Korean media ASML’s most advanced EUV equipment production capacity will be purchased by Intel this year

According to Korean media \”TheElec\”, most of ASML\’s high numerical aperture EUV equipment orders as of the first half of next year have been purchased by Intel (INTC-US), including the five sets of equipment planned to be produced this year, all of which will be shipped to this company. American chip manufacturer.

According to Korean media \”TheElec\”, ASML has purchased most of its high numerical aperture EUV equipment orders by the first half of next year from Intel (INTC-US), including the five sets of equipment planned to be produced this year, which will all be shipped to the American chip manufacturer. business.
Sources said that since the production capacity of ASML high numerical aperture EUV equipment is about 5 to 6 units per year this means that Intel will obtain all the initial inventory.
Intel rivals Samsung and SK Hynix are not expected to get the device until sometime in the second half of next year.
Intel reportedly snapped up the equipment when it announced it was re-entering the chip foundry manufacturing business.
ASML\’s high numerical aperture EUV equipment, which is essential for wafer manufacturers to make wafers at the 2nm process node, costs more than 350 million euros ($373 million) each.
This state-of-the-art device directs EUV light onto silicon wafers to create complex patterns, significantly improving the resolution and accuracy of semiconductor patterns.
Mark Phillips, director of lithography, hardware and solutions for Intel Foundry\’s logic technology development division, previously said Intel will put the High NA EUV exposure machine into process development later this year.
Intel claims that the tool can change the optical design of projected printed images on silicon wafers to significantly improve the resolution and scalability of future processors.
To support advanced processing nodes, Intel and ASML have teamed up to assemble ASML\’s TWINSCAN EXE:5000 scanner, making Intel the first in the industry to acquire high NA EUV tools.
Phillips said Intel was very actively involved in the tool\’s initial discussions and concepts as well as being a customer, working with ASML to figure out the business case for the tool and how to use it effectively and agreeing on the specifications years ago.

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