Towards the end of last year, I reported on the fact that eSilicon had started to offer online quotes for multi-project wafer (MPW) shuttle services. (See: eSilicon Offers Online Quotes for Multi-Project Wafer Shuttle Services.) As I said at that time:
Generating this sort of quote is not as easy as you might think (eSilicon says it's "a non-trivial endeavor"). It usually takes around a week (40 hours) to get an MPW quote set up. By comparison, using eSilicon's instant online system, which involves some ferociously clever software behind the GUI (graphical user interface), takes only around 15 minutes. All you have to do is answer a series of questions using pull-down menus, then the system generates all of the relevant outputs and agreements necessary for you to proceed.
Well, eSilicon has now enhanced its automated, instant online quote system to include standard and custom package services. Even better, the instant online quote system also boasts a smartphone interface. MPW package options available online include Wirebond Leadframe, Wirebond BGA, and Flip Chip BGA. Click here for more details.
— Max Maxfield, Editor of All Things Fun & Interesting