Nearfield Instruments among Top-250 most innovative and fastest growing companies in The Netherlands

We at Nearfield Instruments are proud to be featured in the Top 250 2024 by Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship! 🎉

The Top 250 report highlights the 250 most innovative and fastest-growing companies in the Netherlands, giving insights into the current state of the Dutch economy.

Congrats to the other featured companies and a big thank you to Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship through the support of nlgroeit, Municipality of Rotterdam, HelloPrint, and Dealroom in creating this year’s special Top 250 insights. 🚀

Read the full report here: http://ece.nl/en/top-250

Nearfield Instruments appoints Mark Lamers RC (41) as CFO

Mark Lamers has been appointed as new CFO of Nearfield Instruments, effective as per 1 April 2024. Prior to joining Nearfield, Mark was CFO at BUX. Before that, Mark held several positions at ABN AMRO where he worked for 14 years as investment banker in the areas of Mergers & Acquisitions and Equity Capital Markets in which he was involved in many equity capital market transactions including, IPOs, share issues and buybacks (including ASML).

‘I am thrilled to be entering the dynamic semiconductor sector, as part of this fantastic company. I very much look forward to contributing to help grow Nearfield Instruments to becoming the global leader in Metrology & Inspection (‘M&I’) equipment. I do believe that the semiconductor industry may be the sector that has the biggest impact on people’s life, not only technically but also from a geopolitical perspective. In an industry that is facing its physical boundaries, conventional M&I equipment no longer suffices. I am convinced that Nearfield Instruments’ high-end systems provide the solution for this new era in which advanced lithography will become the standard.’

Hamed Sadegian (CEO): ‘We are pleased to have Mark onboard, as he brings significant experience from both a Corporate as well as a scale-up perspective. He has a broad background in economics and banking that will help us grow and professionalise the Company building on the strong foundation of what we started in 2016.’

Nearfield Instruments on 2023 MT/Sprout Challenger50 list

We are proud to announce that Nearfield Instruments has been named as one of the fifty most challenging, innovative and fast-growing companies in the Netherlands. According to the judges of the MT/Sprout Challenger50 the companies on the list show show the established order how things can be done differently, better, faster, cheaper and more sustainable.

Sounds like our kind of innovation! Creating a better world, atom by atom!

For the full list and more information see the publication by MT/Sprout (in Dutch): https://mtsprout.nl/ranking/challenger50-van-2023

Nearfield Instruments announces EUR 27 million funding round, ING joins as new investor

ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands – September 19, 2023. Nearfield Instruments, the industry leader in high-throughput, non-destructive metrology & inspection solutions for the semiconductor manufacturing industry, is pleased to announce that ING Corporate Investments has come onboard as a new investor. Joining ING in this funding round are existing investors Invest-NL, Innovation Industries and TNO, bringing the total investment to EUR 27 million.

CEO Hamed Sadeghian: “We are very pleased to welcome ING Corporate Investments. Their commitment and expertise, together with that of our existing shareholders, enables Nearfield Instruments to further expand our product portfolio, world-wide customer support and production capacity. The customer demand for our existing surface metrology product QUADRA is high as it is for our recently announced non-destructive subsurface metrology solution AUDIRA. With the support of our shareholders we can continue our strong market growth.”

Pieter Bosman, Managing Director ING Corporate Investments, comments: “Nearfield Instruments has shown the potential to grow into another world player, in an already strong Dutch ecosystem of semiconductor equipment suppliers. With this investment we can help the company in this crucial scaling phase”.

René Brama, Senior Investment Manager at Invest-NL, adds: “Our enthusiasm for the unique technology and the team at Nearfield Instruments remains unwaivering. The participation of ING Corporate Investments strengthens the confidence in the future of this innovative company.” 

See also:

https://nieuws.ing.nl/nl-NL/230028-ing-investeert-in-veelbelovende-nieuwe-spelers-nederlandse-chipindustrie
https://www.invest-nl.nl/actueel/nieuwe-investeerder-voor-Nearfield-Instruments?lang=nl
https://www.invest-nl.nl/actueel/nieuwe-investeerder-voor-Nearfield-Instruments?lang=en

AUDIRA: Semiconductor Industry’s First Non-Destructive, In-Line Subsurface Metrology System

AUDIRA will complement current metrology techniques by providing highly accurate and non-destructive nanometer-level measurements through opaque layers of advanced leading-edge node devices

ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands – July 10, 2023 – Nearfield Instruments B.V., a provider of ground-breaking process control metrology solutions for advanced semiconductor devices, today launched AUDIRA™ – the industry’s first and only in-line, non-destructive subsurface metrology system for advanced semiconductor manufacturing. The AUDIRA system provides highly accurate and reproducible nanometer-level measurements of buried features and defects, such as voids, in advanced memory and logic devices.

“AUDIRA is a game-changer for advanced semiconductor manufacturing. It provides measurement data that was previously not available without having to remove the wafer from the line,” said Hamed Sadeghian, CEO, Nearfield Instruments. “Most importantly, the AUDIRA gives process engineers insight into the wafer’s innermost layers – details they never were able to measure before nondestructively and sometimes would never have even known to look for. AUDIRA, like our first product QUADRA™, turns in-line metrology and inspection into an added value in the semiconductor manufacturing process.”

Nearfield Instruments anticipates that AUDIRA will complement transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and critical dimension-scanning electron microscopy (CD-SEM) for subsurface process control measurements. AUDIRA uses an acoustic approach that is fast, very precise and non-destructive with the added advantages of being in-line with a fast turn-around time.

With AUDIRA, Nearfield Instruments combines an acoustic microscopy technique with its own proprietary atomic force microscopy (AFM) technology. The AFM probe is used to ‘listen’ to the sound waves coming through the wafer layers. The wave interacts with all the transitions and surfaces within the device and reflects information back. The pattern of that reflected wave and the time of arrival contains data about the structure below the surface. The AUDIRA scans across the die, with each step as small as several tenths of a nanometer. The data is then translated into a comprehensive pattern of the underlying layers that provides measurement of subsurface features.

AUDIRA is also valuable for measuring shallow features through the surface. Using the AFM probe, surface elasticity variations can be quickly measured to reveal details about the structure below. Nearfield Instruments works with customers to develop a recipe for when to use acoustics and at what frequency, for which layers local elasticity measurements are best, and when to switch to wave propagation schemes.

Nearfield Instruments’ product portfolio also includes the QUADRA™ surface metrology solution. It features a groundbreaking multi-miniaturized AFM head architecture combined with feedforward trajectory planner (FFTP) imaging technology to enable on-device, non-destructive measurements for in-line process monitoring of very high-aspect ratio structures as well as hybrid bonding and EUV resist critical dimension metrology. QUADRA has shown a factor of more than 100x improvement in imaging acquisition time when benchmarked against existing state-of-the-art AFM systems.

AUDIRA is available for ordering now and the first systems will ship in Q2 2024 to top semiconductor fabs worldwide.

Nearfield Instruments: approved partner in EU Chips Act subsidy program IPCEI ME/CT

Nearfield Instruments is taking measures to strengthen the European semiconductor postion

Semiconductors are at the centre of strong geostrategic interests, and of the global technological race. For this reason, the European Commission proposed the European Chips Act, which strengthens European competitiveness and resilience in this strategic sector.

https://commission.europa.eu/strategy-and-policy/priorities-2019-2024/europe-fit-digital-age/european-chips-act_en

The EU Chips Act will bolster Europe’s competitiveness and resilience in semiconductor technologies and applications. It will do this by strengthening Europe’s technological leadership in the field.

To do so the Commission has approved an Important Project of Common European Interest (‘IPCEI’) to support research, innovation and the first industrial deployment of microelectronics and communication technologies across the value chain. The project, called “IPCEI ME/CT”, was jointly prepared and notified by fourteen Member States: Austria, Czechia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Spain.

See https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_23_3087

Nearfield Instruments is proud that the Dutch and European governments recognize the technological leadership we bring with our metrology and inspection solutions to advanced semiconductor manufacturing. By participating in IPCEI ME/CT we will contribute, with all our innovative power and in cooperation with our partners, to strengthening the European position in the world-wide semiconductor sector, by ensuring the capacity to produce semiconductors here within the EU.

If you want to read more about ‘the most innovative company you have never heard of’, please read (in Dutch) this interesting article by Het Financieele Dagblad:

https://fd.nl/bedrijfsleven/1472114/onbekend-nearfield-sleept-als-enige-mkb-er-in-nederland-bijzondere-chipsubsidie-binnen

Eric Meurice appointed as Chair of the Supervisory Board of Nearfield Instruments

Nearfield Instruments B.V. (NFI) is pleased to announce that Eric Meurice is appointed as Chair of the Supervisory Board of NFI as of March 15st, 2023. “We extend a warm welcome to Eric Meurice,” said CEO Hamed Sadeghian. “He brings with him an enormous amount of experience and expertise from the semiconductor industry.” Eric Meurice added: “I am very honoured to have been asked to join and I look forward to working with this very talented group and contributing to its success”

With over 150 employees, Nearfield Instruments B.V. delivers in-line process control solutions to the semiconductor manufacturing industry based on their ground-breaking non-destructive, high-throughput 3D Atomic Force Microscopy technology. NFI is headquartered in Rotterdam, NL and has offices in Eindhoven and Hwaseong, Korea.

Kabinet wil 230 miljoen steken in 6G en nieuwe chipmachines​

Kabinet wil 230 miljoen steken in 6G en nieuwe chipmachines

De Nederlandse overheid wil met 230 miljoen euro de chipsector laten groeien. Er zijn zes projecten geselecteerd. Het geld gaat onder meer naar de ontwikkeling van radar- en 6g-technologie door NXP, de nog jonge fotonica-industrie (chips die werken via licht in plaats van elektriciteit) en het ontwikkelen van geavanceerde chipmachines door ASML en Nearfield Instruments B.V.

Nearfield Instruments has been selected as one of Red Herring Top 100 Europe businesses

Nearfield Instruments is proud to announce that it has been selected as one of Red Herring Top 100 Europe businesses

Nearfield Instruments is proud to announce that it has been selected as one of Red Herring Top 100 Europe businesses. Red Herring Top 100 Europe enlists outstanding entrepreneurs and promising companies. It selects the award winners from approximately 1,200 privately financed companies each year in the European Region. Since 1996, Red Herring has kept tabs on these up-and-comers. As a result, red Herring’s Top 100 list has become a mark of distinction for identifying promising new companies and entrepreneurs. In addition, Red Herring’s editors were among the first to recognize that companies such as Facebook, Google, SalesForce, Skype, Spotify, Twitter, and YouTube would change how we live and work. As a result, thousands of the most interesting and innovative companies have graced the Top 100 list over the years.

Nearfield Instruments: Wereldwijd voorop in metrologie: investeren in de innovatieve toekomst van Nederland

Nearfield Instruments: Wereldwijd voorop in metrologie: investeren in de innovatieve toekomst van Nederland

The Netherlands is known as the cradle for various innovations in the high-tech sector. With the investment in high-tech scale-up Nearfield Instruments, Invest-NL shows its commitment to maintaining this reputation. Hamed Sadeghian (co-founder and CEO of Nearfield Instruments) and Ruud Zandvliet (Senior Investment Manager at Invest-NL) are working together on the innovative future of the Netherlands.