San Diego Business Journal Cymer Makes Inroads In Asian Marketplace

Teachers, administrators and other people who have an interest in schools will be hearing a lot more from San Diego-based Edmin.com.

The company sells Web-based services to school districts coast-to-coast. Recently it acquired another company that serves educators and parents , but in a different way.

The company is online publisher Education World of Wallingford, Conn. Edmin.com bought the unit from American Fidelity Group, an Oklahoma insurance company, in an all-stock deal.

The value of the transaction was not disclosed. As part of the deal, the insurer's chairman, Bill Cameron, gets a seat on the Edmin.com board.

The site at (www.educationworld.com) includes articles, lesson plans and a search engine with links to pre-screened, education-related content. Education World has 10 employees. Layoffs are not anticipated, said Edmin.com President Clayton Hoyle.

Edmin.com's flagship business is its collection of Web-based services for schools. They include an Internet-accessible data warehouse for student records, and Web-based ways to communicate among the administration building, the classroom and the home.

Hoyle said the acquisition will boost the San Diego company's profile on the East Coast.

Edmin.com has 65 employees. Hoyle said he wants to reach 100 by year-end.

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Laser Focus:

San Diego laser-maker Cymer, Inc. is making strides in the Far East.

A South Korean chipmaker that uses its products is the first company to put Cymer's diagnostic software to work.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. of Seoul, South Korea, is monitoring its laser machinery with the tool, called CymerOnLine. The software gives a technician almost real-time diagnostic information from a laser, no matter where the technician is.

The product helps the factory anticipate and schedule maintenance on the laser. Cymer calls it an efficiency booster. Other leading chipmakers are beta testing the product, the Rancho Bernardo company reported.

In other news, Cymer announced it had installed its 100th deep ultraviolet laser light source in the Singapore and Malaysia region.

Columnar Components:

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