The cloud, smartphones, AI and IoT are expected to drive semi-conductor industry growth for years to come. Semiconductor manufacturing is the core of Canon´s industrial equipment business. OLED panels, whose production is said to depend on Canon Tokki’s manufacturing equipment, are an example of Canon´s strong presence in industrial equipment.
Canon´s lithography equipment business began in 1970 with the commercialization of Japan´s first semiconductor lithogra-phy equipment. Today, our lineup includes equipment used to draw patterns on logic, memory and image sensors, equip-ment for manufacturing LCD panels and other equipment vital to business and society.
At the center of Canon´s expansion into the business domain of industrial equipment are three Group companies: Canon Tokki, which commercialized mass production OLED panel manufacturing equipment; Canon ANELVA, which specializes in sputtering equipment for next-generation memory and hard disk drives; and Canon Machinery, which manufactures the die bonders used for semiconductor chip bonding and labor-saving automation equip-ment. These three companies collab-orate on and take up new challenges such as the commercialization of next-generation OLED panel manu-facturing equipment.
Canon is developing nanoimprint lithography technology that has the potential to revolutionize the semiconductor industry. Conventionally, light has been used to draw patterns onto the silicon wafers. Canon´s technology, which entails pressing a mold, or mask, onto a resist, is gaining recognition as a simpler, more cost-efficient method of flash memory production. Verification for mass production is now being conducted by a major semiconductor manufacturer.