Nova Announces Total Sales-to-Date of More than 1000 Novascan(R) Integrated Metrology Systems

Jul 10, 2003, 01:00 ET from Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd.

    REHOVOTH, Israel, July 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
 Nova Measuring Instruments (Nasdaq:   NVMI) announced today that it has sold
 more than 1000 NovaScan(R) systems to different process equipment
 manufacturers and that 17 out of the top 20 IC manufacturers in the USA,
 Europe, the Asia Pacific region and Japan use the systems in production.
 Nova's integrated metrology systems are fully integrated into the CMP process
 equipment of all major process equipment manufacturers.  Nova also announced
 that it has recently completed several multiple sales, of 4 to 10 systems each,
 to customers in Japan and the Asia-Pacific region.
     NovaScan(R) systems, installed in the production line, on polishers
 supplied by AMAT, Ebara, Novellus, Strasbaugh and others, control the CMP
 process by measuring all wafers on the CMP tool. The system configurations
 include 200 and 300 mm systems, available as different models, fully
 integrated into the process equipment in wet and dry environments, or as
 standalone systems.  Two new systems, NovaScan Cu and NovaScan CD, are
 available for monitoring 100% of wafers, down to 65 nm technology.  Nova's new
 systems significantly improve yield and lower production costs when used in
 copper CMP, photolithography and etch production areas.
     The full APC solution provided by Nova and by the process equipment
 manufacturers, gives device manufacturers ultimate control of their process,
 significantly increasing its effective throughput, Cpk and yield.  APC reduces
 reworking and narrows the control span of each layer in production.  Nova's
 customers report that APC is an effective enabler for every type of production
 fab, both for 200 and 300 mm production lines.
     Dr. Giora Dishon, President and CEO of Nova, points out: "The recently
 completed multiple sales in the Japan and Asia-Pacific regions are a major
 proof of the value NovaScan systems provide to our customers.  Our systems are
 a direct reply to our customer's process control needs.  In 300 mm
 manufacturing, our customers are voting unanimously that Integrated Metrology
 in CMP is a must, and we won all the recent tool selections.  Our close
 cooperation both with process equipment manufacturers and IC manufacturers,
 puts us at the forefront of the technology, which helps us to continue and
 lead the market, with integrated solutions for Dielectric CMP, Copper CMP,
 photolithography and etch."
     About Nova:
     Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd. develops, designs and produces integrated
 process control systems in the semiconductor manufacturing industry.  Nova
 provides a broad range of integrated process control solutions that link
 different semiconductor processes and process equipment.  The Company's
 website is
      Company Contact:
      Chai Toren, CFO and Vice President Finance
      Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd.
      Tel: 972-8-938-7505
      Investor relations Contacts:
      Ehud Helft / Kenny Green
      Gal IR International
      Tel: +1-866-704-6710

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