|Our world is full of integrated semiconductor circuits, commonly known as microchips. Today you find them in computers, cars, mobile phones and in almost every electrical device. Technology from ESA?s XMM-Newton space telescope will make these chips much smaller, faster and cheaper.|
The circuits are etched into todayâ€™s microchips by ultraviolet light.
The demand for faster and more powerful chips requires the use of extreme ultraviolet (EUV). Much smaller semiconductor circuits can be produced, leading to microchips up to 100 times faster and to memory chips with up to 100 times more storage capacity.
However, conventional lenses cannot focus EUV rays. Instead, special â€˜grazing-incidence mirrorsâ€™ must be used, and it is here that space technology comes in.
|â€œAfter the successful production of the X-ray telescope for ESAâ€™s XMM-Newton spacecraft, Media Lario continued to extend the technology and searched for advanced applications and markets for this unique capability,â€ explains Giovanni Nocerino, Media Lario President and CEO.|
â€œAdvanced EUV lithography for chip production needed an efficient mechanism for collecting and transporting the EUV light. A unique Media Lario design, which is the â€˜microscopeâ€™ configuration of the space telescope, turned out to be an ideal solution for the EUV collector problem for lithography.â€
â€œThe great news is that the semiconductor equipment industry, and consequently semiconductor devices, are making a significant transition to EUV lithography and Media Lario's gracing incidence collector mirror is a key-enabling subsystem of this transition.â€