Philips Analytical Opens New Compound Semiconductor Facility

Dec. 7, 2001
Philips Analytical has opened its newest facility - in Waterloo, Canada. The office, production and demo facility measures close to 2300 sq.m, and is dedicated to compound semiconductors. It reflects the company's growing success in the compound/SiGe semiconductor market.

Philips Analytical has opened its newest facility - in Waterloo, Canada. The office, production and demo facility measures close to 2300 sq.m, and is dedicated to compound semiconductors. It reflects the company's growing success in the compound/SiGe semiconductor market.

According to Huub Smit, General Manager for the Waterloo facility: �The move will enable us to ship top quality equipment as it is manufactured in a full blown clean room and help us to reliably deliver systems to meet our growing orders from compound semiconductor/SiGe customers worldwide. The new building is a stone's throw away from the old facility, and this helped us to make the move smoothly and without loss in production. Waterloo is an excellent location for a high tech business, with easy access to the resources of the renowned University of Waterloo.�

�We are very excited about this move� continued John Hennessy, Product Marketing Manager for the Waterloo products. �The building is custom designed, and should help us to attract talented new personnel - as well as new customers. The demo facilities are simply top notch, with all the amenities customers dream of�. The building currently holds about 50 employees, and can grow to about 100 without requiring expansion.

Philips Analytical is a leading provider of characterization equipment, metrology tools and solutions for the semiconductor and data storage industries worldwide. The Waterloo facility designs, markets and produces instruments that use two complementary techniques: Photoluminescence (PL) and X-ray diffraction. PL allows a semiconductor's bandgap to be monitored directly, while X-ray diffraction is ideally suited to measuring structural parameters in semiconductor materials.

Philips Analytical is a major provider of X-ray, optical characterization and metrology equipment to the Semiconductor, Data Storage and Telecommunications Industries. It functions with all the efficiency and responsiveness of a self-contained, customer-oriented business, while retaining access to the resources of a major international organization.

The business unit Philips Analytical employs over 1000 people. Its headquarters are in Almelo, the Netherlands. Fully equipped application laboratories are established in Japan, the USA, and the Netherlands. Supply and competence centres are located in Almelo and Eindhoven (NL), Munich (D), Boston (USA) and Waterloo (Canada). A sales and service network in more than 60 countries ensures unmatched levels of worldwide customer support. Visit the website at www.analytical.philips.com for more information.

Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is one of the world's biggest electronics companies and Europe's largest, with sales of EUR 37.9 billion in 2000. It is a global leader in color television sets, lighting, electric shavers, color picture tubes for televisions and monitors, and one-chip TV products. Its 192,000 employees in more than 60 countries are active in the areas of lighting, consumer electronics, domestic appliances, components, semiconductors, and medical systems.

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