|ZYGO Ships First Automated Semiconductor Packaging Metrology System|
|MIDDLEFIELD, CT--(MARKET WIRE)--Apr 13, 2004 -- Zygo Corporation (NasdaqNM:ZIGO - News) announced today that it has shipped the first of its CP300 optical metrology systems to incorporate its powerful TopSlice™ thin film measuring technology. The system was shipped to a major US chip maker under a purchase agreement that makes provision for the delivery of up to five identical units. The unique technology is of broad interest for advanced chip packaging processes. To control such processes it is increasingly important to make rapid, noncontact measurements of topographical features, such as solder bumps and laser scribes in the presence of thin transparent layers.
"This our first standalone metrology tool for in-line semiconductor process control," said Robert Stoner, ZYGO's Vice-President for Metrology and Optical Systems. "Our broad technology base, and reputation for precision and reliability have already firmly established ZYGO as the leader in optical metrology among the world's top lithography OEMs. They depend on our products both to measure the world's most challenging optics, and to control wafer placement inside their steppers. The advances we have recently made in the area of optical measurements of topography on patterned wafers meet a clear need in the chip packaging industry. This shipment marks the beginning of an exciting new phase for the Company."
Zygo Corporation (NasdaqNM:ZIGO - News), headquartered in Middlefield, Connecticut, is a worldwide supplier of optical metrology instruments, precision optics, and electro-optical design and manufacturing services, serving customers in the semiconductor capital equipment and industrial industries. See ZYGO's web site at www.zygo.com for additional information.
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