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Nanoprinting: a new advance toward industrial scale-up


Leti, a CEA Tech institute, recently demonstrated nanoprinting as a potential technology for fabricating complex electronic components. The technology, used to print integrated circuit patterns, is now closer to a key stage in the industrial scale-up process.

Published on 17 January 2017

​Electronic component integration densities are constantly increasing, and the pattern resolutions that can be obtained using photolithography are reaching their limits. One alternative method currently being investigated is nanoprinting, which offers the advantage of e-beam lithography’s high resolutions and higher production throughput. “The patterns are created by the mechanical deformation of a resin. A mold, which is similar to a stamp, is used. The process is very simple, which opens the door to higher throughput and lower production costs,” said a Leti researcher.

However, the technique is not suitable for components with high “form ratios” (fine, deep engraved patterns). The researchers replaced the structured resin layer, which usually serves as the mask, with a three-layer stack and modified the lithography and etching process to achieve greater printable form ratios. The initial run of 200 mm wafers completed for an industrial R&D partner is currently undergoing testing. The process could be tested on 300 mm wafers next year.

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