2019-2020 Mask Maker Survey Results


The survey results of the 2019-2020 Mask Maker Survey from the eBeam Initiative. • Multi-Beam and EUV Trends Becoming Visible • 558,834 masks reported by 10 different companies than last year • Masks written with Multi-Beam Mask Writers more than doubled • EUV mask yield reported at 91% • MPC usage increasing at leading edge nodes Click here to see the presentation. » read more

Survey: 2019 eBeam Initiative Perceptions Survey Results


Results of the 2020 eBeam Initiative Perceptions survey, now called the Luminaries survey, will be made available starting on September 22 here: Meanwhile, here is the 8th Annual Perceptions Survey – 2019 (July). 68 luminaries across 42 different companies participated. Some highlights: Deep learning impact predicted by 2020: 76% of the respondents say it’s somewhat to very lik... » read more

Machine Learning For IC Production


Semiconductor Engineering sat down to discuss artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and chip and photomask manufacturing technologies with Aki Fujimura, chief executive of D2S; Jerry Chen, business and ecosystem development manager at Nvidia; Noriaki Nakayamada, senior technologist at NuFlare; and Mikael Wahlsten, director and product area manager at Mycronic. What follows are excerpt... » read more

Next EUV Challenge: Mask Inspection


Extreme ultraviolet ([gettech id="31045" comment="EUV"]) lithography is still not ready for prime time, but the technology finally is moving in the right direction. The EUV light source, for example, is making progress after years of delays and setbacks. Now, amid a possible breakthrough in EUV, the industry is revisiting a nagging issue and asking a simple question: How do you inspect EUV p... » read more