TEL to acquire Timbre Technologies

Tokyo, Japan–Tokyo Electron Ltd. (TEL), a leading supplier of semiconductor and LCD production equipment, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Fremont, CA-based Timbre Technologies Inc.

Timbre Technologies has developed advanced measurement software technology, an essential part of manufacturing semiconductor chip patterns at the sub-100nm level. The company’s Optical Digital Profile (ODP) technology yields critical dimension, cross-sectional profile, and film thickness in a single measurement, which enables a precise device pattern cross-section to be generated with high repeatability in seconds.

The acquisition will allow TEL to incorporate Timbre’s advanced process controls and yield management technologies into its next-generation wafer processing equipment.


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