SOURCE: Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc.

August 29, 2006 10:15 ET

Varian Semiconductor Ships Its 250th VIISta™ Single Wafer Medium Current System

GLOUCESTER, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 29, 2006 -- Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSEA), announced today that it has shipped its 250th VIISta™ single wafer medium current system. The machine was shipped to a customer in Japan. Earlier this month, the Company announced the shipment of its 250th VIISta single wafer high current system, representing the 500th VIISta platform system shipped to customers. Varian Semiconductor, the overall leader in ion implant, leads the market in the high current and medium current segments, as well as in the single wafer high energy market segment.

The VIISta medium current implanter offers the industry's highest throughput, fastest beam set-up time and highest beam currents among all medium current ion implant suppliers. The medium current product is based on Varian Semiconductor's common platform architecture. It features the Company's patented dual magnet architecture, providing the industry's best particle and contamination performance, as well as superior angle control due to its patented Varian Positioning System™.

"Our entire portfolio of medium current products is designed to provide our customers the industry's best throughput, highest yield and lowest manufacturing cost," said Gary Dickerson, CEO of Varian Semiconductor. "Customers have repeatedly told us that our medium current tools offer them the highest productivity, superior angle control, the cleanest beamline and the lowest contamination levels."

In July, Varian Semiconductor introduced the flagship member of its medium current family, the VIISta 900XP. The VIISta 900XP is the first ion implanter to achieve 500 wafers per hour -- the highest throughput in the industry. This product is optimized to address typical medium current applications. The new energy extension provides the capability to run applications traditionally assigned to high energy implanters. The VIISta 900XP delivers new levels in productivity and technology, and is the only implanter on the market to offer 500 wafers per hour, closed-loop positioning for accurate implant control, and the broadest energy range, 2keV to 900keV. The VIISta 900XP is also compatible with VSEA's previously announced vMask™ product, which reduces customer R&D costs and improves time-to-market for new device designs.

About VIISta Platform Products

All 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 facilitates process matching throughout the tool set and 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. 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

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 in the high current segment 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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    Executive Vice President
    Chief Financial Officer
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    Director, Investor Relations