Tomerdingen (Germany) - For immediate release - December 7, 2000

Boin GmbH, a software manufacturer for the semiconductor industry, announced today the shipment of multiple network licenses of its metrology software WAFERMAP to AMD.

The software is already in use on a worldwide basis at a variety of IC and semiconductor equipment companies as well as wafer suppliers and research institutes. Among IC manufacturers, the software is used during production of analog, mixed-signal, DRAM and other integrated circuits including microprocessors and communications chips for the computer and telecommunications industries. It is used for production and testing of both silicon (Si) and gallium arsenide (GaAs) integrated circuits.

WAFERMAP is an award winning software package used to collect, edit, analyze and visualize measured physical parameters on semiconductor wafers. WAFERMAP can import data files from various metrology tools such as ellipsometers, thickness gauges and four point probes. The imported data can then be visualized or printed as line scans, contour plots, 2D or 3D plots or as a histogram. Several kind of of operations can be applied to the wafer maps such as rotation, shifting of the grid in the X or Y direction, or mirroring the data along the X or Y axis. It is also possible to compare different sets of data by adding, subtracting or dividing entire wafer maps. Maps can be exported to ASCII data files.

Chris Nauert, AMD, said: "The WAFERMAP software allows us to visually see wafer film characteristics outside of the fab and away from the measurement tools. The visuals are great for presentations where data alone is not sufficient."

Dr. Manuela Boin, co-founder and General Manager of Boin GmbH said: "This order is a great validation of the versatility and performance of our product. AMD is on the cutting edge of processors, flash memories and programmable logic devices, so we're very pleased with their endorsement of our vision of off-line metrology data analysis."

In the United States, Hologenix, Inc, is the exclusive distributor of WAFERMAP.

About AMD:

AMD is a global supplier of integrated circuits for the personal and networked computer and communications markets with manufacturing facilities in the United States, Europe, Japan and Asia. AMD produces microprocessors, flash memory devices, and support circuitry for communications and networking applications. For more information about AMD please visit the company's website at http://www.amd.com.

About Hologenix:

Hologenix is a manufacturer, integrator and distributor of semiconductor inspection and metrology equipment. For more information, visit the company's web site at: www.hologenix.com. E-mail: sales@hologenix.com; Phone: (714) 903-5999; Fax: (714) 903-5959.

A free Evaluation Copy of WAFERMAP can be downloaded at Download.


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