SOURCE: Mattson Technology, Inc.

April 22, 2009 06:30 ET

Mattson Technology Receives Order for Nexion™ Etch Systems From Leading Memory Customer

Order Gives Mattson Multiple Systems in Volume Production in Advanced DRAM Production Line

FREMONT, CA--(Marketwire - April 22, 2009) - Mattson Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MTSN), a leading supplier of advanced process equipment used to manufacture semiconductors, today announced that a major 300 mm memory manufacturing facility in Asia has placed its first follow-on order for the Company's Nexion™ etch system. The Company noted that the customer has accepted the 2 tools currently at its site for testing and performance verification. With this order, Mattson Technology has multiple tools in volume production in the customer's advanced DRAM production line.

Mattson's innovative Nexion system targets high volume dielectric etch applications and broadens the Company's future growth opportunities by doubling its total available market (TAM). David L. Dutton, president and CEO, noted, "We are pleased that our customer has expressed further confidence in Mattson Technology by securing their first repeat order for our Nexion etch product. This order is of particular significance and represents an inflection point for the Company. Our entrance into the adjacent growth market of dielectric etch was a strategic decision to expand our technical expertise and market leadership positions in Rapid Thermal Processing (RTP) and Strip. Mattson's Nexion system is unique in that it offers our customers improved process performance and leading Cost-of-Ownership (CoO) in this fast growing yet cost sensitive market. In the ultra competitive etch segment, this follow-on order from our long-term customer validates Mattson's etch technology at the leading edge of memory and further positions the Company for growth upon a return to more normalized market conditions."

Randy Matsuda, senior vice president and general manager of Mattson Technology's Plasma Product Group, noted, "Mattson's unique ability to fine tune energy levels in the etching plasma provides our customers with enhanced ability in transistor formation, which is becoming more critical with each technology node." Matsuda added, "The Mattson Nexion system has been established as production tool of record for critical dielectric etch applications, and our customer is closely engaged with Mattson in the development of their future etch technology and applications."

Matsuda concluded, "We are committed to supporting our customer's expanded production capabilities in the future and their growth strategy to meet their customers' anticipated demand for leading-edge semiconductors, telecommunications, and digital convergence technology."

About Nexion™

Mattson's Nexion™ system addresses the stringent technology requirements and Cost-Of-Ownership (CoO) needs of the etch market. The Nexion system utilizes Mattson's patented Faraday-Shielded inductively coupled plasma (ICP) source technology, along with bias capability for anisotropic etching of 300mm wafers. Nexion leverages the very high throughput of Mattson's wafer transfer platform and the Company's differentiated source technology to provide superior process on-wafer performance at very low CoO.

"Safe Harbor" Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This news release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements address matters that are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that can cause actual results to differ materially. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: end-user demand for semiconductors; customer demand for semiconductor manufacturing equipment; the timing of significant customer orders for the Company's products; customer acceptance of delivered products and the Company's ability to collect amounts due upon shipment and upon acceptance; the Company's ability to timely manufacture, deliver and support ordered products; the Company's ability to bring new products to market and to gain market share with such products; customer rate of adoption of new technologies; risks inherent in the development of complex technology; the timing and competitiveness of new product releases by the Company's competitors; the Company's ability to align its cost structure with market conditions; and other risks and uncertainties described in the Company's Forms 10-K, 10-Q and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company assumes no obligation to update the information provided in this news release.

About Mattson Technology, Inc.

Mattson Technology, Inc. designs, manufactures and markets semiconductor wafer processing equipment used in the fabrication of integrated circuits. We are a leading supplier of plasma and rapid thermal processing equipment to the global semiconductor industry. Through manufacturing and design innovation, we have produced technologically advanced systems that provide productive and cost effective solutions for customers fabricating current- and next-generation semiconductor devices. For more information, please contact Mattson Technology, Inc., 47131 Bayside Parkway, Fremont, CA, 94538. Telephone: (800) MATTSON/(510) 657-5900. Internet:

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