Axcelis Technologies Acquires Dry Strip Equipment Supplier Matrix Integrated Systems; Matrix Products, Intellectual Property to Strengthen Axcelis' Dry Cleaning Position.Business Editors/High-Tech Writers
SEMICON SEMICON Semiconductors Equipment and Material International Conference West 2003
BEVERLY, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 7, 2003
Axcelis Technologies Axcelis Technologies, Inc. NASDAQ: ACLS engages in the design, manufacture, and servicing of capital equipment for the semiconductor manufacturing industry worldwide. Inc. (NASDAQ NASDAQ
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"The acquisition of Matrix moves us another step closer to our goals of being a global leader, building critical mass and driving leadership positions in each of our served markets," said Mary Puma, president and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. of Axcelis.
"Matrix is well known for its fast and reliable dry strip platform, particularly in front-end-of-line applications, as well as its talented technology development team," Puma added. "When we combine these strengths with Axcelis' outstanding success in back-end-of-line dry strip with our new ES3Lk system, we end up with a unique, comprehensive product portfolio for the full range of dry strip needs in transistor and interconnect formation."
In 2002, Axcelis ranked as the third largest supplier of dry strip systems, up from fourth place in 2001. This growth came as a result of the company's solid 300mm position and adoption of back-end-of-line strip over low-k technology. Matrix has earned a reputation as a strong supplier of front-end-of-line (FEOL FEOL Front End Of Line (semiconductor manufacturing) ) dry strip technology based on the strength of its plasma-based dry strip platform, which enhances Axcelis' current dry strip technology portfolio and strengthens Axcelis' position in the expanding dry strip market. Demand for dry strip tools in 300mm manufacturing is expected to rise significantly in the next few years. Matrix has already achieved key 300mm FEOL tool insertions in both 130 nanometer production and 90 nanometer pilot production. According to according to
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"This acquisition ensures Matrix and its customers have access to the many resources necessary to participate in this rapidly changing market," said Jim Marshall Jim Marshall is the name of:
To learn more about Axcelis and its new product offerings, including the Matrix products, please visit its exhibit at the upcoming SEMICON West trade show, in San Francisco San Francisco (săn frănsĭs`kō), city (1990 pop. 723,959), coextensive with San Francisco co., W Calif., on the tip of a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, which are connected by the strait known as the Golden , Calif., from July 14-16, 2003. Axcelis is located in Booth 702 in the South Hall.
Conference Call and Webcast
Please join us for a conference call on July 7th at 12:00 noon EDT EDT
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EDT where we will discuss the Matrix acquisition and answer questions from the investment community. The call will be available to interested listeners via an audio Webcast that can be accessed through Axcelis' home page at www.axcelis.com, or by dialing 1-800-915-4836 (1-973-317-5319 outside North America North America, third largest continent (1990 est. pop. 365,000,000), c.9,400,000 sq mi (24,346,000 sq km), the northern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere. ). A telephone replay will be available from 5:00 p.m. EDT on July 7, 2003 until 11:59 p.m. EDT on July 28, 2003. Dial 1-800-428-6051 (1-973-709-2089 outside North America), and enter conference ID code # 298350. A Webcast replay will also be available on our Web site, www.axcelis.com, from 5:00 p.m. EDT on July 7, 2003 until 11:59 p.m. EDT on July 28, 2003.
About Matrix Integrated Systems, Inc.
Matrix has been providing dry plasma resist strip technology to the semiconductor industry since 1985, with a worldwide installed base of more than 900 systems. Matrix was a privately held company privately held company
A firm whose shares are held within a relatively small circle of owners and are not traded publicly. based in Richmond, California, with offices in Belgium to support the European market, and representatives for sales and service throughout Asia.
About Axcelis Technologies, Inc.
Axcelis Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Beverly, Massachusetts, provides innovative, high-productivity solutions for the semiconductor industry. Axcelis is dedicated to developing enabling process applications through the design, manufacture and complete life cycle support of ion implantation, rapid thermal processing Rapid Thermal Processing (or RTP) refers to a semiconductor manufacturing process which heats silicon wafers to high temperatures (up to 1200 C or greater) on a timescale of several seconds or less. , and cleaning and curing systems. Axcelis Technologies has key technology centers in Beverly, Massachusetts, and Rockville, Maryland as well as in Toyo, Japan through its joint venture, SEN. The company's Internet address is: www.axcelis.com.