission and processing
  • high brightness lighting
  • connected and smart devices

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 memorymicroelectromechanical 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.”

About TechVision

Frost & Sullivan’s global TechVision practice is focused on innovation, disruption and convergence, and provides a variety of technology-based alerts, newsletters and research services as well as growth consulting services. Its premier offering, the TechVision program, identifies and evaluates the most valuable emerging and disruptive technologies enabling products with near-term potential. A unique feature of the TechVision program is an annual selection of 50 technologies that can generate convergence scenarios, possibly disrupt the innovation landscape, and drive transformational growth. View a summary of our TechVision program by clicking on the following link: https://ifrost.frost.com/TechVision_Demo.

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