Application Note

5 Common Applications Of Lasers In Electronics

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Modern chips are not simple circuits. Your phone contains hundreds of millions of parts (even billions if it’s a very recent model), and they need to be connected just right. The wires connecting all this cannot be placed one at a time. That would take too long and be too error-prone.

Instead, the circuits are printed onto the circuit board using photolithography, which is a hi-tech use of stencils and lasers (and solvents and resins, but we won't get into that part!).

In your every day life, using a stencil means:

  • choosing your paper;
  • placing your stencil on top;
  • spraying your paint on.

In photolithography, it looks more like:

  • choosing and preparing your semiconductor and resin;
  • placing your optical mask on it;
  • shining your laser at it.

This “stencil” approach allows you to print the complex chip circuit in a repeatable way.

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