Lam Research Corporation Increases Installed Base Of Metal Etch Systems At Cypress Semiconductor
March 26, 1999

Lam Research Corporation Increases Installed Base Of Metal Etch Systems At Cypress Semiconductor FREMONT, Calif., March 26, 1999 - Lam Research Corporation (Nasdaq: LRCX), a leading supplier of wafer fabrication equipment to the worldwide semiconductor industry, today announced a commitment by Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE: CY) to purchase its high-density metal etch system. The system will be installed at Cypress’s high-volume Fab IV in Bloomington, Minnesota where the company manufactures next-generation SRAM, data communications and timing devices.


“By partnering with Lam, we have raised the reliability of our metal etch applications to world-class levels,” said Chris Seams, vice president of Wafer Manufacturing at Cypress Semiconductor. “Our sizable installed base of Lam metal etch systems combined with their excellent service and support will enable Cypress to quickly ramp up for the increased demand we have for 0.25 micron devices.”

“We are pleased that Cypress has selected Lam to provide leading-edge products and services in order to meet their increased production requirements,” stated Dave Bayly, Lam’s vice president of North America and Europe sales and field operations. “Lam is committed to delivering world-class solutions to our growing installed base at Cypress and achieving our vision of being number one in customer trust,” said Bayly.

Lam Research Corporation is a leading supplier of wafer fabrication equipment and services to the world’s semiconductor industry. Lam’s headquarters are located in Fremont, California. The company’s common stock trades on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol LRCX. Lam’s World Wide Web address is

Cypress Semiconductor Corporation is an international supplier of high-performance circuits with worldwide headquarters in San Jose, California. The company provides a broad range of products for leading computer, networking, and telecommunications companies worldwide. The company’s product line includes static RAMs, high-speed PROMs, and specialty memories; programmable logic devices (PLDs); data communications products; and timing devices and USB microcontrollers. Cypress shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CY. The company has a site on the worldwide web at

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