ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Plasma-Therm Inc. announced it has shipped its 100th Versalock plasma processing system since it introduced the product in 1995.
The system went to Photronics Inc. in a Jupiter, Fla., a photomask maker. Photronics uses many Versalock mask etchers and also incorporates Plasma-Therm's Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) etch technology for dry etch processing, according to Steve Carlson, vice president of technology for Photronics.
"The Versalock Mask Etcher has played a key role in Photronics' ability in supporting advanced photomask process technology," said carslon. "Strategically installed within its global photomask manufacturing network, Photronics is using this advanced proprietary process technology to provide sub-wavelength reticle solutions to those customers with the most demanding deep submicron lithography requirements."
"The Versalock has played a significant role in Plasma-Therm's financial growth, accounting for approximately 60% of the company's revenue in 1999," said Jay Sasserath, Plasma-Therm's vice president of strategic marketing. "We expect this product to provide a significantly larger portion of our revenue in the near future."