Micronic Receives an Order for an Advanced Laser Pattern Generator for Display Applications

TABY, Sweden, Sept. 1, 2003 (PRIMEZONE) -- Micronic Laser Systems AB (Other OTC:MICLF) (Stockholmsborsen's Attract 40: MICR), a leading manufacturer of laser pattern generation equipment to the display and semiconductor industries, today announced that it has received an order for an LRS11000-TFT3 system from Asia. The order is scheduled for delivery during the fourth quarter of this year.

The system will be used to produce state-of-the-art TFT-LCD photomasks. The LRS11000-TFT3, introdu-ced in April, provides the sub-micron resolution needed to produce advanced gray tone photomasks, as well as those used for large area, low temperature poly silicon (LTPS) TFT-LCDs. This is the second LRS11000-TFT3 order Micronic has received in the past two months; the other order was announced in June.

"Recent orders for the LRS11000-TFT3 confirm that the tool meets the tough and ever increasing demands for TFT-LCD photomask production," said Sven Lofquist, president and CEO of Micronic Laser Systems AB. "This particular order further strengthens the long-standing partnership with one of our important customers."

The LRS11000-TFT3 has a resolution of 0.75 micron. Other key features of the LRS11000-TFT3 include a real-time datapath with higher capacity to match the increased pattern density that is a result of the higher resolution, improved linewidth control and pattern registration better than 120 nm. The tool also offers extended multi-beam functionality to maintain high throughput.

About Micronic Laser Systems AB

Micronic Laser Systems is a Swedish high-tech company engaged in the development, manufacture and marketing of a series of extremely accurate laser pattern generators for the production of photomasks. The technology involved is known as microlithography. Micronic's systems are used by the world's leading electronics companies in the manufacture of television and computer displays, semiconductor circuits and semiconductor packaging components. Micronic is located in Taby, north of Stockholm and at present has subsidiaries in the United States, Japan and Taiwan. Micronic maintains a web site at: http://www.micronic.se

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