Advanced Energy's Aera(R) Transformer(TM) Mass Flow Controller (MFC) Awarded Default-Standard Status by Major Japanese Equipment Supplier Digital MFC Selected for New Semiconductor Manufacturing Platform



    FORT COLLINS, Colo., March 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Advanced Energy
 Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq:   AEIS) today announced that its Aera(R)
 Transformer(TM) digital MFC has been awarded default-standard status on a new
 semiconductor platform by a major Japanese original equipment manufacturer
 (OEM).  The Transformer family enables this leading OEM's equipment to run
 with optimal process flexibility and efficiency.  This OEM's new semiconductor
 platform requires precise flow control for today's most advanced applications.
 The Transformer MFC earned default-standard status by out-performing
 competitive units.
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     This new platform will run today's most demanding applications,
 necessitating outstanding MFC response, accuracy, repeatability and
 exceptional reliability.  During the rigorous process of qualifying for this
 new platform, the Transformer MFC consistently demonstrated higher
 mean-time-between-failure (MTBF) performance over non-Aera MFCs.  The higher
 Transformer MTBF was proven to contribute to reduced platform downtime and
 improved throughput and yield.
     "AE's Aera flow products have a strong tradition of extraordinary
 performance and reliability," commented Dr. Hans Betz, president and CEO of
 AE.  "Our Transformer MFCs have taken those advantages a step further by
 offering customers functionality that directly correlates to process
 improvements and profitable operation for both OEM and end-user customers."
     With the inherently flexible Transformer family, as few as eight different
 Transformer multi-gas, multi-range (MGMR) models can support an entire fab's
 MFC requirements.  Pulling a Transformer MFC from inventory, customers can
 readily program it to meet their exacting specifications -- without the
 traditional time and expense required to calibrate other MFCs.  In addition,
 running any gas and gas-flow range between 10 sccm and 30 slm, the Transformer
 family features advanced sensor and valve technology, field-proven components
 and high-speed, digital circuitry to deliver the most precise gas-flow control
 available.
     Further, once these platforms are installed, AE will continue to support
 this OEM and its end-user customers around the world through a
 well-established global support infrastructure in all the major manufacturing
 regions, including Asia, the United States and Europe.
 
     About Advanced Energy
     Advanced Energy is a global leader in the development and support of
 technologies critical to high-technology manufacturing processes used in the
 production of semiconductors, flat panel displays, data storage products,
 compact discs, digital video discs, architectural glass and other advanced
 product applications.
     Leveraging a diverse product portfolio and technology leadership, AE
 creates solutions that maximize process impact, improve productivity and lower
 cost of ownership for its customers.  This portfolio includes a comprehensive
 line of technology solutions in power, flow management, thermal
 instrumentation and plasma and ion beam sources for 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 Nasdaq
 National Market under the symbol AEIS.  More information can be found at
 www.advanced-energy.com
 
     Advanced Energy, AE, Aera and Transformer are trademarks of Advanced
 Energy Industries, Inc.
 
 

SOURCE Advanced Energy Industries, Inc.

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