James Lu’s Research News:

·   William D. Ashman Achievement Award of International Microelectronics and Packaging Society (IMAPS), 2010.  RPI Press Release, 11/11/2010. http://news.rpi.edu/update.do?artcenterkey=2789
William D. Ashman Achievement Award

·   IMAPS Member Spotlight: Spring 2010,

·    Slimmer Nanorods Lead to Low-Temperature Bonding, nanotechweb.org, Feb. 19, 2009

·   Slimmer, Stickier Nanorods Give Boost to 3-D Computer Chips, ScienceDaily, March 24, 2009, RPI Press Release, March 17, 2009

·    2008 IEEE CPMT Exceptional Technical Achievement Award, RPI Press Release,May 29, 2008 (Also see the news in Semiconductor International, Nanotechnology Now, Inside Rensselaer, and others)


·        "New Method for Compacting Carbon Nanotubes into Tight Bundles" , AZoNano.com | The A to Z of Nanotechnology, June 07, 2007.


·        "The Original Nano Workout: Helping Carbon Nanotubes Get Into Shape" , RPI Press Release, June 06, 2007.


·        EE Times Top Story "Bunched nanotubes show promise for conducting electricity", Nicolas Mokhoff (06/07/2007 9:42 AM EDT)


·        Received several plaques from the general chair of the IMAPS International Conference and Exhibition on Device Packaging in recognition of Lu’s service to the society. Reported in MILESTONES of Rensselaer Alumni Magazine - Summer 2006.  Dr. Lu served as the Technical Chair, Workshop Chair and Session Chair of the 3D Packaging Workshop at the International Microelectronics and Packaging Society (IMAPS) Conference since 2006.  Dr. Lu is also a member (3D Chair) of the IMAPS National Technical Committee

·        “Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute recently introduced a via-first 3D technology platform in which in a single hybrid bonding step, bonds of copper-to-copper, BCB-to-BCB and Cu-to-BCB can be formed over the entire wafer”, reported in an article of Electronic Trends by Steve Berry and Sandra Winkler, in the July 2006 Issue of Chip Scale Review magazine, page 9.

·        Business Week Annual Report: "The Future of Technology and the IT 100: More Life For Moore's Law”, Printer-friendly PDF version,  Business Week, Issue June 20, 2005


The article entitled, "More Life For Moore's Law - Chipmakers can't keep using the same tricks to boost speed" includes Dr. Lu's work in the area of 3D chip development.

·        Designing for New Dimensions: Rensselaer researchers reach for new heights with 3-D chip technology”, Printer-friendly PDF version, Rensselaer Research Quarterly, Spring 2005

“Just as civil engineers of the 1880s began building skyscrapers in crowded cities, Lu is pioneering chip real estate by developing high-rise, 3-D chips to alleviate congestion in integrated circuits.”

·        Future ICs Go Vertical, in Semiconductor International, Feb. 14, 2005

·        Press Release: Rensselaer Researchers Funded for 3-D Computer Chip Development”, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Dec. 06, 2004.

A team of Rensselaer researchers working to develop 3-D vertical, or stacked, chips into high-speed integrated systems to meet the increasing memory and processing demands that exceed conventional 2-D computer chips as processor speeds increase toward 10 GHz and higher, have received new funding to move the concept to commercialization.

“The specific project involves design of 3-D processor memory stacks, headed by McDonald, and research on key technologies needed for 3-D chip fabrication, such as wafer alignment, headed by Lu.”


·        The Lowdown on High-Rise Chips,by George Lawton, a 3D story at IEEE Computer Magazine, October Issue, 2004. (PDF version).

“As today's silicon technology reaches its technical limits in many areas, developers are looking for new ways to design better chips. Typically, they look for ways to make chips faster, more energy efficient, and costeffective, while still using current fabrication techniques and materials.”

“…… companies are working on high-rise, multilayer chips. Instead of laying out the vast majority of a chips' circuitry on a single layer of silicon, they are making chips with circuitry arranged vertically as well as horizontally. “

·        "Up, Not Sideways", PC Magazine: October 28, 2003.

·         When the 3-D Chips are Down”, the Alchemist News at The Alchemist The ChemWeb Magazine, 8 September 2003.  

“Interconnections between microelectronics components are being built by researchers that could lead to the development of a 3-D chip.”  more  > or   here  >

·        Press Release: Making 3-D Chips a Reality”, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute homepage, August 29, 2003.

“Researchers at Rensselaer’s Focus Center-NY for Interconnections for Gigascale Integration believe that a strategy in which several chip wafers are bonded together in 3-D and interconnected provides an effective means to integrate chip technologies, and will dramatically improve performance and function. Working with collaborators from the semiconductor industry and other universities, the Rensselaer team is developing more effective interconnects that will allow information to get where it’s going more quickly and make computing ever faster. “

“At Rensselaer, we’re working with others to develop a very promising approach to building vertically integrated (3-D) circuits; going up instead of across”, says Lu.

“Mixing the systems on a 3-D chip will enable technology for future chips to be low-cost and will also allow nanoelectronic, opto-electronic, and biochemical circuits to be integrated into heterogeneous systems,” says Lu.

·        Peter Singer (Editor-in-Chief),  3-D ICs: How They Stack Up at RPI”,  Tech News of Emerging Technologies, <<Semiconductor International>> magazine, vol. 26, No. 8, p. 44, July 2003. 

“Lu believes that a strategy where several wafers are bonded together and interconnected provides a more effective means of integrating chip technologies, while also increasing performance.

‘We're developing monolithic wafer-level 3-D integration processes that potentially can achieve all the advantages of system-on-a-chip and system-in-a-package, while lowering cost, enabling the use of small form factors and achieving high performance,’ Lu said.

·        Robert A. Metzger (Editor), "Top Development in Microelectronics in 1998"  <<Compound Semiconductor>> magazine, vol. 4, No. 9, page 22, Dec. 1998.


·        Jack Browne (Publisher/Editor), "IEDM Preview, Device Technology Advances at 44th IEDM"  <<Microwave & RF >>, page 41, Nov. 01, 1998.


·        Paul Marks (Journalist), "Make Waves" in <<New Scientist>> magazine, 7 March 1998


·        Several times on Magazines and Campus News of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

TV and Radio News

·        RPI 3D Research, TV News: RPI_3D_Research_TV_News_2003.wmv,  WRGB CBS 6 Albany: Sept. 10, 2003, and Aug. 29, 2003, http://www.wrgb.com/

·        WGY Radio News, Valley Tech Report, Sept. 8, 2003, http://www.WGY.com

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