Advanced Energy's RF Power Delivery Systems Selected by the World's Leading Manufacturer of Thin-Film Solar Products AE's Dressler(R) Cesar(R) Power Systems Chosen by ECD Ovonics for Its 25 MW

Thin-Film, Triplejunction, Photovoltaic Solar Cell Manufacturing Equipment



    FORT COLLINS, Colo., April 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Advanced Energy
 Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq:   AEIS) today announced that its Dressler(R)
 Cesar(R) RF generators and VarioMatch(TM) matching networks have been
 chosen by Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. to provide process power for the
 25 MW photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing equipment being manufactured by ECD
 Ovonics for United Solar Ovonic, its wholly owned subsidiary. Together, the
 Cesar RF generator and VarioMatch matching network comprise a full-featured
 RF power delivery system that meets ECD Ovonics' critical specifications.
 United Solar Ovonic's unique UNI-SOLAR(R) PV products are flexible,
 substantially lighter and more rugged than other solar cell products and
 actually become an attractive part of the building's roof, replacing
 roof-top arrays.
     (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20030825/AEISLOGO )
     As a leader in the development of thin films, ECD Ovonics was looking
 for a flexible process power system that would integrate easily with its
 manufacturing platform. Cesar RF generators and VarioMatch matching
 networks meet all of ECD Ovonics' integration requirements, including
 multiple power levels for different process steps.
     "ECD Ovonics has been a valued customer for many years and has
 incorporated AE power systems into previous generations of its PV solar
 cell manufacturing equipment. We are delighted to extend our partnership
 with them by supplying their newest generation equipment with our
 field-proven Cesar power systems," commented Dr. Hans Betz, president and
 CEO of AE. "AE has served the solar market for some time. As this market
 segment grows through innovations such as those delivered by ECD Ovonics,
 AE is well positioned to benefit from continued industry growth."
     Cesar RF generators are designed to meet demanding process requirements
 for a broad range of plasma manufacturing applications. They are available
 in a wide variety of frequencies (from 2 to 60 MHz) and a wide variety of
 power levels (from 300 W to 5 kW). Both water cooled and air cooled models
 are available. Standard features include an active front panel, large LCD
 display, user-friendly software, analog and serial user interfaces as well
 as controls for VarioMatch matching networks. Cesar generators are CE
 compliant and use field-proven Class E architecture, which enable their
 compact, lightweight design.
     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(R), AE(R), Cesar(R), Dressler(R) and VarioMatch are
 trademarks of Advanced Energy Industries, Inc.
     UNI-SOLAR(R) is a trademark of United Solar Ovonic, a wholly owned
 subsidiary of Energy Conversion Devices, Inc.
 
 

SOURCE Advanced Energy Industries, Inc.

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