Samsung to use INFICON integrated process monitoring for in situ metrology in phase two of project at 300mm mass production fab
Syracuse, New York/Zurich, Switzerland - November 19, 2003 - INFICON Holding AG (SWX Swiss Exchange and NASDAQ: IFCN), a leading manufacturer of vacuum instrumentation and process control software for the semiconductor and related industries and other industrial applications, has received follow-on orders worth $1.1 million from Samsung Electronics for INFICON Integrated Process Monitors and FabGuard process diagnostic software.
Samsung, a long-term INFICON customer, will use the INFICON in situ products for equipment, process and wafer metrology for physical vapor deposition and chemical vapor deposition semiconductor manufacturing processes.
"Earlier this year, Samsung selected INFICON integrated process monitoring for in situ metrology in Phase 1 of its T-Project, a 300mm manufacturing facility," said James Brissenden, president and chief executive officer. "These follow-on orders for use in Phase 2 of Samsung's new fab demonstrate that INFICON in situ products and technologies enable semiconductor manufacturers to maximize fab productivity and equipment utilization. We believe these orders are indicative of how well INFICON is positioned to be a key player in enabling advanced process control projects in 300mm fabs worldwide."
INFICON Integrated Process Monitors harness the power of in situ sensors and FabGuard software to provide fully automated, real-time fault detection and analysis. This enables our customers to maximize productivity and equipment utilization, reducing losses from process drift, contamination, tool malfunction, and unnecessary test wafers.About INFICON
INFICON is a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of innovative vacuum instrumentation, critical sensor technologies, and advanced process control software for the semiconductor and related industries and other industrial applications. These analysis, measurement and control products are vital to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and end-users in the complex manufacturing of semiconductors, flat panel displays, magnetic and optical storage media and precision optics. INFICON also provides essential instrumentation for gas leak detection and toxic chemical analysis to the air conditioning/refrigeration, emergency response and industrial hygiene markets. Headquartered in Syracuse, New York, INFICON has world-class manufacturing facilities in the United States and Europe and worldwide offices in the U.S., China, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. For more information about INFICON and its products, please visit the Company's website at www.inficon.com
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