SOURCE: Varian Semiconductor

February 21, 2007 12:30 ET

Varian Semiconductor's VIISta® 900XP Named a Top Product of 2006 by Solid State Technology Magazine

GLOUCESTER, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 21, 2007 -- Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSEA) today announced that its VIISta® 900XP single-wafer medium current ion implanter has been selected a Top Product of 2006 by Solid State Technology magazine. The VIISta 900XP was the only ion implanter selected by Solid State Technology magazine's editorial advisory board in the Semiconductor/Thin-Film Processing category.

"The VIISta 900XP was selected for this distinction because of its increased upper energy range and single-wafer architecture, enabling zero degree implant capability with an output of 500 wafers per hour (WPH)," said Phil LoPiccolo, Editor-in-Chief of Solid State Technology magazine.

"We are honored that Solid State Technology magazine recognizes the architectural advantages of our VIISta 900XP, including highest productivity, superior particle performance and precise true-zero angle control," said Gary Dickerson, Chief Executive Officer of Varian Semiconductor. "In today's high performance devices, the energy requirements for isolation wells often drop into the sub MeV range. The VIISta 900XP provides customers with an opportunity to move recipes from costly high energy batch systems onto the industry's most productive single wafer medium current implanter. With true-zero angle control available only on single wafer platforms, customers can reduce costs by increasing packing density and improving device performance by reducing shadowing effects."

The VIISta® platform is the only complete production-proven suite of single wafer solutions for all medium current, high current and high energy applications. All of the VIISta products feature the Varian Control System (VCS™), the Varian Positioning System (VPS™) 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. Varian Semiconductor's SuperScan™ and vMask™ product options are available on the VIISta 900XP platform.

About Varian Semiconductor

Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates 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. Varian Semiconductor's products are used by chip manufacturers worldwide to produce high-performance semiconductor devices. 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 nine times over the last 10 years. Varian Semiconductor operates globally and is headquartered in Gloucester, Massachusetts. More information can be found on Varian Semiconductor's web site at www.vsea.com.

About Solid State Technology Magazine

Solid State Technology, in its 50th year of publication as the original technical source of record, provides leading coverage online and in print of the latest process equipment, and materials technologies for the worldwide semiconductor manufacturing industry.

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 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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