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Advanced Micro Devices

25 May 2011

Only 50 years after its invention, it is hard to imagine life without the integrated circuit (IC). As the heart - or the brain - of all computers, ICs power the world’s most complex systems in communications, manufacturing, and transportation. A significant and growing part of this market is the flip-chip.

Developed in the 1960s by IBM and used initially in mainframes, flip-chips are mounted face-down, or flipped, directly onto a substrate, circuit board, or carrier. Compared with their wire-bonded cousins, flip-chips are small and can reduce circuit board area by up to 95%, improve processing speed, are less expensive in high-volumes, and are more reliable because they are more rugged.

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