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Japanese Semiconductor Leader Joins Asyst Technologies' Board of Directors.

FREMONT, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 7, 1996--Asyst Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASYT), the leading supplier of minienvironment and automation systems to the worldwide semiconductor industry, today announced that Toshiba Corporation's Tsuyoshi Kawanishi, 67, has joined the company's board of directors. Kawanishi replaces Harry Marshall, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Silicon Video Corporation, who recently retired after serving on Asyst's board for eight years.

Kawanishi currently serves as senior adviser and previously held the position of senior executive vice president at Toshiba, one of the world's largest manufacturers of electronic machinery and semiconductors. A leader in the Japanese semiconductor industry, Kawanishi's expertise is recognized worldwide. In addition to his new post on Asyst's board of directors, Kawanishi sits on the board of Applied Materials, Inc., serves as director of Singapore's Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd. and is president of Japan's Society for Hybrid Microelectronics. Kawanishi, who has been instrumental in the development of Toshiba's semiconductor group since its inception, first joined Toshiba in 1952, was named semiconductor group director and group executive in 1984 and was appointed senior executive vice president in 1990.

Kawanishi said that Asyst's novel approach to semiconductor manufacturing was key in his decision to join the board of directors. "I embrace Asyst's visionary contributions to advanced manufacturing technology. With device makers now facing intense global competition and rising operating costs, they must continue to adopt innovative, cost-effective solutions such as minienvironment and integrated automation systems if they want to maintain a competitive edge in the marketplace," said Kawanishi.

According to Asyst's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mihir Parikh, the addition of Kawanishi to the board of directors comes at a significant moment in the company's history. "Asyst is very fortunate to have an industry leader like Kawanishi join our board of directors, especially at a time when we are experiencing aggressive growth and tremendous international opportunities, particularly in Japan. He is a technological visionary -- the Gordon Moore of Japan -- and it is truly an honor to benefit from his wisdom and expertise in semiconductor manufacturing."

Kawanishi's board appointment further solidifies Asyst's strong relationship with Toshiba, which was forged through a strategic alliance in 1995. The Toshiba-Asyst alliance was formed to address the need for fab-wide automation. By integrating Toshiba's patented Magnetic Levitation (MagLev) ultraclean transport technology with Asyst's automated wafer stocking systems and Material Control Software (MCS), a high-speed automation system for wafer cassette containers and SMIF-Podsx has been created.

Kawanishi rounds out Asyst's board of directors, composed of Mihir Parikh, chairman and chief executive officer of Asyst Technologies, Inc., James Springgate, an independent consultant and Walt Wilson, president of Solectron North America. -0-

About Asyst: Asyst Technologies, Inc. is a leading provider of material control and automation systems that help semiconductor manufacturers improve their integrated circuit (IC) manufacturing productivity. The company's Asyst-SMIF System combines state-of-the-art minienvironments with advanced robotics to create ultraclean processing environments that are both comprehensive and flexible. The SMART-Traveler System (STS) works in tandem with SMIF to eliminate misprocessing. Both Asyst-SMIF and its companion STS products are integral to seamless factory automation of the future. Asyst's subsidiary, Asyst Automation, Inc., focuses on material handling control software and inter-bay/intra-bay automation systems. Founded in 1984, Asyst Technologies, Inc. is headquartered in Fremont, Calif., with facilities in Europe and the Far East. Asyst Automation, Inc. is located outside Boston, Mass. The company's common stock trades on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbol ASYT.

About SMIF: SMIF stands for Standard Mechanical InterFace, the material handling approach that enables wafer transfer to and from sealed SMIF environments without exposure to cleanroom ambient conditions. SEMI standards exist for 150- and 200mm wafer sizes and are now being defined for 300mm.

CONTACT: Asyst Technologies, Inc.

William Hansen, 510/661-5225

510/661-5160 (fax)

Doug McCutcheon, 510/661-5000

510/661-5166 (fax)


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