ASM International NV ('ASMI') is a leading supplier of semiconductor wafer processing equipment. We design, manufacture and sell equipment, process solutions and services to our customers for the production of semiconductor devices.
ASMI's innovative technologies and products are being used by all of the top semiconductor manufacturers in the world, primarily for the deposition of thin films. We are a truly global company. Based in 14 countries, we benefit from the advantages of bringing together the best brains in the world to help our customers progress along their technology roadmap.
We focus primarily on equipment and process solutions for the deposition of thin films. Our core strengths are in atomic layer deposition ('ALD'), plasma enhanced ALD ('PEALD'), epitaxy, plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition ('PECVD'), low pressure chemical vapor deposition ('LPCVD') and oxidation/diffusion. In order to meet our customers’ needs. we have developed - and are still developing - many new materials. With this portfolio of established and newer technologies, we are addressing many of the key areas on the semiconductor industry roadmap, including:
- high-k metal gate;
- new applications for advanced FinFET transistors;
- dielectrics for spacer-defined double patterning;
- low-k dielectrics for interconnect; and
- strained silicon.
Enabling the industry to move to smaller line widths and better transistors that use new materials. Our discoveries are resulting in greater efficiencies for businesses and greater opportunities for everyone.
At ASMI, we have been an innovation leader for nearly 50 years. We have not only contributed to the remarkable advance of the semiconductor industry; we have shaped the industry itself. Through a series of breakthrough innovations in technologies such as plasma deposition and epitaxy, and since 2000, through ALD.
CULTURE OF INNOVATION
This culture of innovation is encouraged at every level of our organization. We attract and retain creative people from all over the world to work for us, who then ensure we create a steady stream of innovations that we bring into volume manufacturing by cooperating closely with customers from the outset.
CAPTURING IDEAS EFFICIENTLY
We have Intellectual Property managers at all our major global R&D sites, ready to capture all patentable material resulting from our R&D activities. We file between 50 and 100 initial patents every year and now have over 1,200 patents in force. The number of patents we own is steadily increasing year after year.
In particular, we have hundreds of issued patents relating specifically to the ALD process technology platform. We expect new deposition technologies and chemistries to be a major driver for new intellectual property into the future. Patents provide us the protection to speak more openly about our inventions and share ideas in the marketplace that benefit our customers. Our patents are usually registered in the principal countries where semiconductor devices or equipment are manufactured and/or sold.
TRADEMARK LIST AS OF JANUARY 1, 2015
We have registered a number of trademarks covering our product portfolio in the principal countries.
ASM, the ASM International logo, Advance, Aurora, Dragon, Eagle, EmerALD, Epsilon, Intrepid, Polygon, Pulsar and Silcore are registered trademarks of ASM International NV. A400, A412, ALCVD, Atomic Layer CVD, Horizon, Loadstar, Medallion, NCP, PEALD, Previum are our trademarks. 'The Switch Is On' and 'Drive Innovation. Deliver Excellence.' are our service marks.