HILLSBORO, Ore., July 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- FEI Company (Nasdaq:
FEIC) has released the V600FIB, an all-new focused ion beam (FIB) system
designed to provide optimum flexibility for high-throughput applications
including circuit modification, cross-sectioning, sample prep and failure
analysis for semiconductor devices with designs down to 90 nm. The
upgradeable platform of the V600FIB is designed to ultimately provide
advanced circuit edit applications for designs below 65 nm, giving users
the full range of capabilities they need today, and a cost-effective path
for meeting future requirements.
The rapid time-to-data for defect analysis and shortened cycles for
device debugging provided by FEI's FIB and DualBeam(TM) (FIB/SEM) tools
help semiconductor manufacturers finalize chips designs and achieve full
production ramps faster and more efficiently. The results are lower costs
and accelerated time to market.
The V600FIB replaces FEI's FIB 200 which, with more than 200 systems
installed worldwide, has earned a reputation for its reliability and
versatility for mid-range, high-volume semiconductor lab applications. The
platform joins FEI's VectraVision(TM), currently recognized as the most
advanced circuit edit platform for sub-90 nm technology nodes.
The V600FIB features FEI's Sidewinder(TM) 30kV ion column, a versatile
gas delivery system to suit specific application requirements, and a 5-axis
tilt stage for stable site-specific cross sectioning for failure analysis
applications. The system also accommodates a variety of samples from
packaged parts to eight inch wafers.
The first V600FIB, the initial system available on the new platform,
has already shipped to Philips Semiconductors in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
Philips semiconductors has long-standing experience with FEI lab tools and
plans to use the V600FIB as a multiple-user, high throughput circuit edit
"The V600FIB will provide users with new levels of performance across
multiple high-throughput applications," said Tony Edwards, vice president
and general manager for FEI's NanoElectronics Laboratory Business. "With
its designed-in upgradeability, the V600 FIB will give customers greater
flexibility in planning and managing their equipment assets as they
progress through rapidly shrinking design nodes."
FEI's Tools for Nanotech(TM), featuring focused ion- and electron-beam
technologies, deliver 3D characterization, analysis and modification
capabilities with resolution down to the sub-Angstrom level and provide
innovative solutions for customers working in NanoBiology, NanoResearch and
NanoElectronics. FEI's solutions deliver ultra-high resolution and
automation to speed the pace of product release and production cycles for
semiconductor, data storage, and MEMS manufacturers.
With R&D centers in North America and Europe, and sales and service
operations in more than 50 countries around the world, FEI is bringing the
nanoscale within the grasp of leading researchers and manufacturers and
helping to turn some of the biggest ideas of this century into reality.
More information can be found on the FEI website at: www.fei.com.
This news release contains forward-looking statements that include
statements about performance of a newly-introduced product and future
product performance. Factors that could affect these forward-looking
statements include, but are not limited to changes to or cancellation of
product application development initiatives; the inability of FEI, its
suppliers or partners to make the technology advances required for the
projects to achieve anticipated results; problems arising during execution
of the initiatives that delay it or cause results to vary from the
anticipated results; unforeseen technology challenges; and failure of a key
supplier or partner. Please also refer to our Form 10-K, Forms 10-Q, Forms
8-K and other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for
additional information on these factors and other factors that could cause
actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements.
FEI assumes no duty to update forward-looking statements.
SOURCE FEI Company