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Lambda to Exit Lithography Business

Photonics.com
Dec 2004
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 15 -- Coherent Inc. announced today that its Lambda Physik subsidiary will discontinue future product development and investments in the semiconductor lithography market. It will continue to support its installed lithography base. As a result of this decision, the company expects to take an after-tax charge of between $3 and $6 million during the first quarter ending Jan. 1, 2005. These charges are primarily related to excessive and obsolete inventories.

John Ambroseo, Coherent's president and CEO, said,"Based upon careful analysis of market conditions, Lambda management concluded its new 193-nm LithoTex laser will not generate a satisfactory economic return, and its deployment has been cancelled. The anticipated savings resulting from these transactions, which will begin in calendar 2005, will be disclosed during the upcoming first fiscal quarter earnings conference call Jan. 25, 2005."

For more information, visit: www.coherent.com



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