ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Dec. 17, 2013) – Plasma-Therm CEO Abdul Lateef has been named one of this year’s “All Stars” of the semiconductor equipment industry by leading industry research firm VLSIresearch.
Lateef was named one of nine “All-Stars of the Chip-Making Industry” for 2013 by “The Chip Insider®,” a weekly report published by VLSIresearch, a semiconductor industry research and data services company.
“These are the executives that made the most of this year,” The Chip Insider® announced, referring to this year’s All-Stars. “For some, it’s taken several years of methodical execution to an overarching strategy to bring this year together,” the report continues. “For others it was about being fleet of feet.”
The Chip Insider® cites Plasma-Therm’s introduction this year of the first plasma-based die-singulation system as one factor in Lateef’s selection. Plasma-Therm’s MicroDieSingulator™, named “MDS-100™,” uses plasma technology to separate individual integrated-circuit “chips,” which are created on wafers of silicon and other materials.
Other Plasma-Therm products, including VERSALINE® and Mask Etcher® systems, are used for research-and-development and in manufacturing of integrated circuits, micro-mechanical devices, LEDs, and many other types of electronic components.
Plasma-Therm’s CEO “Successfully developed the company into an incredibly innovative etch and deposition tool supplier,” says The Chip Insider® report.
The report also cites Lateef’s leadership role in the 2009 management buyout of Plasma-Therm from parent company Oerlikon, as well as the company’s success “against far bigger companies” in the mask-etching market. “Plasma-Therm has had continuous growth since the spin-off into an independent equipment supplier,” the report notes.
Others named as 2013 All-Stars are William M. Holt, executive vice president and general manager, Technology and Manufacturing Group, Intel Corp.; Dennis P. McGuirk, president and CEO of the SEMI industry association; and executives of Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron Limited, who recently engineered a merger to form a $12 billion combined company.
“These are the executives that made the most of this year,” The Chip Insider® said. “They have led the industry and their companies forward, for which we can all be thankful.”
Established in 1974, Plasma-Therm is a U.S. manufacturer of advanced plasma processing equipment, focusing on research and development to high-volume production in specialty semiconductor markets, including solid-state lighting, power, data storage, renewable energy, MEMS, nanotechnology, photonics, and wireless communication. Plasma-Therm offers leading
etching and deposition technologies and solutions for these markets. Sales and service locations throughout North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific meet the diverse needs of Plasma-Therm’s global customer base. Please visit www.plasmatherm.com for more information.
VLSIresearch is an award-winning provider of market research and economic analysis on the technical, business, and economic aspects within semiconductor, nanotechnology, and related industries. VLSIresearch provides intelligence for faster and better decision making in the areas of semiconductors, photovoltaics, LEDs, display, manufacturing, materials, and critical subsystems.
VLSIresearch was founded in 1976.