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SemiTrac partners with Applied Materials to investigate process parameters on third party component performance.

Santa Clara, CA, 10-30-09 – SemiTrac, a growing Silicon Valley company specializing in the test and characterization of critical systems and components used in the semiconductor and solar capital equipment industries announced today that they have signed an agreement with Applied Materials, Inc. to study the effects of highly specialized process gasses on select, third-party components.

The goal of the new study will be to mitigate issues in third-party components whose performance is crucial to etch rate repeatability on Applied Materials wafer process equipment. The SemiTrac study will both seek to identify components requiring modification and provide corrective measures for critical subsystems that are exposed to highly corrosive process materials. Dr. Sowmya Krishnan, SemiTrac President and Chief Executive Officer, remarked "I believe that SemiTrac’s contribution to this process will enable Applied to focus more on key product development rather than allocating valuable resources on highly specialized component test and verification issues."

Reducing Product Development Time

The continuous pressure to reduce critical product development cycles has created a unique opportunity for SemiTrac. This partnership has resulted in a highly functional strategic alliance that helps Applied Materials identify issues in outsourced components and make the complex adjustments required to improve process repeatability in installed systems, and there by accelerate time to market for the IC makers. Mr. John Lane, Manager, Applied Fluid Systems at Applied Materials, Inc. noted: "The test and analytical expertise we found at SemiTrac will enable us to move forward and make valuable improvements in our process equipment quickly and efficiently".

About SemiTrac, Inc.

Founded in 2008, SemiTrac provides cutting-edge engineering services to the manufacturers of critical subsystems used in semiconductor, MEMS and photovoltaic manufacturing equipment. Areas of expertise include complex mechanical systems, gas and liquid delivery systems, electrical systems, and embedded control systems found in a wide variety of components, modules and subsystems. The SemiTrac Engineering Solutions Team has decades of proven expertise in complex systems design, test and verification. Service offerings include product concept and performance evaluation, specification-based design consulting and complete prototype development. SemiTrac employs the most advanced engineering tools and techniques for design, documentation and database management. SemiTrac, Inc. is headquartered at 4633 Old Ironsides Dr., #401, Santa Clara, CA 95054 - Telephone (510) 943-6209. More at

About Applied Materials, Inc.

Applied Materials, Inc. (AMAT - NASDAQ) is the global leader in Nanomanufacturing Technology™ solutions with a broad portfolio of innovative equipment, service and software products for the fabrication of semiconductor chips, flat panel displays, solar photovoltaic cells, flexible electronics and energy efficient glass.

Media contacts:

Ms. Sowmya Krishnan
4633 Old Ironsides Dr.,# 401
Santa Clara, CA 95054 USA
(510) 943-6209

Mr. Earle B. Speranza
StartupFactory, LLC
(510) 238-0800