Numerical Technologies Bolsters Presence in Japanese Photomask And Semiconductor Markets

Holds First Annual CATS(TM) Users Forum in Conjunction With Photomask

Japan Exposition



Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from Numerical Technologies, Inc.

    KANAGAWA, Japan, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Numerical Technologies (Nasdaq: NMTC) today announced that it is bolstering
 its presence in the Japanese semiconductor and photomask markets.  At the
 Photomask Japan 2001 exposition, company CEO, Dr. Y.C. (Buno) Pati outlined
 some of the steps recently taken by Numerical to significantly expand
 operations in Japan to meet the growing demand for its phase-shifting
 technology from customers in the region.  A series of key hires, including the
 appointment of Yoshio Tanaka as vice president of marketing and business
 development for Numerical's Japanese operations, and Damien Sato as vice
 president of sales for Japan, round out the company's Japanese infrastructure.
 In another move, Numerical used Photomask Japan to kick off yesterday's first
 annual CATS(TM) Users Forum to encourage a productive exchange of user
 information on this highly popular software for mask manufacturing data
 preparation.
     Numerical's production-proven phase-shifting technology enables
 semiconductor manufacturers to reliably and cost-effectively fabricate
 subwavelength integrated circuits (ICs) using available optical lithography
 equipment.  Phase-shifting is a critical technology that enables semiconductor
 manufacturers to continue to produce next-generation devices using existing
 equipment.
     "Many of the leading-edge IC and photomask manufacturers are based in
 Japan, and use our phase-shifting technology," stated Pati.  "It is critical
 that we develop the infrastructure to support their needs as they continue to
 use our technology to push the envelope of optical lithography.  Our recent
 licensing agreement with Taiwan's UMC is indicative of the increasing rate of
 adoption of our phase-shifting technology, and we believe this trend will
 continue in Japan as it has throughout the rest of the world."
     At the CATS Users Forum, representatives from leading Japanese IC and
 photomask manufacturers discussed their experience using CATS.  Opening
 remarks by Kevin MacLean, Numerical's senior vice president and general
 manager for Transcription Enterprises, kicked off the event -- which served as
 a forum to discuss new CATS features and get valuable customer feedback.
 "CATS is widely acknowledged as the de facto software standard for mask
 manufacturing data preparation, and has been adopted by virtually every mask
 manufacturer in Japan," added Pati.  "With such strong local support for CATS,
 it was a natural decision for us to hold this event in conjunction with
 Photomask Japan."
 
     About Numerical Technologies:
     Numerical Technologies, Inc., ranked as one of the 100 fastest growing
 technology companies by Forbes ASAP, develops and markets proprietary
 technology, software tools and services that enable the semiconductor industry
 to produce subwavelength integrated circuits, i.e., integrated circuits with
 components smaller than the wavelength of light used to create circuit
 patterns on silicon.  Numerical's products and industry alliances form a
 comprehensive design-to-silicon solution that enables the creation of smaller,
 faster and more power-efficient semiconductors using available manufacturing
 equipment.  Numerical's customers include the world's leading semiconductor
 companies, design automation tool vendors, semiconductor equipment suppliers
 and photomask manufacturers.  Additional information about the company is
 available on the Web at http://www.numeritech.com .
     NOTE:  CATS is a trademark of Numerical Technologies, Inc.
 
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    KANAGAWA, Japan, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Numerical Technologies (Nasdaq: NMTC) today announced that it is bolstering
 its presence in the Japanese semiconductor and photomask markets.  At the
 Photomask Japan 2001 exposition, company CEO, Dr. Y.C. (Buno) Pati outlined
 some of the steps recently taken by Numerical to significantly expand
 operations in Japan to meet the growing demand for its phase-shifting
 technology from customers in the region.  A series of key hires, including the
 appointment of Yoshio Tanaka as vice president of marketing and business
 development for Numerical's Japanese operations, and Damien Sato as vice
 president of sales for Japan, round out the company's Japanese infrastructure.
 In another move, Numerical used Photomask Japan to kick off yesterday's first
 annual CATS(TM) Users Forum to encourage a productive exchange of user
 information on this highly popular software for mask manufacturing data
 preparation.
     Numerical's production-proven phase-shifting technology enables
 semiconductor manufacturers to reliably and cost-effectively fabricate
 subwavelength integrated circuits (ICs) using available optical lithography
 equipment.  Phase-shifting is a critical technology that enables semiconductor
 manufacturers to continue to produce next-generation devices using existing
 equipment.
     "Many of the leading-edge IC and photomask manufacturers are based in
 Japan, and use our phase-shifting technology," stated Pati.  "It is critical
 that we develop the infrastructure to support their needs as they continue to
 use our technology to push the envelope of optical lithography.  Our recent
 licensing agreement with Taiwan's UMC is indicative of the increasing rate of
 adoption of our phase-shifting technology, and we believe this trend will
 continue in Japan as it has throughout the rest of the world."
     At the CATS Users Forum, representatives from leading Japanese IC and
 photomask manufacturers discussed their experience using CATS.  Opening
 remarks by Kevin MacLean, Numerical's senior vice president and general
 manager for Transcription Enterprises, kicked off the event -- which served as
 a forum to discuss new CATS features and get valuable customer feedback.
 "CATS is widely acknowledged as the de facto software standard for mask
 manufacturing data preparation, and has been adopted by virtually every mask
 manufacturer in Japan," added Pati.  "With such strong local support for CATS,
 it was a natural decision for us to hold this event in conjunction with
 Photomask Japan."
 
     About Numerical Technologies:
     Numerical Technologies, Inc., ranked as one of the 100 fastest growing
 technology companies by Forbes ASAP, develops and markets proprietary
 technology, software tools and services that enable the semiconductor industry
 to produce subwavelength integrated circuits, i.e., integrated circuits with
 components smaller than the wavelength of light used to create circuit
 patterns on silicon.  Numerical's products and industry alliances form a
 comprehensive design-to-silicon solution that enables the creation of smaller,
 faster and more power-efficient semiconductors using available manufacturing
 equipment.  Numerical's customers include the world's leading semiconductor
 companies, design automation tool vendors, semiconductor equipment suppliers
 and photomask manufacturers.  Additional information about the company is
 available on the Web at http://www.numeritech.com .
     NOTE:  CATS is a trademark of Numerical Technologies, Inc.
 
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