Profile: FEI Co (FEIC.O)
FEI Company, incorporated on May 7, 1953, is a supplier of scientific instruments for nanoscale applications and solutions for industry and science. The Company operates the Industry Group and the Science Group. The Company’s products include transmission electron microscopes, or TEMs; scanning electron microscopes, or SEMs; DualBeam systems which combine a SEM and a focused ion beam system, or FIB, on a single platform; stand-alone FIBs; high-performance optical microscopes, three-dimensional modeling software, and service and components to support the products. Its DualBeam systems include models that have wafer handling capability and are purchased by semiconductor equipment manufacturers (wafer-level DualBeam systems) and models that have small stages and are sold to customers in several markets (small-stage DualBeam systems).
The Industry Group consists of customers in semiconductor integrated circuit manufacturing and related industries such as manufacturers of data storage equipment and other technologies, as well as customers in the natural resources industries including mining and oil and gas. The tools that the Company develops for its Industry Group customers are generally aimed at improving their processes to increase overall yields, whether in a factory, at a mine or at an oil and gas rig. For the semiconductor market, its growth is driven by shrinking line widths and process nodes of 45 nanometers and smaller, increasing complexity in their materials such as high-k metal gates and low-k dielectrics and increasing device complexity such as 3D transistor architectures. Such products are used primarily in laboratories or near the fabrication line to speed new product development and increase yields by enabling 3D wafer metrology, defect analysis, root cause failure analysis and circuit edit for modifying device functionality.
The Science Group includes universities, public and private research laboratories and customers in a range of industries, including metals, automobiles, aerospace, and forensics. The tools it develops for its customers in the Science Group are generally aimed at the exploration and discovery of new materials and chemistries or solving for causes and cures of diseases. The tools are used in a laboratory and are generally not used in industrial applications. The Science Group also includes customers at universities, government laboratories and research institutes engaged in biotech and life sciences applications, as well as pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies and hospitals. Growth in these markets is driven by global corporate and government funding for research and development and by development of new products and processes based on innovations at the nanoscale. The Company’s solutions enable scientific discovery and advancement for researchers and help manufacturers develop, analyze and produce advanced products.
The Company competes with JEOL Ltd., Carl Zeiss SMT A.G., Hitachi High Technologies Corporation and Tescan, a.s.
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