KLA-Tencor acquires Candela Instruments

October 4, 2004 – KLA-Tencor Corp. announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Candela Instruments, Fremont, CA, a supplier of laser-based surface inspection systems optimized for the data storage industry.

According to KLA-Tencor president and CEO Ken Schroeder, “Candela’s optical surface analyzers add another important core technology to our growing portfolio of inspection and metrology solutions for the data storage industry.”

Founded in 1997, Candela Instruments has developed an inspection technology called optical surface analysis (OSA) for both opaque and transparent films and substrates. With more than 180 tools installed, Candela has also developed offerings for the inspection of transparent wafers and films in industries such as high-brightness light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and coated glass for liquid crystal on silicon (LCoS) applications.


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