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KLA-Tencor to acquire Vistec‚??s inspection unit

31 July 2008 | By Mark Osborne | News > Wafer Processing

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VistecThe Microelectronic Inspection Equipment (MIE) business unit of Vistec Semiconductor Systems is to be purchased by KLA-Tencor from Vistec’s owner, Golden Gate Capital, a San Francisco-based private equity firm. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“The Microelectronic Inspection Equipment division of Vistec not only complements KLA-Tencor’s product portfolio, it will give us an opportunity for growth into new segments of the mask and wafer markets. Vistec’s mask registration measurement systems will enable us to offer an expanded range of products that provide increased operational benefits to our customers,” said Rick Wallace, CEO of KLA-Tencor. “With its heritage as part of the Leica group, Vistec has a deep technology foundation that will be a good fit with KLA-Tencor’s culture of innovation in optics and other advanced technologies.”

The transaction is subject regulatory approvals, and is expected to close before the end of the year.

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