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7 November 2008

e2v selects Electroglas EG6000 300mm Wafer Prober

e2v, a leading designer, developer and manufacturer of specialised components and subsystems and Electroglas Inc., a leading supplier of wafer probing solutions for the semiconductor industry, today announced that e2v has purchased an Electroglas EG6000 300mm wafer prober for their production wafer test facility in Grenoble, France.

The EG6000 will allow e2v to test wafers up to 300mm diameter, with a temperature range from -55° to 200°, and was purchased as part of e2vâ€s continuous process improvement policy.  It was easily integrated into e2vâ€s high volume specialist semiconductor production test environment.

“The EG6000 responds to the high performance requirements of our multi-product testing environment. Thanks to its low vibration operation, thermal agility, and Z precision features it has exceptional contact resistance stability (CRES), and so enhances our product yield.” commented Philippe Sandri Test Maintenance Manager at e2v.

Tom Rohrs, Chairman and CEO of Electroglas said:  “e2v is a current 150-200mm wafer test partner of Electroglas. They use both our 4090u+ and Test Floor Management Software in their facilities and are now aggressively pushing into 300mm state-of-the-art high volume, high efficiency, integrated circuit assembly and test.  We are very pleased that e2v has selected the EG6000 as their first source for 300mm wafer probing and I look forward to a long and fruitful relationship between our companies.”

“We are pleased to continue our partnership with Electroglas. This new EG6000 enables us to increase capacity available to both our internal and external customers” added Gérard Borel Director, Industrial Operations Group, at e2v.

Press contact:
Sylvie Mattei, Communications Manager
Phone: +33 4 76 58 30 25, mailto:sylvie.mattei@e2v.com

NOTES FOR EDITORS

e2v technologies plc

e2v technologies is a leading designer, developer and manufacturer of specialised components and subsystems, falling within two product groups:

  •  Electronic tubes
  •  Sensors and Semiconductors

These products enable some of the worldâ€s leading OEMs to deliver innovative systems for medical and science, aerospace and defence, and commercial and industrial applications.

For the year ended 31 March 2008, e2v achieved sales of £205m and is listed on the London Stock Exchange (e2v.l).  In July 2006 e2v technologies plc acquired a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of specialised electronic components and sub-systems, based in Grenoble, France and in May of 2007 e2v plc acquired MiCS Microchemical Systems SA a designer and manufacturer of semiconductor based gas sensors.  These acquisitions strengthen the Groupâ€s position as a major global provider of specialised electronic components and subsystems.

e2vâ€s products are supplied into three core market areas:

  •    Medical & Science: Sensor technology includes imaging sensors for intra-oral and panoramic dental X-ray, mammography, life science applications and X-ray microscopy. Electronic tubes are the enabling technology behind radiotherapy cancer treatments, microwave medical therapy and high-energy physics.
  •    Aerospace & Defence: Sensor technology includes products for military surveillance, targeting and guidance, space-based imaging and astronomy, radar, electronic warfare, and broadband data converters and microprocessors for aerospace applications.  Electronic tubes provide the enabling technology behind radars, electronic countermeasures (ECM), electronic warfare and satellite communications.
  •   Commercial & Industrial: Sensor technology includes marine radars, industrial safety sensors, automotive radars and alarms, thermal imaging cameras used by fire fighters, CCD and CMOS high resolution line scan cameras for industrial inspection. Electronic tubes provide enabling technology behind TV broadcast, satellite communications, marine radar and food & industrial processing.

The overall purpose of the business is to grow sustainable shareholder value whilst appropriately meeting the expectations of customers, people, partners, suppliers and the wider community.  e2vâ€s vision is to create value through bright ideas in technology and materials science. The Companyâ€s mission is to place customers at the heart of the business, providing enabling products of premium quality that extend technical barriers and enhance the competitive position of our partners.

e2v has approximately 1,800 employees worldwide with three UK based manufacturing sites in Chelmsford, Lincoln and High Wycombe, one in Grenoble, France and one in Corcelles, Switzerland.  In addition e2v has sales offices in the UK, USA, Germany, France and Hong Kong, as well as a network of distributors and representatives covering other key territories.

Further information on e2v technologies plc is available from its website, www.e2v.com

About Electroglas
Electroglas is a leading supplier of innovative wafer probers, test floor management software and services that improve the overall effectiveness of semiconductor manufacturers†wafer and device testing. Headquartered in San Jose, California, the company has been a leading equipment supplier to the semiconductor industry for over four decades, and has shipped more than 16,500 systems worldwide. Electroglas†stock trades on the NASDAQ National Market under the symbol “EGLS.” More information about the company and its products is available at www.electroglas.com.