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I don't disagree with your short-term conclusion, but I think there was a broader objective to the original purpose of TMC.

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I don't disagree with your short-term conclusion, but I think there was a broader objective to the original purpose of TMC.

Intel is a somewhat suprising customer. The chip giant is also working with ASML rival Nikon Corp. in EUV. Nikon is building an EUV tool.

At the recent SPIE Advanced Lithography conference here, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) disclosed its lithography roadmap and said it is still backing maskless technology for future devices. TSMC has not committed to EUV–yet.

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Based on a 13-nm wavelength technology, EUV is not targeted for production until the 15-nm node in 2013 or 2014. Some say EUV won't be used for production fabs until 2016. Others say it won't work at all.

Originally, EUV was targeted for the 65-nm node, but the technology has been pushed out due to the lack of power sources, resists, defect-free masks and other technologies.

Cymer and others are scrambling to devise the power source. ''In turn, Cymer is planning to ship its first revenuable EUV laser to ASML in 2Q09 with revenues expected in 2010,'' Muse said.

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''There are still questions as to whether EUV will be ready for prime-time so soon, the important one being source power and lifetime of the light source,'' the analyst said. ''The source power is connected with the throughput and it appears that the next stop in the roadmap is to go for a 200W powered source from the current 100W. If these plans are realized, then the throughput could be higher than 100 wafers per hour. Still, it bears repeating that a lot of the background infrastructure still remains in development.''

ASML of the Netherlands claims that it has processed 28-nm devices with its R&D EUV lithography tool. With that and future tools, AMD, IBM and others are developing a 22-nm ''test chip,'' with plans to embark on a similar program at the 15-nm node.

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Virtual Extension has selected Texas Instruments' embedded processingtechnology (including the MSP430 microcontroller and the CC series ofRF devices) and as the solution to power its VEmesh Wireless MeshNetworks.Optimized for applications requiringhigh performance, such as automated meter reading (AMR), VirtualExtension's Diversity Path Mesh technology transmitssimultaneously a multitude of radio paths, creating a more robustwirelessnetwork.

TI's utility metering portfolio includes devices targeted atelectricity, water and gas metering, as well as power linecommunications (PLC) and radio frequency (RF) interfaces for advancedmeter infrastructure (AMI) that help customers design smart gridsolutions. Through it's many products, TI offers acomplete solution set for smart metering.

TI's ultra-low power microcontroller (MCU) and RF technology is designed to help boost performance, minimize cost, reduce board space and speed time to market of VEmesh network applications. Optimized for applications requiring high performance, such as automated meter reading (AMR), Virtual Extension's innovative Diversity Path Mesh technology transmits simultaneously a multitude of radio paths, creating a robust wireless network for 100 percent area coverage. With this technology, utilities can realize savings in terms of data collection, theft prevention, remote operation and prepaid services.

By using TI solutions in VEmesh products, next generation wireless network users are able to take advantage of state-of-the-art technology with high reliability, extended range and efficient cost-performance,” said Yariv Oren, CEO, Virtual Extension. This will be increasingly important as Virtual Extension Diversity Path Mesh is adopted as the preferred technology platform for wireless mesh networks.”

TI's MCU and RF technology combined with the high performance of VEmesh products offers customers cutting-edge wireless network solutions,” said Mark Buccini, director, metering/AMI, TI. With our wide-range of optimized solutions, TI is strongly committed to advancing smart metering technology.”

Availability and Pricing

The VEmesh Wireless Mesh Networks have been deployed in the US, Europe, Asia and Israel in a variety of applications including electricity, water and gas smart metering, remote highway illumination and lighting, agriculture and irrigation, factory automation, energy and environment, vending machines, security and surveillance, and building automation. The complete line of these solutions is now available in addition to an evaluation kit priced at $2,500 USD.

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