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Japanese companies fight for share of EUV chip technology sector

Tokyo Electron in the mix for peripheral devices for next-generation technology

Japanese chipmaking equipment manufacturers such as Tokyo Electron and Lasertec are competing for a bigger share of the market in EUV next-generation semiconductor technology. (Screenshots from the Tokyo Electron, NuFlare Technology and Lasertec websites) 

TOKYO -- A next-generation semiconductor technology known as extreme ultraviolet lithography, or EUV, is the focus of intensifying competition among Japanese chipmaking equipment manufacturers including Tokyo Electron and Lasertec.

EUV exposure equipment, the core of the technology, is a cutting-edge chipmaking apparatus in the highly complex world of producing semiconductors that are indispensable to powering high technology products. The ongoing generational change involving technological advances in the chipmaking equipment market is worth more than 6 trillion yen ($56.5bn) annually and is naturally generating a huge impact.

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