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TSMC Follows Intel and Invests in 450 mm, EUV Production

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ASML cannot complain about a lack of attention these days.

Following a massive investment from Intel amounting to $4.1 billion, foundry TSMC has also agreed to sink money in to the company to accelerate chip manufacturing technology. TSMC invests $339 million into research targeting the development of Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) and 450 mm lithography tools. TSMC also acquired a 5 percent stake in ASML for $1.03 billion.

Intel previously committed $680 million toward 450 mm development and about $340 million toward EUV. For about $3 billion, Intel received a 15 percent share in ASML.

"We welcome TSMC to our Customer Co-Investment Program. The objective of the Co-Investment program is to secure and accelerate key lithography technologies. These technologies will benefit the entire industry and are not restricted to our Co-Investment partners," said Eric Meurice, Chief Executive Officer of ASML, in a prepared statement.

ASML said it is offering an additional 5 percent stake to willing investors.

The investment program is designed to reduce the individual cost of the development of next-generation manufacturing tools for chip manufacturers. Intel was first to launch the current 300 mm wafer production generation back in 2001 with its Tualatin Pentium III processors.


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    alidan , August 30, 2012 7:59 AM
    larger surface area, more chip yield per waffer, and more profit for close to same production cost,

    it makes sense to invest in it.
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    Anonymous , August 30, 2012 9:09 AM
    Yay! My company made the news.!
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    JAYDEEJOHN , August 30, 2012 9:24 AM
    This is good news, as TSMC goes in early on
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    fazers_on_stun , August 30, 2012 3:05 PM
    I guess this means Samsung bailed on a similar 5% offer from ASML. They will have to make up for that when they buy the tools in the future.
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    A Bad Day , August 30, 2012 8:36 PM
    alidanlarger surface area, more chip yield per waffer, and more profit for close to same production cost,it makes sense to invest in it.

    Unless if you get too greedy and push for bigger implementation too aggressively. Then there's production issues, and nobody likes those.