The joint marketing and technical collaboration will leverage the strengths of two market leaders to provide nano-fingerprint lithography development kits and enhance industrial-level implementation.
Street. Florian, Austria And the TokyoAnd the September 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The EV Group (EVG), a leading provider of wafer and lithography bonding equipment to the MEMS, nanotechnology and semiconductor markets, today announced that Toppan Photomask Co. Ltd. Co-marketing agreement for nanoimprint lithography (NIL) as a large-volume manufacturing (HVM) process for the photonics industry.
This collaboration, which combines the strengths of a leading supplier and leader in NIL systems and a leading supplier of optical disks to the semiconductor market, aims to establish NIL as an industry standard production process for photonics manufacturing, and accelerate its implementation in HVMs to support a variety of applications. These applications include augmented/mixed/virtual reality headsets, smartphone and car sensors, as well as medical imaging systems.
As part of this non-exclusive collaboration, EVG and Toppan Photomask will combine their knowledge, experience, and services to provide NIL development kits using Toppan Photomask’s master molds and EVG’s equipment and process development services to further promote NIL technology and its implementation capabilities on an industrial scale. In addition, EVG will present NIL technology and product demonstrations to companies interested in EVG’s NILPhotonics.® The Competence Center is headquartered in Austria. Furthermore, each company will designate the other as a recommended partner in the supply chain for companies interested in leveraging NIL to support their production needs.
“Toban Photomask is very excited to enter into a collaboration with EVG,” he said. Chan Ok Jeon, Chief Technology Officer of Toppan Photomask Co., Ltd. “EVG’s NIL and processing capabilities are world-class and will enable cost-effective growth in photonics and other new technologies now adapting to NIL technology. Toppan Photomask sees a bright future as NIL grows into another successful lithography solution, which is enabled by The solid strengths of both companies.
Bringing Nanoimprint lithography to mainstream manufacturing
Traditional lithography techniques are reaching their limits when it comes to addressing future applications that require the creation of small, arbitrary-shaped patterns, such as metallic lenses. NIL is a proven and cost-effective process for generating nanometer-scale resolution patterns on complex structures, and is thus a viable alternative for these applications. NIL can very efficiently replicate these complex structures, in large areas, with fewer design constraints and a very simplified process flow, for both prototyping and HVM.
EVG has been a leader in NIL technology for more than 20 years and has helped strengthen the broader NIL ecosystem through partnerships across the NIL supply chain – from suppliers of optical materials (such as adhesives and resistors), core materials, optical stamp production to manufacturers of components and devices. Through this collaboration between two well-established industry leaders in lithography and photomask manufacturing, respectively, EVG and Toppan Photomask intend to promote the adoption of NIL as the dominant HVM technology for the photonics industry.
According to Marcus Wimplinger, Director of Corporate Technology Development and IP Manager at EV Group, “We are excited to partner with Toppan Photomask to bring nanoimprint lithography to key manufacturing applications. As a leading supplier of semiconductor photonic tumors with a reputation for the highest quality standards, Toppan Photomask has the expertise Extensive business with standardized production methods that include the world’s most stringent manufacturing requirements. This first-of-its-kind collaboration between a nanofingerprint processing service and equipment provider and a major nanofingerprint manufacturer is a major win for the industry and will help our customers rapidly scale NIL as a mass production technology for devices and components. Advanced Visual – helping them bring new “virtual” ideas into reality.
Upcoming Nanoprint Industry Events
Experts from both companies will be available to discuss this collaboration at the Eurosensors 2022 Conference on Micro and Nanoengineering (MNE), being held at the Academic Campus at Gasthuisberg in Leuven, BelgiumFrom From the 19th to the 23rd of September. Event attendees can visit EVG at Booth #S8 to find out more.
In addition to, Kristen Tanner from EVG giving an invited public lecture at the Nanoimprint and Nanoprint Technology (NNT) Conference in Toyama, Japan on me October 5titled “Nanoimprint – From Specialized to Mass Manufacturing,” where it will discuss the importance of a matching set of NIL mastering techniques, equipment, and replication processes.
NILPhotonics Competence Center: Flexible Collaboration Mode
EVG’s NILPhotonics Competence Center provides an open innovation incubator for customers and partners across the NIL supply chain to collaborate to shorten development cycles and time to market innovative photonic devices and applications. The center is highly flexible and adapts to the diverse needs of clients while ensuring the highest level of IP protection for every aspect of development. The cleanroom is designed to meet the most stringent customer requirements and allows for virtual line concepts as chips are reintroduced into the Fab to customers for further processing. More information is available at https://www.evgroup.com/products/process-services/nilphotonics-competence-center/.
About Toban Photomask
Toppan Photomask Co., Ltd. (TPC) is the world’s leading provider of semiconductor optical disks. Headquartered in TokyoTPC was launched in April 2022 As a deduction from Toppan Inc. , a leading diversified global company in communications, security, packaging, decorative materials and electronics solutions. With a group of companies that includes Toppan Photomasks Inc. Headquartered in the United States, Toppan Chunghwa Electronics Co., Ltd. in TaiwanTPC leverages its global customer service network and seven manufacturing facilities in key geographic locations to offer the world’s most advanced technology. TPC is also expanding its business into the area of cured silicone products, such as stencil masks and nano-fingerprint molds, to contribute to the further development of industry-leading products for smartphones, artificial intelligence and 5G. For more information visit https://www.photomask.co.jp/english/.
About the EV Group (EVG)
EV Group (EVG) is a leading supplier of equipment and process solutions for manufacturing semiconductors, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), composite semiconductors, power devices and nanotechnology devices. Major products include wafer bonding, thin-film processing, nano-fingerprint lithography/lithography (NIL) and measuring equipment, as well as photoresist coatings, detergents and screening systems. Founded in 1980, EV Group provides services and supports an elaborate network of global clients and partners around the world. More information about EVG is available at www.EVGroup.com
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