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ATM ANNOUNCES SDI CONTRACTS FOR BARIUM TITANATE THIN FILM DEVELOPMENT; $550,000 CONTRACT EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE TOWARD DRAM COMMERCIALIZATION

ATM ANNOUNCES SDI CONTRACTS FOR BARIUM TITANATE THIN FILM DEVELOPMENT; $550,000 CONTRACT EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE TOWARD DRAM COMMERCIALIZATION
 DANBURY, Conn., Feb. 4 /PRNewsire/ -- Advanced Technology Materials, a leading developer of high-performance semiconductors and thin film processing technologies, today announced two contracts with the Strategic Defense Initiative Office (SDIO) for development of barium titanate (BaTiO3) thin films using chemical vapor deposition (CVD) technology. The Phase I and Phase II contracts total more than $550,000.
 The ability to grow barium titanate and advanced dielectric thin films on a semiconductor substrate is critical for the commercialization and high-volume production of 256Mb dynamic random access memory (DRAM) semiconductors. A new generation of DRAMs is introduced every three years and these chips have served as the manufacturing technology driver for the entire semiconductor industry for over two decades. In 1991 the DRAM market exceeded $3.5. billion.
 "CVD technology has proven one of the most viable techniques for large-scale commercialization of new materials in the semiconductor industry," said Gene Banucci, chief executive officer of ATM. "ATM's expertise in high-temperature superconductor, diamond and silicon carbide CVD has allowed us to establish a solid foundation in the development of barium titanate thin films. ATM is currently the world leader in the chemical vapor deposition of barium titanate."
 Under the terms of the contract, ATM is developing CVD techniques that will allow the fabrication of barium titanate-based thin films for a variety of high-precision/low-intensity laser applications, including frequency-doubling devices that can dramatically increase the storage capacity of CD-ROM disks, and provide surgeons with the capability for highly accurate laser eye surgery. Barium titanate's non-linear optical properties are also perceived as instrumental in accelerating the development of high-speed optical computers by enabling the fabrication of integrated optical phase modulatorsased on chemical vapor deposition (CVD) technology, marketing the products to a variety of firms whose business occurs along the semiconductor manufacturing and supply chain.
 When a technology is determined commercially viable, ATM establishes the technology division as a separate profit-and-loss center, providing the new company with the twin benefits of flexible autonomy and the ability to draw upon ATM for technology resources.
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 /CONTACT: Gene Banucci of Advanced Technology Materials, 203-794-1100; or Jack Jackson or Tom Breunig of Miller Communications, 617-536-0470, for ATM/ CO: Advanced Technology Materials ST: Connecticut IN: CPR ARO SU: CON


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