updated 9/8/2010 8:16:23 AM ET 2010-09-08T12:16:23

BEVERLY, Mass., Sept. 8, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Axcelis Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:ACLS) today announced that it recently received the prestigious "2010 Top Supplier" award from Samsung Electronics' Semiconductor Business.  The award was given to Axcelis Technologies for providing technology to enhance Samsung's manufacturing process capabilities and for accelerating a rapid ramp up of their manufacturing capacity. Only four of Samsung's many suppliers received this award.

"It is a great honor to for Axcelis to be recognized as a 2010 Top Supplier by Samsung Electronics, one of the most innovative leaders in chip manufacturing and the digital revolution," noted Mary Puma, chairman and CEO. "Samsung and Axcelis have enjoyed a close partnership for many years. We have worked together to develop and optimize next generation device performance across multiple tool sets and to ensure that Samsung's systems are delivered quickly and on time. Our success is based on having every employee in Axcelis dedicated to going above and beyond to meet Samsung's needs."

A Samsung spokesperson added, "Axcelis is a supplier we can rely on. They have continually invested in innovative technology solutions and provided excellent support to Samsung, even through difficult times. These investments have made them a valuable Samsung supplier."

Mary Puma accepted this award on Axcelis' behalf on August 30, 2010 in San Jose, CA at a special event for Samsung's key suppliers.

About Axcelis

Axcelis Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:ACLS) headquartered in Beverly, Massachusetts, provides innovative, high-productivity solutions for the semiconductor industry. Axcelis is dedicated to developing enabling process applications through the design, manufacture and complete life support of ion implantation and cleaning systems. The company's Internet address is: www.axcelis.com .

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