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Reticle

Synonymous with photomask.
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In semiconductor manufacturing, a “reticle” is a “photomask.”

At one time, the term “photomask” was used to describe a “master template” used with a 1X stepper or lithography system. The term “reticle” was used to described a “master template” used in a 2X, 4X or 5X reduction stepper. Today, the terms “photomask” and “reticle” are used interchangeably. They are basically the same thing.

See photomask.