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  • BOC Edwards Opens European Semiconductor HQ
Dec 2006
BOC Edwards, a supplier of vacuum, abatement and chemical management equipment and services to semiconductor OEMs and fabrication facilities (fabs), announced today it has opened a new European semiconductor headquarters in Grenoble, France, and transferred its European semiconductor team from West Sussex, England, to Grenoble. The company initially relocated 50 employees from its sales, business management and applications engineering functions to the new location. It said it intends to hire employees for engineering, project management, and service and support positions and to increase its presence in key markets such as the photovoltaic industry, compound semiconductor devices and outsourcing services "BOC Edwards has more than doubled in size over the past decade to well above $1 billion,” said Olivier Blachier, general manager of its Europe semiconductor business. “This success has been due to organic growth and a series of strategic mergers and acquisitions, mainly focused on on-tool vacuum, gas and liquid extraction and treatment technologies." The new headquarters, which opened on Sept. 20, is located in the Bernin Industrial Zone, adjacent to the Crolles fabs for submicron technologies. The new address is: BOC Edwards, Bâtiment MEMSCAP, ZI des Fontaines, 38190 Bernin, France

compound semiconductor
A semiconductor made up of two or more elements, in contrast to those composed of a single element such as germanium or silicon. In a III-V semiconductor, for example, one or more elements having three valence electrons (gallium, for instance) are combined with one or more having five (arsenic).
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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