INFICON Receives Two Prestigious Awards

Semiconductor International 2007 Editors' Choice Best Product Award and R&D 100 Award from Research & Development Magazine

Syracuse, New York/Zurich, Switzerland — July 12, 2007 — INFICON (SWX Swiss Exchange), a leading manufacturer of vacuum instrumentation and process control software for the semiconductor and vacuum-coating industries and other industrial applications, has again received the prestigious Editors’ Choice Best Product Award from Semiconductor International (SI) magazine – this year for its FabGuard® FDC system. It has also been honored once again with an R&D 100 Award – this year for its HAPSITE® Viper Chemical Identification System – presented annually by R&D Magazine to recognize the 100 most technologically significant new products and processes of the year.

The Editors' Choice Best Product Awards is an annual program hosted by SI to identify products that reflect the level of excellence needed to succeed in today’s semiconductor industry. The award acclaimed INFICON FabGuard FDC for its innovative on-line fault detection and classification (FDC) capabilities, which allow fab engineers to readily analyze virtually any aspect of process and equipment behavior to improve processes and yields. Under SI’s program, nominated products are ranked according to customer evaluations, with the winners chosen based on their superiority in a semiconductor manufacturing environment.

The R&D 100 Award recognized the INFICON HAPSITE Viper Chemical Identification System, the only vehicle-integrated gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer that can be easily dismounted from the vehicle for person-portable mission reconnaissance. HAPSITE Viper collects a sample using a proprietary infrared probe to quickly screen for trace amounts of chemical contamination and within minutes delivers analysis of chemical warfare agents in the field for life-saving decisions. The R&D 100 Award is judged by a panel of experts selected by the leading trade publication.

“It is truly an honor to receive these two awards,” commented Lukas Winkler, president and chief executive officer. “Both FabGuard FDC, addressing some of the most pressing challenges in semiconductor manufacturing, and HAPSITE Viper, designed to international military specifications, illustrate the importance of our continual emphasis on research and development to maintain our leadership position in multiple markets. These INFICON products deliver real value to our customers and are authentic proof of the greatest measure of our success – customer satisfaction.”

For more information, contact INFICON, Two Technology Place, East Syracuse, NY 13057, +1.315.434.1100, email:,

INFICON is a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of innovative 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 to the air conditioning/refrigeration industries and toxic chemical analysis for the emergency response and security markets. 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. INFICON is a publicly listed company, registered with the Swiss Stock Exchange (SWX). For more information about INFICON and its products, please visit
INFICON Receives Two Prestigious AwardsINFICON Receives Two Prestigious Awards
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