SOURCE: Varian Semiconductor

November 30, 2007 15:20 ET

Varian Semiconductor Ships Follow-On Order for Its VIISta® PLAD System to a Major Asian Memory Manufacturer

GLOUCESTER, MA--(Marketwire - November 30, 2007) - Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSEA) today announced that it shipped a follow-on order for its VIISta PLAD system to a leading-edge memory manufacturer in Asia.

"We are continuing our marketplace momentum with the VIISta PLAD because it enables the ultra high-dose, counter-doped, dual poly gate (DPG) process for memory manufacturers," said Gary Dickerson, chief executive officer of Varian Semiconductor. "With unparalleled throughput at ultra-high doses, manufacturers have the flexibility to adopt advanced device architectures, while simplifying their manufacturing process flow. This order is also further evidence supporting our continued technology leadership with the introduction of implant solutions for ultra high-dose applications and Precision Materials Modification™."

Varian Semiconductor's products are used by chip manufacturers worldwide to produce high-performance semiconductor devices. The VIISta platform is the only complete production-proven suite of single wafer solutions for all medium current, high current, high energy and ultra high-dose applications. All of the VIISta products feature the Varian Control System (VCS™) and a common single wafer endstation. This high degree of commonality across the VIISta platform provides flexibility in managing capacity, product mix changes, spare parts and training.


The VIISta PLAD is the first production-worthy plasma doping tool in the industry. The PLAD chamber's unique pulsed DC bias hardware design enables precise control of dopant energy and dose. The patented faraday dose control system ensures repeatable implant performance in high-volume manufacturing. In addition, the PLAD chamber has demonstrated up to 6-times greater throughput than traditional beamline or modified-source beamline technologies for ultra high-dose applications. Its low cost of ownership and manufacturability performance have made the VIISta PLAD system the product of choice for dual poly gate doping and other implant steps in DRAM manufacturing.

About Varian Semiconductor

Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc. 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 10 times over the last 11 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 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 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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