July 23, 2009
Rudolph Announces Multiple Orders for New Wafer Scanner 3840 Systems
Recent acquisition integration and WS3840 development well timed to meet market demand for high-speed 3D bump inspection and metrology
Flanders, New Jersey (July 23, 2009) -- Rudolph Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: RTEC), a worldwide leader in process characterization solutions for the semiconductor manufacturing industry, today announced the receipt of multiple orders for its Wafer Scanner (WS) 3840™ and NSX® Series inspection tools from new and repeat customers in China and Taiwan.
According to Rajiv Roy, Rudolph's vice president of business development and director of back-end marketing, "We're experiencing an early recovery cycle in back-end inspection. Following the integration of the Wafer Scanner Series into our product line, an aggressive R&D effort was implemented to have the new WS3840 ready for customers who were facing unique challenges in processing advanced bump wafers. The systems started shipping late last year, and even through the downturn, customers remained engaged by providing performance data and valuable process feedback."
The WS3840 integrates Rudolph's exclusive laser triangulation technology for 3D bump metrology and sensitive 2D image-based macro defect inspection on the same wafer handler platform that is used by all of the company's advanced inspection and metrology tools. The WS3840 is designed to meet manufacturers' growing need to manage back-end processes for maximum yield and profitability at a time when technical demands and costs are escalating rapidly.
"Several factors helped us win these orders, including cost of ownership, performance and reputation," Roy continued. "The new Wafer Scanner 3840 won a competitive comparison at a China fab based on accuracy and repeatability. In Taiwan, a packaging and test customer with several Rudolph Systems installed, has chosen the WS3840 to meet increasing demand for bump metrology and defect inspection."
Rudolph's NSX Series is the key player in the company's back-end inspection solution portfolio and is expected to help drive the recovery among Outsourced Assembly and Test (OSAT) providers. The NSX Series, with over 600 systems currently installed, provides fast, repeatable, advanced macro inspection to detect defects created during wafer manufacturing, probing, bumping, and dicing or through general handling. Macro defects (0.5 micron and larger) can have a major impact on the quality of a microelectronic device and the yield of the manufacturing process.
Rudolph Technologies is a worldwide leader in the design, development, manufacture and support of high-performance process control metrology, defect inspection and data analysis systems used by semiconductor device manufacturers. Rudolph provides a full-fab solution through its families of proprietary products that provide critical yield-enhancing information, enabling microelectronic device manufacturers to drive down costs and time to market. The company has enhanced the competitiveness of its products in the marketplace by anticipating and addressing many emerging trends driving the semiconductor industry's growth. Rudolph's strategy for continued technological and market leadership includes aggressive research and development of complementary metrology and inspection solutions. Headquartered in Flanders, New Jersey, Rudolph supports its customers with a worldwide sales and service organization. Additional information can be found on the company's web site at http://www.rudolphtech.com.
Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "Act") which include the benefit to customers of Rudolph's products and customer service, Rudolph's ability to deliver products and services consistent with our customers' demands and expectations and the impact of its products on the anticipated semiconductor market recovery, as well as other matters that are not purely historical data. Rudolph wishes to take advantage of the "safe harbor" provided for by the Act and cautions that actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of various factors, including risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond Rudolph's control. Such factors include, but are not limited to, delays in shipping products for technical performance, component supply or other reasons and that the offered design enhancements may not necessarily translate into significant revenue. Additional information and considerations regarding the risks faced by Rudolph are available in Rudolph's Form 10-K report for the year ended December 31, 2008 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As the forward-looking statements are based on Rudolph's current expectations, the company cannot guarantee any related future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Rudolph does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.
Steven R. Roth