FEI Co was founded and incorporated in Oregon in 1971. It is a supplier of scientific instruments and related services for nanoscale applications and solutions for industry and science. It designs, manufactures, and supports the high-performance microscopy workflows that provide images and answers in the micro-, nano-, and picometer scales. The Company operates in two segments including Industry Group and the Science Group. The Industry Group consists of customers in semiconductor integrated circuit manufacturing and related industries such as manufacturers of data storage equipment and other technologies, as well as customers in the oil and gas industry. The tools developed for Industry Group customers are generally aimed at improving their processes to increase overall yields, whether in a semiconductor factory or at an oil and gas reservoir. For the semiconductor market, it shrinks line widths and process nodes of 16/14 nanometers and smaller, increasing complexity in their materials such as high-k metal gates and low-k dielectrics and increasing device complexity such as 3D transistor architectures; and this products are used in laboratories, near the fabrication line to speed new product development and increase yields by enabling 3D metrology for advanced process control, defect analysis, and root cause failure analysis. For the oil and gas market, its products are used to increase yields in oil and gas exploration and for laboratory analysis. It also provides support for products and customers for the entire life cycle of a tool from installation through the warranty period, and after the warranty period through contract coverage or on a time and materials basis. The Science Group includes universities, public and private research laboratories and customers in industries, including metals, automobiles, aerospace, geosciences and forensics. The tools developed for customers in the Science Group are generally aimed at the exploration and discovery of new materials and chemistries or solving for causes and cures of diseases. The tools are used in a laboratory and are generally not used in industrial applications. It also includes customers at universities, government laboratories and research institutes engaged in biotech and life sciences applications, as well as pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Its solutions enable scientific discovery and advancement for researchers and help manufacturers develop, analyze and produce advanced products. Its products are also used in root cause failure analysis and quality control applications across a range of industries. Its products' ultra-high resolution imaging allows structural biologists to create detailed 3D reconstructions of complex biological structures such as proteins and viruses. Cellular biologists use companies tools to correlate wide-field, lower resolution optical images with higher resolution electron microscope imaging. Its products are also used by drug researchers and in particle analysis and a range of pathology and quality control applications; and also provides support for products and customers within this group for the entire life cycle of a tool from installation through the warranty period, and after the warranty period through contract coverage or on a time and materials basis. It offers technologies including ion beams, allowing modification of structures in sub-micron geometries; electron beams, allowing imaging, analysis and measurement of structures at sub-micron & even atomic levels; microCT systems, allowing non-destructive materials & rock analysis by quantification of geometrically-precise tomographic images; beam gas chemistries, which increase the effectiveness of ion & electron beams & allow etching & deposition of materials on structures at sub-micron levels; system automation & sample management tools, providing faster access to data & improved ease of use for operators of its systems; and Nano Probing, used for electrical fault isolation.
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