European chip packaging start-up aims to break turnaround records

European chip packaging start-up aims to break turnaround records
David Manners
A new European semiconductor company launched at Semicon Europa aims to break all records in industry cycle times for packaging and test.
“Cycle times in this business are usually quoted in weeks – the good guys quote in days – but we’ll be quoting hours,” said Steve Lerner, CEO of the company called Custom Silicon Configuration Services, or CS2 for short.
CS2 is the first company to be backed by the venture capital fund IT-Partners set up by IMEC, the International Microelectronics Centre at the University of Leuven and several Belgian banks.
CS2’s competitiveness will come from its concentration on the most advanced packaging techniques and very quick turnaround. “We’ll be able to do it in 72 hours,” said Lerner. “With some lots, a customer will be able to bring in wafers one evening and fly out with packaged chips next morning. You can do it, with small lots, in 12 hours. The time it takes nowadays is nearly all in the logistics.”


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