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Rudolph Adds Direct-Dock Probe Card Capability to PrecisionWoRx VX4.

Industry standard VX platform expanded to handle larger, heavier assemblies required for faster testers

FLANDERS, N.J. -- Rudolph Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: RTEC), a leading provider of process characterization equipment and software for wafer fabs and advanced packaging facilities, announced today the availability of direct-dock probe card capability for its PrecisionWoRx([R]) VX4 probe card test and analysis tool. The VX4 inspects and repairs the delicate probe tips that contact the electrical device during testing.

Direct docking probe cards increase testing speeds and signal bandwidth by reducing the number of electrical connections and shortening the trace lengths from the tester and the device, however, they are larger and heavier than conventional probe cards. The new capability allows users to accommodate direct-dock cards while retaining all the features and functionality that have made the VX platform the unchallenged market leader. Shipments to a device manufacturer in Thailand for a VX4 System, and a California probe card manufacturer, MicroProbe, for a VX4 with direct dock, are scheduled for Q2 2010.

Mike Slessor, MicroProbe's Chief Executive Officer, said, "As we continue our tradition of collaborating with customers to solve the challenges of wafer test, new and novel approaches like direct-dock probe cards can offer significant technical and economic advantages. However, to ensure these novel approaches meet our stringent quality requirements and are supportable in production environments, we rely on partners like Rudolph to deliver best-of-breed inspection, analysis and rework capabilities. MicroProbe's direct-dock probe cards, in combination with the metrology capability of Rudolph's VX4, are an excellent example of a shared commitment to help our customers improve wafer test performance and lower the cost of test."

"As probe cards become more complex, the ability to inspect and rework them has become critical," added Ardy Johnson, Rudolph's Vice President of Marketing. "This value is not limited to direct savings on probe card costs. The information derived from probe card test and analysis lets engineers optimize the entire test process, realizing benefits from faster test times, fewer test-induced defects and much more."

With hundreds of systems installed worldwide, the VX platform has become the industry standard for testing, analyzing and reworking probe cards. Its advanced capabilities allow semiconductor manufacturers to evaluate and correct the planarity, alignment, contact resistance, leakage current, probe force, tip wear, scrub characteristics and numerous other critical probe card parameters that impact probing process performance. Information provided by the new PrecisionWoRx VX4 tool can help test floor managers and test engineers reduce yield losses in the probing process and extend the lifetime of probe cards.

Rudolph Technologies, Inc. is a worldwide leader in the design, development, manufacture and support of defect inspection, process control metrology, and data analysis systems used by semiconductor device manufacturers worldwide. Rudolph provides a full-fab solution through its families of proprietary products that provide critical yield-enhancing information, enabling microelectronic device manufacturers to drive down costs and time to market. Rudolph offers yield management solutions used in wafer processing and final manufacturing through a family of systems for macro-defect inspection (detection and classification), as well as transparent and opaque thin film measurements.

The company has enhanced the competitiveness of its products in the marketplace by anticipating and addressing many emerging trends driving the semiconductor industry's growth. Rudolph's strategy for continued technological and market leadership includes aggressive research and development of complementary inspection and metrology solutions. Headquartered in Flanders, New Jersey, Rudolph supports its customers with a worldwide sales and service organization. Additional information can be found on the company's web site at

MicroProbe is an advanced probe card supplier with global manufacturing and service facilities. Working as a partner with its customers, MicroProbe develops, manufactures, and supports a high-quality line of innovative probe card technologies and products serving the semiconductor industry. Along with sister company, Micromanipulator, MicroProbe is a subsidiary of Astria Semiconductor Holdings, whose investors include Flywheel Ventures, Intel Capital, and Gemini Investors.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "Act") which include demand for Rudolph's products, Rudolph's existing market position and its ability to maintain and advance such position relative to its competitors and Rudolph's expectations about our future bookings and backlog as well as other matters that are not purely historical data. Rudolph wishes to take advantage of the "safe harbor" provided for by the Act and cautions that actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of various factors, including risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond Rudolph's control. Such factors include, but are not limited to, delays in shipping products for technical performance, component supply or other reasons, the company's ability to leverage its resources to improve its positions in its core markets and fluctuations in customer capital spending. Additional information and considerations regarding the risks faced by Rudolph are available in Rudolph's Form 10-K report for the year ended December 31, 2009 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As the forward-looking statements are based on Rudolph's current expectations, the company cannot guarantee any related future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Rudolph does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.
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