Advanced Energy's Pulsar(TM) High-Power DC Pulsing Accessory Adopted for Several Advanced Applications by End-User Customers Worldwide

Single, Add-On Solution Enables Processes Where Straight DC Power is

Inadequate; Improves Process Quality, Uniformity, Throughput and Target


Feb 07, 2006, 00:00 ET from Advanced Energy Industries, Inc.

    FORT COLLINS, Colo., Feb. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Advanced Energy
 Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq:   AEIS) today announced that its Pulsar(TM) High-Power
 DC Pulsing Accessory has been adopted by several leading end-user customers
 worldwide to enable the commercial viability of difficult, DC-power thin-film
 manufacturing processes for which straight DC power is inadequate.  The Pulsar
 accessory has proven successful in reducing yield-crippling contamination,
 splattering and crazing, while improving target utilization in such varied
 applications as residential and architectural glass coating, flat panel
 display (FPD) manufacturing, roll-to-roll coating and headlight metallizing.
 In addition, the Pulsar accessory enables difficult processes to become
 competitive without costly start-up expenditures because it is a single,
 add-on solution designed to retrofit to old and new systems alike without the
 need to change power supplies or established control schemes.
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     Featuring single-output 40 kW, cost-effective 40/40 kW dual output as well
 as high-power 80 kW-capable versions, the Pulsar accessory's exceptional,
 pre-emptive arc-management technology reverses the charge of a cathode to
 clear arc-inducing charge buildup.  User-selectable frequency and reverse
 times allow customers to tailor the device's capabilities to their specific
 processes.  When an arc does occur, the Pulsar accessory shunts power away
 from the target for 20 micro seconds.
     Dr. Hanz Betz, president and CEO of AE, noted, "AE has been the global
 leader in arc-management technology for over 20 years.  The Pulsar DC
 accessory is our latest contribution to this tradition.  The widespread
 popularity and rapid adoption of the Pulsar accessory underscores AE's
 continued focus on innovative technology that delivers profitable results for
 our customers worldwide."
     The Pulsar accessory's patented arc-management methodology enables
 increased target utilization and other commercial advantages in several
 difficult applications.  In glass coating applications, the Pulsar device
 dramatically reduced crazing-web-like cracks near the glass' edge.  Moreover,
 its increased target utilization enabled effective coating processes during
 entire campaign cycles.  In roll-to-toll coating applications, the accessory
 proved successful in alleviating splattering and contamination.  For FPD
 applications, the accessory has consistently improved process yields, and in
 some cases, has enabled 100% yield.
     About Advanced Energy
     Advanced Energy is a global leader in innovative power and control
 technologies that drive high-growth, 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 Nasdaq
 National Market under the symbol AEIS.  For more information, go to
     Advanced Energy and Pulsar are trademarks of Advanced Energy Industries,

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