Semiconductor Robot handles wafers and reticles.

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AWARD(TM) Robot combines direct drive technology, absolute encoders, and high-voltage amplifiers embedded in robot base. Amplifier module uses Smart-Servo(TM), FireWire(TM)-based distributed motion control architecture. Multi-tasking controller includes AIM SemiWare(TM) database-driven programming environment and offers ability to interface to host controller via RS-232 or SECS/GEM. Diagnostic feedback is provided on display that can be mounted on robot or in EFEM workcell.



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Adept Technology to Preview New Wafer and Reticle Handling Robot at SEMICON West



New Direct Drive Semiconductor Robot offers Improved Performance and Reliability, Simplified Serviceability and Lower Cost

Livermore, California - July 9, 2003 - Adept Technology, Inc. (OTCBB: ADTK.OB), a leading manufacturer of flexible automation for the semiconductor, electronics, fiber optic, telecommunications, and life sciences industries, today announced it plans to preview the new Adept AWARD(TM) wafer and reticle handling robot at its booth # 2442 at SEMICON West July 14-16 in San Francisco, CA. The new Adept AWARD robot is the first wafer handling robot to combine direct drive technology, advanced absolute encoders, and compact high voltage amplifiers embedded in the robot base. The robot is designed to offer faster and smoother wafer transfer cycles for improved performance, maintenance-free operation for improved reliability and easily replaceable components for rapid MTTR and simplified serviceability. The Adept AWARD robot was also designed to provide customers with a lower overall cost solution for their demanding wafer and reticle handling requirements.

"As the leading global supplier of direct drive robots and advanced robot controls, we are proud to be previewing our new Adept AWARD semiconductor robot at SEMICON," said Charlie Duncheon, executive vice president of Adept Technology. "We applied our twenty years of robot design, servo controls and robot service expertise in the development of this new robot and believe we have a robot that will meet today's market demands for performance, ease-of-use, serviceability and most importantly cost."

The Adept AWARD(TM) robot employs direct drive motors and direct-coupled encoders that enable high performance servo control and eliminates performance degradation and reliability problems over the life of the robot. The robot's high-resolution absolute encoders eliminate homing on all axes and provide maintenance-free operation because encoder backup batteries are no longer required. The robot includes an easily accessible embedded amplifier module that uses Adept's Smart-Servo(TM), FireWire(TM)-based distributed motion control architecture and does not require factory calibration after replacement. Adept's distributed controls architecture greatly reduces cabling, simplifies integration and provides scalability to add additional robots, linear axes, or integrated vision from a single Adept controller. The Adept multi-tasking controller includes Adept's AIM SemiWare(TM), patented, database-driven programming environment for application development, and offers the ability to interface to a host controller via RS-232 or SECS/GEM. Additionally, the robot offers extensive diagnostic feedback with a display that can be mounted either on the robot or anywhere in the EFEM workcell. The Adept AWARD(TM) robot will be offered in multiple arm configurations that can accommodate a variety of horizontal reach, vertical stroke, and yaw axis requirements.

Adept Technology designs, manufactures and markets factory automation components and systems for the fiber optic, telecommunications, semiconductor, automotive, food and durable goods industries throughout the world. Adept's robots, controllers, and software products are used for small parts assembly, material handling and ultra precision process applications. Our intelligent automation product lines include industrial robots, configurable linear modules, flexible feeders, semiconductor process components, nanopositioners, machine controllers for robot mechanisms and other flexible automation equipment, machine vision, systems and software, application software, and simulation software. Founded in 1983, Adept is America's largest manufacturer of industrial robots. More information is available at www.adept.com.

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