Molecular Imprints to Deliver Opening Address on Lithography Trends at DISKCON USA

Molecular Imprints, Inc., the market and technology leader for nanopatterning systems and solutions, announces that Paul Hofemann, the company's vice president of marketing and business development for hard disk drive (HDD) and emerging markets, will be the opening speaker for the special lithography conference sessions next week at the DISKCON USA conference. Hofemann's presentation, titled "The Hard Disk Drive Industry: Driving Areal Density and Lithography," will explore new lithography strategies for overcoming the challenging cost and resolution requirements facing the HDD industry. He will be speaking on Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 8:10 a.m. (Pacific Time) at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, Calif.

"In order to fulfill the needs of future consumer and industrial electronic systems, the HDD industry must push memory densities for next- generation drives to well beyond one terabyte per square inch," stated Hofemann. "This aggressive technology roadmap necessitates the introduction of patterned media and new lithography strategies. Molecular Imprints has been working closely with leading HDD manufacturers and co-suppliers to develop the next-generation nanopatterning solutions the industry requires. Today there is considerable progress to report, and a map to the HDD industry's lithography future is materializing."

Driven by the need to substantially enhance storage capacities and decrease cost, HDD companies are increasingly turning to Molecular Imprints' high-resolution, low cost-of-ownership nanopatterning systems for their discrete track recording and bit patterned media development and pilot production efforts. Molecular Imprints has sold nine of its Imprio(R) systems to the HDD industry in total to date, and seven systems to the HDD industry within the past 12 months-including to Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) and Yamagata Fujitsu.

Molecular Imprints will be exhibiting at DISKCON USA at booth #300.

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