EUV lithography is

a state-of-the-art lithography technology that has finally begun to be applied to 7nm node semiconductor high volume manufacturing in 2019, only 38 years from the beginning of research in 1981.


The acronym "IUCC" stands for ‘Industry-University Collaboration Center’, which means working together on a common goal. Through cooperation, the industrial and academic members within the center develop an enhanced view of how to achieve their objectives. We combine our leadership in EUV technology with in-depth expertise to form the foundation of better manufacturing solutions.

We are the sole EUV technology network hub in Korea dedicated to aid sponsoring industries through fundamental and applied research and transfer research results.

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EUV lithography

EUV Lithography is a topnotch technology that implements a sub 7 nm node ultrafine semiconductor device circuit using EUV light with a wavelength of 13.5 nm. EUV is easily absorbed by most materials including the atmosphere, so that all optical systems are reflective, unlike conventional exposure technologies using transmissive optics. In this background, all element technologies need be developed in a completely different way from traditional exposure techniques.

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EUV photomask

In optical lithography, a circuit pattern is implemented by projecting a design circuit engraved on a photomask onto a wafer using light. Unlike conventional lithography technology, EUV mask is manufactured with reflective structure but this causes a fatal problem called mask 3D effect. In order to prevent the deterioration of imaging characteristics from mask 3D effect, EUV mask research and development of new materials and structures are actively underway.

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EUV pellicle

As the resolution is gradually improved, wafer pattern loss can also be caused by nanometer-sized contaminants. Although EUV pellicles have been proposed to protect the EUV mask from external contaminants generated during the process to prevent yield degradation, they do not meet the requirements due to extremely difficult technical issues. EUV pellicle research and development with excellent optical, thermal and mechanical properties is being actively performed for this commercially unavailable core element technology.

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EUV resist

Photoresist(PR), which plays a key role in wafer pattern transfer, is directly related to the performance and productivity of the entire lithography process. Resolution, line-edge-roughness and sensitivity are the main characteristics required for the photoresist, but EUV resist development should consider additional issue to alleviate stochastic effects

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