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Rudolph Technologies Announces Record Installations for its Yield Management Systems

  Rudolph Technologies Announces Record Installations for its Yield Management
  Systems

 Increasing demand for productivity information driven by need for increased
                                    yields

Business Wire

FLANDERS, N.J. -- February 24, 2014

Rudolph Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: RTEC) announced today completion of record
installations in Q4 2013 of its fab-wide yield management software (YMS)
products, Discover Enterprise^™ and Genesis Enterprise^™, which are used by
semiconductor manufacturers to obtain valuable process yield and equipment
productivity information. In addition to traditional semiconductor
manufacturing, Discover Enterprise Software was installed at a multi-billion
dollar OEM in multiple labs, replacing the incumbent technology. Rudolph
attributes the rise in adoption to the industry’s growing need for
productivity data as it seeks to increase the yields of new, increasingly
complex manufacturing processes.

The data necessary to generate productivity information comes from many
different sources throughout the fab: inspection and metrology systems, tool
sensors, tool recipes, electrical tests, and the fab environment. As the
complexity and cost of manufacturing processes increase, the value of faster,
better analysis to support critical manufacturing decisions grows too, so
customers are demanding robust yield management systems that can analyze
large, complex data sets quickly and effectively. Rudolph’s fully-integrated
YMS solutions are designed to analyze data from disparate sources and multiple
sites to maximize productivity across the entire value chain.

“Improving quality and yield as well as tool productivity were the paramount
reasons we selected Rudolph’s YMS solutions,” said Philip O’Leary, Six Sigma
Master Black Belt, Murata Electronics Oy, the world's leading designer and
manufacturer of silicon capacitive sensors: accelerometers, gyroscopes,
combined sensors and inclinometers. “The development of better processes and
tool productivity will have direct, positive impact on our yield, and
ultimately, create a better product for our customers. The ease of
installation was remarkable and the product demonstrated immediate value. In
addition, the scalability of the software will facilitate our future expansion
plans.”

Mike Plisinski, vice president and general manager of Rudolph’s Data Analysis
and Review Business Unit, adds, “The integration of our yield management
system technologies, Discover Enterprise and Genesis, provides customers with
a system designed for storage and alignment of a wide array of data types as
well as patented analytics to transform that data into valuable information to
help our customers optimize their process, improve equipment productivity, and
more rapidly bring new technologies to market.”

Discover Enterprise is a real-time manufacturing monitoring and in-line yield
management system that provides the foundation of a fully-integrated database
and analytical routines that help semiconductor, LED, compound semi,
automotive, FPD, HDD and other related manufacturers improve yield,
productivity and profitability in their manufacturing lines. It integrates and
analyzes data from all inspection, metrology, process, and test systems in the
fab and across the supply chain to provide a complete report of fab-wide yield
problems, turning raw data into actionable information separating random from
systematic yield loss. Process engineers use this information to optimize
process tool performance (fleet management) and quickly identify and correct
the causes of yield excursions.

Genesis Enterprise is an offline yield management system that provides data
mining, genealogy (unit tracking) and correlation of all data types across the
supply chain. The system is designed to maximize factory efficiency and
automate the drill down process identifying causes of yield loss. It can be
integrated directly with the Discover Enterprise database or be used offline
for yield analysis and data mining connecting to raw data files and 3^rd party
systems. Specialized analysis algorithms identify domain-specific issues, such
as wafer processing sequence problems, commonality of effects, product
characterization and systematic versus random yield loss. Genesis software
seamlessly handles data from any source: parametric, defect, memory, design,
or assembly and packaging; and easily integrates all-surface defect analysis,
fault detection, and run-to-run process control to help users achieve maximum
efficiency.

For more information about Rudolph’s Discover Enterprise and Genesis
Enterprise Software, please visit www.rudolphtech.com.

About Murata
Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. is a worldwide leader in the design,
manufacture and sale of ceramic-based passive electronic components &
solutions, communication modules and power supply modules. With annual
revenues of ¥681 billion (~$6.8B USD), Murata is committed to the development
of advanced electronic materials and leading edge, multi-functional,
high-density modules. The company has employees and manufacturing facilities
throughout the world. For more information, visit Murata's website at
http://www.murata.com/

About Rudolph Technologies
Rudolph Technologies, Inc. is a worldwide leader in the design, development,
manufacture and support of defect inspection, advanced packaging lithography,
process control metrology, and data analysis systems and software used by
semiconductor device manufacturers worldwide. Rudolph provides a full-fab
solution through its families of proprietary products that provide critical
yield-enhancing information, enabling microelectronic device manufacturers to
drive down the costs and time to market of their products. The Company’s
expanding portfolio of equipment and software solutions is used in both the
wafer processing and final manufacturing of ICs, and in adjacent markets such
as FPD, LED and Solar. Headquartered in Flanders, New Jersey, Rudolph supports
its customers with a worldwide sales and service organization. Additional
information can be found on the Company’s website at www.rudolphtech.com.

Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of
the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Act”) which include
the benefits to customers of Rudolph’s products, Rudolph’s existing market
position and its ability to maintain and advance such position relative to its
competitors and Rudolph’s ability to meet the expectations and needs of our
customers as well as other matters that are not purely historical data.
Rudolph wishes to take advantage of the “safe harbor” provided for by the Act
and cautions that actual results may differ materially from those projected as
a result of various factors, including risks and uncertainties, many of which
are beyond Rudolph’s control. Such factors include, but are not limited to,
delays in shipping products for technical performance, component supply or
other reasons, the company’s ability to leverage its resources to improve its
positions in its core markets and fluctuations in customer capital spending.
Additional information and considerations regarding the risks faced by Rudolph
are available in Rudolph’s Form 10-K report for the year ended December 31,
2013 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As the
forward-looking statements are based on Rudolph’s current expectations, the
company cannot guarantee any related future results, levels of activity,
performance or achievements. Rudolph does not assume any obligation to update
the forward-looking information contained in this press release.

Contact:

Rudolph:
Investors:
Steven R. Roth, 973-448-4302
steven.roth@rudolphtech.com
or
Trade Press:
Amy Pauling, 952-259-1794
amy.pauling@rudolphtech.com
 
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