REHOVOTH, Israel, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd. (Nasdaq: NVMI), the market leader in
integrated measurement and process control for the semiconductor industry,
announced today the launch of the NovaScan 3060, the fastest Integrated
Metrology system on the market for high-end 300mm chemical mechanical
polishing (CMP) applications.
The NovaScan 3060 has an overall measurement time of 13 seconds per wafer
for 13 sites, compatible with all high-throughput polishers, enabling
measurement and mapping of all wafers both pre- and post-polish without
affecting the polisher's throughput.
Nova is the only Integrated Metrology provider to offer both wet and dry
integrations. This allows customers to choose the best alternative, based on
both BKM (Best-Known Method) as well as price and performance considerations.
The NovaScan 3060 utilizes UV spectrophotometry to accurately measure and map
the most advanced applications in the semiconductor industry down to the
0.09um technology. The NovaScan 3060 is a natural extension of the existing
NovaScan series, enabling semiconductor manufacturers to easily upgrade
production lines from 200mm to 300mm, and to continue successfully
implementing wafer to wafer closed loop control (CLC). In addition to the
high speed and advanced technology, the NovaScan 3060 works with new operating
software, which supports the unit's new capabilities without sacrificing ease
of use. The NovaScan 3060's patented, non-contact in-air and in-water
thickness measurement technology eliminates operator handling or intervention,
and eliminates the need for external verification after cleaning and drying.
Commenting on the announcement, Mr. Rani Kipper, Manager of Nova's Film
Division said, "We at Nova are committed to providing our customers with the
most advanced integrated process control solutions for a wide range of
applications throughout the manufacturing line. In today's environment, as
new polishers become increasingly faster, it's only logical that integrated
metrology within the polisher will become faster in order to keep up. Being
the fastest and most advanced system on the market, the NovaScan 3060 provides
a logical upgrade path for semiconductor manufacturers. Operating in either
air or water, this advanced integrated platform has been designed to meet all
high-end application requirements while enhancing throughput and maximizing
return on investment."
Nova's will display at Semicon Japan 2002. Visit Nova's booth # 2-A902, at
Makuhari next to Tokyo, December 4 to 6, and learn more about the company's
new Integrated Process Control products and solutions.
About Nova: 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 between different semiconductor processes and process equipment.
The company's web site is http://www.nova.co.il.
Chai Toren, Chief Financial Officer
Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd.
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