SOURCE: City of San Jose, California

January 17, 2008 22:33 ET

Mattson Technology and SunPower Join Webcor King-of-the-Mountain Ride Sponsorship Roster

Mattson Technology CEO Challenge and SunPower PedalOn Awards to Further Corporate and Cycling Club Involvement

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - January 17, 2008) - Mattson Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MTSN), a Silicon Valley-based supplier of advanced process equipment used to manufacture semiconductors, and SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR), a Silicon-Valley based manufacturer of high-efficiency solar cells, solar panels and solar systems, are now official sponsors of the Webcor King-of-the-Mountain Ride taking place 10 a.m., Saturday, February 16 in San Jose. A kick-off for the upcoming Amgen Tour of California, the Webcor San Jose King-of-the-Mountain Ride, beginning at the Richard Meier-designed San Jose City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara Street, features an aggressive ascent up San Jose's Sierra Road. Riding like seasoned professionals up the Sierra hill, the best and the hardiest cyclists will compete for the honor of being King-of-the-Mountain.

Mattson Technology is now the official title sponsor of the Webcor King-of-the-Mountain Mattson Technology CEO Challenge, a competition where Silicon Valley corporate leaders and elected officials will vie for the honor of being the "CEO King-of-the-Mountain." Participants will receive a Mattson Technology CEO Challenge jersey and an invitation to the Mattson Technology luncheon, Wednesday, February 20, in the San Jose City Hall Rotunda overlooking the Amgen Tour of California Stage 3 finish line. The male and female CEO cyclist with the fastest Webcor King-of-the-Mountain time each will be presented with a commemorative award and a $500 gift certificate donated by Undiscovered Country Tours -- a premium cycling tour specialist -- on the podium at the Wednesday, February 20, Amgen Tour of California stage finish line at San Jose City Hall.

"We are pleased to be with Webcor and SunPower to continue the success of the King-of-the-Mountain Ride. Our hope is to engage the corporate community in this fun event and further raise awareness of the environmental and health benefits of cycling," said David L. Dutton, President and CEO, Mattson Technology.

SunPower Corporation also joins Mattson Technology as a new sponsor of the Webcor King-of-the-Mountain Ride. SunPower is the official title sponsor of the Webcor King-of-the-Mountain SunPower PedalOn Awards. Honoring cycling club and company teams, the SunPower PedalOn Awards is a play on the cycling term "peloton," the large main group in a road bicycle race. Riders in a group save energy by riding close to other riders. Cycling clubs and company teams will be recognized for best (top 5) times and most participants. While winning cycling clubs and company teams will both receive commemorative trophies, winning cycling clubs will also win a Specialized bike.

"As a cyclist and participant in the inaugural Webcor King-of-the-Mountain Ride last year, I can personally attest to how this challenging and fun event builds a sense of camaraderie. That's one of the reasons why we at SunPower are so excited to lend our support to an award that promotes teamwork and group participation," said Tom Werner, CEO, SunPower Corporation.

The Webcor King-of-the-Mountain Ride benefits Fit for Learning, a program provided by the Santa Clara County Office of Education. The Ride also serves as a kick off to the 2008 Amgen Tour of California, a Tour de France-style cycling road race in which 18 of the world's top professional cycling teams will compete along a demanding 650-mile course from Palo Alto-Stanford University to Pasadena, February 17-24, 2008, including the race's most challenging stretch during the Modesto-to-San Jose Stage 3 leg Wednesday, February 20, with a finish directly in front of San Jose City Hall.

"For more than a Century, San Jose has been a key center for cycling sport. We are proud to carry on this legacy with the Webcor King-of-the-Mountain and Amgen Tour of California events," said San Jose's Chief Development Officer whose City recently adopted the San Jose Green Vision -- an aggressive 15-year plan addressing clean technologies, environmental sustainability and green mobility. "We hope residents throughout San Jose and Silicon Valley are inspired by these events and consider cycling as a viable mode of transportation," said Krutko.

San Jose's long history of cycling includes the production of the first mechanically pedaled bicycle in North America -- created in the 1800s. Additionally, San Jose's first bicycling club, the Garden City Wheelmen, was formed in 1884. The City has also been home to six velodromes with the first dating back to 1892. The Hellyer Park Velodrome is currently the only velodrome in Northern California, and is one of 19 still in existence in the United States.

For more information about the Webcor King-of-the-Mountain Ride and its Mattson CEO Challenge and SunPower PedalOn Awards, please contact Tricia Kerkhof,, (408) 277-5144, ext. 33.


The 26-mile Webcor King-of-the-Mountain ride, which will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, February 16, at San Jose City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara Street, features police motorcycles leading a rolling closure north and east of Downtown San Jose to the base of the Sierra Road climb. Cyclists then will cross a timing pad to activate timing chips and begin their ascent up Sierra Road -- a stunning 3.7-mile, 1,830-foot climb, with an average gradient of 10 percent that was the most difficult stretch of last year's Amgen Tour of California race. After summiting Sierra Road, riders may complete the Sierra/Calaveras/Piedmont loop and ride west to City Hall. Even though the ride officially ends at the Sierra Hill summit, riders are invited to return back to City Hall for a post ride celebration. The cyclist with the fastest climb time will be presented with a Specialized bicycle on the podium at the Wednesday, February 20, Amgen Tour of California stage finish line at San Jose City Hall.

In addition to Webcor, Mattson and SunPower, other promotional consideration is being provided by Specialized, GlobalFluency, Sports Basement, Open Space Authority, Santa Clara County and Undiscovered Country Tours.

The Webcor San Jose King-of-the-Mountain Ride is being produced by the City of San Jose's Office of Economic Development, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, the San Jose Sports Authority and Blue Wolf Events, a comprehensive event management and production company, specializing in cycling events. Base registration fee for the Webcor San Jose King-of-the-Mountain Ride is $50. The event is limited to the first 300 registrants. Riders must be at least 18 or older. Helmets are required. For more information and registration, please visit,


Mattson Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MTSN) is the leading supplier of dry strip equipment and the second largest supplier of rapid thermal processing equipment in the global semiconductor industry. The company's strip and RTP equipment utilize innovative technology to deliver advanced processing performance and productivity gains to semiconductor manufacturers worldwide for the fabrication of current- and next-generation devices. For more information, please contact Mattson Technology, Inc., 47131 Bayside Parkway, Fremont, Calif. 94538. Telephone: (800) MATTSON/(510) 657-5900. Fax: (510) 492-5911. Internet:


SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR) designs, manufactures and delivers high-performance solar-electric systems worldwide for residential, commercial and utility-scale power plant customers. SunPower high-efficiency solar cells and solar panels generate up to 50 percent more power than conventional solar technologies and have a uniquely attractive, all-black appearance. With headquarters in San Jose, Calif., SunPower has offices in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit SunPower is a majority-owned subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY). SunPower is a registered trademark of SunPower Corp. Cypress is a registered trademark of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


Webcor Builders is the largest general contractor in California, by volume, and the 10th largest concrete contractor in the nation. Over thirty-five years of serving clients such as Oracle, eBay, Lucasfilm, and the California Academy of Sciences has secured Webcor's position as a leading builder of large-scale, high-profile projects. Visit for more information.


Proceeds from the Webcor San Jose King-of-the-Mountain Ride will benefit Fit for Learning. Fit for Learning is a program provided by the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) in cooperation with Healthy Silicon Valley that addresses the crisis of childhood obesity and is a multi-faceted initiative that will increase physical activity and encourage healthy nutrition among elementary school students in Santa Clara County. Fit for Learning addresses the environment at every level: the classroom, the school, the district and community. For more information, visit


The Silicon Valley Leadership Group, founded in 1978 by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard, represents 210 of Silicon Valley's most respected employers on issues, programs and campaigns that affect the economic health and quality of life in Silicon Valley, including energy, transportation, education, housing, health care, tax policies, economic vitality and the environment. Leadership Group members collectively provide nearly 250,000 local jobs, or one of every four private sector jobs in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit or call (408) 501-7864.


The City of San Jose's Office of Economic Development (OED) is committed to a vital, competitive San Jose economy that increases prosperity for people and companies and enhances City revenues. The Office guides the City's economic strategy, provides assistance for business success, helps connect employers with trained workers, and provides art, sporting and cultural resources to our community. For more information, please visit,


From its founding in 1777 as California's first city, San Jose has been a leader, driven by its spirit of innovation. Today, San Jose stands as the largest city in Northern California and the Capital of Silicon Valley -- the world's leading center of innovation. The city, the 10th largest in the U.S., is committed to remaining a top-ranked place to do business, work, live, play and learn. For more information, visit,

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