SPTS Technologies Expands Customer Portfolio With Multi-system Order From DigitalOptics Corporation

  SPTS Technologies Expands Customer Portfolio With Multi-system Order From
                          DigitalOptics Corporation

  PR Newswire

  NEWPORT, Wales, January 16, 2013

NEWPORT, Wales, January 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

SPTS Technologies, a leading supplier of advanced wafer processing solutions
for the global semiconductor industry and related markets, today announced the
receipt of a multi-system order from DigitalOptics Corporation (DOC), a
wholly-owned subsidiary of Tessera, for Pegasus Rapier deep silicon etch and
Primaxx HF Vapor release systems. These systems will be used to manufacture
MEMS-based autofocus actuators for smart phone cameras.

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Increasingly seen in high-end smart phones, DOC’s MEMS actuators are used to
automatically position lens elements within cameras to provide fast, precise,
and low power autofocus on the photo’s subject. Micromachined from silicon,
successful production of these devices relies on the critical performance of
the silicon etch module followed by the stiction-free HF vapor release of the
micro-machined components. Powered by a patented dual source configuration to
produce uniform plasma density across the wafer, the Pegasus Rapier DRIE
module creates high aspect-ratio features with exceptional profile uniformity
and low tilt - key contributors to better device yields translating into cost
savings per die. The patented Primaxx ^® HF vapor technology utilizes a "dry"
etch environment ensuring stiction free release of the lens elements.

"Producing high-performance MEMS autofocus devices requires robust, repeatable
and precise manufacturing," said Tony Tang, PhD., GM DigitalOptics MEMS. "The
Pegasus Rapier met our demanding profile uniformity and tilt goals at cost
effective throughputs. These attributes are of critical importance as we
commercialize our camera modules. In addition, as an existing user of the
Primaxx ^® HF vapor system, we know it delivers the zero stiction, high yield
performance we need."

"SPTS continues to expand the use of our systems in major MEMS market
applications, with smart phone imaging devices as one key growth area," said
Kevin T. Crofton, executive vice president and chief operating officer of
SPTS. "This order confirms SPTS's technology leadership across all areas of
MEMS manufacturing."

About SPTS Technologies

SPTS Technologies (a Bridgepoint portfolio company) designs, manufactures,
sells, and supports etch, PVD, CVD and thermal wafer processing solutions for
the MEMS, advanced packaging, LEDs, high speed RF on GaAs, and power
management device markets. With manufacturing facilities in Newport, Wales,
Allentown, Pennsylvania, and San Jose, California, the company operates across
19 countries in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. For more information
about SPTS Technologies, please visit http://www.spts.com

About DigitalOptics Corporation

DigitalOptics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tessera Technologies,
Inc. (NASDAQ: TSRA), delivers innovation in imaging and optics with products
and capabilities that enable expanded functionality in increasingly smaller
devices. DigitalOptics Corporation's miniaturized camera module solutions
provide cost-effective, high-quality camera features, including extended depth
of field (EDoF), zoom, image enhancement, optical image stabilization and
MEMS-based autofocus. These technologies can be applied to consumer electronic
products as well as vertical markets such as, automotive, medical and
security. The group also offers customized micro-optic lenses from diffractive
and refractive optical elements to integrated micro-optical
subassemblies.DigitalOptics Corporation is headquartered in San Jose,
California. For information call 1-408-321-6000 or go to http://www.doc.com .

Contact: Company Contact: Evelyn Tay, Tel: +44-7885-70-6565,
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