Semilab buys solar metrology firm

by Mark LaPedus

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Semilab Inc. has acquired the assets of Tordivel Solar AS for an undisclosed amount of cash.

As part of the deal, the majority of Tordivel Solar employees have now been engaged by Semilab. Based in Budapest, Hungary, Semilab is a metrology supplier.

Tordivel Solar of Oslo, Norway is a supplier of inline and offline inspection and measurement systems and components for wafer production. Its tools inspect ingots, blocks and wafers for defects to provide measurement and classification data.

The systems are built on its so-called Scorpion Vision Software. The Scorpion Vision Software is supplied by Tordivel Solar’s sister company, Tordivel AS. Semilab and Tordivel AS has entered into a software license agreement, where Tordivel will serve Semilab on an exclusive basis within the wafer inspection business.

”This acquisition strengthens our product offering in incoming substrate and PV process metrology and inspection” commented Tibor Pavelka, president and CEO of Semilab, in a statement. “Tordivel Solar is a major supplier of imaging and inspection products.”

Last year, Basler AG closed a deal to transfer all intellectual properties and all assets, including all activities of sales, marketing, R&D, production and service associated with the solar wafer inspection business, to Semilab.
The current acquisition combined with the acquisition last year by Semilab of the Basler micro-crack inspections systems now means sorter manufacturers and PV cell/wafer producers have a single supplier solution for all their metrology, inspection and analysis needs.

”We are the number one supplier of electrical and non-contact metrology for the mono and multi-crystalline PV industry. With the acquisition of Tordivel Solar it expands our inspection capability in this area and the software agreement with Tordivel AS allows us to offer a single stop more integrated solution for our customers,” said Chris Moore, president and CEO Semilab AMS, in an e-mail.

In the past, Semilab has acquired a number of other firms. In 2008, Semilab acquired the assets of Sopra SA. In the same year, Semilab acquired SSM Inc.

In 2009, Semilab, one of the world’s largest metrology companies, acquired Advanced Metrology Systems (AMS) and QC Solutions. The two Massachusettsbased metrology companies expanded Semilab’s metrology tool efforts.

In the same year, Semilab acquired Semiconductor Diagnostics Inc. (SDI). The Tampa, Florida-based supplied non-contact measurement solutions for wafer, IC and Solar manufacturers.
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