Martin van den Brink honored as first EUV chips go into production

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Martin van den Brink is this year’s recipient of Imec’s Lifetime of Innovation Award. Acknowledging the personal contribution of ASML’s long-time CTO to the development of advanced lithography systems — especially EUV scanners — the Leuven research institute is honoring him at the Future Summits event, this week in Antwerp.

“Martin van den Brink has practically become synonymous with ASML, which over the past 35 years has grown into the absolute world leader in the development of lithography equipment for the chip industry,” said Luc Van den hove, President and CEO at Imec. “Through his technical talent and perseverance, and as a major pioneer of technical innovation, he has contributed significantly to this success story.”

Credit: ASML

Martin van den Brink receiving this year’s Lifetime of Innovation Award is almost symbolic, adds Van den hove. “ASML has worked for more than 20 years on the development of EUV lithography. The road was full of challenges, but thanks to the long-term vision and the never-give-up mentality of Van den Brink, the first chips with EUV-printed structures will go into production this year.”

Imec’s annual Lifetime of Innovation Award has been awarded since 2015 to people who left an important mark on the chip industry. Previous recipients were Morris Chang (TSMC), Gordon Moore (founder of Intel), Kinam Kim (Samsung) and Irwin Jacobs (Qualcomm).