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ATS launches new thermal device solutions to enable cooling of next generation computer processors

July 10, 2001 | General
TSE Symbol: ATA

CAMBRIDGE, ON, July 10 /CNW/ - ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. today announced it will begin shipping advanced new thermal devices over the next three quarters to enable the computer industry to achieve unprecedented levels of small form factor cooling efficiency within the next generation of processors.

Initial shipments of the devices are destined for customers of Intel Corporation, which recently announced the launch of the Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 Processor. The devices will incorporate folded fin technology, provided under license, by Robinson Fin Machines, Inc.

ATS also announced an ongoing development agreement with Torrington Research Company, a recognized industry leader in air movement systems that will allow ATS to broaden its thermal management technology portfolio going forward. ATS has been active in the US$2 billion thermal management market for more than three years and has a technology portfolio that includes passive and active thermal cooling solutions.

"The new devices we are bringing on the market represent the state-of-the-art in thermal management systems," said Bruce Seeley, Vice President, ATS Precision Components Group. "They have the potential to be up to 40% more efficient than competitive offerings and will alleviate the need for computer companies to utilize more expensive alternatives. As well, they will operate quietly and in a small package, making them ideal for the new generation of high-speed microprocessors."

Mr. Seeley said this launch is a signal that ATS is committed to producing "major advancements in electronic thermal cooling for microprocessor applications now and in the future.

"Within five years, it's likely that the power consumption of processors will increase exponentially and to enable this, computer manufacturers will need new cooling solutions that eclipse the capabilities of current thermal management systems. Our ongoing plan is to create innovative new designs in this field, partner with other technology leaders and lever ATS's manufacturing capabilities, knowledge and customer access to keep pace with the development initiatives of the world's leading microprocessor companies. In short, this is the first of many technological developments we expect to introduce in this exciting field."

Initially, ATS thermal devices will be produced in the Company's high volume ISO-and QS-certified advanced manufacturing facility in Cambridge, Ontario and supported through the Company's global network of operations.

About Torrington Research Company

Torrington Research Company (www.torringtonresearch.com) has earned worldwide recognition as a leader in engineering, development, and manufacture of air moving systems that include fans, and pumps as well as integrated brushless DC electric motors and electronic drives. Torrington's technology is applied to generate high efficiency, low noise designs which, when coupled with proprietary manufacturing techniques, drive improvements in thermal management capability.

About Robinson Fin Machines

Since 1983, Robinson Fin Machines, Inc. (www.robfin.com) has been successfully meeting the growing demand for quality fin products in a variety of industries, including microelectronics, aerospace, automotive, audio equipment electronics and medical equipment.

About ATS

ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. (www.atsautomation.com) is the industry's leading designer and producer of turn-key automated manufacturing and test systems, which are used primarily by multinational corporations operating in a variety of industries including: automotive, computer/electronics, healthcare, and consumer products. The Company also makes precision components and sub-assemblies using its own custom-built manufacturing systems, process knowledge and automation technology. ATS employs approximately 3,400 people at 26 facilities in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia-Pacific. The Company's shares are traded on The Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol ATA.

Certain forward looking statements are made in this news release, including statements regarding possible future business. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, continued acceptance of ATS' products, technologies, customer requirements and other risks detailed from time to time in ATS' periodic reports filed with Canadian regulatory authorities.

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For further information:
Ron Jutras, Chief Financial Officer
(519) 653 6500