Etch Technology Moves into CIS Market

FREMONT, CA /Marketwire/ -- Mattson Technology Inc., a leading supplier of advanced semiconductor processing equipment, announced that a major CMOS image sensor (CIS) manufacturer has accepted the paradigmE etch system, which was shipped in the fourth quarter of 2011, for use in its production facility.

Increasing demand for CIS technology is driven by the ever-increasing use of cameras in mobile handsets, tablet PCs, notebook PCs, and automobiles. The requirement for image sensors with higher resolution and image quality, with reduced power consumption, is driving the industry's shift from the use of charge coupled device array technology to CIS. Over 90% of image sensor unit shipments in 2011 were CIS devices, and market research firm IHS iSupply estimates that CIS unit shipments will grow up to 97% by 2015.

"Bolstered by their use in mobile handsets and an ever-growing number of other devices and applications, CIS devices have become the dominant technology," said Rene George, Vice President and General Manager of Mattson Technology's Plasma Products Group. "Mattson's position in this market segment is an important part of continuing our etch market share growth. The acceptance of our paradigmE system, which is already established in the DRAM, NAND, and foundry/logic segments, extends our advanced etch technology into the CIS market. The paradigmE will continue to deliver the excellent processing performance, high productivity, and low cost-of-ownership our customers require to ramp their production of advanced devices to serve the mobile electronics market."

About Mattson
Mattson Technology Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets semiconductor wafer processing equipment used in the fabrication of integrated circuits. It is a leading supplier of plasma and rapid thermal processing equipment to the global semiconductor industry, and operates in three primary product sectors: dry strip, rapid thermal processing, and etch. Through manufacturing and design innovation, it has produced technologically advanced systems that provide productive and cost-effective solutions for customers, fabricating current- and next-generation semiconductor devices. For more information, please contact Mattson Technology Inc., 47131 Bayside Parkway, Fremont, CA, 94538. Telephone: 800-MATTSON /510-657-5900.

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