SEMATECH and Cabot Microelectronics Collaborate to Accelerate Chemical Mechanical Planarization Technology for Future Devices

  SEMATECH and Cabot Microelectronics Collaborate to Accelerate Chemical
  Mechanical Planarization Technology for Future Devices

Business Wire

ALBANY, N.Y. -- February 14, 2013

SEMATECH today announced that Cabot Microelectronics Corporation (Nasdaq:
CCMP), the world’s leading supplier of chemical mechanical planarization (CMP)
polishing slurries and a growing CMP pad supplier to the semiconductor
industry, has joined its Front End Processes (FEP) program and will
collaborate with SEMATECH to develop advanced solutions for emerging CMP
applications.

“SEMATECH provides Cabot Microelectronics with excellent process capability to
help identify and demonstrate emerging applications for CMP consumables,”
stated Ananth Naman, Cabot Microelectronics’ Vice President of Research and
Development. “We expect this collaboration to help enable Cabot
Microelectronics support our customers’ emerging CMP requirements.”

As semiconductor device sizes shrink, new materials are introduced, and higher
yields are targeted. Achieving wafer scale planarity through CMP has become
increasingly challenging. These issues are expected to continue to become more
challenging in the context of low power technologies.

“SEMATECH is pleased to welcome Cabot Microelectronics as a program member,”
said Paul Kirsch, SEMATECH’s director of Front End Processes. “Cabot
Microelectronics’ CMP processing solutions will complement our own device and
process expertise. We will work together to develop practical, manufacturable
solutions to address the emerging needs of advanced transistor technologies.”

The goal of SEMATECH’s FEP program is to enable novel leading-edge materials,
processes, structural modules and electrical and physical characterization
methods to support the continued scaling of logic and memory applications.

About Cabot Microelectronics Corporation

Cabot Microelectronics Corporation, headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, is the
world's leading supplier of CMP polishing slurries and a growing CMP pad
supplier to the semiconductor industry. The company's products play a critical
role in the production of advanced semiconductor devices, enabling the
manufacture of smaller, faster and more complex devices by its customers. The
company's mission is to create value by developing reliable and innovative
solutions, through close customer collaboration, that solve today's challenges
and help enable tomorrow's technology. Since becoming an independent public
company in 2000, the company has grown to approximately 1,050 employees on a
global basis. For more information about Cabot Microelectronics Corporation,
visit www.cabotcmp.com.

About SEMATECH

For over 25 years, SEMATECH®, the international consortium of leading
semiconductor device, equipment, and materials manufacturers, has set global
direction, enabled flexible collaboration, and bridged strategic R&D to
manufacturing. Through our unwavering commitment to foster collaboration
across the nanoelectronics industry, we help our members and partners address
critical industry transitions, drive technical consensus, pull research into
the industry mainstream, improve manufacturing productivity, and reduce risk
and time to market. Information about SEMATECH can be found at
www.sematech.org.

Twitter: www.twitter.com/sematechnews

Contact:

SEMATECH
Erica McGill, 518-649-1041
erica.mcgill@sematech.org
or
Cabot Microelectronics Corporation
Trisha Tuntland, 630-499-2600
Manager, Investor Relations
Trisha_Tuntland@cabotcmp.com
 
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