Laser Spike Anneal System enables ambient control.

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Built on Unity Platform™, Model LSA201 includes patented micro chamber design, which enables full-wafer ambient control in scanning laser system and does not require use of vacuum hardware. System is capable of running mixtures of any inert gases, but micro-chamber architecture is extendible to more reactive gases for future processes. LSA201 is suitable for interface engineering and film property modification where ambient control is critical at sub-20 nm.



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Ultratech Ships First Ambient Control Laser Spike Anneal System



Ultratech's LSA201 System Shipped to Leading IDM for Advanced Logic Node Development



SAN JOSE, Calif., -- Ultratech, Inc. (Nasdaq: UTEK), a leading supplier of lithography and laser-processing systems used to manufacture semiconductor devices and high-brightness LEDs (HB-LEDs), today announced the first shipment of its LSA201 system to a leading IDM.  The LSA201 is built on a new platform that enables precise control over the gases that surround the wafer during processing (i.e., ambient control).  At the customer's facility, the system will be used to develop leading-edge logic technology, mainly focusing on FinFETs.  This first shipment of the LSA201 is an example of Ultratech's continuing efforts to develop solutions that enable the leading-edge technology roadmaps of its global customers.  Ultratech plans to begin volume shipments of the LSA201 in the second half of 2013. 



Jeff Hebb, Ph.D., Vice President of Laser Product Marketing at Ultratech said, "As devices scale below 20nm, there are an increasing number of applications beyond dopant activation which involve interface engineering or film modification, such as advanced silicide formation and high K anneal.  Precise control of the wafer ambient is required for these kinds of processes, and the LSA201 delivers this capability.  As more of these types of processes are incorporated into leading-edge device flows, we expect the LSA201 to become our flagship product.  We look forward to working with this customer and all of our global customers, and leveraging the LSA201 to develop their sub-20nm processes."



LSA201 Laser Spike Anneal System

Ultratech's LSA201 LSA system built on the highly customizable Unity Platform(TM) includes a patented micro chamber design which enables full-wafer ambient control in a scanning laser system.  The micro chamber is a system which does not require the use of vacuum hardware.  The current system is capable of running mixtures of any inert gases, but the micro-chamber architecture is extendible to more reactive gases for future processes.  The LSA201 targets middle-of-line (MOL) applications, such as silicide formation, and advanced front-end-of-line (FEOL) applications, such as defect annealing.  The LSA201 is well suited for processes such as interface engineering and film property modification where ambient control is critical at sub-20nm. 



About Ultratech: Ultratech, Inc. (Nasdaq: UTEK) designs, builds and markets manufacturing systems for the global technology industry. Founded in 1979, Ultratech serves three core markets: front-end semiconductor, back-end semiconductor, and nanotechnology. The company is the leading supplier of lithography products for bump packaging of integrated circuits and high-brightness LEDs. Ultratech is also the market leader and pioneer of laser spike anneal technology for the production of advanced semiconductor devices. In addition, the company offers solutions leveraging its proprietary coherent gradient sensing (CGS) technology to the semiconductor wafer inspection market and provides atomic layer deposition (ALD) tools to leading research organizations, including academic and industrial institutions. Visit Ultratech online at: www.ultratech.com.



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CONTACT: Company Contacts: Ultratech, Bruce R. Wright, Senior Vice President & CFO, Phone: 408/321-8835

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