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S&P 500 Component
|Traded as||NASDAQ: KLAC|
|Industry||SemiconductorEquipment & Materials|
|Founded||1997 (merger of KLA and Tencor)|
|Headquarters||Milpitas, California, United States|
|Key people||Edward W. (Ned) Barnholt, Chairman
Richard P. (Rick) Wallace, CEO
Mark Dentinger, CFO
|Products||Chip Manufacturing; Wafer Manufacturing; Reticle Manufacturing; Data Storage Media/Head Manufacturing; High Brightness LED Manufacturing; Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing; MEMS Manufacturing; General Purpose, Labs.|
|Revenue||$3.2 billion USD (2012)|
|Net income||$756 million USD (2012)|
KLA-Tencor Corporation is an American manufacturing company based in Milpitas, California. It supplies process control and yield management products for the semiconductor, data storage, LED, and other related nanoelectronics industries. The company's products, software and services are designed to help IC manufacturers manage yield in the wafer fabrication process from R & D to final yield analysis.
The company's products and services that include in-line wafer defect monitoring; reticle and photomask defect inspection; wafer overlay; film and surface measurement; and overall yield- and fab-wide data analysis.
In the semiconductor industry, the fabrication of an integrated circuit (IC), or chip, is accomplished by depositing a series of film layers upon a silicon wafer, which forms the foundation of the chip. A single wafer may hold hundreds of chips, each of which will go on to power electronic devices such as MP3 players, cell phones, personal computers and more.
The chip is built layer by layer from patterned films of conducting, semiconducting or insulating materials. The role of KLA-Tencor’s products in this process is to monitor the defectivity and physical characteristics of each step.
The manufacturing processes KLA-Tencor’s tools affect include: chip manufacturing, wafer manufacturing, reticle manufacturing, data storage/media head manufacturing, high-brightness light emitting diode (HBLED) manufacturing, compound semiconductor manufacturing, MEMS manufacturing, and general purpose/labs.
KLA-Tencor’s core product selection includes inspection and metrology (measurement) tools for reticle, substrate and IC manufacturing. The company’s metrology systems are manufactured and developed in the company's plant in Migdal HaEmek, Israel.
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