SOURCE: Noel Technologies

Noel Technologies

May 16, 2013 08:00 ET

Silicon Valley Foundry Noel Technologies Adds Advanced Lithography Services

Hires Former ASML's Keith Best as Director of Photolithography; Tasked With Driving Roadmap to 0.15 Microns

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwired - May 16, 2013) - Noel Technologies, a Silicon Valley technology foundry offering process development and substrate fabrication, recently expanded its capabilities to include advanced lithography services. To push their technology roadmap to 0.15 micron, they have hired former director of application development at ASML, Keith Best, as director of photolithography.

The foundry will offer a host of capabilities in lithography for device manufacturers and researchers including engineering support for reticle layout and process development for DUV 248nm (0.15 micron), i-line (0.35 micron) and contact printing.

In lithography Noel Technologies will also offer:

  • R&D
  • Pilot production runs
  • Litho cell backup; short term capacity
  • Resist spin coatings

Best comes to Noel from Simax Lithography, an engineering services company that optimized lithography equipment, where he was vice president, applications. Prior to Simax, he spent 11 years at ASML, most recently as director of application development, and also worked for LSI Logic and KLA-Tencor. With both a fab and tool background, Best will be charged with supporting and expanding Noel's existing lithography engineering services and setting a roadmap to take lithography resolution down to 0.15 microns.

"With last fall's demise of SVTC," commented Noel Technologies Founder and CTO Leon Pearce, "we realized the valley needed contract lithography services. By adding advanced lithography to our mix, it's a declaration to our customers that we are a full service facility, able to supply everything from R&D to pilot and capacity runs."

About Noel Technologies:
Noel Technologies, Inc. is a Silicon Valley based foundry focused on process development, optimization, quality and delivery. An ISO 9001 registered facility, Noel Technologies offers process development and fabrication up to 300mm. As the increasing costs of technology R&D, along with slower revenue growth, continue to drive the expansion of the fabless model, Noel Technologies is strategically positioned to provide IDMs with a bridge from lab idea to fabrication. www.noeltech.com

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