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Lithography accounts for 40% of the cost of fabricating sub-14 nm integrated circuits (ICs) and requires special equipment with a price tag of tens of millions of euros. Aselta Nanographics decided to tackle this key step and deliver two major benefits to IC manufacturers: better process design and mask quality, since Aselta's software lets engineers assess lithography process performance in advance; and the ability to use existing machines for future technology nodes—thereby eliminating the need for further investments—since Aselta's software pushes the limits of machine resolution by providing unparalleled performance in terms of proximity effect correction.
Through its joint lab with Leti, Aselta is developing software for the next technology nodes and laying the groundwork for future technological advancements like direct e-beam etching. The company has exclusive licenses to several Leti patents.
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.