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|Founded||1997 (merger of KLA and Tencor)|
|Headquarters||Milpitas, California, United States|
|Edward W. Barnholt, Chairman |
Richard P. Wallace, CEO and President
|Products||Process control systems and solutions that support semiconductor, wafer, reticle and other related industries|
Number of employees
KLA Corporation is a capital equipment company based in Milpitas, California. It supplies process control and yield management systems for the semiconductor industry and other related nanoelectronics industries. The company's products and services are intended for all phases of wafer, reticle, integrated circuit (IC) and packaging production, from research and development to final volume manufacturing.
KLA-Tencor was formed in 1997 through the merger of KLA Instruments and Tencor Instruments, two companies in the semiconductor equipment and yield management systems industry. KLA Instruments was founded in 1975 by Ken Levy and Bob Anderson, and focused on defect inspection solutions. Karel Urbanek established Tencor Instruments in 1977 with an emphasis on metrology solutions, later adding John Schwabacher as cofounder.
Since the merger, which was valued at $1.3 billion, KLA-Tencor, now KLA Corporation, has acquired 27 additional companies:
- 1998: • Amray, Inc. • Nanopro GmbH • Quantox product line from Keithley Instruments, Inc. • VARS • The Ultrapointe subsidiary of Uniphase Corporation
- 1999: • ACME Systems, Inc.
- 2000: • Fab Solutions, from ObjectSpace Inc. • FINLE Technologies, Inc.
- 2001: • Phase Metrics, Inc.
- 2004: • Candela Instruments, Inc. • Wafer Inspection Systems business of Inspex, Inc.
- 2006: • ADE Corporation
- 2007: • OnWafer Technologies • SensArray Corporation • Therma-Wave Corporation
- 2008: • ICOS Vision Systems Corporation NV • Microelectronic Inspection Equipment (MIE) business unit of Vistec Semiconductor Systems, Inc.
- 2010: • Ambios Technology, Inc.
- 2014: • Luminescent Technologies, Inc.
- 2017: • Zeta Technologies Co. Ltd.
- 2018: • Nano Indenter product line from Keysight Technologies • Nanomechanics Inc. • MicroVision
- 2019: • Orbotech, Ltd. • CAPRES A/S • MicroSense, LLC • Filmetrics, Inc. • Qoniac GmbH
On January 10, 2019, KLA-Tencor announced that they will be changing their name to KLA Corporation, and that they will adopt the tagline "Keep Looking Ahead". The name change took effect in July 2019.
KLA's facilities include their global headquarters in Milpitas, California, as well as manufacturing, support and R&D facilities at multiple locations in the United States, Europe, Israel, Japan, and Asia/Pacific.
In June 2019, KLA announced plans to open a second US headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The facility is scheduled to open in summer 2021, and will host 500-600 new hires, around 50% of whom will be engineers.
KLA Foundation (originally KLA-Tencor Foundation) is the company's philanthropic arm, and was founded in 2000. KLA Foundation supports and benefits the global communities in which KLA employees live and work.
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