SOURCE: Varian Semiconductor

December 07, 2006 08:40 ET

Varian Semiconductor Launches New VIISta® High Energy Ion Implanter

New Ion Implanter Extends VSEA's Leadership Position in Single Wafer High Energy

GLOUCESTER, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 7, 2006 -- Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSEA) today introduced its new single wafer VIISta® high energy ion implanter, the 3000XP. The VIISta 3000XP is a third generation tool, and the latest addition to Varian Semiconductor's low dose platform. The VIISta 3000XP provides improved productivity and reliability over previous generation tools.

The VIISta 3000XP shares many key design elements with the VIISta 900XP, the Company's flagship medium current implanter. These common design elements include the same endstation, wafer handling, control system, dosimetry, and process specifications. The common tool specifications allow customers to use this high energy tool as a medium current backup tool, while the common design elements allow the transfer of processes between systems. This low dose platform system achieves the highest productivity for low dose applications and offers the lowest cost of ownership by reducing the total number of required high energy systems.

"The single wafer VIISta 3000XP features precise angle and zero degree implant capability, and offers customers higher yield, higher low dose productivity and improved cost of ownership," said Gary Dickerson, chief executive officer of Varian Semiconductor. "Customers are moving to single wafer high energy in order to achieve optimum device performance required for current and next generation technologies."

The VIISta platform is the only complete production-proven suite of single wafer solutions for all medium current, high current and high energy applications. All of the VIISta products feature the Varian Control System (VCS™), the Varian Positioning System (VPS™) and a common single wafer endstation. This high degree of commonality across the VIISta platform provides flexibility in managing capacity, product mix changes, spare parts and training.

About Varian Semiconductor

Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates is the leading supplier of ion implant equipment to semiconductor manufacturers, enabling them to pack more, higher performing transistors into computer chips that are revolutionizing the electronics industry. Varian Semiconductor's products are used by chip manufacturers worldwide to produce high-performance semiconductor devices. Customers have made Varian Semiconductor the market leader in ion implant because of its architecturally superior products that lower their costs and improve their productivity. The Company has ranked #1 in the VLSI Research Customer Satisfaction Survey nine times over the last 10 years. Varian Semiconductor operates globally and is headquartered in Gloucester, Massachusetts. More information can be found on Varian Semiconductor's web site at www.vsea.com.

Note: This release contains forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. For this purpose, the statements concerning the Company's performance, market share and technology leadership, technological capabilities and benefits and growth are forward-looking statements and any statements using the terms "believes," "anticipates," "expects," "plans," or similar expressions are forward-looking statements. There are a number of important risks and factors that could cause actual events to differ materially from those suggested or indicated by such forward-looking statements. These include, among others, volatility in the semiconductor equipment industry; economic conditions in general and as they affect the Company's customers; significant fluctuations in the Company's quarterly operating results; the impact of rapid technological change; the Company's dependence on the development and introduction of new products; the Company's concentration on ion implantation systems and related products; concentration in the Company's customer base and lengthy sales cycles; the highly competitive market in which the Company competes; risks of international sales; foreign currency risks; and general economic conditions; and other factors identified in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, and the most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company cannot guarantee any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievement. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this press release.

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