ZEISS’ Semiconductor Metrology Systems business unit has received Intel’s Preferred Quality Supplier Award for its significant contributions, deemed essential to Intel’s success.
The strategic business unit Semiconductor Metrology Systems (SMS) of ZEISS has been recognized for its significant contributions providing Intel with photomask qualification, repair, metrology and tuning equipment, deemed essential to Intel’s success.
“Congratulations to ZEISS on the PQS (Preferred Quality Supplier) award,” said Janice Golda, Director of Intel’s Patterning Capital Equipment Development group. “SMS has demonstrated its commitment to leading edge repair and metrology capabilities in alignment with Intel’s photomask manufacturing roadmap. Its commitment to technological innovation, equipment performance, and quality has helped to enable the continuing pursuit of Moore’s Law and thus makes ZEISS a valued supplier for Intel. We look forward to continued success in the future.”
The PQS award is part of Intel’s Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) programme that encourages suppliers to strive for excellence and continuous improvement. To qualify for PQS status, suppliers must score 80% on a report card that assesses performance and ability to meet cost, quality, availability, technology, environmental, social and governance goals. Suppliers must also achieve 80% or greater on a challenging improvement plan and demonstrate solid quality and business systems.
“We at ZEISS are very proud to receive the Intel PQS Award for 2012. While many of our innovative products for mask metrology and repair have been developed together with Intel, this Award also reflects our product and company quality and reliability. I would like to thank the whole team of SMS for this great achievement,” said Oliver Kienzle, managing director of the strategic business unit SMS.
Carl Zeiss Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology business group includes the Lithography Optics, Laser Optics and Semiconductor Metrology Systems business units. With a broad portfolio of products and globally leading know-how in the areas of lithography and optical modules, the business group covers various key processes in microchip production: as a developer and manufacturer of lithography optics, for example, the Lithography Optics business unit is a technology and market leader in this sector of the semiconductor industry. The portfolio of Laser Optics includes optical components for lithography lasers and subsystems for wafer inspection systems. With its inspection, repair and metrology systems, Semiconductor Metrology Systems focuses on the photomask, one of the core components of chip fabrication. In fiscal year 2011/12 the business group generated revenue of around EUR 967 billion with a workforce of about 2,600 people. The business group is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany.