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." Semiconductor International, published by Reed Business Information and 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. Additional information about SI and its many products and activities are available at www.semiconductor.net. 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 http://www.appliedmst.com 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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