pho·​to·​li·​thog·​ra·​phy | \ ˌfō-tō-li-ˈthä-grə-fē How to pronounce photolithography (audio) \

Definition of photolithography

1 : lithography in which photographically prepared plates are used
2 : a process involving the photographic transfer of a pattern to a surface for etching (as in producing an integrated circuit)

Other Words from photolithography

photolithograph \ ˌfō-​tō-​ˈli-​thə-​ˌgraf How to pronounce photolithography (audio) \ noun or transitive verb
photolithographic \ ˌfō-​tō-​ˌli-​thə-​ˈgra-​fik How to pronounce photolithography (audio) \ adjective
photolithographically \ ˌfō-​tō-​ˌli-​thə-​ˈgra-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce photolithography (audio) \ adverb

Examples of photolithography in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two prominent examples are Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC), which has well over half the Foundry market, and ASML (NL) which is the dominant suppler of photolithography equipment. George Calhoun, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 The Dutch company is the sole provider of cutting-edge photolithography systems that employ extreme ultraviolet (EUV) wavelengths in order to pack even more transistors onto one chip. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 21 Apr. 2021 This cyclical upswing triggers the need for more ASML photolithography equipment used to print billions of nanoscopic-size transistors that comprise circuits like central processing units (CPUs). Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 21 Apr. 2021 Soft lithography is an approach to fabricating objects that uses a patterned elastomer as the stamp, mold or mask, as opposed to the more rigid materials used in photolithography. Larry Greenemeier, Scientific American, 30 Nov. 2011 The Cookie Dough Design Process All chip design comes down to virtually the same process called photolithography. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 27 Aug. 2019 The chip-building industry has been talking about using EUV photolithography—light with a wavelength of 13.5nm, compared to the 193nm ultraviolet in use today—since the late 1990s. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, 27 Feb. 2018 This mechanism was manufactured using photolithography and has been openworked to achieve of total weight of less than a tenth of a gram. Jon Bues,, 13 Sep. 2017 Affymetrix spun out of Affymax in 1993 on the strength of Fodor's idea to use photolithography manufacturing to cram many nucleotide probes onto a small chip. Brian Alexander, WIRED, 1 June 2000

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1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Photolithography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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