One Stepper Forward For Sematech

The revival has been five years in the making, but the U.S. may finally be about to retake some ground in the technological war with Japan. Back in 1987, 14 U.S. electronics companies formed the Sematech consortium and vowed to restore America's competitiveness in the esoteric equipment used to make integrated circuits. On June 15, one key product of Sematech's initiative will be unveiled by Silicon Valley Group Lithography Systems Inc. (SVGL) in Wilton, Conn. Its new tool for "printing" millions of transistors on microchips shows promise of surpassing everything the Japanese offer. "We have a technology that will bring superiority back to the U.S.," declares Robert Virgalla, an SVGL marketing manager.

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