Crocus Nano Electronics Selects KLA-Tencor Metrology Tools for its 300mm Magnetic Logic Unit™ Manufacturing Plant in Russia

04 March 2013

Crocus Nano Electronics (CNE), a joint venture between Rusnano and Crocus Technology, today announced an agreement whereby KLA-Tencor Corporation, a leading provider of process control and yield management solutions for the semiconductor and related nanoelectronics industries, will supply CNE with its state-of-the-art new and refurbished defect inspection and metrology equipment.

KLA-Tencor’s tools will be installed in CNE’s Moskvitch operation, a first-of-its-kind wafer manufacturing fab in Moscow. The new and unique, high-volume, 300mm wafer manufacturing operation will process Crocus Technology’s novel Magnetic Logic Unit™ (MLU) technology, which aims significantly improve the development of next-generation electronic devices.
MLU is a CMOS-based rugged magnetic technology capable of offering important advantages in performance, size and security for embedded micro-controllers. Crocus’s MLU solutions are used in mobile and security applications, such as smart cards and secure data servers. The technology is also ideally suited to new applications in extreme operating conditions, particularly in high temperature automotive and industrial equipment.

Boris Omarov, CNE CEO, said, “CNE is building the first 300mm wafer manufacturing facility in Russia and it is very important that we select the best partners. After a rigorous review we decided to work with K-T Certified Division, KLA-Tencor’s asset management program of tool re-purchase, trade-ins, and remarketing services to provide us fully refurbished advanced technology inspection and metrology equipment. We are pleased that KLA-Tencor agreed to support us in our effort. We look forward to an exciting and mutually beneficial relationship with KLA-Tencor as we migrate through the various phases on this program.”

The partnership supports Crocus' agreement with Rusnano to develop advanced manufacturing and science in Russia, and represents a significant step toward developing magnetic nanotechnology manufacturing to increase the dominance of magnetoresistive random-access memory (MRAM) technology for all types of memory.

“Through our KT-Certified program, we’re able to deliver fully refurbished and tested tools to CNE with guaranteed performance, bringing exceptional value to the venture, while enabling the development of next generation MRAM technology,” said Gary Robertson, general manager, KLA-Tencor, K-T Certified Division. “We will continue to support customers worldwide by providing leading-edge defect inspection and metrology equipment that advances the development of next-generation devices for a vast and growing number of applications.”


Crocus Nano Electronics LLC (CNE) is a joint venture that was incorporated in 2011 by Crocus Technology, Inc., a MRAM technology developer and RUSNANO, a Russian Federation government investment fund established to help support government policy in the area of nanotechnology developments. CNE is now building the world’s first magnetic memory plant, which will mass-produce advance MLU devices on 300-millimeter plates using the Thermally Assisted Switching™ (TAS) MRAM technology with featured sizes of 90 nm and 65 nm.

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