SOURCE: Varian Semiconductor

June 28, 2005 11:15 ET

Varian Semiconductor to Host vTech Technical Symposium at Semicon West 2005

High-Level Event to Focus on Impact of Materials and Architectures for Sub-45nm Devices

GLOUCESTER, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 28, 2005 -- Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSEA) will host its annual vTech technical symposium on Tuesday, July 12, 2005, at San Francisco's Old Federal Reserve Building. This year's symposium focuses on the impact of materials and architectures for sub-45nm devices.

The all-day symposium begins at 8:45 a.m. and features presentations by leading researchers Dr. Paul Packan (keynote), Intel; Dr. Kyoichi Suguro, Toshiba; Dr. Mark Rodder, Texas Instruments; G. Dan Hutcheson, VLSI Research Inc; Dr. Krishna Saraswat, Stanford University; Dr. Ghavam Shahidi, IBM; Dr. Philip Fisher, AMD; and Dr. Satoshi Nakai, Fujitsu.

"vTech is a great opportunity to share research innovations required to enable continued device scaling," said Peter Nunan, Varian Semiconductor's vice president of technology development. "Just as device scaling brought about OPC (Optical Proximity Correction) and PSM (Phase Shift Mask) to extend lithography capability, scaling is impacting implant requirements for more precise and accurate angle and dose control, while at the same time tightening defectivity specifications. Customers tell us that the opportunity to discuss scaling-related implant challenges and examine potential solutions with their peers in a learning environment is a great benefit. We are looking forward to discussing these challenges and to another successful vTech symposium."

Now in its third year, the vTech technical symposium has quickly become a must-attend event for leading researchers in the industry to discuss technology needs impacting ion implantation. This one-day forum draws together managers, technologists and key decision makers from leading logic, memory and foundry semiconductor manufacturers to discuss transistor trends, especially the challenges facing ultra-shallow junction formation. Each of the distinguished speakers brings a unique perspective on device scaling and various potential solutions.

Due to limited seating, early registration for this event is recommended; however, same-day registration is available. For the complete program details and to register, visit:

About Varian Semiconductor

Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc. is a leading producer of ion implantation equipment used in the manufacture of semiconductors. The Company is headquartered in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and operates worldwide. Varian Semiconductor maintains a web site at The information contained in the Company's web site is not incorporated by reference into this release, and the web site address is included in this release as an inactive textual reference only.

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 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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