Canon wants to fight with ASML!

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If you’re currently looking for a silicon etching machine, you need to turn to ASML. This Netherlands-based company currently supplies the highest-performance machines based on EUV (Extreme Ultraviolet) technology. However, these machines are excessively expensive, and that’s where Canon wants to stand out!

Canon wants to step on ASML’s toes!

Canon nanoimpression

To compete with ASML, Canon is banking on a different technology from ultraviolet: nanoimprinting. To this end, the company aims to start shipping machines as early as this year, or as late as early 2025. With these machines, the Japanese company boasts a 90% efficiency rate and a 90% reduction in energy costs. Let’s face it, EUV machines are clearly not good for your electricity bill. What’s more, the cost of these machines defies all competition: 40% of the price of ASML equipment.

Clearly, if Canon’s product succeeds, it’s likely to hurt the competition. All the more so as the company claims to be able to etch 5 nm chips, with a target of 2 nm. Current products, for example, use 5 nm etching for graphics cards such as the 7900 XTX.

Canon nanoimpression fonctionnement

As for how it works, it’s simple: resin is deposited on a silicon wafer. A mask (based on the schematic of the chip to be etched) is then applied to the resin, which is then cured by ultraviolet light!

In contrast, EUV technology uses a resin-coated silicon wafer. The circuit is then etched using ultraviolet light projected through a lens showing the schematic of the chip in question. Finally, the excess resin is removed, leaving only the chip.

It remains to be seen whether or not the Japanese company will succeed in establishing itself on the market. But as the saying goes (or not, I’m making it up): “whatever you do, a Japanese will do it better than you”.