First ELPHY

In 1988 Raith launched the first ELPHY hardware/software system onto the market; an “electronic pencil” that could complement the imaging functionality of a scanning electron microscope (SEM) with a writing component. ELPHY rapidly positioned itself as an alternative to the vector-scan addressing devices which were used for writing on the smallest possible surfaces at the time - but which were also very expensive to buy, so many universities simply could not afford these systems. 

 

Foundation of Raith USA Inc.

Raith USA Inc. was founded in the state of New York to serve the steadily increasing US marketing a more effective way.

 

Foundation of Raith

Raith was founded in Dortmund, Germany, in 1980. In the first decade of its existence the focus was on special ancillary developments for scanning electron microscopes. Specifically these were heating and cooling stages, probe modules for IC inspections, motor controls and SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope) stages with an extra-large adjustment range. This product area was soon to become the core expertise of the company.

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