TSMC to invest $1.4 billion in ASML
August 06, 2012 // Peter Clarke
Leading foundry TSMC has opted to take a 5 percent stake in Dutch lithography equipment maker ASML as part of an equity-plus-research funding program. Intel has already opted to take a 15 percent stake in ASML.
TSMC is paying 838 million euro (about $1.04 billion) to acquire its stake in ASML and has committed to contribute 276 million euro (about $340 million), spread over 5 years, to ASML's research and development programs.
TSMC's move follows a similar one by Intel that saw the world's largest chip company agree to acquire a 15 percent stake in ASML as part of a plan to accelerate the development of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography and the transition to manufacturing on 450-mm diameter wafers.
ASML put together the equity-plus-research funding program and pledged to make up to 25 percent of the company available to R&D investment partners. ASML went to Intel, Samsung and TSMC first. With TSMC opting to take a 5 percent stake it leaves 5 percent for Samsung or others to take up.
"One of the biggest challenges facing IC scaling today is how to effectively control the escalating wafer manufacturing cost," said Shang-yi Chiang, TSMC's co-COO, in a statement. "We are confident that the additional funding for ASML's research and development programs will help secure and accelerate EUV development activities, in parallel with the necessary focus on improved performance of existing optical lithography tools and speed up the deployment of new technologies for 450-millimeter wafers. This effort will help the industry control wafer cost, and therefore protect the economic viability of Moore’s Law."
"These technologies will benefit the entire industry and are not restricted to our co-investment partners," said Eric Meurice, CEO of ASML, in the same statement.
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