Wafer Loader includes 14 in. monitor and keyboard.

Press Release Summary:

Adept Wafer Loader fully automated wafer handling solution suits SMEMA compatible screen/stencil printers that support wafer sizes to 300 mm, including thinned wafers. Designed for bump and semiconductor ball placement applications, loader offers scalable performance, managed process transitions, and modular design. System can be expanded and reprogrammed for use as back-end cluster tool, and supports optional wafer and lot tracking.

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Adept Technology Announces New Wafer Handling Solution For Advanced Packaging

Adept Wafer Loader is a Fully Automated SMEMA Compliant Solution Designed for Wafer Bump and Semiconductor Ball Placement Applications.

San Jose, California - May 28, 2002 - Adept Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADTK), a leading manufacturer of flexible automation for the fiber optic, telecommunications and semiconductor industries, today announced the introduction of the Adept Wafer Loader, a fully automated wafer handling solution for SMEMA compatible screen/stencil printers that supports wafer sizes up to 300 mm, including thinned wafers. Intended specifically for bump and semiconductor ball placement applications, the Adept Wafer Loader is designed to provide high precision, reliable wafer handling and application flexibility at an affordable cost.

"The advanced packaging market is demanding robotic wafer handlers that are flexible, but are not designed for each application," noted Joe Campbell, vice president of marketing for Adept Technology. "The Adept Wafer Loader family draws on our experience in delivering 20,000 factory automation systems, and is a configurable family of handling solutions."

The Adept Wafer Loader is designed for scalable performance, managed process transitions and long deployable lifecycles, resulting in lower cost of ownership. The standard and modular design reduces the limitations, costs and complexity commonly found when deploying and supporting custom wafer handling solutions in advanced packaging. Through a rich set of options - many of which can be retrofitted at the customer site - the system provides maximum configuration flexibility. Full compliance with SMEMA and SEMI standards ensures compatibility and easy integration with most current and future advanced packaging equipment. The system can be expanded and reprogrammed for use as a back-end cluster tool by adding an optional wafer interface for a reflow oven or other process tools. In addition, the Adept Wafer Loader supports optional wafer and lot tracking, and has a 14-inch monitor and keyboard with integrated GUI for easier operator use, maintenance and troubleshooting.

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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