MAPPER Lithography, located in Delft, develops the next generation lithography machines for the semiconductor industry. These machines utilize an innovative technology with which the chips of the future can be made cost effectively. MAPPER has developed a patented technique that is based on parallel electron beams writing on to an electron-sensitive layer.
MAPPER Lithography was founded in 2000 by Professor Pieter Kruit, Marco Wieland and BertJan Kampherbeek as a spin-off from Delft University of Technology. Since its inception MAPPER has focused on developing on a massive parallel electron beam writing technology. Today the company employs almost 160 people and is still growing rapidly.
Traditionally, the semiconductor industry uses lithography machines that image a mask (the blueprint of a layer of a chip) on a silicon wafer. MAPPER’s lithography machine does not use these masks, hence creating a cost advantage. In addition, MAPPER’s maskless approach will open up the possibility to customize chips for new applications, without the burden of high costs and lack of flexibility caused by the masks involved.