René Raaijmakers studied chemistry before starting his career as a science journalist. In the 1990's he was a frequent visitor to Silicon Valley, whose continuing evolution he shared with readers back home in articles for NRC Handelsblad and other prominent Dutch outlets.Meer over René Raaijmakers
The story of the engineers who shaped the world's most powerful chip machinesGebonden Engels 2018 9789082707427
ASML’s Architects In the 1980s the American heavyweights Perkin-Elmer and GCA came under incredible fire from their Japanese competitors Canon and Nikon in the chip lithography market. As a result, the US lost its two-decade monopoly on this key technology, which is the driving force behind Moore’s law.
Meanwhile, an obscure, inconsequential lithography company in the Netherlands was taking its first steps. This company, ASML, is now an unparalleled success. It is the world’s biggest and most profitable machinery manufacturer for the chipmaking industry.
With a market share of 70 to 80 percent, ASML has been leaving Canon and Nikon in the lithographic dust for years. In 'ASML’s Architects' René Raaijmakers returns to the birthplace of the wafer stepper and the roots of ASML’s stunning global success. He chronicles the engineers’ all-consuming race to surpass the rest, providing a vivid window into the unique culture that spawned the world's finest chipmaking technology: the all-or-nothing, go-for-the-gold mindset that still permeates ASML.
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Part 1: Wafer Stepper Prehistory 1962-1969
Part 2: A License to Print Money 1970-1975
Part 3: Death Throes 1976-1983
Part 4: The Deal 1983-1984
Part 5: A Leveraged Die-Out 1984
Part 6: The Deadline 1984-1986
Part 7: The Big Spender 1986-1987
Part 8: Running in Place 1988-1990
Part 9: Stuck With Each Other 1990-1992
Part 10: Growth 1993-1996
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