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Samsung doubles chipmaking productivity with new etching tech

South Korean plant adopts cutting-edge lithography equipment for memory chips

Samsung's DRAM plant in Hwaseong is the first to deploy extreme ultraviolet lithography for mass production of memory chips. (Photo courtesy of the company)

SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics has begun full operation on a semiconductor line that taps a new technique to double the manufacturing productivity for sophisticated memory chips, the first overhaul of production technology in two decades.

Samsung announced Wednesday that it has deployed extreme ultraviolet lithography at a DRAM plant in Hwaseong, a city near the company's headquarters in Seoul. The group is the first to use the technology for mass production of memory chips.

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