INFICON Wins Top Product Innovation Award

TripleGauge Receives 2004 R&D 100 AWARD

Syracuse, New York & Zurich, Switzerland - July 8, 2004 - INFICON (SWX Swiss Exchange and NASDAQ: IFCN), a leading manufacturer of vacuum instrumentation and process control software for the semiconductor and vacuum-coating industries and other industrial applications, has been honored with a prestigious R&D 100 Award, presented annually by R&D Magazine to recognize the 100 most technologically significant new products and processes of the year, as judged by a panel of experts selected by this leading trade publication. The company?s winning entry is the TripleGauge Bayard-Alpert Pirani Capacitance Diaphragm Vacuum Gauge.

The INFICON TripleGauge replaces three vacuum gauges, significantly reducing the complexity and cost of vacuum measurement in processing and on transfer chambers of semiconductor manufacturing tools. It also offers performance advantages to semiconductor OEMs that are particularly important for new 300mm wafer processing.

Lukas Winkler, president and chief executive officer, commented, "We are very pleased to receive this coveted award, which clearly illustrates a continuum of excellence in technology from INFICON. We have established our leadership position by emphasizing R&D for innovative products that address the critical business issues of our customers, maximizing equipment utilization and productivity."

INFICON is a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of innovative vacuum instrumentation, critical sensor technologies, and advanced process control software for the semiconductor and vacuum-coating industries and other industrial applications. These analysis, measurement and control products are vital to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and end-users in the complex manufacturing of semiconductors, flat panel displays, magnetic and optical storage media and precision optics. INFICON also provides essential instrumentation for gas leak detection and toxic chemical analysis to the air conditioning/refrigeration, emergency response and industrial hygiene markets. Headquartered in Syracuse, New York, INFICON has world-class manufacturing facilities in the United States and Europe and worldwide offices in the U.S., China, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. For more information about INFICON and its products, please visit the Company's Web site at

INFICON Wins Top Product Innovation Award