Paris, January 16th 2012 - Credits : http:/:www.electronics-eetimes.com
ASELTA Nanographics completed its first round financing with A Plus Finance and CEA Investissement, amounting to 2.65M €uros. The funds will speed up the deployment of the company’s advanced data preparation software for electron beam lithography. Aselta has secured more than 8M €uros financing, including this latest investment; it has been capitalizing on 10 years of CEA/Leti development to productize software allowing leading edge semiconductors to improve yield while lowering lithography writing time costs.
The Inscale software optimizes electron lithography steps in IC manufacturing, whether mask or maskless, offering a unique trade-off between pattern fidelity and writing time. The tool is particularly valuable at logic process nodes smaller than 32nm as the traditional lithographic methods are running out of steam. Moving forward, at 22nm and beyond, the manufacturing of semiconductor chips will be relying on the performance of electron beam lithography, whether using masks or direct write techniques. Therefore, ASELTA’s proprietary algorithms, modelling and correcting accurately electron behaviour, will become necessary. ‘Aselta benefited from CEA/LETI visionary research in Direct Write and their highly skilled personal and dedicated equipment. The company has managed to create one of the most advanced data preparation solutions to address today’s challenges in semiconductor manufacturing’ said Frédéric Martin, investment director at CEA Investissement.