SOURCE: Mattson Technology, Inc.

November 18, 2008 06:30 ET

Mattson Technology's Etch Division to Enter Joint Development With Major Memory Manufacturer for Development of Future Devices

FREMONT, CA--(Marketwire - November 18, 2008) - Mattson Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MTSN), a leading supplier of advanced process equipment used to manufacture semiconductors, today announced that it has shipped an etch system to a major memory manufacturer, who has entered into a joint evaluation agreement with Mattson for development of next generation memory devices. The Company noted that this marks the shipment of Mattson's first etch system to this customer's development line, and confirms Mattson's unique advantage in providing enabling technology for next generation devices as well as providing low Cost-of-Ownership (CoO).

Randy Matsuda, senior vice president and general manager of Mattson Technology's Etch Division, said, "We are very pleased to enter into a joint evaluation agreement with this leading memory manufacturer. Mattson already has etch systems employed for volume manufacturing with the customer, and activity to qualify additional applications is underway." Matsuda added, "This agreement further demonstrates our customer's commitment to engage with Mattson for development of future device nodes."

Matsuda continued, "Mattson's etch features a proprietary inductively coupled plasma (ICP) source with wafer bias capability that enables independent control of ion energy and ion density at low processing pressures. These features enable the unique capability for controlling device profiles for very fine geometries. Furthermore, our patented Faraday shield technology ensures that the ion can be generated and controlled at very low energy levels -- a capability that greatly differentiates Mattson's technology from other etchers, allowing it to deliver the lowest damage on the wafer surface. As a result of these technology differentiators, our technology is especially suited for etching of dielectrics at fine geometries, and has demonstrated superior 'on-wafer' results on key applications including spacer etch, hard mask open and pad etch."

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About Mattson Technology, Inc.

Mattson Technology, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets semiconductor wafer processing equipment used in the fabrication of integrated circuits. The Company is a leading supplier of dry strip and rapid thermal processing equipment to the global semiconductor industry. Its strip and RTP equipment utilize innovative technology to deliver advanced processing performance and productivity gains to semiconductor manufacturers worldwide for the fabrication of current- and next-generation devices. Mattson is expanding into the etch market with innovative products targeting high volume dielectric etch applications, and is also expanding into the millisecond annealing and thermal oxidation markets. The Company expects that entry into these new markets will enhance its technical leadership and deliver revenue and profitability gains. Mattson was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Fremont, California. For more information, please contact Mattson Technology, Inc., 47131 Bayside Parkway, Fremont, Calif. 94538. Telephone: (800) MATTSON/(510) 657-5900. Fax: (510) 492-5911. Internet:

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