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ASML Shows Off $380 Million Chip Making Machine

 ASML Holding NV is showing off its latest chipmaking machine, a €350 million ($380 million) piece of equipment that weighs as much as two Airbus A320s.

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Media outlets were given a tour on Friday of the system known as High-NA extreme ultraviolet. Intel Corp. has already placed orders for the machine and got the first one shipped to a factory in Oregon in late December.

The company plans to start making chips with it in late 2025.

The machine can print lines on semiconductors 8 nanometers thick, 1.7 times smaller than the previous generation. The thinner the lines, the more transistors you can fit on a chip. And the more transistors you can fit on a chip, the higher the processing speeds and memory.

ASML is the only company that produces equipment needed to make the most sophisticated semiconductors, and demand for its products is a bellwether for the industry’s health.


source: Bloomberg/ASML
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