BURNABY, B.C. -- Spectrum Signal Processing Inc. here announced that the IC & LCD Equipment Division of Nikon Corp. has designed its custom-designed digital signal processors (DSP) into next-generation wafer steppers.
Revenue details associated with this design-win were not disclosed, but revenue is estimated to be several million dollars per year.
This design-win marks the first time that Nikon's chip equipment division has outsourced the design and manufacturing of of the key semiconductor component of its semiconductor manufacturing equipment to a company that is not a subsidiary of or partially owned by Nikon. Spectrum said the agreement has already led to at least two other design-ins for the company within Nikon.
Nikon has placed an initial production order and expects to ramp up manufacturing over the next three years.
"We are very pleased that Nikon chose Spectrum over other DSP vendors to design a multiprocessing DSP system so advanced it pushes the limits of current technology," said Marty McConnell, Spectrum's acting chief operating officer. "Spectrum's ability to win multi-million dollar OEM contracts from industry leaders like Nikon is a testament to our expertise as a DSP systems partner. In competitive markets where time to market is everything, our DSP solutions reduce our customers' overall risk and shortens their development cycle, giving our customers the confidence to embed Spectrum products into the heart of their application."
Nikon is the world's largest supplier of stepper equipment, while Spectrum Signal Processing is a fabless designer of multiprocessing DSP systems, DSP software, and custom ASIC designs.