With the increased domestic production of ICs, there will be a surge in the requirement for photomask
as a part of the IC manufacturing.
However, soda lime base glass material photomask
segment is expected to witness steady growth over the next five years due to relatively low pricing of this material.
Tiny 3-D structures are tough to construct with conventional photomasks
, which generally yield flat components, notes Folch.
In October 2000, AMD signed on for the new service at its Fab 25 facility with the goal of reducing photomask
loss due to ESD events to zero.