SOURCE: Mattson Technology, Inc.

January 21, 2010 08:30 ET

Mattson Technology Introduces paradigmE® Dielectric Etch System

Receives Multiple paradigmE Orders From a Leading Memory Customer

FREMONT, CA--(Marketwire - January 21, 2010) - Mattson Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MTSN), a leading supplier of advanced process equipment used to manufacture semiconductors, today announced the release of the paradigmE® etch system, the company's latest innovation targeted to meet the stringent requirements of advanced dielectric etch applications. The latest etch system extends Mattson's Nexion® etch with state-of-the-art technology features that offer superior on-wafer performance, including excellent control of within-wafer uniformity, profile and critical-dimension. In addition, the paradigmE's compact and high-productivity platform has demonstrated greater than 50% throughput improvement over the competitors, providing enabling technology at low Cost-of-Ownership (CoO).

The Company noted that it has received multiple paradigmE orders from a leading memory customer, who has been evaluating the paradigmE system since 2008. The Company also anticipates the shipment of a paradigmE evaluation system to its fourth etch customer in the current first quarter.

David L. Dutton, president and CEO, noted, "We are extremely pleased to announce the release of the paradigmE. The industry has been demanding a cost effective and technically advanced dielectric etch solution required for leading-edge volume manufacturing. Our unique Faraday-shielded ICP source technology combined with the field-proven, high-productivity platform delivers a clear advantage to our customers seeking advanced etch technology at the lowest cost."

Dutton added, "Expanding into the etch market was a strategic decision for Mattson Technology. Following the footsteps of the Nexion etch success, the paradigmE further solidifies our position to address the growing dielectric etch market segment. The paradigmE etch system covers all dielectric etch applications qualified by Nexion and more, while the overall process and tool performances have met or exceeded all expectations. The latest paradigmE orders from our key customer are testament to the traction we are gaining with etch, and we are fully committed to work closely with our customer to continue to support their current as well as anticipated demand for future requirements."

About Mattson Technology, Inc.

Mattson Technology, Inc. designs, manufactures and markets semiconductor wafer processing equipment used in the fabrication of integrated circuits. We are a leading supplier of plasma and rapid thermal processing equipment to the global semiconductor industry. Through manufacturing and design innovation, we have produced technologically advanced systems that provide productive and cost effective solutions for customers fabricating current- and next-generation semiconductor devices. For more information, please contact Mattson Technology, Inc., 47131 Bayside Parkway, Fremont, CA, 94538. Telephone: (800) MATTSON/(510) 657-5900. Internet:

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