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10/02/2006

Direct Writing of Nanoscale Patterns as Small as 15nm Linewidth
- Sales Launches of NanoInk’s Dip Pen Nanolithography System® -

Hakuto signed an exclusive distributorship agreement with NanoInk, Inc.

(URL: http://www.nanoink.net) to develop sales of NanoInk Dip Pen Nanolithography System® to semiconductor and biotechnology sectors in Japan and other Asian countries (namely Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam) .


■What is Dip Pen Nanolithography (DPN) ?
Dip Pen Nanolithography™ (DPN) is a technology that enables writing of stable nanoscale patterns on sample substrates using the tip of an atomic force microscope (AFM) probe and various types of molecules as pens and inks.

Supporting various types of ink materials and achieving high resolution from micrometers down to 15 nanometers, DPN is a promising technology for a wide range of applications.

In the semiconductor sector, DPN is expected to be suitable for writing circuit patterns in the order of nanometer line in ink made of resist materials directly onto substrates, as well as for repairing photomasks.

In the biotechnology sector, the technology can be utilized as a nanofabrication tool for creating protein nanoarray templates and nanoparticle-deposited three-dimensional nanostructures.

■Main Applications
- Semiconductor and display patterning
- Photomask repair
- Fabrication of nanoscale templates

■Features of DPN
- Minimum linewidth: 15 nanometers
- Compatible with various types of ink materials
 (E.g.: DNA, protein, polymer, resist, polymer, metals)
- Environmental Chamber attached
- Supports pattern data format (GDSII)

■About NanoInk
Nanoink, Inc. is a company located in Chicago specializing in nanometer-scale manufacturing and applications development for the life science and semiconductor industries. The company currently has over 100 issued or pending patents and applications filed patents, and has licensing agreements with Northwestern University, Stanford University and the University of Illinois.

■Exhibitions
The information on the system will be displayed at the Exhibition MICROMACHINE 2006 (November), the SEMICON Japan 2006 (December), the Nano Tech 2007 (February) and other exhibitions.

For more information, please contact:

First Sales Dept., Electronic Equipment First Div.
contact person: Tanaka, Miyoshi, Mouri,
phone: +81-3-3225-8973/FAX: +81-3-3225-9012
e-mail Hakuto