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This behind-the-scenes company has become essential to many chip makers, and it's easy to see why: With the world seeing all things digital, more and more chips are going into everything from automobiles to phones to music players. KLA-Tencor sells software, equipment, and services that guide chip production from beginning to end. Its products allow manufacturers to reduce the number of defects that occur during the process and yield more chips from those ever-expensive wafers. The San Jose-based company has beaten Wall Street's profit expectations a number of times, which has helped keep the company's stock near its 52-week high of $52.

Company Info

Revenues* $2 BILLION
Revenue Growth 50.9%
Return on Equity 15.4%
Total Return-5.5%
Profits* $457.8 MILLION
All figures are for the most recent available 12 months.

* Latest available data for the 12-month period ended Dec. 31, Jan. 31, Feb. 29, Mar. 31, or Apr. 30. For companies that do not report quarterly, the most recent annual data were used.

Data provided by Standard & Poor's Compustat, BusinessWeek

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Company Snapshot

KLA-Tencor Corp. engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of yield management and process monitoring systems for the semiconductor manufacturing and related microelectronics industries. The company markets and sells its hardware consisting of patterned and unpatterned wafer inspection, optical overlay metrology, e-beam review, reticle and photomask inspection, spectroscopic and e-beam-based dimension metrology, and film and surface measurement tools, as well as its yield analysis and defect classification software. Its products provide fab-wide yield management solutions for the manufacturing process of cells used in integrated circuit production, including lithography, etch, deposition, and chemical mechanical planarization. KLA-Tencor’s products and services enable integrated circuit manufacturers to manage yield throughout the wafer fabrication process from research and development to final mass production yield analysis. In addition, it provides manufacturing with older technologies and refurbished KLA-Tencor certified tools. The company also provides other services, such as on-site repair, system installation, and educational services. It sells its products and services through direct sales force and distributors primarily in the United States and Japan, as well as in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. KLA-Tencor was formed in 1997 and is headquartered in San Jose, Calif.

No. of Employees


Data provided by Capital IQ
Kenneth L. Schroeder

Kenneth L. Schroeder

AGE: 59


President and Chief Executive Officer

CEO Bio >

Total Compensation*


Total Value of Options**

$ 34.9 MILLION

Degrees Held


* Latest available fiscal year
** The sum of the net value of options exercised and held in the latest available fiscal year

Key Executives

Kenneth L. Schroeder, John H. Kispert, Richard P. Wallace, Dennis J. Fortino, Gary E. Dickerson

Board Members

Kenneth L. Schroeder, Edward W. Barnholt, Stephen P. Kaufman, H. Raymond Bingham, Robert T. Bond, Richard J. Elkus, Jr., Michael E. Marks, Kenneth Levy, Jon D. Tompkins, Lida Urbanek

Data provided by Capital IQ
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