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Ultratech Acquires Assets Of Cambridge Nanotech

The firm is expanding its nanotechnology and IP portfolio with atomic layer deposition to enhance capability in new market opportunities such as semiconductors
Ultratech, Inc., a supplier of laser-processing systems used to manufacture semiconductor devices has acquired the assets of Cambridge Nanotech, Inc. (Cambridge). 

Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Cambridge was an innovator in atomic layer deposition (ALD) solutions with hundreds of system installations in research and manufacturing settings worldwide. 

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. 

With this acquisition, Ultratech expands its nanotechnology and intellectual property (IP) portfolio with ALD technology to provide solutions for new layers within the electronics industry and entry into new markets, such as biomedical and energy.

Due to the increasing interest in nanoscience, ALD has emerged as a critical technology for depositing precise nanometre-thin films. Typical applications of ALD require the manufacture of very precise nanometre - thin, pinhole - free and conformal thin films on many shapes and geometries. 

As a result, this technology will be in high demand in volume manufacturing environments and in particular for micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMs), implantable devices in the biomedical sector and batteries and fuel cells in the energy arena. 

ALD is an enabling technology and provides coatings and material features with significant advantages to other existing techniques.

Ultratech Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Arthur W. Zafiropoulo says, "As a global leader in experimental ALD solutions, Cambridge has developed a portfolio of valuable technology and systems.  We plan to integrate the intellectual property acquired from Cambridge Nanotech into Ultratech and include the ALD systems in our nanotechnology product group. By increasing our IP and expanding our nanotechnology portfolio to new levels, we expect to generate a new revenue stream in existing and new markets. We have focused on technology solutions and support our global customer operations.  We expect that this acquisition will enhance our short-term as well as our long-term growth expectations."

Ultratech, Inc. designs, manufactures and markets photolithography and laser processing equipment.  Founded in 1979, the company's lithography products deliver high throughput and production yields at a low, overall cost of ownership for bump packaging of integrated circuits and HB-LEDs. 

A pioneer of laser processing, Ultratech developed laser spike anneal technology, which increases device yield, improves transistor performance and enables the progression of Moore's Law for 32 nm and below production of state-of-the-art consumer electronics.



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