SOURCE: CyberOptics Semiconductor, Inc.

November 11, 2008 21:20 ET

Maker of Wafer Processing Metrology Devices, CyberOptics Semiconductor, Names Ferris Chen Director of Asian Sales

Veteran of Asia's Semiconductor Industry to Lead Growth of WaferSense® Brand in the Region

BEAVERTON, OR and HSIN-CHU, TAIWAN--(Marketwire - November 11, 2008) - CyberOptics Semiconductor, Inc., a maker of wireless metrology devices for wafer processing equipment, has named Ferris Chen, a veteran of Asia's semiconductor industry, its director of Asian sales to manage growth of the company's WaferSense® brand in the region and implementations at fabs in Taiwan, China, Singapore and Malaysia.

Chen has held various sales roles in the Asian semiconductor industry and was most recently sales director of greater China for Zygo Corporation, a supplier of wafer fabrication metrology and 3D inspection machines for semiconductor packaging.

He will now manage CyberOptics Semiconductor's relationships with 300mm and 200mm fabs in the region, as well as its Asian distribution partners.

Chen will help Asian fabs implement the wireless WaferSense devices as part of their efforts to "further automate production" and replace legacy metrology methods to "save time, cut costs and improve yield," said Craig C. Ramsey, Ph.D., general manager of CyberOptics Semiconductor, a subsidiary of CyberOptics Corp. (NASDAQ: CYBE).

Ramsey added that Chen will be active with the Asian divisions of SEMI, SEMATECH and ISMI.

"Ferris has worked with fabs across Asia to overcome metrology and processing challenges, and he's certainly had an accomplished career," Ramsey said. "He'll continue to help fab engineers and managers demonstrate -- from a financial and production standpoint -- the essential role of wireless automated metrology."

Chen's career spans advancing roles in sales and sales management with RVSI Inspection, a supplier of 3D inspection machines for semiconductor packaging, Mykrolis, a supplier of gas and liquid filters and mass-flow controllers for wafer fabrication and other high-purity applications and Marketech International Corp., one of the largest semiconductor manufacturing distributors in Taiwan.

While at RVSI, Chen helped build the company's sales division and ultimately grew year-to-year revenue by 500 and 400 percent at the supplier.

"I'm very happy and proud to be joining a company with the ability to address so many processing shortcomings with innovation," Chen said. "And I look forward to working with fabs in Asia to improve their automation and yield with our WaferSense devices."

CyberOptics Semiconductor's line of WaferSense products includes the Auto Vibration System (AVS), Auto Leveling System (ALS2 Vertical), Auto Teaching System (ATS) and Auto Gapping System (AGS). Each device follows the processing life of a wafer and reports real-time metrology data.

Chen will also promote the company's portfolio of reflective wafer-mapping sensors under its HAMA Sensors™ brand.

Chen will be based out of CyberOptics Semiconductor's Hsin-Chu, Taiwan, location. He holds a B.A. in advertising and marketing from Chung-Yuan University, Taiwan.

About CyberOptics Semiconductor, Inc.

CyberOptics Semiconductor develops automated products that seamlessly measure critical parameters in semiconductor fabrication processes and equipment. The company's pioneering WaferSense® line includes wireless metrology devices for vibration, leveling, gapping and teaching semiconductor process equipment. The company is the largest producer of reflective wafer-mapping sensors and a leading provider of frame grabber machine vision boards under its HAMA Sensors™ and Imagenation™ brands. CyberOptics Semiconductor is a subsidiary of CyberOptics Corp. (NASDAQ: CYBE), one of the world's leading providers of process yield and throughput improvement solutions for electronic assembly and semiconductor capital equipment companies. For information, visit, e-mail or call 800-366-9131.

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