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Tegal Awarded Two Key Patents for Nano Layer Deposition
Thursday July 22, 8:30 am ET
Unique Thin Film Deposition Technology Surpasses Atomic Layer Deposition in Flexibility and Throughput


PETALUMA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 22, 2004--Tegal Corporation (Nasdaq:TGAL - News) today announced that it has been granted United States Patents, No. 6,689,220 and 6,756,318, which enable nano layer deposition (NLD) of conformal thin films for barrier, copper seed and high-K dielectric applications in advanced microprocessor and memory device production.
The systems and methods described in the `220 and the `318 enable nano layer deposition with ultra-conformality comparable to that of atomic layer deposition (ALD) and the manufacturing throughput of more conventional chemical vapor deposition (CVD) systems. NLD allows semiconductor manufacturers to choose from a wide field of deposition precursors (a key limitation of ALD) for the application of any thin film in use today on the surface of a wafer with atomic layer precision. NLD technology can also be used to construct complex, compound film structures with a level of control and conformality that was previously unavailable or impractical.

The `220 patent covers a system and process incorporating a pulsed plasma and deposition technique applicable to a variety of films such as Titanium Nitride, Copper and several low-K (dielectric constant) insulating films. The pulsing technique can also be used to deposit a low-K material and to "seal" it in-situ in order to preserve the film`s low-K properties. This has been a major limitation to the successful implementation of low-K dielectric materials into current generations of semiconductors.

The `318 patent combines system design, source design and NLD technology to enable a manufacturing solution for next generation semiconductor devices. The `318 discloses a new helical ribbon electrode as a plasma source for use in an NLD system. The `318 patent builds on the technology disclosed in the `220 patent and provides a multi-chamber platform for performing a wide variety of processing steps such as pre-clean, etch, NLD, densification, etc. As a result, complex films can be deposited with complete conformality and layer thicknesses can be controlled to one monolayer or to several hundred of Angstroms.

The market for highly conformal deposition tools, such as ALD and NLD, is one of the fastest-growing segments of the semiconductor device manufacturing space. According to VLSI Research Inc., the current market for highly conformal deposition tools is over US$100 million and will grow at an annual rate of over 66% to reach US$1.35 billion in 2008.

"We are pleased to add these two key patents to Tegal`s extensive base of intellectual property and know-how," said Michael Parodi, Tegal chairman, president & CEO. "This is one of the most exciting areas that Tegal has ever participated in, and we look forward to demonstrating the superiority of our NLD systems in the market."

Safe Harbor Statement

Except for historical information, matters discussed in this news release contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act. Forward-looking statements, which are based on assumptions and describe our future plans, strategies and expectations, are generally identifiable by the use of the words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "project" or similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions about the company including, but not limited to industry conditions, economic conditions, acceptance of new technologies and market acceptance of the company`s products and services. All forward-looking statements attributable to the company or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements in this paragraph. For a further discussion of these risks and uncertainties, please refer to the company`s periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

About Tegal

Tegal provides process and equipment solutions to leading-edge suppliers of advanced semiconductor and nanotechnology devices. Incorporating unique, patented etch and deposition technologies, Tegal`s system solutions are backed by over 35 years of advanced development and over 100 patents. Some examples of devices enabled by Tegal technology are energy-efficient memories found in portable computers, cell phones, PDAs and RFID applications; megapixel imaging chips used in digital and cellphone cameras; power amplifiers for portable handsets and wireless networking gear; and MEMS devices like accelerometers for automotive airbags, microfluidic control devices for ink jet printers; and laboratory-on-a-chip medical test kits.

More information is available on the Internet at: www.tegal.com.



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Steven Selbrede, 707-765-5647
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Chipmakers` Problems Are Speeding Up
The industry faces delays, sliced profits, and overheating chips. To keep up, it will have to invent its way out of this trouble

Typically, companies are reluctant to publicly blame a partner when something goes wrong. But when Apple Computer (AAPL ) reported second-quarter earnings on July 14, it didn`t hold back. It blamed IBM`s (IBM ) failure to deliver enough microprocessors for Apple`s inability to satisfy demand for its popular Power Mac G5s. Said Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer: "We`re extremely unhappy with these events."

IBM isn`t the only company having problems making chips these days. Intel`s (INTC ) delivery of Prescott, its most recent Pentium processor, was delayed by more than six months, until February, while it worked out design problems. And leading chipmaker-for-hire Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSM ) has experienced delays as well.

Indeed, the troubles are industrywide, as chipmakers run into limits in their constant quest to pack more power and performance into semiconductors. Although it was always clear that one day they would start to hit a wall, that day appears to be arriving earlier than expected.
THE PRICE OF POWER.  Because of the challenges posed by a major shift to more densely packed chips, many companies, including chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices (AMD ), have been slow to switch. "These are the biggest technology challenges the industry has faced since the 1960s," says Dan Hutcheson, chief executive of market researcher VLSI Research.
The effects could be far-reaching. For businesses and consumers, ever-more powerful chips will be a little slower in coming, and prices won`t drop as quickly as in the past. For the industry, it means the cost of building a chip-fabrication plant, which averages $2.5 billion today, will get more expensive, as will operating costs. Companies with the most advanced design and manufacturing technologies -- including Intel and IBM -- could get even stronger.
These challenges are emerging at a time when analysts are concerned about a slowdown in chip demand in the second half of the year. On July 12, Merrill Lynch (MER ) lowered its revenue- growth forecast for the global chip industry in 2005 to 6%, from 16%. Likewise, on July 14, Intel disappointed investors with news that its inventories had risen 15%, depressing profit margins.
"A SEMINAL SHIFT."  While most analysts see the recent slowdown as cyclical, the technical problems increasingly bedeviling chipmakers presage a significant long-term challenge. As semiconductor parts get ever thinner, the chips are burning hotter. That`s happening as manufacturers shift from components that are 130 nanometers wide to 90 nanometers -- just a few atoms. The situation is expected to worsen over the next few years with the move to 65-nanometer technologies.
For the industry to keep its usual pace of doubling the amount of transistors it puts on a chip every 18 months to 24 months, it had to do a lot of innovating with chip design as well as new materials and manufacturing processes. However, when manufacturers resort to all sorts of tricks to boost chip performance while preventing them from literally burning up, those modifications give rise to design and production problems. "We`re in a seminal shift in the industry," says Bernard S. Meyerson, IBM`s chief technology officer. "Conventional wisdom doesn`t necessarily apply anymore. You have to rely on invention."
IBM is a chip-technology pioneer, so its struggles with Apple`s processor are doubly embarrassing. It took IBM more than six months to fix glitches at its East Fishkill (N.Y.) plant that kept yields -- the number of usable chips on a 12-inch wafer -- unacceptably low. Big Blue seems to have ironed out the glitches: Output doubled last quarter and is expected to double again this quarter, and Apple says it will stick with IBM.
"The whole industry has struggled with this transition. But because of our aggressive technology and designs, we tend to hit the bleeding-edge problems before our competition," says John E. Kelly III, senior vice-president in IBM`s Systems & Technology Group.
ZIPPIER ELECTRONS.  Intel has avoided the yield issues plaguing IBM and other companies that make chips to order, but it has had problems of its own during this switchover. Even after production delays, the Prescott chip hasn`t performed as well as expected. Intel more recently canceled two other products and announced that it will make changes in the way it designs chips to help deal with the heat and performance issues.
To deal with these challenges, companies will have to employ a host of engineering improvements -- and come up with new breakthroughs every couple of years. IBM, for example, has developed a technology called silicon-on-insulator, which reduces power consumption and heat. It was also the first company to introduce so-called dual-core microprocessors, chips with two processors on a single piece of silicon that share tasks and eliminate the need to run at the high speeds that cause excessive heat.
Intel expects to deliver dual-processor chips next year -- and it, too, has been innovating. It`s switching to a technology called strained silicon, similar to one being used by IBM, which makes electrons move faster. At the same time, Intel is also moving to a new chip-coating technique that will help reduce power consumption while increasing chip speed.
SQUASHING BUGS.  Longer term, chip companies are looking at all sorts of exotic solutions, including more use of nanotechnology. Within the next decade, engineers envision using tiny carbon nanotubes as a partial replacement for silicon to cut down on chip overheating. Further out, scientists anticipate being able to make tiny transistors with single-atom switches, requiring infinitesimal amounts of energy to run.
For now, though, simply solving today`s problems will require plenty of scientific breakthroughs. IBM has more than 50 research scientists at the East Fishkill plant to get the new manufacturing processes working properly. Until they`re sure they can get the job done, they`ll have to keep their heads out of the clouds.


With Cliff Edwards in San Mateo, Calif., and Andy Reinhardt in Paris

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Tegal Receives Multiple System Order for Advanced Control System i901 Series Etch System from Leading Wireless Component Supplier

Tuesday July 27, 8:30 am ET

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Major customers include AMI, Matsushita, Sumitomo, AMS, Motorola, ST Microelectronics, Analog Devises, NEC, Tesla Sezam,S.A., Denso/Ryosan, Nortel Technology, Toshiba, Fuji Microdevice, OKI, United Microelectronics, Hewlett Packard, RF Microdevices, University Francois Rabelais, Intel, Sony, Winbond Electronics Corp., International Rectifier, Setech and Walsin Lihwa Corp. The Company`s top five customers in each of fiscal years ended March 31, 2004 (fiscal 2004), 2003 (fiscal 2003) and 2002 (fiscal 2002) accounted for 84.8%, 88.2% and 54.4%, respectively, of total net system sales. Intel, Fuji and Matsushita accounted for 31.4%, 22.9% and 12.6% respectively, of net system sales in fiscal 2004. No other single customer represented more than 10% of Tegal`s net system sales in fiscal 2004.
Tegal Corporation Reports First Quarter 2005 Financial Results [DMJLSKN]



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PETALUMA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 12, 2004--Tegal
Corporation (Nasdaq:TGAL), a leading designer and manufacturer of
plasma etch and deposition systems used in the production of
integrated circuits and nanotechnology devices, today announced
financial results for the First Quarter Fiscal Year 2005, which ended
June 30, 2004.

First Quarter Highlights

-- Revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2005 were $3.4
million, a decrease of 11% from $3.9 million reported in the
first quarter of fiscal 2004, and a decrease of 44% from the
fourth quarter of fiscal 2004.

-- Net losses for the first quarter were $6.3 million or ($0.15)
per share compared to a net loss of $1.3 million or ($0.08)
per share for the same quarter one year ago. Non-recurring,
non-cash expenses included in the quarter totaled $3.7
million. On a pro-forma basis, net losses were $2.7 million or
($0.06) per share compared to $1.3 million or ($0.08) per
share in the same quarter last year.

-- The Company incurred an operating loss of $4.2 million, which
included a $1.7 million non-recurring, non-cash charge for
IPR&D related to its purchase of First Derivative Systems,
Inc. Excluding the IPR&D charge, operating expenses for the
first quarter were approximately $1.0 million higher than the
same quarter last year, and $0.8 million higher than the
fourth quarter of fiscal 2004.

-- Cash stood at $4.7 million at the end of the first quarter of
fiscal 2005, compared to $7 million at the end of the fourth
quarter of fiscal 2004. However, the Company paid off $2.3
million in notes payable and bank lines of credit during the
quarter.

-- The Book-to-Bill ratio for the first quarter of fiscal 2005
was 2.5 to 1; systems backlog at the end of the quarter stood
at $2.7 million, and is approximately $3.4 million currently.
This compares with the fourth quarter of fiscal 2004, when the
Book-to-Bill ratio was less than 1 to 1 and systems backlog
stood at just under $1 million at the end of the quarter.

-- The Company secured orders for several 9xx plasma etch
systems, primarily for use by nanotechnology device makers and
an order for an Endeavor(TM) PVD cluster tool from a leading
consumer electronics company for a new type of MEMS device for
use in high frequency wireless communications.

-- The Company closed its acquisition of First Derivative
Systems, Inc., extending its unique PVD technology into 300mm
application areas.

-- Tegal realigned along product groups and recruited a new Chief
Technology Officer, a new Vice President of Sales and Field
Operations, and Country Managers for Europe and Asia-Pacific.

-- Subsequent to the end of the quarter, the Company sold
2,372,689 shares of its common stock to Kingsbridge Capital,
Ltd. for gross proceeds of $2.6 million.
Tegal Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2005 Financial Results
Thursday November 11, 4:05 pm ET

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PETALUMA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 18, 2004--TegalCorporation (Nasdaq:TGAL) today announced that a leading Europeananalog and mixed signal device manufacturer has placed an order for aTegal 980ACS (Advanced Control System) plasma etch system that will beused for high-volume fabrication in its new 200 mm productionfacility. This follow-on order was based on the excellent performanceof the Tegal 900 and 6500 series tools currently used in production,along with Tegal´s VLSI 10 Best Award winning technical support, andprocess development expertise. The tool purchase is part of a majorplanned fab expansion.
"Tegal is the tool of record for mainstream etch processes in thisadvanced wafer fab," said Mike Parodi, Tegal´s chairman, president andCEO. "Our 980ACS system provides substantial productivity andcost-of-ownership advantages over competitive tools. Naturally, we arevery pleased to be rewarded with a repeat order from this leadingdevice producer. We have also been told to expect additional orders inthe coming months."
The Tegal 980ACS is the latest in a series of plasma etch systemsproduced by Tegal for companies around the world. More than 1,500systems have been shipped over the years and continue to providereliable and cost-effective support for a wide range of processes.Popular applications include silicon nitride and oxide dielectric etchin addition to a wide variety of polymer etch treatments. Many oftoday´s MEMS and nano-structure devices require simple,high-throughput plasma processes uniquely served by the 900 and 980series systems.

Safe Harbor Statement

The statements in this news release are forward-looking statementsthat involve a number of risks and uncertainties. As discussed inTegal´s annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31,2004, assumptions relating to the foregoing involve judgments withrespect to, among other things, the ability of Tegal to successfullyimplement its business strategy; future economic, competitive andmarket conditions, including those in Europe and Asia and thoserelated to Tegal´s strategic markets; whether the products offered byTegal will continue to achieve customer acceptance, and futurebusiness decisions, all of which are difficult or impossible topredict accurately and many of which are beyond the control of Tegal.Although Tegal believes that the assumptions underlying theforward-looking statements are reasonable, any of the assumptionscould prove inaccurate and, therefore, there can be no assurance thatthe results contemplated in the forward-looking statements will berealized. In light of the significant uncertainties inherent in theforward-looking information included herein, the inclusion of suchinformation should not be regarded as a representation by Tegal or anyother person that Tegal´s objectives or plans will be realized. Tegalundertakes no obligation to revise the forward-looking statementscontained herein to reflect such events or circumstances after thedate hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

About Tegal

Tegal provides process and equipment solutions to leading-edgesuppliers of advanced semiconductor and nanotechnology devices.Incorporating unique, patented etch and deposition technologies,Tegal´s system solutions are backed by over 35 years of advanceddevelopment and over 100 patents. Some examples of devices enabled byTegal technology are energy efficient memories found in portablecomputers, cell phones, PDAs and RFID applications; megapixel imagingchips used in digital and cell phone cameras; power amplifiers forportable handsets and wireless networking gear; and MEMS devices likeaccelerometers for automotive airbags, microfluidic control devicesfor ink jet printers; and laboratory-on-a-chip medical test kits. Moreinformation is available on the Internet at: www.tegal.com.

--30--NL/sf* CONTACT: Tegal Corporation John Almerico, 707-765-5613 jalmerico@tegal.com or Loomis Group, Inc. Vincent Mayeda, 909-614-1767 mayedav@loomisgroup.com KEYWORD: CALIFORNIA INTERNATIONAL EUROPE INDUSTRY KEYWORD: COMPUTERS/ELECTRONICS HARDWARE SOFTWARETELECOMMUNICATIONS MANUFACTURING MARKETING AGREEMENTS PRODUCT SOURCE: Tegal CorporationCopyright Business Wire 2004

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Tegal Awarded Key Patent for New Magnetron Sputter Source; New Sputter Source Represents Break Through in Target Efficiency -- Provides Significant Cost Savings to Chip Manufacturers

PETALUMA, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- Dec. 14, 2004 -- Tegal Corporation (Nasdaq:TGAL) today announced that it has been granted United States Patent, No. 6,783,638 for the Flat Magnetron sputter source. The invention provides for the use of a greater percentage of the material from the sputter target than in existing conventional physical vapor deposition ("PVD") systems. Direct benefits of the novel design include lowering material cost, enhancing sputtering rate, and increasing deposition system availability. System uptime and availability is a key variable in semiconductor chip manufacturers` actual cost of system ownership.



Conventional PVD systems utilize about 35-45% of the target material before they must be replaced. The new Flat Magnetron`s magnetic design and the physical placement of the sputter cathode in the magnetic field enables a significant improvement in material utilization. Initial test results of the Flat Magnetron show up to 65% target utilization. Tegal engineers believe this efficiency can be extended further. Such improved target utilization is especially important in the deposition of costly metals such as gold, ruthenium and platinum whose use is prevalent in MEMS and other nanotechnology devices. The new Flat Magnetron design allows higher levels of metal reclamation, further contributing to more efficient capital utilization.

The first Flat Magnetrons are in daily use at the Nanofabrication Center of the University of California at Santa Barbara, where they are installed in a Sputtered Films Endeavor AT PVD cluster system. These Flat Magnetrons are used to deposit AlN, SiN, TiN, and a variety of pure metal films by researchers working on advanced nanofabrication issues.

The Flat Magnetron was the final invention of Peter Clarke, founder of Sputtered Films, prior to his passing in 2002. "My father referred to the Flat Magnetron as his `parting shot` in an industry in which he was known for finding very creative, and often simple, solutions for difficult problems. We`re very pleased to add the Flat Magnetron to Tegal`s growing list of advanced PVD technology offerings," said Carole Anne Demachkie, General Manager of Tegal`s Sputtered Films Product Group.
8:45AM Tegal Corp Receives Orders from MEMS Device Manufacturers in Europe and Taiwan (TGAL) 1.69: Co announced two orders for its 900 series plasma etch systems from MEMS device manufacturers in Europe and Taiwan. The European order came from a leading supplier of MEMS devices to the automotive industry, and is a follow-on order to add capacity in high-volume MEMS fabrication. The Taiwan order came from a start-up MEMS device foundry.

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Tegal Awarded Another Key Patent for Advanced Sputter Source


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PETALUMA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 16, 2004--
New Sputter Source Represents Advance in Magnetic Material Deposition and Ionized PVD -- Provides Enabling Capability to Chip Manufacturers
Tegal Corporation (Nasdaq:TGAL) today announced that it has beengranted United States Patent No. 6,830,664 for the "cluster tool witha hollow cathode array." The invention provides Tegal with a uniquenew PVD source technology for advanced applications in chipmanufacturing. Direct benefits of this invention include thecapability of providing highly directional deposition of metal atomsand ions, and the easy utilization of magnetic target materials suchas Nickel.
Conventional PVD sources are limited by their reliance on strongmagnetic fields. This makes sputtering of magnetic materialsproblematic and inefficient. Nickel films will be needed for contactmetal silicide formation at the 45-nanometer "node" of chipmanufacturing, and in many of the "lead-free" final packaging schemes.The ability to sputter Nickel and other magnetic materials efficientlyalso has many benefits for MRAM, thin film heads and a wide variety ofMEMS applications.
The hollow cathode array ("HCA") PVD source uses a different,non-magnetic, physical principle than the conventional magnetron to"trap" electrons, and has the ability to create very high metal ioncontent in the plasma. This is an important benefit, especially inapplications where very deep, narrow features must be evenly coated,such as in barrier and seed layer applications for verticalinterconnect in the newest "chip stack" packaging schemes.
"The HCA source will address specific emerging issues in thin filmdeposition that have broad, high volume application. This special PVDsource compliments our recently announced Flat Magnetron and ourwell-developed S-Gun sources, strengthening the portfolio of thin filmdeposition capabilities available in the Endeavor(TM) and Oncore(TM)cluster systems," said Andy Clarke, Tegal´s Director of 300-mm PVDTechnology, and the founder of First Derivative Systems, acquired byTegal earlier this year.
Safe Harbor Statement
Except for historical information, matters discussed in this newsrelease contain forward-looking statements within the meaning ofSection 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act.Forward-looking statements, which are based on assumptions anddescribe our future plans, strategies and expectations, are generallyidentifiable by the use of the words "anticipate," "believe,""estimate," "expect," "intend," "project" or similar expressions.These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertaintiesand assumptions about the company including, but not limited toindustry conditions, economic conditions, acceptance of newtechnologies and market acceptance of the company´s products andservices. All forward-looking statements attributable to us or personsacting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by thecautionary statements in this paragraph. For a further discussion ofthese risks and uncertainties, please refer to the company´s periodicfilings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
About Tegal
Tegal provides process and equipment solutions to leading edgesuppliers of advanced semiconductor and nanotechnology devices.Incorporating unique, patented etch and deposition technologies,Tegal´s system solutions are backed by over 35 years of advanceddevelopment and over 100 patents. Some examples of devices enabled byTegal technology are energy efficient memories found in portablecomputers, cell phones, PDAs and RFID applications; megapixel imagingchips used in digital and cellphone cameras; power amplifiers forportable handsets and wireless networking gear; and MEMS devices likeaccelerometers for automotive airbags, microfluidic control devicesfor ink jet printers; and laboratory-on-a-chip medical test kits.
More information is available on the Internet at: www.tegal.com.
--30--NL/sf* CONTACT: Tegal Corporation Andy Clarke, 805-692-2382 aclarke@tegal.com or Loomis Group, Inc. Vincent Mayeda, 909-614-1767 mayedav@loomisgroup.com KEYWORD: CALIFORNIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: COMPUTERS/ELECTRONICS HARDWARE SOFTWAREMANUFACTURING PRODUCT SOURCE: Tegal CorporationCopyright Business Wire 2004
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TEGAL RECEIVES MULTIPLE SYSTEM ORDER FROM MAJOR EUROPEAN DEVICE MANUFACTURER FOR WIRELESS APPLICATIONS
On-going capacity expansion program for high-K decoupling capacitors
Tegal Corporation (Nasdaq: TGAL) today announced that a major European integrated device manufacturer has placed a multiple system order which includes a 6540 advanced plasma etch system, as well as multiple 980 ACS and 900 Series plasma etch systems. The systems will be used in the production of high-K decoupling capacitors incorporated into cell phones and other wireless devices.

“The unique ability of our advanced 6540 etcher to handle difficult-to-etch materials makes it an ideal choice for wireless device makers worldwide,” said Steve Selbrede, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Tegal Corporation. “High-K materials are increasingly being used in multi-chip module and system-on-chip devices in order to isolate or decouple the chip frequencies from surrounding noise. We have been working with several types of high-K materials for many years and have unique, patented technology to address the many problems encountered in the etching of these devices.”

“Our long relationship with this customer continues to strengthen,” said Thomas Mika, President and CEO of Tegal. “We are gratified to be included in both their production lines as well as in some of their most advanced development programs.”

The Tegal 6540 is a high-density plasma etch tool featuring the unique Hre-™ reactor, and Tegal`s patented dual-frequency RF power technology and magnetic plasma confinement. The system is a critical enabler for etching new materials such as noble metal electrodes and capacitor structures, as well as ferroelectric, high-K dielectric, compound semiconductor and interconnect materials. The 980ACS and 900 series etch tools are some of the most cost-effective solutions for high-throughput etch applications.

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TEGAL AWARDED HIGHEST CUSTOMER SATISFACTION RATINGS IN WAFER PROCESSING FOR FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR BY VLSI RESEARCH SURVEY



Company named top small supplier of wafer processing equipment, fourth year running — eight straight years on VLSI 10 BEST list


Tegal Corporation (NASDAQ: TGAL) has earned the distinction of being the No. 1 small supplier of wafer processing equipment in the annual VLSI Research Inc 10 BEST Customer Satisfaction Survey. The Company has earned the highest ratings among all wafer processing equipment suppliers for four consecutive years.

“Tegal received stellar ratings in the six customer service related criteria – the only supplier of wafer processing equipment to receive ratings averaging above 9.0 in these categories,” stated Risto Puhakka, president of VLSI Research Inc. “Customers wrote in comments such as ‘honest and motivated sales and engineering support’ and ‘their support for us is their priority.’”

President and Chief Executive Officer of Tegal, Thomas Mika stated, "We are truly honored to be awarded this designation by our customers for the fourth consecutive year. It speaks to the hard work and dedication of our global field service organization, as well as to the reliability of the tools coming out of our manufacturing operations. All of Tegal’s employees should be proud of this remarkable accomplishment."

The 10 BEST Award is presented annually by VLSI Research Inc to chip making equipment suppliers that demonstrate exemplary customer satisfaction in one of seven equipment categories: Small Suppliers of Wafer Processing Equipment; Large Suppliers of Wafer Processing Equipment; Assembly Equipment; Process Diagnostics Equipment; Test and Material Handling Equipment; Large Suppliers of Chip Making Equipment; and Focused Suppliers of Chip Making Equipment.

In determining the 2005 10 BEST winners, VLSI Research Inc distributed more than 46,000 questionnaires in six languages to semiconductor companies worldwide. The double-blind survey reaches about two-thirds of the total decision-making managers and engineers within the semiconductor industry. Survey respondents are asked to rate suppliers in 13 categories on a 10-point scale. These 13 categories include seven measures of equipment performance and six measures of customer service. Cost of ownership, uptime, software, build quality, usable throughput, quality-of-results, and product performance are the equipment performance measures. Customer service measures include process support, field engineering support, spare support, support-after-sales, technical leadership, and the supplier`s overall commitment to supporting its customers` needs.

About VLSI Research Inc

VLSI Research Inc is the leading provider of market research and economic analysis on the technical, business, and economic aspects of the high technology chip making industry. The company is known for its unparalleled accuracy, innovation in market research, and its sharply focused insight into the rapidly changing landscape of the chip making business. VLSI Research’s databases on chip making are used throughout the industry, the investment community, and by governments for decisive strategic planning. VLSI Research was founded in 1976 and incorporated in California in 1981. The company’s website is https://www.vlsiresearch.com/.

About Tegal

Tegal Corporation, headquartered in Petaluma, California, is a leading designer and manufacturer of plasma etch and deposition systems used in the production of MEMS, smart cards, opto-telecom devices, integrated circuits (ICs), and other related microelectronics devices. Both etching and deposition are key process steps and must be repeated multiple times in the production of these devices. Tegal markets and services its systems in all major IC-producing regions of the world. More information is available on the Internet at: www.tegal.com.
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TEGAL AWARDED HIGHEST OVERALL RANKING FOR FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR IN VLSI RESEARCH CUSTOMER SATISFACTION SURVEY



Company named top overall chip making equipment supplier fourth year running― eight straight years on VLSI 10 BEST list

Tegal Corporation (NASDAQ: TGAL) has earned the distinction of being rated the best overall Focused Supplier of Chip Making Equipment in the annual VLSI Research Inc 10 BEST Customer Satisfaction Survey. Tegal was again the highest rated company in the entire survey for 2005, a distinction it has achieved for four consecutive years. This award is in addition to being rated the #1 Small Supplier of Wafer Processing Equipment. “Tegal received stellar ratings in the six customer service related criteria – the only supplier of chip making equipment to receive ratings averaging above 9.0 in these categories,” stated Risto Puhakka, president of VLSI Research Inc. “Customers wrote in comments such as ‘honest and motivated sales and engineering support’ and ‘their support for us is their priority.’”

President and Chief Executive Officer of Tegal, Thomas Mika stated, "We are a focused supplier – one that is focused on the needs of our customers – before, during and after the sale. We are once again honored to receive this award, and deeply appreciative of the confidence and trust that our customers place in our company. All of Tegal’s employees should be proud once again of this remarkable accomplishment."

The overall 10 BEST Awards are presented annually by VLSI Research Inc to chip making equipment suppliers that demonstrate exemplary customer satisfaction in one of two overall categories: Large Suppliers of Chip Making Equipment, and Focused Suppliers of Chip Making Equipment.

In determining the 2005 10 BEST winners, VLSI Research Inc distributed more than 46,000 questionnaires in six languages to semiconductor companies worldwide. The double-blind survey reaches about two-thirds of the total decision-making managers and engineers within the semiconductor industry. Survey respondents are asked to rate suppliers in 13 categories on a 10-point scale. These 13 categories include seven measures of equipment performance and six measures of customer service. Cost of ownership, uptime, software, build quality, usable throughput, quality-of-results, and product performance are the equipment performance measures. Customer service measures include process support, field engineering support, spare support, support-after-sales, technical leadership, and the supplier`s overall commitment to supporting its customers` needs.

ABOUT VLSI RESEARCH INC
VLSI Research Inc is the leading provider of market research and economic analysis on the technical, business, and economic aspects of the high technology chip making industry. The company is known for its unparalleled accuracy, innovation in market research, and its sharply focused insight into the rapidly changing landscape of the chip making business. VLSI Research’s databases on chip making are used throughout the industry, the investment community, and by governments for decisive strategic planning. VLSI Research was founded in 1976 and incorporated in California in 1981. The company’s website is https://www.vlsiresearch.com/.
tomhead
info vom 06.07.05


TEGAL CORPORATION COMPLIES WITH NASDAQ RULE 4350b-1-B



Tegal Corporation (Nasdaq:TGAL), a leading designer and manufacturer of plasma etch and deposition systems used in the production of integrated circuits and nanotechnology devices, today disclosed, in compliance with Nasdaq Marketplace Rule 4350 (b)(1)(B), that the independent audit report filed with the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2005, included a qualification for a going concern. The disclosure in this press release is required under the above Nasdaq rule and does not represent any change to the Company’s recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K.
tomhead
Habe heute in Frankfurt noch mal 2000 Stücke zu 0,79 € nachgekauft.
Monday, July 11, 2005Company Contact:
Thomas R Mika
President & Chief Executive Officer
Tegal Corporation
[T] (707) 763-5600
info@tegal.com

Agency Contact:
Frank Nagle or Bob Ferri
Nagle and Ferri Investor Relations
[T] (415) 575-1999


TEGAL SIGNS DEFINITIVE AGREEMENTS FOR A $22.5 MILLION EQUITY FINANCING



Tegal Corporation (Nasdaq: TGAL), a leading designer and manufacturer of plasma etch and deposition systems used in the production of integrated circuits and nanotechnology devices, today announced it has signed definitive agreements with institutional investors to raise a total of $22.5 million in equity capital.

Tegal agreed to sell to investors $22.5 million in common stock and 5-year warrants in two steps. The first step involves the sale of approximately 6.3 million common shares and approximately 3.15 million warrants (to purchase additional common shares with an exercise price of $1.00 per share) for proceeds of $4.1 million. The second step, which will raise $18.4 million through the sale of approximately 28.3 million common shares and approximately 14.2 million warrants (also with a exercise price of $1.00 per share), is subject to shareholder approval at Tegal’s annual shareholder meeting, currently scheduled for September 13, 2005. Shareholders of record as of July 27, 2005 will be entitled to vote at the meeting.

Notice
The securities sold in this private placement have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or any state securities laws, and were sold in a private placement pursuant to Regulation D of the Securities Act. The securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or pursuant to an exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws. Tegal has agreed to file a registration statement covering the resale of the shares of common stock acquired by the investors and shares of common stock issuable upon exercise of the warrants acquired by the investors.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state.

Safe Harbor Statement
Except for historical information, matters discussed in this news release contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act. Forward-looking statements, which are based on assumptions and describe our future plans, strategies and expectations, are generally identifiable by the use of the words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "project" or similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions about the Company including, but not limited to industry conditions, economic conditions, acceptance of new technologies and market acceptance of the Company`s products and services. All forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements in this paragraph. For a further discussion of these risks and uncertainties, please refer to the Company`s periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

About Tegal
Tegal Corporation, headquartered in Petaluma, California, is a leading designer and manufacturer of plasma etch and deposition systems used in the production of MEMS, smart cards, opto-telecom devices, integrated circuits (ICs), and other related microelectronics devices. Both etching and deposition are key process steps and must be repeated multiple times in the production of these devices. Tegal markets and services its systems in all major IC-producing regions of the world.

More information is available on the Internet at: www.tegal.com.
tomhead
und noch eine News


Tuesday, July 12, 2005Company Contact:
John Almerico
[T] (707) 765-5613
info@tegal.com

Agency Contact:
Frank Nagle or Bob Ferri
Nagle and Ferri Investor Relations
[T] (415) 575-1999


MAJOR EUROPEAN DEVICE MANUFACTURER ORDERS ADDITIONAL ADVANCED ETCH SYSTEMS FROM TEGAL



Tegal also installs and upgrades an advanced etch system at a prestigious European R&D institute for MEMS development


Tegal Corporation (Nasdaq: TGAL), a leading designer and manufacturer of plasma etch and deposition systems used in the production of integrated circuits and nanotechnology devices, today announced that a major European integrated device manufacturer that had previously placed a multiple system order with Tegal has increased the order to include additional 6540 advanced etch systems. The systems will be used in the production of high-K decoupling capacitors incorporated into cell phones and other wireless devices.

In an unrelated announcement, Tegal said that they had installed, upgraded and added a second process module to a 6500 advanced plasma etch system at the Instituto Trentino di Cultura (ITC) - Instituto per la Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica (IRST), a prestigious Italian R&D institute. IRST was created about 20 years ago as a private / public cooperative, and today works extensively in the area of micro electrical mechanical systems (MEMS) devices. The 6500 advanced etch system will be used for R&D and for the production of small lots of prototype devices.

“The unique ability of our advanced 6540 etcher to handle difficult-to-etch materials makes it an ideal choice for wireless device makers worldwide,” said Steve Selbrede, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Tegal Corporation. “High-K materials are increasingly being used in multi-chip module and system-on-chip devices in order to isolate or decouple the chip frequencies from surrounding noise. We have been working with several types of high-K materials for many years and have unique, patented technology to address the many problems encountered in the etching of these devices.”

“Our long relationship with this customer continues to strengthen,” said Thomas Mika, President and CEO of Tegal. “We are gratified to be included in both their production lines as well as in some of their most advanced development programs.”

The Tegal 6540 is a high-density plasma etch tool featuring the unique HRe–™ reactor, and Tegal’s patented dual-frequency RF power technology and magnetic plasma confinement. The system is a critical enabler for etching new materials such as noble metal electrodes and capacitor structures, as well as ferroelectric, high-K dielectric, compound semiconductor and interconnect materials.

Safe Harbor Statement

Except for historical information, matters discussed in this news release contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act. Forward-looking statements, which are based on assumptions and describe our future plans, strategies and expectations, are generally identifiable by the use of the words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "project" or similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions about the Company including, but not limited to industry conditions, economic conditions, acceptance of new technologies and market acceptance of the Company`s products and services. All forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements in this paragraph. For a further discussion of these risks and uncertainties, please refer to the Company`s periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

About Tegal

Tegal provides process and equipment solutions to leading edge suppliers of advanced semiconductor and nanotechnology devices. Incorporating unique, patented etch and deposition technologies, Tegal’s system solutions are backed by over 35 years of advanced development and over 100 patents. Some examples of devices enabled by Tegal technology are energy efficient memories found in portable computers, cellphones, PDAs and RFID applications; megapixel imaging chips used in digital and cellphone cameras; power amplifiers for portable handsets and wireless networking gear; and MEMS devices like accelerometers for automotive airbags, microfluidic control devices for ink jet printers; and laboratory-on-a-chip medical test kits.

More information is available on the Internet at: www.tegal.com.Home|Products|Support|Investors|Applications Copyright © Tegal 2005

tomhead:)
na das sind ja tolle news, warum schmiert dann bitte Tegal so
ab? Ist ja ein Trauerspiel die Performance der letzten Wochen.

Weiß jemand was?

Jacks
Verdammt, da habe ich zu 0,66 € noch mal 2500 Stück nachgekauft und es geht immer weiter abwärts.
Ist die Kursentwicklung bereits Vorbote für schlechte Quartalszahlen???
July 27, 2005 01:16 PM US Eastern Timezone

Tegal Corporation Announces Schedule for First Quarter Fiscal Year 2006 Financial Conference Call

PETALUMA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 27, 2005--On Thursday, August 11, 2005, Tegal Corporation (Nasdaq:TGAL), a leading designer and manufacturer of plasma etch and deposition systems used in the production of integrated circuits and nanotechnology devices, will report its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2005, which ended on June 30, 2005. The Company will host a conference call, which is open to all interested investors, following the issuance of its earnings news release.


Pertinent information is as follows:


Date: Thursday, August 11
Time: 5:00 p.m. EST / 2:00 p.m. PST
Call-in #: (866) 700-7101 or (617) 213-8837


Investors should reference passcode: 74936079. A digital recording will be made available one hour after the completion of the conference call, and it will be accessible through midnight on Thursday, August 18, 2005. To access, investors should dial (888) 286-8010 or (617) 801-6888 and enter passcode: 40639158.

The conference call also will be available live via the Investor Section of the Company`s website at: www.tegal.com. A replay of the teleconference, along with a copy of the Company`s earnings release, will be available on the Company`s website, as well.

About Tegal

Tegal provides process and equipment solutions to leading edge suppliers of advanced semiconductor and nanotechnology devices. Incorporating unique, patented etch and deposition technologies, Tegal`s system solutions are backed by over 35 years of advanced development and over 100 patents. Some examples of devices enabled by Tegal technology are energy efficient memories found in portable computers, cellphones, PDAs and RFID applications; megapixel imaging chips used in digital and cellphone cameras; power amplifiers for portable handsets and wireless networking gear; and MEMS devices like accelerometers for automotive airbags, microfluidic control devices for ink jet printers; and laboratory-on-a-chip medical test kits.

More information is available on the Internet at: www.tegal.com.
tomhead
Thursday, August 04, 2005Company Contact:
John Almerico
[T] (707) 765-5613
info@tegal.com

Agency Contact:
Frank Nagle or Bob Ferri
Nagle and Ferri Investor Relations
[T] (415) 575-1999


TEGAL RECEIVES REPEAT ORDER FOR 900ACS SERIES ETCH TOOL FROM LEADING JAPANESE AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRONICS FIRM



Tegal Corporation (Nasdaq: TGAL), a leading designer and manufacturer of plasma etch and deposition systems used in the production of integrated circuits and nanotechnology devices, today announced the sale of a 901ACS diode plasma etch system to a leading supplier of automotive electronics devices in Japan. With a value of just under US$400,000, this tool introduces the Advanced Control System (ACS) architecture to a facility with an installed base of other Tegal tools used for etching silicon devices in the production of anti-locking brake sensors. The 901ACS system will provide enhanced automation and productivity while maintaining “copy exact” process capability.

“Tegal is committed to ongoing support and continuous improvement of our large installed base of etch equipment in Japan,” said Paul Werbaneth, General Manager of Tegal Japan, Inc. “We will provide state-of-the-art platform control while maintaining the high volume process capability already qualified by this important customer.”

Tegal was recently ranked, for the fourth straight year, as the No. 1 semiconductor equipment supplier by the VLSI Research Inc 10 BEST Survey, an annual survey ranking customer satisfaction. The customer-based honor clearly reflects Tegal’s unwavering focus on customer success, not just customer service.

Tegal’s 900 Series systems are widely recognized for their low cost of ownership and high throughput. More than 1,500 of the 900 Series systems have been installed worldwide and are supported by Tegal’s extensive worldwide field process and service organization. 900 Series systems deliver highly reliable, repeatable results in etching a variety of films used to manufacture MEMS, silicon ICs, telecommunications and optoelectronics devices, flat panel displays and thin film magnetic heads.

The 901ACS system is designed around a production-proven wafer transport design that can accommodate 75 mm to 150 mm round silicon, GaAs, InP, and dielectric material substrates. The transport can also be configured to accommodate rectangular substrates up to 150 mm on a side. Typical applications for the 901ACS include nitride etch, photoresist descum, polyimide and BCB etches, zero layer etch, backside etch, isotropic oxide etch, non-critical polysilicon etch and titanium/tantalum alloy etch. For information on the 901ACS including field upgrades to existing 901e systems, please contact your local Tegal representative or email: info@tegal.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

Except for historical information, matters discussed in this news release contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act. Forward-looking statements, which are based on assumptions and describe our future plans, strategies and expectations, are generally identifiable by the use of the words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "project" or similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions about the Company including, but not limited to industry conditions, economic conditions, acceptance of new technologies and market acceptance of the Company`s products and services. All forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements in this paragraph. For a further discussion of these risks and uncertainties, please refer to the Company`s periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

tomhead
Tuesday, August 09, 2005Company Contact:
John Almerico
[T] (707) 765-5613
info@tegal.com

Agency Contact:
Frank Nagle or Bob Ferri
Nagle and Ferri Investor Relations
[T] (415) 575-1999


MAJOR EUROPEAN DEVICE MANUFACTURER ORDERS ADVANCED PLASMA ETCH SYSTEM FROM TEGAL



Initial Order for “Copy Exact” Production in Asia Pacific Region

Tegal Corporation (Nasdaq: TGAL) today announced that a major European integrated device manufacturer has placed an order with the Company for a new 6540 advanced plasma etch system, valued at over $2.5 million. The 6540 system, directed at an application that enables the production of high-K, de-coupling capacitors incorporated into cell phones and other wireless devices, will be installed in a production facility in the Asia-Pacific region later this year.

Earlier multiple system orders from this customer have either been installed in or are destined for its European-based production facility. Those orders, announced in April and July of this year, represented approximately $4.5 million in multiple systems bookings, and included both factory re-certified 6500 and 980 plasma etch systems.

“We have a long-standing R&D relationship with this customer and unique capabilities in this field, so we were pleased to be considered for this production order,” said Thomas Mika, President and CEO of Tegal. “Even so, it was only due to the success of our recent financing that we were able to win this order. Although the financing was a difficult business decision, it allowed us to pursue this high volume production order from a Tier 1 semiconductor manufacturer. We are now in a good position to win additional follow-on orders from this customer over the next 12 months, as it ramps production of these unique devices.”

“The basic etch process on which this application is based was co-developed by Tegal and this customer during an 18-month joint development program,” said Steve Selbrede, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Tegal Corporation. “Tegal has developed significant, patented technology, along with unique process know-how in the area of ‘difficult-to-etch’ materials such as high-K dielectrics and non-volatile metals. These materials allow our customers to develop competitive capabilities in the areas such as chip level de-coupling capacitors, non-volatile memories, and other advanced devices.”

Tegal will conduct a conference call following the release of its quarterly earnings for the period ending June 30, 2005 at 5:00pm EST (2:00pm PST) on Thursday, August 11, 2005. The dial-in numbers for the conference call are 866-700-7101 or 617-213-8837. Investors should reference passcode 74936079.

Tegal will also be holding its Annual Meeting of Stockholders in Petaluma, California, on Tuesday, September 13, 2005 at 10:00am PST, at which several matters, including the approval of the second part of its recent financing, will be subject to a stockholder vote. Stockholders of record as of July 27, 2005 will be entitled to vote by proxy or in person at the meeting.

Safe Harbor Statement

Except for historical information, matters discussed in this news release contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act. Forward-looking statements, which are based on assumptions and describe our future plans, strategies and expectations, are generally identifiable by the use of the words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "project" or similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions about the Company including, but not limited to industry conditions, economic conditions, acceptance of new technologies and market acceptance of the Company`s products and services. All forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements in this paragraph. For a further discussion of these risks and uncertainties, please refer to the Company`s periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

About Tegal

Tegal provides process and equipment solutions to leading edge suppliers of advanced semiconductor and nanotechnology devices. Incorporating unique, patented etch and deposition technologies, Tegal’s system solutions are backed by over 35 years of advanced development and over 100 patents. Some examples of devices enabled by Tegal technology are energy efficient memories found in portable computers, cellphones, PDAs and RFID applications; megapixel imaging chips used in digital and cellphone cameras; power amplifiers for portable handsets and wireless networking gear; and MEMS devices like accelerometers for automotive airbags, microfluidic control devices for ink jet printers; and laboratory-on-a-chip medical test kits.

More information is available on the Internet at: www.tegal.com.Home|Products|Support|Investors|Applications Copyright © Tegal 2005
Thursday, August 11, 2005Agency Contact:
Frank Nagle or Bob Ferri
Nagle and Ferri Investor Relations
[T] (415) 575-1999
Christine T. Hergenrother
Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
[T] (707) 763-5600
info@tegal.com



TEGAL CORPORATION REPORTS FIRST QUARTER 2006 FINANCIAL RESULTS



Tegal Corporation (Nasdaq:TGAL), a leading designer and manufacturer of plasma etch and deposition systems used in the production of integrated circuits and nanotechnology devices, today announced financial results for the First Quarter Fiscal Year 2006, which ended June 30, 2005. Senior management will conduct an investor conference call to discuss these results and the company’s financial outlook in more detail today at 2pm Pacific Time, Thursday, August 11, 2005. More information about the conference call is provided below.

First Quarter Highlights

• Revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2006 were $3.1 million, a decrease of 11% from $3.4 million reported in the first quarter of fiscal 2005, and a decrease of 14% from the $3.6 million recorded for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005.

• Net losses for the first quarter were $2.5 million or ($0.05) per share compared to a net loss of $6.3 million or ($0.15) per share for the same quarter one year ago and a loss of $3.9 million or ($0.07) in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005.

• Operating losses were $2.4 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2006 compared to $4.2 million in the same quarter last fiscal year and $3.9 million last fiscal quarter. Operating expenses for the first quarter were $3.0 million, which is approximately $2.0 million lower than the same quarter last year and $0.9 million lower than last quarter.

• Cash stood at $3.2 million at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2006, compared to $7.1 million at the end of the last fiscal quarter.

• Backlog at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2006 was $2.4 million, with a book-to-bill ratio of 2.4 for the quarter.

• Quarterly shipments included an advanced etch system for the production of de-coupling capacitors for cell phones and wireless devices and the installation of an advanced process module for a prestigious R&D institute in Italy for MEMS fabrication.

“We are encouraged by a strong book-to-bill quarter and a continuing build-up of our systems backlog, as well as an overall reduction in operating expenses,” said Thomas Mika, President & Chief Executive Officer of Tegal Corporation. “We look forward to a positive vote from our shareholders at our upcoming annual meeting on the second step of our recent financing and related matters. With additional capital, we are confident that we can achieve our goals for our new products and make major progress toward bringing our expenses in line with projected revenues. The entire Tegal team is committed to achieving break-even, a significant revenue ramp and the creation of a focused, growing and sustainably profitable technology company – all in the current fiscal year. Approval of these proposals is required to enable us to achieve our objectives.”

Financial Results

Revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2006 were $3.1 million, a decrease of 11% from $3.4 million reported in the first quarter of fiscal 2005, and a decrease of 14% from the $3.6 million recorded for fourth quarter of fiscal 2005. Tegal reported a net loss for the first quarter of $2.5 million or ($0.05) per share compared to a net loss of $6.3 million or ($0.15) per share for the same quarter one year ago. Sequentially, the Company’s net loss decreased from the prior quarter loss of $3.9 million or ($0.07) per share.

Gross profits for the first quarter of fiscal 2006 were 22% compared to 23% in the same quarter one year ago and 1% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005. Margins were reduced significantly in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005 as a result of an increase in excess inventory reserves. Margins in the current quarter were low due to unabsorbed overhead on low unit volume.

Operating expenses for the first quarter of fiscal 2006 were $3.0 million, an overall decrease of $2.0 million from the same quarter one year ago. However, the first quarter of last fiscal year included a $1.7 million non-cash charge for In-Process R&D related to the acquisition of First Derivative Systems, Inc. Otherwise, operating expenses decreased by $0.3 million compared to the same quarter one year ago. The entire decrease is attributed to reduced G&A costs.

“We will continue to lower our operating expenses even as we bring our new products to market, said Christine Hergenrother, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Tegal. “Our goal is to attain a cash neutral position as we achieve higher levels of efficiency from our operations.”

Cash and equivalents at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2006 was $3.2 million, offset by borrowings of $76 thousand under our line of credit in Japan.

Subsequent to the end of the quarter, Tegal agreed to sell approximately 6.3 million shares of common stock and warrants exercisable for up to approximately 3.15 million additional shares of common stock for aggregate gross cash proceeds of approximately $4.1 million at the initial closing on July 14, 2005. In addition, subject to stockholder approval, the Company agreed to sell approximately 28.3 million additional shares of common stock and warrants exercisable for up to approximately 14.2 million additional shares of common stock for aggregate gross cash proceeds of approximately $18.4 million at a second closing expected to occur after the Company’s annual stockholder meeting currently scheduled to be held on September 13, 2005.

Total shares outstanding as of August 11, 2005 are 59,404,613.

Investor Conference Call

Tegal Corporation will discuss these results and further details of its first quarter of fiscal 2006 during a conference call today, August 11, 2005, at 5:00 p.m. EDT / 2:00 p.m. PDT. The call is open to all interested investors. The call-in numbers are (866) 700-7101 or (617) 213-8837. For either dial-in number, investors should reference Tegal or reservation number: 74936079. A digital recording will be made available one hour after the completion of the conference call, and it will be accessible through midnight on Thursday, August 18, 2005. To access, investors should dial (888) 286-8010 or (617) 801-6888 and enter passcode: 40639158.

The conference call also will be available online via the Investor Section of the Company’s website at: www.tegal.com. An online replay of the teleconference, along with a copy of the Company’s earnings release, will also be available on the Company’s website.

Safe Harbor Statement

Except for historical information, matters discussed in this news release contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act. Forward-looking statements, which are based on assumptions and describe our future plans, strategies and expectations, are generally identifiable by the use of the words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "project" or similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions about the Company including, but not limited to industry conditions, economic conditions, acceptance of new technologies and market acceptance of the Company`s products and services. All forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements in this paragraph. For a further discussion of these risks and uncertainties, please refer to the Company`s periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

About Tegal

Tegal provides process and equipment solutions to leading edge suppliers of advanced semiconductor and nanotechnology devices. Incorporating unique, patented etch and deposition technologies, Tegal’s system solutions are backed by over 35 years of advanced development and over 100 patents. Some examples of devices enabled by Tegal technology are energy efficient memories found in portable computers, cellphones, PDAs and RFID applications; megapixel imaging chips used in digital and cellphone cameras; power amplifiers for portable handsets and wireless networking gear; and MEMS devices like accelerometers for automotive airbags, microfluidic control devices for ink jet printers; and laboratory-on-a-chip medical test kits.

More information is available on the Internet at: www.tegal.com.

Financial Statements
Wie deutet man die Zahlen???
Umsatz eher schwach, jedoch Verluste deutlich reduziert?!
Aber das Book-to-bill-ratio von 2,4 macht mir einen verdammt guten Eindruck!!!
hi @ all,
bin heute wieder eingestiegen. mehr als 2k wollte der MM nicht abgeben zu 0,50. :D
na, mal sehen ob die KE den Kurs noch weiter drückt. ich würde schon noch nachlegen, gerade nach der China-Melde...

so langsam könnte der Bedarf an Tegal’s system solutions rapide wachsen...
mit über 100 Patenten ist man sicher sehr gut positioniert im Markt.

James
hier haben wir eine moegliche Ursache fuer die Schwaeche.....



Form 8-K for TEGAL CORP /DE/

30-Sep-2005

Termination of Material Agreement



Item 1.02. Termination of a Material Definitive Agreement.

On September 26, 2005, Tegal Corporation (the "Company") terminated that certain Purchase Agreement, dated July 6, 2005, by and among the Company and the investors party thereto, solely with respect to one investor, Silver Oak Investments ("Silver Oak"). Under the terms of the Purchase Agreement, the Company may terminate the Purchase Agreement if the Second Closing (as defined in the Purchase Agreement) has not occurred on the tenth day following the Company`s annual meeting of stockholders, held on September 13, 2005, at which the Second Closing was approved by the stockholders of the Company. Because Silver Oak had not delivered payment of $2,454,000 to the Company for the purchase of (a) 3,775,385 shares of the Company`s common stock at a price of $0.65 per share and (b) warrants to purchase 1,887,693 shares of the Company`s common stock at an exercise price of $1.00 per share prior to expiration of this ten-day period (which expired on September 23, 2005), the Company terminated the Purchase Agreement with respect to Silver Oak. All other investors party to the Purchase Agreement delivered payment for the shares of the Company`s common stock issued in connection with the Second Closing.
da gibt es eine gerichtliche Auseinandersetzung mit ehemaligen 2 Mitarbeitern von Sputtered Films,Inc. ( hat Tegal mal uebernommen ) .
Die beiden haben eine Konkurrenz zu Tegal aufgebaut und deren IP benutzt um aehnliche Maschinen bauen zu koennen.....

ich vermute mal das deshalb der Druck auf den Kurs so gross war/ist.

hier ausfuehrlich nachzulesen :

www.courtinfo.ca.gov/opinions/documents/B181405.PDF

gibt es Meinungen dazu?

James
ok, verstehe.
keine Meinung.
nachdem ich etwas genauer recherchiert habe, hab ich meine 2k noch am Freitag gedumpt . lieber 60 Euronen als 60 % hinten...

im yahoo board in amiland ist die Stimmung auch nicht gerade gut...

http://finance.messages.yahoo.com/bbs?.mm=FN&action=l&board=…


also ich schau mir das erstmal von der Seitenlinie an.

good luck Tegal

James
[posting]18.277.437 von OdeBero am 14.10.05 15:52:18[/posting]siehe Homepage: www.tegal.com
tomhead
vom 13.10.2005

MAJOR EUROPEAN DEVICE MANUFACTURER ORDERS ADDITIONAL ADVANCED PLASMA ETCH SYSTEMS FROM TEGAL



Order for Wireless Device Production in Asia Pacific Region

Tegal Corporation (Nasdaq: TGAL) today announced that a major European integrated device manufacturer had placed an order with the Company for three additional new 6540 advanced plasma etch systems, valued at over $7.5 million. The 6540 systems, directed at an application that enables the production of very high density de-coupling capacitor modules incorporated into cell phones and other wireless devices, will be installed in a production facility in the Asia-Pacific region later this year and early next year.

"We are pleased to have won this follow-on production order from a Tier 1 device manufacturer," said Thomas Mika, President and CEO of Tegal. "We achieved this sale based on the success of our recently completed financing, our ability to deliver unique etch technology, and our company-wide commitment to the success of this project with one of our most important customers."

"Tegal has developed significant, patented technology, along with unique process know-how in the area of `difficult-to-etch` materials such as high-K dielectrics and non-volatile metals," said John Almerico, Tegal`s Marketing Director for etch products. "Such materials are increasingly important for meeting the size, integration and power requirements of devices incorporated into a wide range of wireless products."

Tegal will conduct a conference call following the release of its quarterly earnings for the period ending September 30, 2005 at 5:00pm EST (2:00pm PST) on Thursday, November 10, 2005. The dial-in numbers for the conference call are 866-203-3206 or 617-213-8848. Investors should reference passcode 10481480.

tomhead
vom 03.11 .2005

EGAL APPOINTS MURALI NARASIMHAN AS VICE PRESIDENT - MARKETING


Tegal Corporation (Nasdaq: TGAL), a leading designer and manufacturer of plasma etch and deposition systems used in the production of integrated circuits and nanotechnology devices, today announced the appointment of Murali K. Narasimhan as Vice President – Marketing.

Prior to joining Tegal, Murali Narasimhan was a Senior Director of Strategic Marketing in the Films Metrology Division of KLA-Tencor, a position that he held since 2001, and a Senior Director of Segment Marketing in KLA’s Wafer Inspection Division for a year prior to that posting. From 1994 through 2000, Mr. Narasimhan held increasingly responsible positions in product support, process engineering and global product management within various deposition product divisions of Applied Materials including PVD, Integrated Liner Barrier and Cu Barrier-seed and Electroplating. He has also worked previously as a process engineer with SONY-Materials Research Corporation and Plasma-Therm, Inc. Mr. Narasimhan holds M.S. degrees in Engineering Management, Materials Science and Engineering, as well as a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering. He is an author of numerous publications in the area of Integrated Circuit processing and holds several patents.

“We are very pleased to have been able to attract a person with the exceptional talent, experience and drive that Murali has,” said Thomas Mika, President and CEO of Tegal. “Both KLA and Applied are well-known to be the most disciplined marketing companies in our industry. This is a key appointment for Tegal in an area that is of critical importance for our future direction. We are adding depth and strength to the senior management team at Tegal as our opportunities for significant sales growth continue to unfold.”


vom 10.11.2005

TEGAL CORPORATION REPORTS SECOND QUARTER FISCAL 2006 FINANCIAL RESULTS


Tegal Corporation (Nasdaq:TGAL), a leading designer and manufacturer of plasma etch and deposition systems used in the production of integrated circuits and nanotechnology devices, today announced financial results for the Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2006, which ended September 30, 2005. Senior management will conduct an investor conference call to discuss these results and the company’s financial outlook in more detail today at 2pm Pacific Time, Thursday, November 10, 2005. More information about the conference call is provided below.

Second Quarter Highlights

• Revenues increased substantially during the second quarter of fiscal 2006 to $6.4 million, an increase of 28% from $5.0 million reported in the second quarter of fiscal 2005, and an increase of 110% from the $3.1 million recorded for the first quarter of fiscal 2006.

• Tegal recorded a net loss for the second quarter of $2.7 million or ($0.04) per share, compared to a net loss of $2.5 million or ($0.05) per share for the same quarter one year ago, and a net loss of $2.5 million or ($0.05) per share in the first quarter of Fiscal 2006.

• On a non-GAAP, proforma basis, Tegal was at cash break-even at an operating level, backing out from the operating loss of $2.9 million an equal amount of both non-recurring and non-cash charges for the quarter.

• As a result of a positive stockholder vote held in September, the Company completed the second step of its private equity financing, raising a total of $18.2 million (net of fees and expenses).

• Quarterly shipments included two re-certified advanced etch systems for the production of de-coupling capacitors for cell phones and wireless devices, a re-certified Endeavor PVD system for backside metallization and a number of both new and recertified 9xx plasma etch systems for various applications.

• Subsequent to the end of the quarter, Tegal won an order to provide four new 6540 plasma etch systems to the Asia-Pacific production facility of a Tier 1 European manufacturer for the full-scale production of de-coupling capacitors for a new active-passive integrated device component for cell phones and wireless products.

“We are making substantial progress on our plan to turn this company around by increasing sales in existing products and markets, by managing our resources better, and by investing more intelligently in a select number of growth opportunities for the future,” said Thomas Mika, President & Chief Executive Officer of Tegal Corporation. “With an increasing backlog, I believe that we can look forward to a more stable revenue outlook that allows us to preserve our cash while still making investments in our new products.”

Financial Results

Revenues for the second quarter of fiscal 2006 were $6.4 million, an increase of 28% from the $5.0 million reported for the second quarter of fiscal 2005, and an increase of 110% from the $3.1 million recorded for the first quarter of fiscal 2006. Tegal reported a net loss for the second quarter of $2.7 million or ($0.04) per share compared to a net loss of $2.5 million or ($0.05) per share for the same quarter one year ago. Sequentially, the Company’s net loss increased from the prior quarter loss of $2.5 million or ($0.05) per share.

Gross profits for the second quarter of fiscal 2006 were 38% - the same as reported for the second quarter one year ago, but improved from the first quarter of fiscal 2006 of 22%.

Operating expenses for the second quarter of fiscal 2006 were $5.4 million, an increase from the $4.4 million reported one year ago and the $3.0 million reported last quarter. This resulted in operating losses of $2.9 million during the current quarter. However, the operating expenses for the second quarter included non-recurring expenses included in G&A expense related to lease termination and the recently completed financing ($0.8 million), substantial non-cash expenses related to warrants and stock grants that vested during the quarter ($1.7 million), and normal non-cash depreciation and amortization expense ($0.4 million). On a non-GAAP, proforma basis, the Company’s operating loss of $41 thousand represents a substantial reduction compared to the same quarter last year as well as the first quarter of fiscal 2006.

“We are reporting non-GAAP proforma results to show investors that we have made substantial progress toward achieving cash break-even at an operating level during this quarter - a stated goal for this fiscal year,” said Christine Hergenrother, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Tegal. “We would like to achieve break-even at lower revenue levels, but to do so may require some additional strategic one-time expenses.”

Cash and equivalents at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2006 were $18.2 million compared to $3.2 million in the first quarter. Accounts receivable increased by $2.6 million to $5.3 million, while inventories remained flat. Borrowings were negligible at $46 thousand, down from $83 thousand in the prior quarter. Accounts payable declined by $0.5 million to $3.1 million.

Total shares outstanding as of November 10, 2005 are 83,951,613.

Investor Conference Call

Tegal Corporation will discuss these results and further details of its second quarter of fiscal 2006 during a conference call today, November 10, 2005, at 5:00 p.m. EST / 2:00 p.m. PST. The call is open to all interested investors. The call-in numbers are (866) 203-3206 or (617) 213-8848. For either dial-in number, investors should reference Tegal or reservation number: 10481480. A digital recording will be made available one hour after the completion of the conference call, and it will be accessible through midnight on Thursday, November 17, 2005. To access, investors should call (888) 286-8010 or (617) 801-6888 and enter passcode: 67110221.

The conference call also will be available online via the Investor Section of the Company’s website at: www.tegal.com. An online replay of the teleconference, along with a copy of the Company’s earnings release, will also be available on the Company’s website.

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hursday December 15, 2:34 pm ET

PETALUMA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 15, 2005--Tegal Corporation (Nasdaq:TGAL - News), a leading designer and manufacturer of plasma etch and deposition systems used in the production of integrated circuits and nanotechnology devices, today announced the sale of several 900 and 980ACS plasma etch systems to four different customers in the US and Europe. The total value of these recent orders was approximately $1.5 million.

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Tegal`s 900 Series systems are widely recognized for their low cost of ownership and high throughput. The Tegal 980ACS is the latest in a long series of plasma etch systems produced by Tegal for companies around the world. More than 1,500 of the 900 Series systems have been installed worldwide and are supported by Tegal`s extensive worldwide field process and service organization. 900 Series systems deliver highly reliable, repeatable results in etching a variety of films used to manufacture MEMS, silicon ICs, telecommunications and optoelectronics devices, flat panel displays and thin film magnetic heads.


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