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Semilab buys another metrology company

30 June 2009 | By Mark Osborne | News > Wafer Processing

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The list of metrology equipment supplier acquisitions at Semilab continues to lengthen with the announcement that it has purchased privately held Semiconductor Diagnostics, Inc. (SDI) for an undisclosed sum. SDI, based in Tampa, Florida is known for its range of non-contact measurement solutions was founded in 1988 and has 380 systems installed in fabs worldwide. SDI had also started offering services to the PV industry, a growing focus for Semilab.

“The acquisition of SDI provides Semilab with another key offering for non-contact metrology and give us critical mass as a source single vendor,” said Dr. Tibor Pavelka, President and Chief Executive Officer of Semilab. “SDI is the premier provider of surface photo voltage technology for the non-contact, non-destructive measurement of wafers and ICs. With strength around iron and copper contamination, the products meet the needs for manufacturing products such as the image sensors used in cell phones and solar cells.”

SDI will operate as an independent company, Semilab SDI an LLC of Semilab-USA. VP of Sales and Marketing at SDI, Andrew Findlay will assume the role of General Manager of the unit.

Semilab has now purchased 6 companies in recent years, which include QC Solutions, AMS, SOPRA SA, SSM and Boxer Cross from Applied Materials.

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