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  • Nanometrics Founder Exits Board
Sep 2009
Nanometrics Inc. of Milpitas, Calif., a supplier of process control metrology systems to the semiconductor industry, announced that company founder Vincent Coates has resigned as vice chairman of its board of directors. In 1995, SEMI recognized him with a lifetime achievement award for his work in scanning electron microscopy, and currently he holds more than 20 US patents. He developed the first NanoSpec as a general-purpose instrument targeted at biotechnology and industrial applications, deciding later to focus primarily on the semiconductor industry. Coates, who founded Nanometrics in 1975, will be replaced on the board by Norman Coates.

The science of measurement, particularly of lengths and angles.
process control
The collection and analysis of data relevant to monitoring the rate and quality of industrial production, either continuously or in batches. Corrections can be made manually or automatically, via a feedback control loop.
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