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Mycronic AB has received an order for an SLX mask writer from an existing customer in Asia. The order value is in the range of USD 3-5 million. Delivery of the system is planned for the first quarter of 2023.
The SLX laser mask writer meets rising demand for photomasks for the semiconductor industry and a future need for replacement and modernization. Photomasks manufactured by laser mask writers are of high importance and account for 70-75 percent of all photomasks produced for semiconductor manufacturing. SLX is a new and modern mask writer based on the same technology as Mycronic’s mask writers for displays.
“We are very pleased with the continued interest in SLX. The system has been developed with sustainability in mind, combining performance and productivity with dramatically lowered energy consumption,” says Charlott Samuelsson, Sr VP Pattern Generators at Mycronic.
Mycronic provides mask writers for display manufacturing and production of semiconductors.
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