Keithley receives award for semiconductor manufacturing solutions

Cleveland, Ohio – July 6, 2006 - Keithley Instruments, Inc. (NYSE:KEI), announces it has received the prestigious Editors’ Choice Best Product Award, presented annually by Semiconductor International magazine, for its Model 4200-SCS Semiconductor Characterization System with Pulse I-V (PIV) Package. This award recognizes Keithley’s achievement in “developing a product that is truly making a difference in semiconductor manufacturing,” according to the magazine. The Model 4200-SCS PIV package supplies instrumentation, connections, and software that allow semiconductor engineers to take ultra-short pulse measurements on tiny transistors while they are still on an integrated circuit wafer.

"Pulse measurements, in which electronic devices are tested by pulsed current in nanosecond-length bursts instead of a constant flow, are becoming increasingly important in designing and fabricating semiconductor devices," said Mark Hoersten, Keithley Vice President, Business Management. "This new measurement capability is vital for materials researchers and device engineers who are struggling to test increasingly fragile and miniaturized devices, since they can be damaged by overheating when subjected to traditional electronic test methods. In addition, advanced semiconductor materials may not be accurately characterized by older test techniques."

In a ceremony on July 12 in San Francisco at the international SEMICON trade show, Semiconductor International will announce all the winners for 2006. "Advances in semiconductor technology are only possible because of the kinds of products being honored in this year's Editors' Choice Best Product Awards program," said Pete Singer, Editor-in-Chief of Semiconductor International. "Chipmakers rely on these products to create electronics that are smarter, smaller, faster, less expensive and more reliable. We congratulate the people and the companies that have had the insight and fortitude to bring these products to the market."

About Keithley
With 60 years of measurement expertise, Keithley Instruments has become a world leader in advanced electrical test instruments and systems from DC to RF (radio frequency). Its products solve emerging measurement needs in production testing, process monitoring, product development, and research. The company's customers are scientists and engineers in the worldwide electronics industry involved with advanced materials research, semiconductor device and wafer characterization and functional test, and the production of end products such as electronic assemblies or portable wireless devices. The value Keithley provides its customers is a combination of precision measurement technology and a rich understanding of their applications to improve the quality, throughput, and yield of their products.

About Semiconductor International
Published by Reed Business Information and a part of Reed Elsevier's global array of information products, Semiconductor International (SI) is the leading technical publication reaching and covering the global semiconductor manufacturing industry.
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