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Jun 26th, 2012
Rudolph acquires NanoPhotonics
Rudolph Technologies Inc., a maker of process control metrology systems used in semiconductor device manufacturing, has acquired NanoPhotonics GmbH of Mainz, Germany, the company announced Thursday. The deal will strengthen its presence in the high-growth advanced packaging market, Rudolph said.
While specific terms of the deal were not disclosed, Rudolph said the all-cash transaction used less than 5 percent of its cash on hand, which totaled almost $174 million at the end of March 2012. The acquisition "expands our product offerings into unpatterned wafer and mask blank inspection markets," said Rudolph Chairman and CEO Paul F. McLaughlin, and "enhances our capabilities in all-surface inspection, which we believe will be critical in meeting the emerging requirements in advanced packaging markets." Such markets are demanding a greater number of chip-to-chip connections, which are provided by wafer-level packaging.
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