FormFactor Completes Microprobe Acquisition

FormFactor has completed the acquisition of MicroProbe. Headquartered in California, MicroProbe is a provider of advanced SOC wafer test solutions. The company’s backers include Flywheel Ventures, Intel Capital and Gemini Investors.


FormFactor, Inc. (NASDAQ: FORM) today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Astria Semiconductor Holdings, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary MicroProbe Inc., a leading provider of advanced wafer test solutions to non-memory semiconductor manufacturers. The acquisition creates a leader in advanced wafer probe cards across both the memory and SOC segments and significantly expands the company’s addressable markets.
“This transaction is an important strategic step for FormFactor,” said Carl Everett, Chairman of FormFactor’s Board of Directors. “The combination of two wafer test industry leaders well positions us to address complex and demanding semiconductor test requirements and customer roadmaps.”
“I welcome Mike Slessor and the MicroProbe team to FormFactor,” said Tom St. Dennis, CEO of FormFactor. “Our world-class teams in the memory and SOC segments enable us to deliver an unparalleled product portfolio and service and support across an expanded customer base.”
MicroProbe will operate as a separate business unit within FormFactor. Mike Slessor, CEO of MicroProbe, will continue to lead the MicroProbe business unit and Jarek Kister, CTO of MicroProbe, will continue to direct product and technology development at the MicroProbe business unit.
Needham & Company acted as exclusive financial advisor and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP as legal counsel to FormFactor. Morgan Stanley acted as exclusive financial advisor and DLA Piper LLP as legal counsel to Astria Semiconductor Holdings.
About FormFactor:
FormFactor, Inc. (NASDAQ: FORM) is a leader in advanced wafer test solutions. The company’s advanced wafer probe cards enable semiconductor manufacturers to lower their overall production costs, improve yields, and bring next-generation devices to market. FormFactor’s acquisition of MicroProbe creates the leading wafer test solution provider for both memory and non-memory semiconductor manufacturers. FormFactor is headquartered in Livermore, California with operations in Europe, Asia and North America. For more information, visit the company’s website at
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Forward-looking Statements:
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