ASML takes over the estate and staff of bankrupt Mapper




ASML has taken over the intellectual property and staff of Mapper. As part of ASML, Mapper employees can continue to work on Mapper e-beam lithography technology.

ASML acquires ‘the majority’ of Mapper’s employees. That is what the employees of the bankrupt Mapper have heard of Monday. For the time being they can continue to work in Delft, home of Mapper. Because intellectual property also comes under ASML with regard to e-beam lithography, they can further develop these techniques.

In addition, there are opportunities at ASML in Duivendrecht for other research departments for the employees and they can, for example, work on the euv or successor high-after euv lithography techniques. ASML does not state how many employees are transferred and also the financial details of the transaction are unknown.

“Even though Mappers e-beam application is different from that of ASML, I am convinced that we can offer a satisfactory environment at ASML,” says ASML CEO Peter Wennink . He already said earlier that the technology should be retained for the Netherlands.

Mapper’s bankruptcy was pronounced at the end of December. Mapper was founded in 2000 and since then tried to make an alternative to immersion lithography for the production of chips based on electron beam lithography . Here, large quantities of parallel electron beams apply patterns to a photosensitive layer. The technique was unsuccessful, partly because the speed so far was insufficient for mass production.



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