Palo Alto, CA – January 31, 2009 – Straatum Processware Ltd., the leading provider of real-time fault detection and classification solutions to the semiconductor sector worldwide, has announced its acquisition by Lam Research (Ireland) Ltd., an affiliate of Lam Research International SARL and Lam Research Corporation, a trusted global supplier of innovative semiconductor manufacturing equipment and services to the world’s leading chipmakers. In January of 2009, Lam acquired Straatum’s assets and all employees moved to Lam Research (Ireland) Ltd.
Lam Ireland provides real-time fault detection and classification (FDC) software and plasma diagnostic hardware (VI probes). Lam’s flagship product, Imprint MX, combines advanced sensor and tool parameter data with advanced software based on pattern-recognition and statistical mathematical techniques. Using this tool, manufacturers can accurately detect process or tool problems throughout the manufacturing process in real-time. Additionally, users receive instructions on corrective actions needed to alleviate problems, allowing production to resume as quickly as possible. Lam will use Straatum’s products and expertise to further bolster their position in the marketplace and improve fault detection and classification.
Woodside Capital Partners served as the exclusive financial advisor to Straatum Processware Ltd. in this transaction.
About Straatum Processware Ltd.
Straatum is the leading provider of real-time fault detection and classification solutions to the semiconductor sector worldwide. Fault detection and classification is seen as the foundation stone to meeting the advanced process control (APC) requirements long anticipated in the marketplace. Advanced process control is emerging as an essential ingredient of future wafer processing as necessary process performance challenges the limits of wafer processing equipment.
About Lam Research Corporation
Lam Research Corp. (NASDAQ:LRCX) is a trusted global supplier of innovative semiconductor manufacturing equipment and services to the world’s leading chipmakers. Lam’s advanced process technology is transforming the way semiconductor devices are made, with atomic-scale features that are more than 1,000 times smaller than a grain of sand. We collaborate with customers to help them build smaller, faster, and more power-efficient devices that drive technology into everyday life. Lam focuses on solid product performance and value, continuous innovation, and a values-based culture that delivers on its commitments. It is why nearly every chip today is built with Lam technology.
About Woodside Capital Partners
Woodside Capital Partners is a global, independent investment bank that delivers world-class strategic and financial advice to emerging growth companies in the technology and life sciences sectors. With a strong track record in M&A, strategic partnerships and private placements, Woodside Capital Partners has been providing worldwide investment banking services since 2001, with leading domain experience in software, Internet services, electronic communications and materials, and healthcare. Woodside Capital Partners is headquartered in Silicon Valley, with an office in London. Securities offered through Woodside Capital Securities LLC, member FINRA/SIPC. For more information, please visit www.woodsidecap.com.