INFICON Receives Order From Samsung for Its FabGuard Sensor Integration and Analysis System

Samsung Installs FabGuard At Its 300mm Mass Production Simulation Fab

SYRACUSE, N.Y. & ZURICH, Switzerland, Aug 23, 2001 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- INFICON Holding AG (Swiss Exchange SWX and NASDAQ: IFCN), announced today that the Semiconductor Division of Samsung Electronics, has purchased the INFICON FabGuard Sensor Integration and Analysis System for its Mass Production Simulation Fab in Kiheung, Korea for 300mm semiconductor manufacturing. The order includes FabGuard, a fully automated, real-time early fault detection and analysis system for improving semiconductor equipment and process productivity, and various other INFICON in situ diagnostic sensors.

James L. Brissenden, president and chief executive officer, said, "This is the third installation of FabGuard in Samsung facilities - the first 2 were placed on 200mm manufacturing lines in the past 2 years. It also testifies to the close working relationship between INFICON and Samsung, now in its 10th year." Mr. Brissenden continued, "The semiconductor industry is seeking greater in situ sensor utilization to keep wafer processing tools operating at optimum performance levels; FabGuard makes this practical by automating sensor data collection and by providing a powerful set of analysis tools. As this order illustrates, INFICON continues to deliver innovative products to our customers who are migrating to next-generation wafer processing."

INFICON is a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of vacuum instrumentation used for analysis, monitoring, measurement and control by manufacturers to improve the productivity of their production processes and the quality of their products. INFICON provides the semiconductor and semiconductor-related industries with products used in the manufacturing of semiconductor chips, flat screen televisions and monitors, computer disc drive components, various electronic storage media, such as compact discs, digital video discs and floppy discs. The Company also sells products to the vacuum coatings, air conditioning/refrigeration, automotive, and industrial markets. Headquartered in Syracuse, New York, INFICON has 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

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