Nova Adds Additional Memory Manufacturer to its Stand-Alone Metrology Customer Base

Company Sees Accelerating Capacity Build-ups Throughout its Customer Base

Jun 09, 2010, 03:58 ET from Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd

REHOVOT, Israel, June 9, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd. (NASDAQ: NVMI) provider of leading edge stand-alone metrology and the market leader of integrated metrology solutions to the semiconductor process control market, today announced a first standalone optical CD metrology order from a large DRAM manufacturer. The Company further reported that this standalone order is part of a multimillion dollar deal which also includes multiple integrated metrology optical CD systems. The majority of the systems will be shipped during the second and third quarters of this year.

Commenting on the announcement, Noam Shintel, Director of Corporate Marketing, said: "This additional customer acquisition further solidifies our market position, and is of strategic importance, given our expectation that in the near future Optical CD will play a more significant role in DRAM manufacturing. This particular customer will be deploying a combination of our integrated and stand alone metrology solutions for thin film and optical CD measurements, at advanced technology nodes in Etch, CVD and CMP."

Gabi Seligsohn, President & CEO, further added: "Given the continued global demand for high-end semiconductor devices, our major customers have recently moved from fab expansion announcements to actual tool bookings and deployment, at an accelerating pace. With our expanded product portfolio, we are playing a larger role in new capacity build-ups, and are well positioned to continue capitalizing on these positive trends."

About Nova: Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd. develops, produces and markets advanced integrated and stand alone metrology solutions for the semiconductor manufacturing industry. Nova is traded on the NASDAQ & TASE under the symbol NVMI. The Company's website is http://www.nova.co.il.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 relating to future events or our future performance, such as statements regarding trends, demand for our products, expected deliveries, transaction, expected revenues, operating results, earnings and profitability. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied in those forward looking statements. These risks and other factors include but are not limited to: our dependency on two process control product lines; the highly cyclical nature of the markets we target; our inability to reduce spending during a slowdown in the semiconductor industry; our ability to respond effectively on a timely basis to rapid technological changes; our dependency on OEM suppliers; risks associated with our dependence on a single manufacturing facility; our ability to expand our manufacturing capacity or marketing efforts to support our future growth; our dependency on a small number of large customers and small number of suppliers; risks related to our intellectual property; changes in customer demands for our products; new product offerings from our competitors; changes in or an inability to execute our business strategy; unanticipated manufacturing or supply problems; changes in tax requirements; changes in customer demand for our products; risks related to currency fluctuations and risks related to our operations in Israel. We cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. The matters discussed in this press release also involve risks and uncertainties summarized under the heading "Risk Factors" in Nova's Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2009 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 26, 2010. These factors are updated from time to time through the filing of reports and registration statements with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd. does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.

    Company Contact:
    Dror David, Chief Financial Officer
    Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd.
    Tel: +972-8-938-7505
    E-mail: info@nova.co.il
    http://www.nova.co.il

    Investor Relations Contacts:
    Ehud Helft / Kenny Green
    CCG Investor Relations
    Tel: +1-646-201-9246
    E-mail: nova@ccgisrael.com

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