Bridgelux selects ESI's AccuScribe 2150P wafer scriber

Date Announced: 04 Oct 2010

PORTLAND, Ore., Sep 29, 2010 - Electro Scientific Industries (NASDAQ: ESIO), a leading supplier of innovative laser-based manufacturing solutions for the microtechnology industry, today announced that Bridgelux Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of LED lighting technologies and solutions, has selected ESI's fully automated wafer scriber, the AccuScribe(R) 2150P. The AccuScribe 2150P will play an instrumental role as Bridgelux ramps manufacturing at its new advanced technology LED design and manufacturing center in Livermore, Calif.

"Bridgelux is a vertically integrated manufacturer of LED light sources for the lighting industry. Our technology development, LED design innovations and manufacturing process advancements are focused on providing our customers with high quality, high performance solid-state lighting products," said Mike Peanasky, vice president of manufacturing at Bridgelux. "The precision, quality and customizable features in ESI's AccuScribe 2150P wafer scriber will play a central role in driving optimization of our manufacturing processes."

Making LED lighting a reality

Bridgelux integrates its LED chips into LED Array light sources that provide the industry with the widest performance ranges, from 240 to 4500 operational lumens, displacing incandescent, halogen, CFL and HID light sources in a variety of applications. This broad portfolio of products provides Bridgelux customers with wide-ranging options as they develop high quality replacement lamps and luminaires for a market rapidly transitioning to energy efficient lighting. Bridgelux is using ESI's AccuScribe 2150P, which is optimized for the laser scribing of sapphire-based LED devices, for the successful manufacturing of its LED chips. The 2150P is a cost-effective, automated laser system that enables consistent and uniform die-scribed LEDs at a controlled depth resulting in superior die singulation yield for LED manufacturers.

"We are thrilled to be working with Bridgelux as they bring new, environmental-friendly, state-of-the-art LED lighting solutions to the market," said Michael Stubelt, director of sales operations at ESI. "Bridgelux has built a world-class manufacturing facility in California. We're excited to be partnering with them as they leverage the proven performance of the AccuScribe 2150P in its high volume, automated manufacturing facility."

About Bridgelux

Bridgelux is a leading developer and manufacturer of technologies and solutions that will transform the global lighting industry into a $100 billion market opportunity. Based in Silicon Valley, Bridgelux is a pioneer in solid state lighting (SSL), expanding the market for light-emitting diode (LED) technologies by driving down costs of LED lighting systems. Bridgelux's patented light source technology replaces traditional technologies with integrated, solid state lighting solutions that enable lamp and luminaire manufacturers to provide high performance and energy efficient white light for the rapidly growing interior and exterior lighting markets. With more than 300 patent applications filed or granted worldwide, Bridgelux is the only vertically integrated LED manufacturer and developer of solid state light sources that designs its solutions specifically for the lighting industry. For more information about the company, please visit www.bridgelux.com.

About ESI, Inc.

ESI is a leading supplier of innovative, laser-based manufacturing solutions for the microtechnology industry. Our systems enable precise structuring and testing of micron to submicron features in semiconductors, electronic devices, LEDs and other high-value components. We partner with our customers to make breakthrough technologies possible in the semiconductor, microelectronics and other emerging industries. Founded in 1944, ESI is headquartered in Portland, Ore., with global operations from the Pacific Northwest to the Pacific Rim. More information is available at www.esi.com.

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