Lithography giant ASML is looking for an alternative source of neon gas

ASML is looking for other sources of neon gas in case the conflict between Russia and Ukraine causes supply disruptions. Although Ukraine is the world's largest producer of neon gas, less than 20 percent of the neon gas used by ASML comes from the country, an ASML spokesman said on Wednesday.

A few days ago, research firm Omdia published a report on "What impact might the Russian-Ukrainian conflict have on the cloud computing and data center industries?" "The report pointed out that Ukraine has companies such as Iceblick, Ingas and Cryoin, which account for more than 70% of the global supply of neon gas. Neon is an element used in semiconductor lithography, particularly deep ultraviolet lithography (DUV). The DUV process is used for transistors from 14nm to 248nm, but CPUs based on Intel's 10nm process also rely on DUV.

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