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Two More Leading Semiconductor Manufacturers Select Brooks-PRI 300mm Software As Their Standard

CHELMSFORD, MA-December 16, 2002-Brooks-PRI Automation, Inc. (NASDAQ: BRKS), which delivers total automation for semiconductor manufacturing, announced today that two more semiconductor manufacturers have selected Brooks-PRI software as their standard for 300mm fabs, bringing the total number of 300mm fabs specifying CCS test products to six, and the number of fabs using CCS test products to twelve.

Both fabs selected Brooks-PRI's Certification Control System (CCS) software - called CCS EnvoyTM - as their standard software for ensuring process tool compatibility with SEMI standards, and in fact have specified the use of CCS Envoy in their contracts with OEM process tool manufacturers.

CCS Envoy helps ensure that process tools are SEMI-standard compliant before they arrive at the fab. Often, a tool that has passed its own manufacturer's test fails the customer's test, thus delaying implementation of the tool and overall fab production schedules. CCS Envoy can shorten this cycle and help get tools implemented more quickly by eliminating discrepancies between tool manufacturers' and end users' testing procedures. Analysis has shown that CCS Envoy can cut test times in half, and thus get tools accepted and into production faster.

"Meeting SEMI standards and reducing tool implementation and integration times are of concern to our industry because tool integration is often the primary reason a fab's opening is delayed. CCS test products are an important part of Brooks-PRI's strategy to provide semiconductor manufacturers and OEM tool suppliers with solutions for improving productivity and shortening time to market," said Jeff Cassis, senior vice president, FAB Systems Group of Brooks-PRI Automation.

"CCS test software is playing an important role in achieving a consensus on SEMI standards, which can be interpreted and tested differently from company to company," continued Cassis. "When a tool supplier and its customer are using the same tests, agreement around standards is increased, resulting in higher quality host communication interfaces and greater ease of integration between hardware and software products."

All twelve of the semiconductor manufacturers who are using communication interface test software have chosen Brooks-PRI's CCS Envoy. Six of those companies have included it in their tool specifications, thus requiring their OEM tool suppliers to test with CCS Envoy.

About Brooks-PRI Automation, Inc.
Brooks-PRI (NASDAQ: BRKS) delivers total automation. The company's hardware, software and services can manage every wafer, reticle and data movement in the fab, helping semiconductor manufacturers accelerate time-to-market while reducing their risk. Brooks-PRI products are used in virtually every fab in the world. For information, visit

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