INFICON Introduces New PCG Vacuum Gauge at SEMICON West 2002, San Francisco - First vacuum gauge to combine CDG and Pirani technologies in one for greater accuracy

Syracuse, New York/Zurich, Switzerland - July 22, 2002 - INFICON Holding AG (SWX Swiss Exchange and NASDAQ: IFCN), a leading manufacturer of vacuum instrumentation and critical sensor technologies for the semiconductor and related industries and other industrial applications, will introduce the PCG400 Pirani Capacitance Diaphragm Gauge at the SEMICON West 2002 tradeshow in San Francisco, July 22-24. The PCG400 is the first vacuum gauge to combine ceramic capacitance diaphragm and Pirani technologies in one cost-saving vacuum gauge.

"The PCG400 extends the INFICON line of vacuum gauges aimed at 300mm semiconductor manufacturing tools," said James Brissenden, president and chief executive officer. "This new vacuum gauge allows OEMs to take advantage of the accuracy of the INFICON CDG technology on more chambers of their production tools than ever before at a cost point that is very appealing."

Coupled with the gas-independent capacitance diaphragm gauge, the new PCG400 uses patented sensors and ceramics to provide more accurate and repeatable pressure measurement than available with a convection-enhanced Pirani gauge. Available with up to 2 integrated relays, PCG400 eliminates the need for additional, costly gauges to control system pressure. The compact, space saving PCG400 can be mounted in any orientation, eliminating system design constraints.

INFICON will exhibit at SEMICON West 2002 from July 22nd through July 24th. Attendees can view the PCG400 Pirani Capacitance Diaphragm Gauge at the INFICON booth, located in the South Hall of the Moscone Center, booth No. 926. In addition, INFICON will provide more information on this and other new products at its Technology Briefing on Tuesday, July 23rd from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Room 274, West Mezzanine of the Moscone Center.

INFICON is a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of innovative vacuum instrumentation and critical sensor technologies for the semiconductor and related industries. 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 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 website at
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