It's amazing how much goes into processors... Time, money, brain power... The quest for more powerful chips has directly contributed to major milestones, and it's kind of cool to think about
I love the Semi world. Good is never enough. To meet the requirements of the future CPUs requires the technology of manufacturing to increase even more dramatically. The next phase may move to electron etching instead of photon etching.
There is an alternative technology for the production of EUV light at lithography power levels. Zplasma Stable DPP uses Sheared Flow Stabilization to stabilize the EUV-emitting plasma. Stable plasma results in light pulses that are 10-100 times longer than than those produced by the unstable plasmas of other sources. The source uses no tin and has a controlled end to each pulse that does not produce the high-energy debris and molten tin sputtering that have been obstacles for other light sources. We have prototyped and demonstrated the physics of Stable DPP in the lab. Zplasma is seeking funding and development partners to scale our prototype up to the 200 watt light source the industry needs.
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