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DuPont Photomasks Enhances Automated Order Entry with X-Change.

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ROUND ROCK, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 31, 2003

DuPont Photomasks, Inc. (Nasdaq:DPMI), today announced the introduction of X-Change(tm), a patent-pending, automated photomask order processing solution designed to provide higher photomask quality and shorter cycle times to semiconductor manufacturers.

X-Change is built on proprietary software developed by DuPont Photomasks that has been designed to enhance the Company's existing automated order entry system. To date, DuPont Photomasks' X-Change has reduced order entry processing time from an average of 1 hour to approximately 10 minutes, resulting in the ability to more rapidly manufacture photomask orders and reduce time to market. Additionally, automated order entry and processing ensures that high-quality, error-free information is delivered consistently to DuPont Photomasks' manufacturing equipment, providing for improved product quality.

Until now, photomask manufacturers offering order processing automation typically required their customers to utilize the SEMI P10 standard. SEMI P10 is a recognized standard electronic order format adopted primarily by larger semiconductor companies with the internal IT resources to facilitate implementation of the photomask order standard. Since 1996, DuPont Photomasks has automated more than 20 customers utilizing the SEMI P10 format. DuPont Photomasks' X-Change solution now makes available automated photomask order entry and processing to semiconductor manufacturers of any size as it is designed to interface not only with the SEMI P10 format, but virtually any customer-specific electronic order format.

"When it comes to automated order processing, clearly, one solution doesn't fit all. We created X-Change to accommodate the diversity of order formats used by customers in the industry. Now, everyone can reap the benefits of higher photomask quality and shorter cycle times resulting from automated order entry and processing," said Jim Northup, executive vice president of worldwide sales and marketing of DuPont Photomasks.

X-Change(tm)

Developed by DuPont Photomasks, X-Change is a patent-pending, automated photomask order processing application, which receives and translates virtually any electronic format of orders, including data and technical specifications, for photomask manufacturing.

About DuPont Photomasks, Inc.

DuPont Photomasks, Inc. is a leading global provider of microimaging solutions. The Company develops and produces advanced photomasks, a key enabling technology used in the manufacture of semiconductor and other microelectronic devices, and through its wholly owned subsidiary BindKey Technologies, Inc., electronic design automation (EDA) software. Headquartered in Round Rock, Texas, DuPont Photomasks operates a global network of manufacturing facilities serving semiconductor makers and other electronics producers around the world. DuPont Photomasks posted worldwide revenues of $323 million in fiscal 2003. Information about the Company can be found at www.photomask.com.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: Except for the historical information and discussions contained herein, statements contained in this release may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors -- for example, semiconductor industry cycles, technological challenges, technical difficulties of manufacturing high-end photomasks, materials supplies, and actual demand for our products as compared to forecasted requirements, that could cause actual results to differ materially as discussed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent Forms 10-K and 10-Q as well as cautionary statements and other factors set forth as Risk Factors therein. The forward-looking statements are made as of the release date hereof and the Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements or to update the reasons why the actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

X-Change(tm) and associated logos are trademarks of DuPont Photomasks. (C) 2003 DuPont Photomasks, Inc.
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