The orders were received for multiple VeraFlex III platforms to be utilized for materials and thickness measurements in the most critical gate layers. These orders drove 2016 fourth quarter bookings to record levels, supporting management's expectation for a record fourth quarter and a fourth consecutive year of record revenues.
"The growing demand for our XPS solutions is evident by these multiple orders, which increase our confidence in the attractiveness of our unique portfolio, combining materials and thickness measurements for the most advanced wafer fabrications steps," commented Eitan Oppenhaim, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nova. "Our solid and established OCD position in the Foundry segment supported the recent XPS penetration efforts in multiple leading customers, which materialized with these new orders. We expect additional cross-selling opportunities across all of our product lines as we move forward in 2017, validating our strong strategic position in the marketplace."
"With these final orders in 2016 we expect the fourth quarter to be a very strong conclusion to another record year, reflecting the demand we experience for our entire portfolio of solutions, including XPS and OCD," continued Mr. Oppenhaim. "Based on the recent booking stream in the fourth quarter, we enter 2017 with growing momentum and increased confidence in our continued growth."
About Nova: Nova Measuring Instruments delivers continuous innovation by providing advanced metrology solutions for the semiconductor manufacturing industry. Deployed with the world's largest integrated-circuit manufacturers, Nova's products deliver state-of-the-art, high-performance metrology solutions for effective process control throughout the semiconductor fabrication lifecycle. Nova's product portfolio, which combines high-precision hardware and cutting-edge software, supports the development and production of the most advanced devices in today's high-end semiconductor market. Nova's technical innovation and market leadership enable customers to improve process performance, enhance products' yields and accelerate time to market. Nova acts as a partner to semiconductor manufacturers from its offices around the world. Additional information may be found at www.novameasuring.com.
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