What’s Going On With ASM?
ASM (ASMIY) today announced the release of its new product Intrepid ESA, an epitaxy tool for 300mm applications for power and analog devices, and for epitaxial silicon wafers. Shares of the company were trading 3.51% lower to $327.09 a share on Thursday.
What Does This Mean For ASM?
The new ESA works by expanding ASM’s atmospheric epi offerings with ASM’s first 300mm atmospheric cluster tool. The Intrepid ESA offers best-in-class on-wafer performance. Having the ability to manufacture a wide range of different products, such as within-wafer and wafer-to-wafer uniformity and productivity and foot print efficiency, is crucial to chipmakers. The Intrepid ESA comes equipped with excellent temperature controls designed to eliminate thermal gradient induced wafer slip in high temperature processing, resulting in improved die yield.
“Innovative process control features such as AEGIS and closed loop chamber temperature control uniquely position Intrepid ESA as the best choice for our customers running applications for power and analog devices, and for wafer manufacturers,” said Dr. Hichem M’Saad, Executive Vice President and General Manager of ASM’s Global Products. Adding, “ASM strives to enable customers to scale cost effectively and with greater yield.”
Roughly 30 Intrepid ESA reactors are currently in production at different sites in Asia and the Unites States.
ASM International NV, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the research, development, manufacture, marketing, and servicing of equipment and materials used to produce semiconductor devices.
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Based in the Netherlands, ASM International supplies semiconductor manufacturing equipment. ASM’s front-end equipment, such as atomic layer deposition, or ALD, and epitaxial tools, is used in the preparation of silicon wafers and fabrication of semiconductor layers. The firm is the leader in the ALD equipment segment. ASM’s 25%-owned subsidiary, ASM Pacific Technology, manufactures back-end tools used to assemble and package semiconductors into their final form.