System-In-Package: The Next Step of Integration


Our CTO, Gene Frantz, published an article on Embedded Computing last week titled System-In-Package: The Next Step of Integration. In his article, he poses an interesting question: How do small, innovative companies work with larger semiconductor manufacturers to further integrate their designs?  He outlined four questions that need to be answered “YES” before a large S/C manufacturer will agree to work with any company for a custom integration.

What happens, however, if you can’t answer “YES” to all of them? Are you out of luck?  Is there no path to further integration?  Not quite.  Gene points out that there just might be a way forward with the advances made by Octavo.

Integration Decision Tree

I want to take a minute to dive a little deeper into this statement.  Why do we think we can offer an alternative path of integration for innovative organizations?  The answer is simple. There are three key factors that enable us to provide these solutions:

  1. Our Culture. Our company was founded by a group of people who’ve spent large chunks of their careers trying to promote innovation within the corporate structure of a large S/C company.  We understand that innovation begins small, and we believe in enabling smaller companies to pursue innovation.
  2. Our “Aha!” Moment. Our biggest “aha” moment came when we realized that the ultimate integration takes place as a system level integration of all the transistor types, each on its own die. The obvious solution was to use System in Package (SiP) technology to integrate it all together. We can take the best process for each part of your system and integrate them into a standard IC package, giving you the integration you need.
  3. Our Approach. We believe that there are ways to make the high volume S/C manufacturing process work for lower volume opportunities. This means that we can quickly and affordably produce SiPs for you.

In a nutshell, if you have an electronic design and are looking for an integration path, you have two options.  You can go to a large S/C manufacturer to see if you’ll pass their four tests, or you can contact us and see what we can do for you.

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