Resonac Announces New US-JOINT Consortium; Ten Partners to Collaborate on Next-Generation Semiconductor Packaging in Silicon Valley

Resonac Corporation today unveiled a new consortium of ten partners, called “US-JOINT,” for its semiconductor back-end process R&D in Silicon Valley. The ten American and Japanese semiconductor materials and equipment companies are: Azimuth; KLA; Kulicke & Soffa; Moses Lake Industries; MEC; ULVAC; NAMICS; TOK; TOWA; and Resonac.

 

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US-JOINT expands the activities of Japan-based open consortiums led by Resonac (known as "JOINT" and "JOINT2") in the U.S. and includes the participation of five U.S.-based companies. US-JOINT R&D will take place at a new R&D center in Union City, Calif., set up through co-investment with the partners. The construction of cleanrooms and equipment installation will begin this year, and the facility is expected to be fully operational in 2025.

By providing customers with a focused, dedicated and co-located team of expert support companies in one facility, we provide faster evaluation, development and greater improvements with significant time savings. This is our raison d'etre.”

David Lee, General Manager and Owner, Azimuth

Mr. Rahm Emanuel, the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, said, “With nearly every area of our daily lives now dependent on semiconductors, it is critical that we strengthen supply chains through cooperation with trusted partners in the sector. This new consortium of leading American and Japanese companies in the semiconductor industry is the latest example of our two nations joining forces to accelerate the development of advanced technologies of global importance.”

US-JOINT is an open consortium designed for end-customer collaboration to verify the latest requirements for semiconductor packaging of advanced devices and validate new concepts in development. In addition, by co-creating with customers, Resonac and the US-JOINT members will capture market needs in real time, accelerating the R&D of materials and equipment technologies.

The US-JOINT consortium is coming together at a pivotal time for the semiconductor industry in which we see applications like AI accelerating development of interconnect technologies. We hear from customers that they need more advanced lithography processes to drive their substrate technology roadmaps. KLA's large scan optics direct imaging solutions help push the boundaries of what’s possible for advanced packages, and we are looking forward to delivering new innovations through our work with the consortium.”

Oreste Donzella, Executive Vice President, Electronics, Packaging and Components Group, KLA Corporation

“Today’s rapidly expanding next-generation semiconductors for generative AI and autonomous driving require new approaches to advanced packaging technologies, such as 2.5D and 3D1,” said Hidenori Abe, executive director of Electronics Business Headquarters, Resonac. “In recent years, major semiconductor manufacturers and fabless companies in Silicon Valley, including GAFAM2, are designing semiconductors in-house and creating new concepts in back-end packaging one after another. This is where the US-JOINT consortium can contribute significantly with our leading technology in materials and equipment on-shore in the U.S.”

Advanced packaging and back-end processing of semiconductors has traditionally been located primarily in Asia. Bringing packaging R&D closer to major semiconductor device makers in Silicon Valley will help to further advance the technology and solve technical issues, especially in the areas that other U.S. consortiums do not cover enough, including advancements in the substrate, interposer and fabrication of the package.

Jan Vardaman, president, TechSearch International, Inc., said, "This represents a tremendous opportunity for U.S. companies to take advantage of the expertise gathered in material and equipment for advanced packaging development."

For details, please refer to the website, Resonac Holdings Corporation: https://www.resonac.com/.

12.5D packaging is a technology to place semiconductor chips in parallel on the interposer. 3D packaging is a technology to laminate chips with TSV (through silicon via).
2GAFAM stands for Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft.

About the Resonac Group

The Resonac Group was established in January 2023 as a result of the integration of the Showa Denko Group and the Showa Denko Materials Group (former Hitachi Chemical Group). The Group’s annual sales of semiconductor and electronic materials amount to approximately 340 billion yen. The Group is recognized for its extensive lineup of semiconductor materials for back-end processes, which have top market share globally. The integration of the two companies has enabled the Resonac Group to make material design and development in-house from raw materials through to finished goods. The new trade name “RESONAC” was created as a combination of two English words, namely, the word “RESONATE” and “C” from the first letter of CHEMISTRY. The Resonac Group actively leverages its co-creative platform to accelerate technological innovation with semiconductor manufacturers, materials manufacturers, and equipment manufacturers in Japan and across the globe.

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