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Applied to supply SMIC with 65nm capable kit

Posted: 30 Nov 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Applied Materials? SMIC? 65nm technology? ultraviolet laser inspection? Amir Ben-Artzi?

The site of Applied Materials Inc. in Rehovot, Israel, has won an order to supply Chinese foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) with equipment for 65nm process technology fabrication, according to local reports.

The order is said to be worth $110 million and includes Applied's deep ultraviolet laser inspection system named Uvision and the SEMVision inspection tool.

The agreement was signed by Gilad Almogy, CEO of Applied Materials Israel and Richard Chang, president and CEO of SMIC. In addition, Chang also recently signed a cooperation deal with Saifun Semiconductor Ltd. covering 8Gbit flash memory.

Applied Materials began marketing its UVision inspection technology, developed in Israel, designed for quality control of ICs smaller than 6nm.

The Process Diagnostics and Control (PDC) business group of Applied Materials, based in Israel, develops and manufactures metrology and inspection tools. Formed in 1997, the PDC group recently incorporated the capabilities of two acquired Israel based companiesOrbot Instruments, a supplier of wafer and reticle inspection systems, and Opal Technologies, a supplier of SEM based metrology systems. The two companies were integrated into Applied including their manufacturing facilities and research and development centers.

Applied Materials Israel employs more than 1,000 people and has centers in Rehovot, Yokneam, Kiryat Gat and Migdal Ha'emeq.

- Amir Ben-Artzi
EE Times Europe

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