Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. announced an order for a Model 5385 CO2 laser drill from Samsung Electro-Mechanics. Delivery will be completed during ESI's second fiscal quarter, which ends December 1, 2001. The order is a follow-on to systems shipped in August to Samsung's Kiheung facility in Korea, where they will be used in the production of printed circuit boards for the cell phone and IC packaging market.
ESI has worked in cooperation with customers to develop a variety of laser via drilling applications over the past several years that significantly improve throughput. After a period of evaluation, Samsung determined that the 5385s are the fastest and most reliable single head CO2 laser drilling system on the market today. ESI currently has multiple UV laser systems on Samsung's production floor in Korea, and the CO2 laser drill order shows Samsung's continued confidence in ESI's laser system architecture and functionality.
``This order shows Samsung's commitment to ESI as their supplier of production tools. We continue to meet their aggressive technology requirements,'' said Tom Richardson, ESI's laser drilling products business unit manager. ``ESI's equipment will be essential for cell phone board and IC package makers to meet their technology production goals.''
ESI introduced the 5385 CO2 laser drill this week at Productronica 2001 in Munich, Germany. The Model 5385 features a high-power CO2 laser with high pulse repetition frequency of up to 100 kHz for improved throughput and via quality.