(Nasdaq:NANO), a leading supplier of advanced process control metrology
systems used primarily in the manufacturing and packaging of semiconductors,
solar photovoltaics and high-brightness LEDs, today announced that Vincent Coates,
company founder and vice-chairman of the board, has resigned from the Board
Vincent Coates founded Nanometrics in 1975, and in his tenure developed multiple
product lines and grew Nanometrics into an important metrology and process control
company for the world wide semiconductor industry. In 1995, SEMI recognized
Mr. Coates with a lifetime achievement award for his work in Scanning Electron
Microscopy, and currently he holds more than 20 U.S. patents. Vince developed
the first NanoSpec as a general purpose instrument targeted at bio-technology
and industrial applications, but after some early applications wins in thin-film
metrology for semiconductor devices, he quickly changed the target and focus
of the business. Since the launch of the first NanoSpec 10, under Vince’s
leadership, the company developed multiple product lines addressing many aspects
of process control and metrology for the semiconductor industry, while still
supporting the original NanoSpec line for broader industry use.
“Vince is a remarkable entrepreneur and provided leadership and innovation
for Nanometrics,” commented Bruce Rhine, Chairman. “His contributions
to the company culture and technology have been key factors that have contributed
to Nanometrics’ success. We appreciate all that he has done and look forward
to his continuing contribution as a member of our Scientific Advisory Committee.
We wish him well in the future.”
Effective immediately, Norman Coates has joined the Board of Directors.