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MKS acquires data analysis, modeling software provider

Posted: 19 Dec 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MKS Instruments? Umetrics AB?

MKS Instruments Inc., a provider of monitoring and control technologies for improving productivity in semiconductor and other advanced manufacturing processes, announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire privately-held Umetrics AB, a provider of multivariate data analysis and modeling software for semiconductor, pharmaceutical, petrochemical and other manufacturing processes.

According to the press release, the acquisition strengthens the alliance between the two companies to enable advanced process control by linking MKS' process monitoring, process control and digital connectivity technologies with Umetrics' process analysis technology.

MKS CEO and President Leo Berlinghieri commented, "I am pleased that our partnership with Umetrics has expanded beyond our exclusive license agreement, and they will be part of our Instruments and Control Systems product group."

Through MKS' TOOLweb platform, Berlinghieri explained, they have been combining MKS' and third-party process sensors for data collection and integration, and data storage and visualization with Umetrics' multivariate analysis and modeling software.

"Semiconductor fab customers are using this open and modular platform to detect and classify process excursions and to convert process data into useable information for improving yields of increasingly complex devices. Going forward, we expect to work even more closely together to address both the process and the service requirements of our combined customer base, and leverage the power of information in semiconductor, pharmaceutical and other markets," Berlinghieri said.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, and the acquisition, which is expected to close in the first quarter of 2006, is not expected to materially affect MKS' near-term financial results.

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