Photonics, biochips, front-end memories… A new life for Nano-Imprint Lithography (NIL)

“NIL has already been implemented for some non-semiconductor applications, mostly at the research level,” explains Amandine Pizzagalli, Technology & Market Analyst, Semiconductor Manufacturing at Yole Développement (Yole). “Semiconductor devices mostly require photolithography technology. However, the emergence of new semiconductor devices demands tighter nanoscale resolution, complex shapes and more cost-effective lithography solutions. This has triggered the need for new patterning processes.”

Although the NIL equipment business is still a niche market for semiconductor applications, it is expected to explode. Its CAGR between 2018 and 2024 will reach an impressive 24%, making the market worth US$146 million by 2024, announces Yole in its Nano-Imprint Technology Trends for Semiconductor Applications report.

The NIL report from Yole is a detailed analysis of the technologies in three major semiconductor applications: photonics, biochips and front-end memories (3D NAND). It details the key players and supply chain and announces 2018-2024 equipment market forecast (breakdown by device type and end-application segment). This market & technology report also presents the equipment suppliers by device type and global market shares within the semiconductor business. Yole’s analysts also deliver an overview of the NIL technology users and a detailed roadmap related to the technology adoption. What are the main NIL technologies for semiconductor applications? What is the status of NIL adoption today? How will it evolve? What are the key drivers? What are the remaining challenges for NIL implementation? How is doing what? … More info.

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