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Posted: June 17, 2009
Optical Metrology Technology Providers Enter Strategic Business Partnership
(Nanowerk News) Nanometrics Incorporated and Zygo Corporation, each leading providers of optical metrology technologies to the global semiconductor and related industries, today announced that Nanometrics has purchased inventory and certain other assets relating to ZYGO’s Semiconductor Solutions business and that the two companies have entered into a supply agreement. Under an exclusive OEM supply agreement, ZYGO will provide interferometer sensors to Nanometrics for incorporation into the Unifire™ line of products as well as Nanometrics’ family of automated metrology systems.
“We are very excited about our new business partnership with ZYGO,” commented Tim Stultz, CEO of Nanometrics. “The Unifire is a terrific complement to our current product offering, and our partnership with ZYGO enables us to integrate an additional state-of-the-art metrology sensor into our system-level platform while leveraging our existing application, distribution and support capabilities. With ZYGO’s unique optical metrology capabilities, we expand our served markets to include the high end of dimensional control metrology for the rapidly-growing back-end-of-line packaging market, while also enhancing our product offerings to front-end-of-line metrology customers.”
Commented Bruce Robinson, CEO of Zygo Corporation, “By leveraging Nanometrics’ established position as a top-tier supplier in the semiconductor industry, we can accomplish our goal of accelerating the commercial deployment and market penetration of our core interferometer technology into the worldwide semiconductor industry, without the investment associated with system integration, distribution, applications and support.”
The arrangement is structured as an asset purchase and exclusive OEM supply agreement aimed at wafer-based markets. Nanometrics will assume all inventory, backlog and customer sales and support responsibilities and ZYGO will provide measurement sensors for integration by Nanometrics. In addition to the applications currently addressed by Nanometrics and ZYGO products, the business partnership allows for the joint development of additional technology solutions targeted at the semiconductor and related industries.
Nanometrics is a leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of high-performance process control metrology systems used primarily in the manufacturing of semiconductors, solar photovoltaics and high-brightness LEDs, as well as by customers in the silicon wafer and data storage industries. Nanometrics standalone and integrated metrology systems measure various thin film properties, critical dimensions, overlay control and optical, electrical and material properties, including the structural composition of silicon, compound semiconductor and photovoltaic devices, during various steps of the manufacturing process. These systems enable device manufacturers to improve yields, increase productivity and lower their manufacturing costs. The company maintains its headquarters in Milpitas, California, with sales and service offices worldwide.
About Zygo Corporation
Zygo Corporation designs, develops, and manufactures ultra-high precision measurement solutions to improve our customers’ manufacturing yields, and top-tier optical sub-systems and components for original equipment manufacturers and end-user applications in the semiconductor capital equipment and industrial markets. Zygo’s Metrology Solutions Division manufactures products to improve quality, increase productivity, and decrease the overall cost of product development and manufacturing for high-technology companies. Zygo’s Optical Systems Division provides leading-edge product development and manufacturing services that leverage a variety of core technologies across medical, defense, semiconductor, laser fusion research, biomedical, and other industrial markets. Founded in 1970, Zygo Corporation is headquartered in Middlefield, Connecticut.