Amkor and PMC-Sierra Collaborate on Flip-Chip Packaging Solutions

8/28/2002 - Amkor Technology, the world's largest provider of outsourced semiconductor assembly and test services, and PMC-Sierra, a leading provider of broadband semiconductors, released second generation flip-chip packaging solutions. PMC-Sierra worked with Amkor engineers to define the packaging architectures that achieve lower power and smaller die size required for networking equipment. The new flip-chip packaging solutions are used in PMC-Sierra's 10 Gigabit Ethernet XENONTM family of devices and PMC-Sierra's OC-48 and OC-192 transport optimized CHESS-IIITM chip set.

With its superior signal integrity characteristics, reduced footprint and high current distribution capability, flip-chip packaging is ideally suited for the high speed processing demanded by ultra-high performance networking applications. The technology supports up to 258 3.125 Gigabit-per-second serial links.

"Amkor is working closely with PMC-Sierra to develop flip-chip packaging solutions that support high performance applications, ranging from wireless base station equipment to large-scale networking systems," said Richard Groover, Amkor's vice president for flip-chip technology. "We are also working together on a product roadmap that employs more advanced substrate technologies to further enhance the price/performance of flip-chip solutions."

"PMC-Sierra is also collaborating with Amkor on third generation flip-chip solutions to create higher performance IC architectures," said Greg Aasen, chief operating officer at PMC-Sierra. "Flip-chip technology offers the industry's highest levels of signal integrity, while simultaneously improving performance efficiencies."

About Amkor (
Amkor Technology, Inc. is the world's largest provider of contract semiconductor assembly and test services. The company offers semiconductor companies and electronics OEMs a complete set of microelectronic design and manufacturing services. More information on Amkor is available from the company's SEC filings.

About PMC-Sierra (
PMC-Sierra is a leading provider of high-speed broadband communications semiconductors and MIPS-based processors for Enterprise, Access, Metro Optical Transport, Storage Area Networking and Wireless network equipment that makes up the backbone of the Internet. The company offers worldwide technical and sales support, including a network of offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia. PMC-Sierra is included in the S&P 500 Index, which consists of 500 stocks chosen for market size, liquidity, and industry group representation and in the Nasdaq-100 Index (NDX), which contains the largest non-financial companies on the Nasdaq Stock Market. The company is publicly traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the PMCS symbol.

PMC-SierraTM, XENONTM and CHESS-IIITM are trademarks of PMC-Sierra, Inc. The Amkor Technology logo is a registered trademark of Amkor Technology, Inc.

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