ASML: Reduction chips is great art





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ASML in Veldhoven has been amongst the market leaders in the field of machines for the semiconductor industry. Almost everyone has also called a piece of electronics in which a chip is that using the ASML machines produced. However, these are exciting times for ASML. The customer demand is complex: new consumer must always be smaller and more efficient, and the chips should take care of that. Moore’s Law, named after one of the founders of Intel, states that the number of transistors on a computer chip doubles after a certain period, but gradually seems an end to arrive. Swarmed one is quite working to improve its technology and there are about 3,000 people on the Research & Development department. Currently, most systems ASML still use a photographic process to bring. Patterns on wafers This so-called immersion lithography is achieved with light having a wavelength of 193nm, in which a layer of water between the lens and wafer results in additional light refraction.

Though the effect of immersion lithography is not already hard enough, one is at ASML already many steps further. There are already developed three generations of a machine that uses extreme ultraviolet light, also known as EUV. This should soon even smaller chips can be made. However, EUV lithography uses a totally different way than the techniques they used before. They search Veldhoven therefore considerably the limits of physics.

EUV is not the end. A possible successor would Directed Self-assembly can be self-assembled electronics. This idea dates back to 1976, but has never actually used in reality. And then there’s always the most interesting question is that old Moore’s Law from the ’60s still hold up? Whether there will soon bring an end to this phenomenon and will narrow chips at one point really quit?


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