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Fan-Out Wafer Level Packaging Patent Landscape- Product Image
Fan-Out Wafer Level Packaging Patent Landscape- Product Image

Fan-Out Wafer Level Packaging Patent Landscape

  • ID: 4090853
  • Report
  • November 2016
  • Region: Global
  • 218 Pages
  • Knowmade
With Apple and TSMC changing the game, 2016 is a turning point for the Fan-Out market. The number of enforceable patents is increasing worldwide, with several companies already standing out by virtue of their strong IP position.


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  • Gerad Technologies
  • MediaTek
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With Apple and its A10 processor employing TSMC’s InFO-PoP technology, the fan-out market has exploded. Apple’s involvement will undoubtedly generate increased interest in the fanout platform, and market revenue is forecast to reach around US$2.5B in 2021, with 80% growth between 2015 - 2017.

Moreover, following the high-volume adoption of InFO and the further development of fan-out wafer level packaging technologies, a wave of new players may enter the market. The supply chain is also expected to evolve, with a considerable amount of investment in Fan-Out packaging capabilities.

In such a fast-growing Fan-Out market, it is essential to deeply understand the global patent landscape in order to anticipate changes, harvest business opportunities, mitigate risks, and make strategic decisions in order to strengthen one’s market position and maximize return on one’s IP portfolio.

The report thoroughly investigates the Fan-Out packaging patent landscape (chip-first, chip-last, face-down, face-up, single-die, multi-chip module, package-on-package, system-inpackage, etc.), and this report contains detailed patent analyses including countries of filing, patents’ legal status, and patented technologies, as well as patent owners, their IP position, and IP strategies.

More than 3,100 patents relating to over 1,200 inventions on Fan-Out packaging have been published worldwide through September 2016, coming from 100+ patent applicants. A first wave of patent applications occurred from 1999-2006, induced by Infineon. Patent applications have increased since then, with Freescale (NXP), STATS ChipPAC (JCET), SPIL, Amkor, and TSMC entering the Fan-Out IP arena. Today the number of enforceable patents is increasing worldwide, with several companies already standing out by virtue of their strong IP position.

All of major players involved has filed patents on Fan-Out packaging, except for Nanium, which does not file any patents at all but instead has adopted a different IP strategy that we discuss in this report. Another special case is the presence of patent licensing companies like Polaris Innovations (WiLAN), which in 2015 acquired key patents from Infineon/Qimonda. The visibility of such companies in the patent landscape is a tangible sign of the market explodes.

In the next few years Polaris Innovations could assert its patents to make money, and in this report we present its most critical patents. We have also noted Samsung’s conspicuous IP presence in the FOWLP patent landscape, despite the company’s unclear market position. R&D labs are also present (i.e. Fraunhofer, A - STAR, CEA), but to a lesser extent. Most new entrants in the FOWLP patent landscape are Chinese players (HuaTian Technology, NCAP, SMIC), and more recently we have observed Apple’s appearance. Apple, which this year chose TSMC’s InFO-PoP technology for its A10 APE, has recently filed some patents on Fan-Out wafer level packaging (chip-last, chip-first, PoP, and SiP), reflecting a genuine interest in the FOWLP platform.

Key Features Of The Report:

  • IP trends, including time evolutions and countries of patent filings
  • Patents’ current legal status
  • Ranking of main patent applicants
  • IP collaboration, joint development, and licensing agreements
  • Key players’ IP position, and relative strength of their patent portfolios
  • Patent segmentation by technology solution (chip-first, chip-last, facedown, face-up), process steps (die placement, molding, planarization, RDL), architecture (multi-chip, PoP, SiP, face-to-face package), and technical challenge (warpage, die shift)
  • Matrix showing patent applicants and their patented technologies
  • Technical solutions found in patents for warpage and die-shift issues.
  • FOWLP IP profiles for 18 key companies, including countries of filing, patents’ legal status, patented technologies, prior art strength index, IP blocking potential, partnerships, and IP strategy
  • Excel database with all patents (3,100+) analyzed in this report, including technology segmentation.
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  • Changdian Semiconductor
  • Gerad Technologies
  • MediaTek
  • Powertech Technology
  • STMicroelectronics
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1. Introduction

  • Definitions
  • Scope of the report
  • Key features of the report
  • Objectives of the reports
  • Methodology

2. Market Trends

3. Noteworthy News

4. Executive Summary

5. Patent Landscape Overview

  • Time evolution of patent applications
  • Major offices of patent applications
  • Time evolution of patent applications by country
  • Main patent assignees
  • Industry supply-chain
  • Technology history
  • Time evolution of main patent assignees
  • Acceleration of main patent assignees
  • Countries of priority patents for patent assignees
  • Countries of patent filings for patent assignees
  • Legal status of patents for main patent assignees
  • Remaining lifetime of granted patents
  • Geographic map of granted patents and pending patent applications
  • Countries of granted patents and pending patent applications for main patent assignees
  • IP collaboration network
  • Main patent transactions
  • Licensing agreements
  • IP competitors dependency by patent citations
  • Most cited patents
  • Granted patents near expiration date

6. IP Position Of Main Patent Assignees

  • IP specialization degree
  • Prior art strength index
  • IP leadership
  • IP blocking potential
  • IP enforcement potential
  • The best IP positions
  • Summary of patent portfolios
  • Comparison of patent portfolios of the main IDMs, Foundries and OSATs

7. Patent Litigations

8. Patent Segmentation
For each segment: Number of patents, Time evolution of patent publications and main patent assignees, Matrix of patent assignees vs. technical segments, Matrix of technology vs. process steps/technical challenges/architecture, Matrix of main patent applicants vs. technical segments

9. Technical Challenges
Solutions found in patents to solve warpage and die shift issues

10. IP Profile Of Key Players
Infineon, NXP/Freescale, STATS ChipPAC, TSMC, ASE, Deca Technologies, Nepes, Nanium, SPIL, Amkor, Powertech Technology, Intel, STMicroelectronics, Samsung, NCAP, WiLAN, 3D PLUS, Apple.

Each IP profile includes: time evolution of patent applications, world map of granted patents and pending patent applications, key features and strength of patent portfolio.

11. Conclusion

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  • A*STAR
  • ACE Technology
  • ADL Engineering
  • Altera
  • Amkor
  • Apple
  • ASE
  • Avago Technologies
  • Bridge Semiconductor
  • Bridgelux
  • Broadcom
  • Camtek
  • CEA
  • Cheng Ming
  • ChipMOS
  • Cirrus Logic
  • Conexant Systems
  • Cypress Semiconductor
  • Dainippon Screen Manufacturing
  • Deca Technologies
  • EPIC Technologies
  • EV Group
  • Flipchip International
  • Fraunhofer
  • Fujitsu
  • GE Embedded Electronics
  • General Electric
  • Gerad Technologies
  • GlobalFoundries
  • Hana Micron
  • Hitachi Chemical
  • HuaTian Technology
  • Infineon
  • Intel
  • ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute)
  • JCAP
  • J-Devices
  • Jiangsu University of Science & Technology
  • LSI Logic
  • Macrotech Technology
  • Maxim Integrated Products
  • MediaTek
  • Medtronic
  • Micron Technology
  • Murata Electronics
  • NCAP
  • Nepes
  • Niko Semiconductor
  • Nippon Electric Glass
  • Nitto Denko
  • North Star Innovations
  • (WiLAN)
  • NXP/Freescale
  • Nytell Software
  • Oerlikon
  • PacTech Packaging Technologies
  • Philips
  • Polaris Innovations (WiLAN)
  • Powertech Technology
  • Princo Middle East FZE
  • Qimonda
  • Qualcomm
  • Renesas Electronics
  • Samsung Electronics
  • Samsung Electro Mechanics
  • Semiconductor Components
  • Industries
  • Seoul National University (SNU)
  • Sharp
  • Shinko Electric Industries
  • SK Hynix
  • SMIC
  • Sony
  • Sound Technology
  • SPIL
  • STMicroelectronics
  • Technische Universitat Berlin
  • Tera Probe
  • Tessera
  • Texas Instruments
  • Toray Advanced Mat Korea
  • Toshiba
  • TSMC
  • Ultratech
  • Unimicron Technology
  • United Microelectronics
  • United Test & Assembly Center
  • X-Celeprint
  • Xenogenic Development (Intellectual Ventures)
  • Xilinx
  • Xintec
  • Zhongxin
  • Changdian Semiconductor
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For patent landscape analysis, the patent information is extracted from the FamPat worldwide patent database (Questel-ORBIT) which provides 100+ million patent documents from 95 worldwide patent offices.

The search strategy combines keyword-based searches with expert review and manual screening of the patents. Keywords are searched in the title, abstract, claims and description. Relevant IPC (International Patent Classification) and CPC (Cooperative Patent Classification) are also used for the patent search. The dataset of identified patents is manually cleaned of non-relevant patents. Citing and cited patents of selected relevant patents are also included in the search strategy. The search strategy (keywords and search equations) and the dataset of selected patents is provided in our reports.

The publisher's analysts (PhD team) combine their technical and patent expertise with powerful analytics tools and proprietary methodologies to deliver the most relevant patent analyses.