Electro Scientific Industries,
Inc., a leading provider of world-class photonic and laser systems for micro-engineering
applications, today announced the opening of its new demonstration center in
Anyang, Korea, situated approximately twenty-five miles south of Seoul. The
center will be used by ESI to demonstrate the process capabilities of its Cignis
tool, as well as other semiconductor products. The facility will be supported
by both Korean and U.S. personnel on a rotational basis, and will enable the
Company to better train and instruct its Asian-based employees on the various
semiconductor systems it offers.
"This demo center will allow us to demonstrate the benefits and capabilities
of our newly launched Cignis product, as well as our other semiconductor products,
in a hands-on, cleanroom environment. We selected this site primarily for its
proximity to our customers," said Nick Konidaris, president and CEO of
ESI. "Conducting product demonstrations close to a major customer base
enables us to perform more in-depth process studies with multiple customers.
This type of arrangement will foster direct customer feedback. It will also
assist us in establishing closer collaborations with our customers’ technology
developments, while providing us with additional traction in the eastern Asia
ESI’s Korea demo center features a Class-1000 cleanroom, a necessary
component in today’s successful semiconductor manufacturing facilities.
As a result, the demo center will also be used as a customer co-development
site, enabling ESI to continue penetrating the thin-wafer dicing, CMOS image
sensor dicing, and wafer scribing markets. The new demo center is located in
the Venture Digm building, a site that is currently occupied by several other
technology-oriented companies. This location was selected most notably for its
optimal geographic location that will enable ESI to more readily support its
customers in Korea, Taiwan and Japan.