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Chad Industries Announces Major Design Win for the WaferMate™ Product Line

WaferMate300™ Wafer Handling System is Selected by Leading Analytical Tool Company as EFEM of Choice.

May '07, ANAHEIM, CA -Chad Industries, Inc., a leading supplier of factory automation solutions for the semiconductor, electronics, and life sciences industries announced today that it has been qualified by Applied Precision as their recommended EFEM (Equipment Front-End Module) supplier for their waferWoRx®300 probing process analysis system.

“We selected Chad Industries to supply the wafer handling automation for the waferWoRx®300 tool because of several factors including Chad’s superior product design, excellent project management and outstanding customer support,” said Darren James, Applied Precision Product Line Manager. “Chad not only worked closely with our team to achieve a seamless integration of the EFEM and the waferWoRx®300 tool, but also with our customer to ensure a successful installation.”

Applied Precision qualified Chad’s unique WaferMate300™ series of wafer handling systems by working closely with Chad’s experienced engineering team to optimize the hardware integration and software communications between the two platforms. With this accomplished, the WaferMate system was shipped directly from Chad to Applied Precision’s customer in the Northwestern United States and integrated with the waferWoRx®300 tool on site seamlessly. The next integration of these systems is scheduled for this month at a major fab in Taiwan. End-users of the waferWoRx®300 can now purchase WaferMate systems directly from Chad in several configurations which include single or dual loadports and multiple wafer size capability.

“We are very pleased that Applied Precision has selected Chad as the vendor of choice for wafer handling automation. This design win adds to our already significant portfolio of tool companies that have chosen to integrate WaferMate™ systems,” said Scott Klimczak, president of Chad Industries. “Over the last year, we have refined the WaferMate™ product line such that it provides customers a high-performance, low-cost platform that can meet the constant challenges of the rapidly evolving SEMI market. We expect to increase our market share in the front-end OEM market by leveraging the advantages the WaferMate™ has over its competition. We believe that our ability to customize the WaferMate™ platform to handle a variety of non-standard substrates, including thin, warped, glass and grooved wafers, enables us to offer our customers wafer handling solutions that fit their current and future applications.

The WaferMate300™ will be displayed in the Chad Industries booth #8414 during the Semicon West 2007 show.

Chad Industries designs, manufactures and markets wafer handling solutions for the semiconductor industry, mechanical and odd-form component assembly solutions for the electronics industry, liquid handling solutions for the life sciences industry, and other automated handling, assembly and test solutions. CHAD began operations in 1973 and established leadership in the electronics assembly for odd-form component to printed circuit assembly (CHAD IQ™ Product Line). More information is available at http://www.chadindustries.net.

For more information on this or any of CHAD's assembly solutions, please contact us at 1565 S. Sinclair Street, Anaheim, CA 92806, USA Tel (714) 938-0080 or Fax (714) 938-0630.

Applied Precision will be attending Semicon West 2007. Come visit them for more information at booth #8625.

The Semiconductor Division of Applied Precision, LLC develops and manufactures test and analysis tools enabling accuracy-critical applications for the semiconductor industry. Applied Precision, LLC is the leading provider of metrology solutions for the wafer probing process including probe card test and analysis and probing process analysis. More information is available at http://www.appliedprecision.com.

For more information on the waferWoRx®300 or any of Applied Precision’s products, please contact them at 1040 12th Ave. N.W., Issaquah, WA 98027, USA. Tel (425) 557-1000 or Fax (425) 557-1055.

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