ASML Holding: ASML and imec launch Advanced Patterning Center

        ASML Holding: ASML and imec launch Advanced Patterning Center

New Center will offer the global semiconductor ecosystem crucial patterning
knowledge for sub-10nm technologies

Leuven, Belgium and Veldhoven, The Netherlands, 7 October 2013 - Today, ASML
Holding N.V. (ASML) and imec announce the next major step in their extensive
collaboration, with the launch of the Advanced Patterning Center. Together
they plan to tackle upcoming scaling challenges due to the chip industry's
move towards single digit nanometer dimensions. The Center will be located at
the imec campus in Leuven and is expected to grow to close to 100 engineers
over the next couple of years.

To guarantee critical dimension uniformity and overlay control, soon to be
measured in fractions of one nanometer, imec and ASML will collaborate to
investigate the practical interaction between all the different steps in the
chip patterning process. The Advanced Patterning Center will use actual
devices to analyse and optimize process steps as well as materials and device
architecture choices, while applying integrated metrology.

The Advanced Patterning Center combines imec's and ASML's complementary
expertise, engineering capabilities and patterning infrastructure to tackle
these challenges, the infrastructure investments and the patterning knowledge

Imec will bring to the partnership its world leading clean room infrastructure
(full 300mm pilot line with extension to 450mm) through which it supports a
unique partner network of material and equipment suppliers, IDMs, foundries
and fabless companies.

ASML will support the Advanced Patterning Center by making available its most
advanced scanners, metrology systems and holistic lithography solutions, and
by using the Center's resources to optimize its offerings for the fab

"ASML and imec have been partners for almost as long as both organizations
exist, and while we have both benefited from this relationship, I believe the
biggest beneficiary has been the chip industry which has gained faster access
to breakthrough technology. I'm extremely confident that this continued
investment in our joint capabilities will further accelerate technology
development and new device introductions," said Martin van den Brink,
President and Chief Technology Officer at ASML.

"In order to stay ahead in today's fast-evolving and equipment-intensive
semiconductor business, it is critical that the entire semiconductor eco
system has insight and access to state-of-the-art technology," said Luc Van
den hove, President and CEO at imec. "By bringing our collaboration to the
next level, we will be able to expand our knowledge base more quickly and
drive lithography advancements. In this way the global partner network of both
companies will have access to the most advanced patterning processes for
sub-10 nanometer technologies. This is crucial to better address future
scaling and infrastructure challenges."

As a result of the intensified collaboration between imec and ASML, the global
semiconductor ecosystem will gain access to best-in-class patterning solutions
for next-generation chip manufacturing, paving the way to future technology
leadership and commercial success.

About ASML
ASML makes possible affordable microelectronics that improve the quality of
life. ASML invents and develops complex technology for high-tech lithography
machines for the semiconductor industry. ASML's guiding principle is
continuing Moore's Law towards ever smaller, cheaper, more powerful and
energy-efficient semiconductors. Our success is based on three pillars:
technology leadership combined with customer and supplier intimacy, highly
efficient processes and entrepreneurial people. We are a multinational company
with over 70 locations in 16 countries, headquartered in Veldhoven, the
Netherlands. We provide employment for more than 12,400 people on payroll and
flexible contracts (expressed in full time equivalents). Our company is an
inspiring place where employees work, meet, learn and share. ASML is traded on
Euronext Amsterdam and NASDAQ under the symbol ASML. More information about
ASML, our products and technology, and career opportunities is available on:

About imec
Imec performs world-leading research in nanoelectronics. Imec leverages its
scientific knowledge with the innovative power of its global partnerships in
ICT, healthcare and energy. Imec delivers industry-relevant technology
solutions. In a unique high-tech environment, its international top talent is
committed to providing the building blocks for a better life in a sustainable
society. Imec is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, and has offices in Belgium,
the Netherlands, Taiwan, US, China, India and Japan. Its staff of more than
2,000 people includes more than 650 industrial residents and guest
researchers. In 2012, imec's revenue (P&L) totaled 320 million euro. Further
information on imec can be found at
Imec is a registered trademark for the activities of IMEC International (a
legal entity set up under Belgian law as a "stichting van openbaar nut"), imec
Belgium (IMEC vzw supported by the Flemish Government), imec the Netherlands
(Stichting IMEC Nederland, part of Holst Centre which is supported by the
Dutch Government), imec Taiwan (IMEC Taiwan Co.) and imec China (IMEC
Microelectronics (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.) and imec India (Imec India Private

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