Magma and Camtek Team to Enhance Yield of Advanced Semiconductors

Magma and Camtek Team to Enhance Yield of Advanced Semiconductors
Camtek to package Magma’s YieldManager software with its Falcon line of automated wafer inspection and metrology systems
SAN JOSE, Calif. and MIGDAL HA’EMEK, Israel, July 14, 2009 – Magma® Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design software, today announced that Camtek Ltd. (Nasdaq: CAMT) has integrated Magma’s YieldManager® software into Falcon, Camtek’s flagship line of automated wafer inspection and metrology systems, and will sell it as an option. The combination of Camtek’s automated inspection platforms and Magma’s YieldManager allows fab engineers to more effectively analyze inline defect data and yield data to accelerate root cause identification of yield problems, ensuring higher yields and reducing manufacturing costs.

Camtek systems deliver outstanding 2D and 3D capabilities in a versatile and flexible platform that meets the evolving demands of any design application. Cleanroom compatibility and compliance with factory automation standards allows Camtek systems to fit seamlessly into the most advanced production environments. YieldManager is a customizable yield-management software system that allows engineers to collect, correlate, analyze and share critical data. YieldManager combines high-level correlation of data from disparate sources with the rapid drill-down of data scope to expedite root-cause identification of yield-limiting problems, saving engineering time and focusing resources. The joint Magma-Camtek solution allows semiconductor fab and lab analysis teams to more quickly and easily locate potential defects and make corrections faster.

“Minimizing manufacturing costs while ensuring reliability are critical factors for semiconductor success,” said Rafi Amit, CEO of Camtek. “By enabling faster identification of yield problems, Magma and Camtek help semiconductor customers achieve their cost, performance and time-to-market goals.”

“Advanced fabs have an array of sophisticated equipment that provides engineers with an unprecedented amount of information about the IC, but analysis of the data is time consuming,” said Ankush Oberai, vice president of Magma’s Fab Analysis Business Unit. “With YieldManager software and the Falcon systems, designers can more quickly and efficiently leverage the information from the automated wafer inspection system to make changes in the IC manufacturing process that enhance yield.”

About Camtek
Camtek Ltd., designs, develops, manufactures, and markets automatic optical inspection systems and related products. Camtek’s automatic inspection systems are used to enhance both production processes and yield for manufacturers in the printed circuit board industry, the high density interconnect substrate industry and the semiconductor manufacturing and packaging industry. This press release is available at

About Magma
Magma’s electronic design automation (EDA) software is used to create complex, high-performance integrated circuits (ICs)for cellular telephones, electronic games, WiFi, MP3 players, DVD/digital video, networking, automotive electronics and other electronic applications. Magma products for IC implementation, analog/mixed-signal design, analysis, physical verification, circuit simulation and characterization are recognized as embodying the best in semiconductor technology, providing the world’s top chip companies the “Fastest Path to Silicon.”™ Magma maintains headquarters in San Jose, Calif., and offices throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Asia and India. Magma’s stock trades on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol LAVA. Visit Magma Design Automation on the Web at

Magma and YieldManager are registered trademarks and “Fastest Path to Silicon” is a trademark of Magma Design Automation Inc. All other product and company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

Forward-looking [state]ments:
Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release, including [state]ments that the combination of Falcon systems products and YieldManager allows faster identification of yield problems resulting in lower manufacturing costs and about the features and benefits of Magma’s software and Camtek’s equipment are forward-looking [state]ments within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking [state]ments are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially including but not limited to the ability of Magma’s and Camtek’s products to produce the desired results, Camtek’s decision to continue using YieldManager and Magma’s and Camtek’s abilities to keep pace with rapidly changing technology,
reduced demand for both companies products and due to risks identified in the documents filed by the Companies with the SEC. Further discussion of these and other potential risk factors may be found in Magma’s public filings with the Securities and  Exchange Commission ( and in Camtek’s public filings with Securities and Exchange Commission. Magma and Camtek undertake no additional obligation to update these forward-looking [state]ments.

Magma Design Automation Inc.
Monica Marmie
Director, Marketing Communications
(408) 565-7689

Camtek Ltd.
Mira Rosenzweig
Chief Financial Officer