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1 December 2016

ClassOne Technology forms board of advisors

ClassOne Technology of Kalispell, MT, USA, which manufactures wet-chemical processing equipment including Solstice electroplating systems (especially for emerging markets and other cost-conscious users of ≤200mm substrates), has formed a board of advisors consisting of senior executives from the semiconductor industry that will provide their perspective and guidance as ClassOne navigates the expansion of its operations. So far, Larry Murphy, Eric Choh and Tom Pilla have been named to the board.

"ClassOne is experiencing very rapid growth right now, and we wanted to incorporate the broad perspective and deep experience that these gentlemen can bring to our effort," says president Kevin Witt. "Larry, Eric and Tom are long-respected leaders in this industry and have already proven to be a huge asset," he adds.

"We've seen the customer focus and innovative technology that this company is bringing to the industry," comments Murphy. "ClassOne is disrupting the old status quo and delivering much-needed high-performance electroplating and wet process equipment to the smaller-substrate markets — markets that have been generally underserved."

Murphy is currently CEO at PROOF Research. Previously, he has been CEO at Thompson Technology Group, VP & general manager of North America & Europe SSG Sales at Applied Materials, and VP & general manager of the Semitool Business at Applied Materials. Earlier, he was president & chief operating officer at Semitool for six years and, before that, president & CEO at Tosoh SMD for more than 14 years.

Choh has spent more than 30 years in the semiconductor industry, including extensive experience in wafer fab operations and advanced technology development. Most recently he was the VP/GM of GlobalFoundries' Fab 8. Choh also held senior positions at AMD, including VP of Advanced Process Development and executive managing director of the AMD/UMC Alliance.

Pilla is currently global supply chain director and electronic materials/business manufacturing director of Litho Materials at Dow Chemical. Previously, he was VP of operations at Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials, VP of operations at Rodel, and global supply chain director at Rohm and Haas.

See related items:

ClassOne's Plating-Plus capability adds processing chambers to Solstice plating tool

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