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Asyst(R) Ships 100th Spartan(R) EFEM; Sees Continued Growth in Demand for Turn-Key Unified Tool Front-End Solutions.

FREMONT, Calif. -- Asyst Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:ASYT), a leading provider of integrated automation solutions that enhance semiconductor and flat panel display A thin display screen for computer and TV usage. The first flat panels appeared on laptop computers in the mid-1980s, and the LCD technology became the standard. Stand-alone LCD screens became available for desktop computers in the mid-1990s and exceeded sales of CRTs for the first time  manufacturing productivity, announced today that it has shipped its 100th Spartan EFEM EFEM Equipment Front End Module  (equipment front-end module). This milestone shipment represents the cumulative impact of more than 15 product design wins across a broad spectrum of OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) The rebranding of equipment and selling it. The term initially referred to the company that made the products (the "original" manufacturer), but eventually became widely used to refer to the organization that buys the products and  tool manufacturers and applications, including metrology, cleaning and strip.

Asyst has seen a steady rise in Spartan EFEM orders in recent quarters, as the Spartan EFEM's benefits have been validated by the marketplace. The Spartan EFEM uses the same core architecture as the proven, market-leading Spartan Sorter, which has been widely accepted with more than 200 units shipped to date.

The Spartan EFEM leverages the success of the Spartan Sorter and benefits customers with better than ISO (1) See ISO speed.

(2) (International Organization for Standardization, Geneva, Switzerland, An organization that sets international standards, founded in 1946. The U.S. member body is ANSI.
 Class 1 particle performance, high reliability for faster start-up times and high throughput for volume production. Customers achieve additional value from Asyst's outsourced manufacturing model that provides additional cost effectiveness and lower lead times for its customers.

"Over the past 18 months, the Spartan has been selected by nine OEMs for deployment on their new tools. This has led to a dramatic increase in Spartan EFEM shipments over the past six months, as these OEM customers are beginning to roll out volume production of these new tools," said Grant Imper, vice president, factory interface products, of Asyst. "OEMs increasingly are recognizing the Spartan's superior performance as a value-add to their tools and a positive selling point selling point
An aspect of a product or service that is stressed in advertising or marketing.

Noun 1. selling point - a characteristic of something that is up for sale that makes it attractive to potential customers
 with end user customers. This, coupled with the Spartan's highly cost-effective design concept, is continuing to drive new design wins with major OEMs, which we believe positions the Spartan for continued success in the coming years."

About Asyst

Asyst Technologies, Inc. is a leading provider of integrated automation solutions that enable semiconductor and flat panel display (FPD (1) (Flat Panel Display) See LCD, plasma display, EL display, FED and flat panel display.

(2) (Field Programmable Device) An umbrella term for all chips that can be programmed by the customer including SPLDs, CPLDs and FPGAs. See PLD.
) manufacturers to increase their manufacturing productivity and protect their investment in materials during the manufacturing process. Encompassing isolation systems, work-in-process materials management Materials management is the branch of logistics that deals with the tangible components of a supply chain. Specifically, this covers the acquisition of spare parts and replacements, quality control of purchasing and ordering such parts, and the standards involved in ordering, , substrate-handling robotics, automated transport and loading systems, and connectivity automation software, Asyst's modular, interoperable solutions allow chip and FPD manufacturers, as well as original equipment manufacturers, to select and employ the value-assured, hands-off manufacturing capabilities that best suit their needs. Asyst's homepage is

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Except for statements of historical fact, the statements in this press release are forward-looking. Such statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made. These factors include, but are not limited to, our ability to achieve expected sales levels of new products, our customer's ability to achieve cost and performance benefits through our products, and other factors more fully detailed in the company's annual report on Form 10-K Form 10-K

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Form 10-K

See 10-K.
 for the year ended March 31, 2006, and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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