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Sales of Unique Paladin Industrial Ultraviolet Laser Top 1000

Date Announced: 13 Jul 2010

UV laser used in multiple industrial applications

Santa Clara, Calif., July 12, 2010 – Coherent Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) (Nasdaq: COHR) has now shipped over 1000 of the company’s unique Paladin series of quasi-CW, high power, ultraviolet lasers. These Paladin lasers are currently available with a choice of 2, 4, 8, 10 or 16 watts of output power at a wavelength of 355 nm. They service a number of applications in the printed circuit board (PCB), semiconductor, solar cell and flat panel display (FPD) industries.

“Our Paladin quasi-CW UV industrial lasers are enjoying a banner year for sales into multiple applications in the Microelectronics manufacturing segment” said Mark Sobey, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Specialty Laser Systems Business Group at Coherent. “It’s particularly satisfying to ship our 1000th unit knowing that the future demand for the Paladin product line looks stronger than ever, with customers continuing to turn to Coherent as their preferred partner for production proven laser solutions.”

Torsten Rauch, Paladin product manager notes, “The unique properties of the Paladin have made it a key enabler in the development of several important applications. For example, the 16W version now makes laser direct imaging (LDI) of PCBs cost-competitive with film-based fabrication methods."

"In the solar photovoltaic market, they are used for novel processes that support products with greater active area and higher overall efficiency. For flat panel display fabrication, Paladin lasers allow non-contact processing of next generation, large area thin glass panels. As each of these applications expands, Paladin sales grow because it’s really the only source that can deliver the required combination of performance and reliability.”


Torsten Rauch
Coherent, Inc.
+ 49 451 3000 375

E-mail: torsten.rauch@coherent.com

Web Site: www.coherent.com

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