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Dai Nippon, STMicro form strategic photomask alliance

Posted: 30 May 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:photomasks? wafer? fabrication?

Dai Nippon Printing Co. Ltd (DNP) and STMicroelectronics have formed a strategic alliance on the development and supply of photomasks.

As part of the agreement, a company that will manufacture photomasks will be created by DNP, with support and equity shareholding from STMicroelectronics. To be called DNP Photomask Europe, the company will be established next to STMicroelectronics' site in Agrate, Italy, and will be scheduled to begin operations in the middle of 2003, initially employing 100 people.

The strategic alliance also includes a long-term supply agreement making DNP as STMicroelectronics' primary photomask supplier. In addition, there will also be a technology agreement in which the two companies will closely coordinate to ensure that DNP develops new photomasks that will be integrated into STMicroelectronics' wafer fabrication processes.

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