February 8, 2006 — /(BUSINESS WIRE)/ — PALO ALTO, Calif. — Image Technology (FWB:SMH) (GER:SMF), the premier leading supplier of 1X full-field photomasks, today announced that it has acquired a Lasertec Large Area Mask (LAM) defect inspection tool to enhance their full production line for advanced 9-inch photomasks. The acquisition of this tool positions the company as being the first merchant photomask making company in the world to offer sub-micron detection on 9-inch photomasks and can also be used to inspect advanced phase shift masks. The tool is also capable of detecting surface contamination as well as inspecting photomasks between 4 to 9-inches in size.
Fernando Mendez, the company’s VP of Sales & Marketing, stated, “Image Technology is the only full service photomask making company in the world that can offer a guaranteed defect free full-field 9-inch production photomask. The acquisition of this tool puts Image Technology at the forefront of LAM technology ensuring a long-term reliable supply of 9-inch defect free photomasks for the back-end and packaging industry. This latest capability is especially important to those companies who are at the 65 nanometer and 45 nanometer technology nodes and are using 1X full-field exposure tools in their bump lines. The Lasertec tool, coupled with our Mask Protection Technology (MPT(R)), provides our customers with a total solution that could have a significant yield advantage while driving down their 1X full-field equipment cost-of-ownership”.
Alex Naderi, the company’s President, stated, “Although we cater to a more mature market, our tools and level of knowledge and experience positions us well ahead of our competition in terms of capability and product offering. This defect inspection tool coupled with our defect repair and metrology tools will ensure our customers the most advance and highest quality LAM photomasks in the industry for years to come”.
Image Technology is a wholly owned subsidiary of SUSS MicroTec and is a leading supplier of 1X full field photomasks, specializing in Large Area Masks (LAM). MPT(R) is a trade mark of Image Technology, Inc.
Fernando Mendez, (650) 494-3113