Moore’s Law


“If the automobile industry had set a pace similar to that of the semiconductor industry, a Rolls Royce would drive 200,000 kilometers per liter of fuel today and it would be cheaper to throw it away than to park it.” Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel

Years ago, Gordon Moore elucidated the enormous advances in the semiconductor industry – today the ratios have shifted significantly once again.

Why are microchips becoming increasingly powerful?

Optical lithography has followed Moore’s Law for several decades. The law was formulated in 1965 by Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel. It states that the number of integrated circuits that fit on a microchip will double every 18 to 24 months. The lithography optics by ZEISS make a crucial contribution to this: The ever higher resolution of the lithography optics facilitates the application of smaller and smaller structures - the number of integrated circuits per surface unit is continuously increasing.

Thus, electronic devices are becoming smaller and cheaper. The development of mobile end devices would also be unthinkable without these technologies.
 

How does ZEISS contribute to this?

The first ZEISS optics system installed in an experimental assembly with the first elements of today’s wafer scanner achieved a resolution of 1.25 micrometers. Today, with extreme ultraviolet light (EUV) lithography, structures of less than 20 nanometers are possible – that’s one sixtieth of the figure from 1968. By comparison: grass grows roughly two centimeters per week, corresponding to 33 nanometers per second.

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