ESI Announces the DiamondBlaze™ Product Line for Strengthened Glass Singulation

  ESI Announces the DiamondBlaze™ Product Line for Strengthened Glass
  Singulation

Business Wire

PORTLAND, Ore. -- January 11, 2013

Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:ESIO), a leading supplier of
innovative laser-based manufacturing solutions for the microtechnology
industry, today announced the release of its new DiamondBlaze™ 5000 system for
rapidly cutting chemically strengthened glass used in consumer electronics
devices such as smartphones and tablets. The DiamondBlaze™ product line uses a
novel micro-disruption™ process to quickly and cleanly cut large sheets of
strengthened glass to size with low cost of ownership.

The DiamondBlaze™ 5000 facilitates the One Glass Solution and Fully Integrated
Touch processes used in the manufacture of touch panels and displays for
current and future consumer electronics products; these processes enable
thinner, lighter and less expensive devices. With ESI’s laser based
micro-disruption™ process, production costs are substantially reduced through
increased processing speed and part yield. In addition, the cleaner edges
produced with the micro-disruption™ process reduce downstream processing,
providing additional customer cost savings.

The DiamondBlaze™ 5000 benefits from decades of advanced systems design,
engineered reliability and established worldwide customer support
infrastructure. “Our advanced laser microfabrication systems have enabled
customers to process a range of materials to exacting standards at high
throughput for a number of years and are considered an industry standard for
many of our customers. ESI's micro-disruption™ process is an enabling
technology, allowing our customers to innovate and introduce at high volume
novel displays based on strengthened glass processes, particularly for
next-generation consumer electronics. We are very excited about this product
and its enabling capability, and we are looking forward to providing this
capability to our customers,” said Dr. Michael Darwin, Vice President and
General Manager of ESI’s Interconnect and Microfabrication Division.

The DiamondBlaze™ 5000 is currently available for sale, supporting up to
generation 3.5 glass. The DiamondBlaze™ 7000 will be available for sale later
in 2013 and supports between generation 4 and 6 glass panels. Both systems
support factory automation for ease of system integration into existing and
future factory floors.

About ESI, Inc.

ESI is a leading supplier of innovative, laser-based manufacturing solutions
for the microtechnology industry. Our systems enable precise structuring and
testing of micron to submicron features in electronic devices, semiconductors,
LEDs and other high-value components. We partner with our customers to make
breakthrough technologies possible in the microelectronics, semiconductor and
other emerging industries. Founded in 1944, ESI is headquartered in Portland,
Ore., with global operations from the Pacific Northwest to the Pacific Rim.
More information is available at www.esi.com.

Contact:

ESI
Brian Smith, 503-672-5760
smithb@esi.com