Advanced Energy(R) Awarded Default Standard for Pulsed-DC Power Applications by Leading, Magnetic-Disk Equipment Supplier

Dual-Output Pinnacle(R) Plus+ Systems Enable Production for Leading-Edge

Materials on Magnetic-Disk Platforms

Jan 09, 2007, 00:00 ET from Advanced Energy, Inc.

    FORT COLLINS, Colo., Jan. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Advanced Energy
 Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq:   AEIS) today announced that a leading equipment
 supplier to the media/data storage industry has awarded AE(R)'s Pinnacle
 Plus+ as the default standard for pulsed-DC power applications for one of
 its high- volume, magnetic-disk equipment platforms. This long-time
 customer chose to standardize on AE's Pinnacle Plus+ pulsed-DC power supply
 system because of its proactive arc management, pulsing-power delivery, and
 compatibility with a broad range of both metallic and reactive materials.
 These high-performance capabilities were deemed essential for this
 industry-leading customer to keep ahead of demanding, consumer-driven disk
 drive markets.
     Magnetic disks -- employed in products ranging from portable music
 devices, notebook computers, digital cameras and DVRs to gaming systems --
 require higher data densities than many older equipment platforms can
 accommodate. With best-in-class arc management and dual output, AE's
 Pinnacle Plus+ system permits this customer's equipment to sputter both
 sides of a magnetic disk simultaneously. As a result, these capabilities
 enable perpendicular processes, which deliver high density and highly
 uniform coatings for magnetic-disk applications.
     Dr. Hans Betz, president and CEO of AE, noted, "Data storage equipment
 manufacturers must continually address fast-moving consumer trends as well
 as technological hurdles. These companies need to partner with suppliers
 possessing the same level of expertise to stay competitive. Our long-term
 contribution to this valued customer is underscored by this recent default-
 standard award and by the Pinnacle Plus+ system's ability to enable this
 customer's demanding processes. We will continue to expand our
 opportunities for pulsed-DC applications within the important data storage
 market through integral relationships such as this."
     AE(R) Pinnacle(R) Plus+ Pulsed-DC Power Supply
     The precision arc management of the Pinnacle Plus+ pulsed-DC system has
 been proven to reduce substrate damage caused by arcing -- directly
 contributing to higher throughput, superior film uniformity and quality as
 well as more repeatable performance than standard DC systems for both
 metallic and reactive materials. Individually controllable, dual-out
 pulsing from a single unit, up to 350 kHz pulsing, and a variable duty
 cycle delivers excellent process flexibility, latitude and stability
 required to develop previously unachievable DC processes.
     About Advanced Energy
     Advanced Energy develops innovative power and control technologies that
 drive high-growth, plasma thin-film and nanotech manufacturing processes
 worldwide, including semiconductors, flat panel displays, data storage
 products, solar cells, architectural glass and other advanced product
     AE's product portfolio includes precise, flexible power systems;
 reliable gas and liquid flow-management systems; accurate thermal
 instruments; and global support services. Leveraging this focused product
 portfolio and technology leadership, AE creates solutions that maximize
 process impact, improve productivity and lower cost of ownership for its
 customers, including original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and end users
 around the world.
     AE operates in regional centers in North America, Asia and Europe and
 offers global sales and support through direct offices, representatives and
 distributors. Founded in 1981, AE is a publicly held company traded on the
 Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol AEIS. For more information, go to

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