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SAFC Hitech(TM) Joins Aviza and ST Microelectronics for Solid State Technology ALD Webcast

ST. LOUIS, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- SAFC Hitech(TM), a focus area of SAFC(R) and part of the Sigma-Aldrich(TM) Corporation (Nasdaq: SIAL), today announced that it will be participating in a webcast, along with representatives from Aviza Technology and ST Microelectronics, to discuss the subject of Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD). In addition, the webcast will address issues surrounding Flash (NAND and NOR) technologies that could be addressed by ALD as the semiconductor industry transitions to the 45nm node and below.

The webcast, in conjunction with Pennwell's Solid State Technology magazine (SST), is being held at 10am Pacific Time/5pm GMT, on Wednesday, October 31st 2007. Participating on behalf of SAFC Hitech will be Dr. Peter Heys, Group Research and Development Director. Also taking part will be Jon Owyang, Director of ALD Product Management, Aviza Technology, Inc., and Mauro Alessandri, FEOL Technology Development and External R&D Program Coordination Manager, ST Microelectronics.

"In addition to addressing Flash and possible ALD solutions relating to that technology, the webcast will also include a presentation on ALD process technology and equipment challenges for both Floating Gate and Trapped Charge architectures," commented the webcast's moderator, SST's Senior Technical Editor, Ed Korczynski. "Advanced materials play a critical role, so we will examine specific precursors that will be required to deposit ALD films, issues related to their development and use, delivery and cleanliness requirements as well as availability, cost and if there are any shortages looming on the horizon."

Commenting on SAFC Hitech's participation in the webcast, Dr. Peter Heys said: "The SST webcast combines the three main elements (chemical supplier, OEM and IDM) that together can collaborate to provide solutions to the challenges of introducing a novel technique, in this case ALD, to a relatively new industrial requirement -- the production of new generation Flash, NOR and NAND memory devices. Discussing the thought processes required to design new molecules suitable to the ALD process and the issues required to be overcome before the new molecule can be effectively and safely introduced to the market place, in an 'acceptable to all' economic format I feel will be of particular interest."

The webcast is open to everyone. A simple registration procedure is required in order to access proceedings on the day. For further information about the webcast, and to register to attend, please log onto:

For those who are not able to listen to the live event, the webcast will be archived for 12 months and can be accessed on SST's website:

About SAFC: SAFC(R) is the custom manufacturing and services group within Sigma-Aldrich that focuses on high-purity organics and inorganics for high technology applications, cell culture products and services for biopharmaceutical manufacturing, biochemical production and the manufacturing of complex, multi-step organic synthesis of APIs and key intermediates. SAFC has manufacturing facilities around the world dedicated to providing manufacturing services for companies requiring a reliable partner to produce their custom manufactured materials. SAFC has four focus areas -- SAFC PharmaTM, SAFC Supply Solutions(R), SAFC BiosciencesTM, and SAFC HitechTM -- and had annual sales of nearly $500 million in 2006. SAFC is one of the world's 10 largest fine chemical businesses. For more information about SAFC, visit

About SAFC Hitech: SAFC Hitech provides a unique chemistry service translating application understanding into performance materials worldwide. Through collaborative partnerships and an integrated approach from research and development, process development and scale up to commercial manufacturing, SAFC Hitech invests in innovation and manufacturing enabling current and future technology needs. Further information can be found at

About Sigma-Aldrich: Sigma-Aldrich is a leading Life Science and High Technology company. Our biochemical and organic chemical products and kits are used in scientific and genomic research, biotechnology, pharmaceutical development, the diagnosis of disease and as key components in pharmaceutical and other high technology manufacturing. We have customers in life science companies, university and government institutions, hospitals and in industry. Over one million scientists and technologists use our products. Sigma-Aldrich operates in 36 countries and has 7,800 employees providing excellent service worldwide. We are committed to accelerating Customers' success through leadership in Life Science, High Technology and Service. For more information about Sigma-Aldrich, please visit our award-winning web site at

SAFC(R) and SAFC Supply Solutions(R) are registered trademarks of Sigma-Aldrich Biotechnology L.P. and Sigma-Aldrich Co.

Sigma-Aldrich(TM), SAFC Pharma(TM), SAFC Biosciences(TM) and SAFC Hitech(TM) are trademarks of Sigma-Aldrich Biotechnology L.P. and Sigma- Aldrich Co.

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