After Lee Jae-yong, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics, visited Europe in October this year and met with Peter Wennink, CEO of ASML, it was rumored that Wennink also exchanged gifts and visited Samsung last week, hoping to promote Cooperation case of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography machine.
Business Korea reported on December 1 that Wennink and other ASML executives visited Samsung semiconductor Factory last week to discuss the supply and development cooperation case for EUV lithography equipment. Industry insiders believe that Samsung has asked ASML to supply more EUV lithography equipment, and the two sides have discussed cooperation to develop a new generation of EUV equipment.
ASML, the world’s only EUV equipment manufacturer, currently supplies more to TSMC than Samsung. Samsung hopes to form a technology alliance with ASML to obtain more new-generation EUV lithography equipment. ASML also has a need to invest and cooperate with Samsung, because a new generation of EUV equipment requires a lot of research and development funds.
Samsung wants to invest in the development of high-numerical aperture (High-Na) EUV equipment, which can improve the circuit resolution required for semiconductor microfabrication. ), which is 2-3 times larger than the current style. ASML plans to launch a prototype of the device in mid-2023, and Samsung hopes to get the device before TSMC and strive for a technological lead.
However, a Samsung insider revealed that the two sides did not reach an investment decision at the meeting. ASML executives only came to Samsung at the invitation of Lee Jae-yong in October. ASML executives also visited SK Hynix (SK Hynix) President Lee Seok-hee (Lee Seok-hee), the news shows that they discussed how to expand the supply of EUV equipment and promote cooperation.
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