Light for the digital age
With precision for digitalization
Enabling the technologies of tomorrow today
Our everyday lives are becoming more and more digital: data is transmitted in record time via fiber optics and 5G, we travel with greater ease from A to B in self-driving cars, better results faster thanks to artificial intelligence... All this puts huge pressure on the computing capacity and performance of IT systems – and the semiconductor industry faces the challenge of producing ever smaller, more powerful and energy-efficient computer chips. ZEISS faces these challenges. We enable chip manufacturers around the world With high-precision optics in the nanometer sector for semiconductor production, for the technology of tomorrow, for the digitization of our everyday lives.
Heartbeat of digitalization
Immerse yourself now in the fascination of the SMT world
Digitalization, where it all started
Supercomputers even fit in your pocket now.
Let's jump back to 1976. "Cray-1" – the first supercomputer, the size of a car weighing 5.5 tons – was able to solve 160 million mathematical operations per second. High-speed by the standards of the time. Modern smartphones easily manage that a hundred times faster – and the trend is rising. The original supercomputer now fits in your pocket – also thanks to the lithography optics from ZEISS SMT.
Pacesetter for digitalization
In 1965 – eleven years before Cray-1 – an article by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore appeared in the magazine "Electronics". His statement on the future development of memory devices based on transistors became known as Moore's Law:
The number of transistors that fit into a fixed-size integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years.
Moore's Law continues
More than half a century later, Moore's Law rolls on – and there is no end in sight. ZEISS sets the pace when it comes to pushing the boundaries of what is technologically feasible and continuing to write Gordon Moore's law.
Countless "grains of sand" are transformed in a high-precision process to produce microchips. The key ingredients: light, silicon wafers and the world's most precise mirrors in projection optics for ZEISS SMT's production of semiconductors.
Resolution and precision
With wavelengths in the range of "deep ultraviolet light" (DUV light) of 365, 248 and 193 nanometers, microchips are created with DUV technology.
The next technological breakthrough
Extreme ultraviolet light – with a wavelength of 13.5 nanometers and precise alignment through mirrorblocks. EUV is the next technological breakthrough in photolithography.
Strength in Numbers
ZEISS SMT works with a strong network of more than 1,200 partners. A strategic partnership is forged with ASML, the Dutch and world's largest manufacturer of wafer steppers and wafer scanners.