Light-emitting diode (LED)-based applications are growing, and cover a broad range of markets including automotive lighting applications such as indicators, spot utility, and headlamps; camera functions like display backlights and camera flashes; consumer products such as LCD display backlight and projection systems; architectural uses like accent lighting for buildings, and signs; and many others. LEDs are bright, efficient, and quick to react.
In the semiconductor industry challenges appear to be directly related to Moore’s Law. In reality the culprit is consumer demand for more functionality, faster speeds, and smaller features. Technically, the integrated circuit (IC) industry is progressing at a rate that’s unmatched by any other industry. Yet, moving forward, it faces technical hurdles that slow progress, and must create advanced solutions without increasing costs.
Integral to the packaging process for over three decades, epoxy molding compounds have undergone significant advancements due to revolutions in semiconductor package geometries, and legislative requirements surrounding lead-free and “green” material adoption.