Bruker Announces Agreement to Acquire Jordan Valley Semiconductors Ltd.
By Business Wire News
Bruker Corporation today announced the signing of an agreement to acquire the shares of Jordan Valley Semiconductors Ltd. The acquisition uniquely positions Bruker to offer unmatched solutions for advanced problems in nanotechnology research and semiconductor metrology. With trends toward increased connectivity and access to even larger amounts of data, new nanometrology needs are driving growth opportunities at advanced semiconductor nodes with even smaller features and three dimensional structures.
Jordan Valley’s innovative in-line X-ray metrology products complement Bruker’s leading position in analytical X-ray technologies. The combination and synergy between the X-ray metrology solutions of Jordan Valley and Bruker’s advanced X-ray technologies and automated Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) systems is expected to position Bruker’s Semiconductor Division to be a leading-edge metrology system provider for semiconductor applications at advanced nodes.
Jordan Valley Semiconductors, located in Migdal Ha`Emek, Israel, has been at the forefront of X-ray metrology and defect-detection technology for the semiconductor industry for 30 years. Seventy-five percent of the world’s top 25 semiconductor manufacturers rely on Jordan Valley metrology tools for front-end and back-end applications, including the development of next-generation thin films. Jordan Valley’s tools are fully automated, non-contact and non-destructive tools designed for production control on patterned or blanket wafers.
“The rapid growth of mobile technology, cloud computing and big data processing generates new requirements and opportunities for faster and more precise metrology of smaller feature sizes and 3D structures at advanced semiconductor nodes,” said Mark R. Munch, Ph.D., President of the NANO Group, which includes Bruker’s Semiconductor Division. “Jordan Valley has been a true pioneer in offering advanced and unique X-ray metrology solutions as feature sizes continue to shrink. The combination of Jordan Valley’s core metrology strengths with Bruker’s complementary X-ray technologies will enable us to stay ahead of this rapid development and continue to support the semiconductor industry with unmatched next-generation X-ray solutions.”
“For the past several decades, Jordan Valley has been committed to providing the best non-destructive X-ray metrology products, with the most responsive service and support to semiconductor manufacturers,” added Isaac Mazor, Founder and CEO of Jordan Valley Semiconductors. “We are extremely pleased to join Bruker and look forward to the enhanced product innovation and global market reach that we will enjoy within the Bruker Semiconductor Division.”
Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2015, and the acquired business is expected to add approximately $25-$30 million to Bruker’s 2016 revenue, and approximately one to two cents to Bruker’s 2016 EPS.
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About Jordan Valley Semiconductors Ltd
Jordan Valley Semiconductors (JVS) offers the semiconductor industry a comprehensive portfolio of advanced metrology and defect inspection tools, based on X-ray technologies, such as XRR (X-ray reflectometry), XRF (X-ray fluorescence), XRD (X-ray diffraction), and others. Jordan Valley’s investors include Clal Industries and Investments Ltd. (TASE:CII), Intel Capital (INTC) and Elron Electronics Industries Ltd. (ELRN.TA). With headquarters in Migdal Ha`Emek, Israel, the company has subsidiaries in Durham, UK; Austin, TX (USA); Hsin-Chu, Taiwan; Suwon, Korea; and other offices and sales representatives worldwide. For more information about JVS, please visit www.jvsemi.com.
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