Embedded Multi-die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB) is an approach developed by Intel to in-package high density interconnect of heterogeneous chips. The industry refers to this application as 2.5D package integration. Instead of using a large Si interposer typically found in other 2.5D approaches (like TSMC's CoWoS and Unimicron's embedded interposer carrier), EMIB uses a very small bridge die with multiple routing layers, but without TSVs. This bridge die is embedded as part of Intel's substrate fabrication process.
Altera is enabling next-generation platforms with 3D SiP technology built with Intel’s EMIB.  Altera has launched the Stratix 10 FPGA which consists of HBM2 3D DRAM combined with FPGAs by using the EMIB.
Heterogeneous Integration using EMIB
The basic concept of EMIB is that it uses thin pieces (below 75um) of silicon with multi-layer and fine-pitch BEOL interconnects (2um lines & 2um spaces ), embedded in an organic substrate, to enable localized dense die-to-die interconnects between dies assembled on the substreate. Figure 1 shows a schematic diagram of heterogeneous integration using EMIB.
Figure 2. Schematic showing the EMIB architecture. (a) Cross-section view; (b) top view of a test vehicle and its design layout to highlight localized high density interconnects and pitches.
EMIB vs. Interposer
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