Intel to invest in Nikon for next-generation lithography: media report
Intel Corp. will invest several tens of billions of yen (several million dollars) in Nikon Corp. for the development of 450mm lithography systems, the Nikkei business daily reported today and some other media picked up the story. Intel's move comes hard on the heels of its recent decision to participate in ASML's R&D project after the Dutch company invited potential customers to participate in its 450mm and EUVL lithography technology development.
Nikon and Intel have collaborated on R&D in the past and this has been extended to 450mm technology, according to a Nikon spokesperson. But he said that the report is not based on any information announced by Nikon, and declined to comment in detail.
TSMC announced on Sunday that it has agreed with ASML Holding N.V. to participate in its Customer Co-Investment Program. TSMC will invest 838 million euros in ASML to acquire 5% of its equity and invest 276 million euros, spread over 5 years, in ASML's R&D programs.
ASML is reportedly urging Samsung to take part in the program. So there is keen interest in how Nikon, the world's second-largest supplier of lithography systems, will react.
Related press release:
TSMC and ASML Reach Agreement to Develop Next Generation Lithography Technologies as an Extension of Long-Term Partnership (Aug. 5, 2012)
Nikon's share price plunges on news of Intel's investment in ASML's EUV and 450mm R&D program (July 12, 2012)