Applied MicroStructures Recognized by Semiconductor International Magazine for Semiconductor Manufacturing Excellence

Company's MVD(TM) Product Receives Leading Publication's Editors' Choice

Best Product Award

Jul 10, 2006, 01:00 ET from Applied MicroStructures Technology, Inc.

    SAN JOSE, Calif., July 10 /PRNewswire/ -- In developing a product that
 is truly making a difference in semiconductor manufacturing, Applied
 MicroStructures Technology, Inc. (AMST) received the prestigious Editors'
 Choice Best Product Award, presented annually by Semiconductor
 International magazine, for its molecular vapor deposition (MVD) tool, a
 groundbreaking technology that enables the controlled vapor deposition of
 molecular-level films for semiconductor, microsystems and other
 nanotechnology applications. In a ceremony on July 12 in San Francisco,
 Semiconductor International will announce 20 winners whose products are
 making a difference in semiconductor manufacturing.
     With an installed base of more than three dozen tools in MEMs
 manufacturing facilities, life science companies and universities on
 multiple continents, AMST's MVD technology is having a key enabling impact
 on the manufacture of advanced applications, such as sensors, actuators,
 displays, disk drives and ink jets. Shrinking geometries in the
 manufacturing process, coupled with the integration of new materials, are
 conspiring to challenge conventional methods of depositing ultra-thin films
 in the manufacturing process. The MVD system confronts these new challenges
 with a unique approach to the management of surface properties that enables
 the deposition of self- aligned, highly uniform and customizable thin films
 across a broad spectrum of substrate types and sizes.
     "We are very proud to be named as a member of this elite group of
 technology innovators," said Jeff Chinn, chief executive officer of AMST.
 "It's gratifying to have our product recognized by SI for its enabling
 impact on next-generation MEMs device manufacturing."
     "Advances in semiconductor technology are only possible because of the
 kinds of products being honored in this year's Editors' Choice Best Product
 Awards program," said Pete Singer, editor-in-chief of Semiconductor
 International. "Chipmakers rely on these products to create electronics
 that are smarter, smaller, faster, less expensive and more reliable. We
 congratulate the people and the companies that have had the insight and
 fortitude to bring these products to the market."
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 a part of Reed Elsevier's global array of information products, is the
 leading technical publication reaching and covering the global
 semiconductor manufacturing industry. SI boasts the industry's most
 experienced full-time technical editorial team, and has the largest
 circulation to semiconductor manufacturers of any industry publication.
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     About Applied MicroStructures Technology, Inc.
     Silicon Valley-based Applied MicroStructures Technology, Inc. is the
 leading provider of tools, technologies and expertise that enable the
 deposition of molecular-level films for a broad range of nanotech
 applications in microsystems, life sciences and research arenas. The
 company's Molecular Vapor Deposition (MVD(TM)) technology represents a
 radical new technique that enables the controlled deposition of films.
 These self-aligned, highly uniform and customizable ultra-thin films can be
 deposited across a broad spectrum of substrate types and sizes, and are
 deployed in diverse nano- applications, including microsensors,
 life-sciences and nanotechnology research. For more information about the
 company, please visit
     NOTE: Molecular Vapor Deposition (MVD) is a trademark of Applied
 MicroStructures Technology, Inc.
     To learn more about Applied MicroStructures' technology, please visit
 the company at SEMICON West 2006, Booth # T24, July 11-13 at the Moscone
 Center, San Francisco, Calif.

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