Special Section on the reliability of advanced microelectronic packaging
Modern technologies including smart phones, computers, industrial automation, automobiles, and internet are made possible by integrated circuits and the associated packages. The package needs to possess a certain level of reliability to carry out its intended task. The IEEE defines reliability as the ability of an item to perform a required function under stated conditions for a stated period of time. The reliability of advanced microelectronic packaging has emerged as the top priority across the hottest growth markets for semiconductors, including automotive, industrial and cloud-based computing. The reliabilities of mission-critical, some of which are life-saving, packages need to be high. The operational life expectancies of some of those devices must be up to 20 years.