Microelectronics International

ISSN: 1356-5362

Article publication date: 1 August 1999




(1999), "IMAPS UK", Microelectronics International, Vol. 16 No. 2.



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 1999, MCB UP Limited



Keywords IMAPS, United Kingdom

The 5th European Conference on MCM (EC-MCM) '99

EC-MCM '99 was organised by IMAPS-UK and co-sponsored by EuroPRACTICE Training (EP-TBPS) and IEEE. The venue, the Novotel at Hammersmith, London, was very conveniently located for full European participation. Some 100 people attended the conference, which was also supplemented by a table top exhibition. European collaborative activities were well represented at the conference. EC-MCM '99 was chaired by Prof. Nihal Sinnadurai, manager of EP-TBPS (Plate 1). EuroPRACTICE-MCM (EP-MCM) was well represented amongst the papers presented as well as exhibiting the EP-MCM service available to all who need to design, build and test MCMs. "The world's smallest GPS receiver" was described by Dr Claus Habiger of ETH, Zurich, an EP-MCM partner (Plate 2).

Plate 1The "Cheap MCM project team" gets together at EC-MCM '99. Pictured are project leader, Professor Zsolt Illyefalvi-Vitéz (third from right) and EC-MCM '99 chairman, Professor Nihal Sinnadurai (at back)

Plate 2Rory Doyle and Dr Claus Habiger of Europractice-MCM putting the "Squeeze" on the delegates

The development of "Market-led infrastructure to service the European high density packaging market" was described by Rory Doyle of NMRC, another partner in EP-MCM. Another EuroPRACTICE (Microsystems) name, Dr Malcolm Wilkinson of TFI, described solutions to the tricky problem of "MCM packaging for sensors, actuators and microsystems". The EC's INCO (International Co-operation) ­ Copernicus project to "Establish fast prototyping low cost MCM facilities" for Europe was described by the various players straddling East, Central and Western Europe, from Rumania, Slovenia, Hungary, Belgium and the UK. The project is making good headway in establishing design and build facilities for MCM-C and MCM-L in Eastern and Central Europe and test and assessment facilities in the West ­ a good example of successful collaboration (Plate 3).

Plate 3Paul Gregg of Electronics Weekly speaks to Professor Paul Svasta (Romania) about the "Cheap MCM project"

EC-MCM '99 was followed by a half-day workshop by the EC sponsored Good-Die Project.

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