RVSI engages William Blair & Company for sale of Semiconductor Equipment Group

JUNE 18--Robotic Vision Systems Inc. (RVSI; Nashua, NH) has selected William Blair & Company LLC to assist in the prospective sale of the company's Semiconductor Equipment Group.

JUNE 18--Robotic Vision Systems Inc. (RVSI; Nashua, NH) has selected William Blair & Company LLC to assist in the prospective sale of the company's Semiconductor Equipment Group, which manufactures three-dimensional, machine-vision-based equipment for end-of-line inspection of assembled integrated circuits and two- and three-dimensional inspection equipment used to identify surface defects and perform bump height measurements on certain kinds of semiconductor wafers.

"Our selection of William Blair is based on its demonstrated success in completing high-technology mergers and acquisitions transactions," said Pat V. Costa, chairman and chief executive officer of RVSI. "Upon the sale of our Semiconductor Equipment Group, RVSI will focus exclusively on its Acuity CiMatrix machine vision and Data Matrix symbology business. Our expectation is that the relationship we are forging with William Blair on the sale of the Semiconductor Equipment Group will continue beyond that assignment, and that its expertise in these fields will prove to be of substantive benefit to RVSI."

Costa said RVSI would seek to ensure a smooth transition for customers in the sale of the Semiconductor Equipment Group. "Our equipment is critical to several dozen of the world's leading semiconductor fabrication, test, assembly and packaging companies," Costa said. "In selling this division, one of our principal goals is to execute a seamless transfer of products and service. We will also seek a buyer that shares our technology vision and commitment to quality."

RVSI offers a comprehensive line of machine=vision systems. With offices worldwide, RVSI is a leader in vision-based semiconductor inspection and data matrix-based unit-level traceability. Using leading-edge technology, RVSI joins vision-enabled process equipment, high-performance optics, lighting, and advanced hardware and software to assure product quality, identify and track parts, control manufacturing processes, and ultimately enhance profits for companies worldwide. Serving the semiconductor, electronics, aerospace, automotive, pharmaceutical, and packaging industries, RVSI holds more than 100 patents in a broad range of technologies. For more information visit www.rvsi.com or call (800) 669-5234.

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