GIGAPHOTON SHIPS ITS FIRST ARF EXCIMER LASER CAPABLE OF SUPPORTING 450-MM WAFER MULTI-PATTERNING LITHOGRAPHY

Built around our “eco” concept, the GT64A pushes the limits of minimizing total operational cost while delivering the industry’s highest level power output (120W) and stability

OYAMA, JAPAN; July 1, 2013 — Gigaphoton, Inc. a major lithography light source manufacturer, announced today that it has completed delivery of its first ArF immersion Excimer laser supporting 450mm multi-patterning, the GT64A, to a major lithography scanner manufacturer.

This product is the latest advancement in Gigaphoton’s continuously evolving ArF platform – offering even greater levels of performance and efficiency to support the growing requirements of our customers’ High Volume Manufacturing (HVM) environment.  The product inherits proven “timeless” technologies from its predecessors such as the twin-chamber architecture, output control algorithm, and beam alignment technologies, and advances them further to achieve greater output power, beam performance and stability – offering customers the industry’s highest level of reliability, recovery time, and module life.

The GT64A, with its extremely high laser efficiency levels, can produce variable power outputs ranging from 90W to 120W for multi-patterning in 450-mm wafer production applications.  Power output can be automatically adjusted to optimal levels based on the scanner’s requirements and the customers’ process.  With its highly stable energy, spectral bandwidth, and beam profile, combined with longer pulse durations, the product offers greatly improved overlay accuracy, critical dimension control, and minimization of line edge roughness – all of which are extremely important for multi-patterning.

“To support the semiconductor industry’s health and growth during turbulent times, it is essential to our company’s existence that we continue to focus on delivering the most effective Excimer laser technology for HVM in conjunction with world-class support and services”, said Hitoshi Tomaru, President and CEO of Gigaphoton.  “With this in mind, I am very pleased we were able to deliver our first product designed to support the highly anticipated 450 mm wafer scanners.  This achievement also signifies our contribution to the industry’s goal of maturing 450mm technology – bringing us one step closer to HVM.”

About Gigaphoton:

Since its founding in 2000, Gigaphoton has developed and delivered user-friendly, high-performance DUV laser light sources used by major semi-conductor chipmakers in the Pan-Asian, US and European regions.

Gigaphoton's patented, innovative LPP EUV technology solutions lead the way to cost-effective, highly productive lithography sources for high-volume production. With a global business outlook, Gigaphoton strives to be the world’s number-one lithography light source provider, focusing on end-user needs in every phase of its business, from research and development to manufacturing to best-in-class reliability and world-class customer support. For more information please visit www.gigaphoton.com

Media Contacts:

Katsumoto Terashima
Corporate Planning Division
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Naoto Hisanaga
Sales Division
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E: naoto_hisanaga@gigaphoton.com

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