What is Important about Patterning?
Patterning is the backbone of scaling, which has reduced the size of the transistor to where it is today, in turn making modern electronic devices increasingly affordable. Consequently, patterning is also the driving force behind a multitude of advances in semiconductor manufacturing technologies.
What role does Applied Materials play?
As a leader in semiconductor equipment manufacturing, Applied enables the transfer of the pattern into the device structure. Our systems make it possible for our customers to etch the masks used for the photolithography process; perform the deposition, etching, and related processes guided by the patterns on the wafer; and examine both masks and wafers to ensure high-quality patterning and corresponding on-wafer performance. Our systems and processes have progressively evolved to address the numerous challenges arising from shrinking pattern dimensions.
Applied offers advanced patterning solutions that extend customers’ 193nm lithography equipment for fabricating devices for the 22nm node and beyond.