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Posted: Mar 04, 2011

Amtech's Tempress Subsidiary Increases Solar Diffusion Furnace Market Share to 40 Percent

(Nanowerk News) Amtech Systems, Inc., a global supplier of production and automation systems and related supplies for the manufacture of solar cells, semiconductors, and sapphire and silicon wafers, today announced that its solar subsidiary, Tempress Systems, Inc., has increased its share of the solar diffusion market to approximately 40 percent and has been ranked number one in revenue in calendar 2010 for process tools used in c-Si cell diffusion for the solar market, based on analysis contained within Solarbuzz's PV Equipment Quarterly of trended quarterly tool revenue.
J.S. Whang, President and Chief Executive Officer of Amtech, commented, "Our top ranking for diffusion furnace revenue in 2010 reflects our technology leadership in high efficiency solar diffusion, which is our core competency, and our success in expanding our market share in our diffusion business to become the market leader, enabling improved profitability. We remain focused on successful execution of our solar growth strategy and continue to see a healthy order pipeline, driven by the intense effort with the solar industry to increase production capacity and cell efficiency."
About Amtech Systems, Inc.
Amtech Systems, Inc. manufactures capital equipment, including silicon wafer handling automation, thermal processing equipment and related consumables used in fabricating solar cells and semiconductor devices. Semiconductors, or semiconductor chips, are fabricated on silicon wafer substrates, sliced from ingots, and are part of the circuitry, or electronic components, of many products including solar cells, computers, telecommunications devices, automotive products, consumer goods, and industrial automation and control systems. The Company's wafer handling, thermal processing and consumable products currently address the diffusion, oxidation, deposition, PECVD, and PSG removal steps used in the fabrication of solar cells, semiconductors, MEMS and the polishing of newly sliced silicon wafers.
Source: Amtech Systems (press release)
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