Mattson Ships First paradigmE Etch System

FREMONT, CA /Marketwire/ -- Mattson Technology Inc., a leading supplier of advanced process equipment used to manufacture semiconductors, announced that it has shipped the paradigmE etch system to a major image sensor provider. The system will be used in this manufacturer's fab for the production of advanced complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor (CIS) devices.

CMOS image sensors are used in consumer electronics such as digital still cameras, digital camcorders, mobile phones, and video game handheld devices, as well as industrial applications such as automotive, medical and security electronics equipment. According to independent research firm Gartner, the CIS market grew 25% year over year in 2010 and is predicted to grow to 14.1% in 2011. The compound annual growth rate for CIS from 2010 through 2015 is forecasted to be 9.1%.

"To meet the increasing demand for advanced devices cost-effectively, our customers are shrinking CIS devices, which requires high-performance, cost-efficient tools," said Rene George, Vice President and General Manager of Mattson Technology's Plasma Products Group. "Delivering excellent process performance and better cost of ownership, the paradigmE will be addressing critical and new etch applications that will help our customer ramp production of its CIS devices for the rapidly expanding global consumer electronics market. This latest order extends our etch presence into a new market and expands our total served market. The paradigmE is now established in three key and growing regions around the world, and we expect these new positions to translate into incremental revenue growth as we move through 2012."

About Mattson
Mattson Technology Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets semiconductor wafer processing equipment used in the fabrication of integrated circuits. The company 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, Mattson Technology produces technologically advanced systems that provide productive and cost-effective solutions for customers fabricating current- and next-generation semiconductor devices. The company serves foundries and memory and logic integrated device manufacturers in the U.S., Europe, China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, and other Asian countries. For more information, please contact Mattson Technology Inc., 47131 Bayside Parkway, Fremont, CA, 94538; 800-MATTSON, 510-657-5900.