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RVSI Gets $1.1 Million Order for Semiconductor Device Assembly Line

OMRON Automation - Americas

CANTON, MASSACHUSETTS - September 5, 2000 -Robotic Vision Systems, Inc. today said it has received a $1.1 million order for its fully integrated ball-attach equipment for back-end assembly chip production in ball grid array and chip scale packages. The sale was made by RVSI's Vanguard division in Tucson, Arizona.

Semiconductor manufacturers are increasingly designing their ICs to incorporate ball-grid arrays which use tiny, pre-formed spheres of solder that take the place of traditional wire leads, allowing more connections per chip and a significant reduction in the size of an assembled semiconductor package. Chip-scale packages are used in applications such as cellular telephones, where size and weight are paramount considerations. Tucson, Arizona-based RVSI Vanguard manufactures equipment, including the VAi 5300 and 6300 that places balls on grid array semiconductor packages.

"This order continues the trend of manufacturers purchasing a complete assembly line for ball attach from Vanguard rather than selecting equipment from multiple vendors," said Michel Epsztein, President - RVSI Vanguard.  "Our expertise in both grid array assembly and equipment integration was a major factor in this customer's purchase decision."

The VAi 6300 Ball Placement System offers the ability to process semiconductor packages with the lowest possible cost of ownership of any ball placement system available today. It supports a wide variety of BGA formats including single devices in boats or trays and strip devices in magazines with the capability to process chip scale packages, plastic ball grid array, ceramic ball grid array, tape ball grid array, and connector packages.

About RVSI
Robotic Vision Systems, Inc. (RVSI) has the most comprehensive line of machine vision systems available today. Headquartered in Canton, Massachusetts, with offices worldwide, RVSI is the world leader in vision-based semiconductor inspection and media transfer equipment. 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. Currently serving the semiconductor, electronics, aerospace, automotive, pharmaceutical and packaging industries, RVSI holds approximately 100 patents in a broad range of technologies.

Additional information for shareholders
Except for the historical information herein, certain matters discussed in this release include forward-looking statements that may involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results may vary significantly based on a number of factors, including, but not limited to: the historical cyclical nature of the semiconductor industry, risks in products and technology development, market acceptance of new products and continuing product demand, the impact of competitive products and pricing, changing economic conditions, both here and abroad, timely development and release of new products and strategic suppliers and customers, the effect of the company's accounting policies and other risk factors detailed in the Company's most recent registration statement, annual report on Form 10-K and 10K/A, and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

For further information contact:
Neal H. Sanders
(781) 302-2439

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