REHOVOTH, Israel, July 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
Nova Measuring Instruments (Nasdaq: NVMI) announced today that it has sold
more than 1000 NovaScan(R) systems to different process equipment
manufacturers and that 17 out of the top 20 IC manufacturers in the USA,
Europe, the Asia Pacific region and Japan use the systems in production.
Nova's integrated metrology systems are fully integrated into the CMP process
equipment of all major process equipment manufacturers. Nova also announced
that it has recently completed several multiple sales, of 4 to 10 systems each,
to customers in Japan and the Asia-Pacific region.
NovaScan(R) systems, installed in the production line, on polishers
supplied by AMAT, Ebara, Novellus, Strasbaugh and others, control the CMP
process by measuring all wafers on the CMP tool. The system configurations
include 200 and 300 mm systems, available as different models, fully
integrated into the process equipment in wet and dry environments, or as
standalone systems. Two new systems, NovaScan Cu and NovaScan CD, are
available for monitoring 100% of wafers, down to 65 nm technology. Nova's new
systems significantly improve yield and lower production costs when used in
copper CMP, photolithography and etch production areas.
The full APC solution provided by Nova and by the process equipment
manufacturers, gives device manufacturers ultimate control of their process,
significantly increasing its effective throughput, Cpk and yield. APC reduces
reworking and narrows the control span of each layer in production. Nova's
customers report that APC is an effective enabler for every type of production
fab, both for 200 and 300 mm production lines.
Dr. Giora Dishon, President and CEO of Nova, points out: "The recently
completed multiple sales in the Japan and Asia-Pacific regions are a major
proof of the value NovaScan systems provide to our customers. Our systems are
a direct reply to our customer's process control needs. In 300 mm
manufacturing, our customers are voting unanimously that Integrated Metrology
in CMP is a must, and we won all the recent tool selections. Our close
cooperation both with process equipment manufacturers and IC manufacturers,
puts us at the forefront of the technology, which helps us to continue and
lead the market, with integrated solutions for Dielectric CMP, Copper CMP,
photolithography and etch."
Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd. develops, designs and produces integrated
process control systems in the semiconductor manufacturing industry. Nova
provides a broad range of integrated process control solutions that link
different semiconductor processes and process equipment. The Company's
website is www.nova.co.il.
Chai Toren, CFO and Vice President Finance
Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd.
Investor relations Contacts:
Ehud Helft / Kenny Green
Gal IR International
SOURCE Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd.