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MKS Joins Eclipse

Waterloo, ON - September 23, 2002: MKS Inc. (MKS) (TSE:MKX), a leading provider of tools to automate, secure, manage and control the software development process, today announced that it has been unanimously selected to full membership in Eclipse, the software development tools consortium. David Martin, MKS vice president, Product Management, will serve on the Eclipse Board of Stewards. As a voting member of Eclipse, MKS will help create and define policies, practices and standards for this open source universal development platform. MKS has been an early adopter of the Eclipse Platform, and was among the first software configuration management (SCM) vendors to provide an integration into the Eclipse Workbench in early March.

David Martin Elected to Eclipse Board of Stewards

Waterloo, ON - September 23, 2002: MKS Inc. (MKS) (TSE:MKX), a leading provider of tools to automate, secure, manage and control the software development process, today announced that it has been unanimously selected to full membership in Eclipse, the software development tools consortium. David Martin, MKS vice president, Product Management, will serve on the Eclipse Board of Stewards. As a voting member of Eclipse, MKS will help create and define policies, practices and standards for this open source universal development platform. MKS has been an early adopter of the Eclipse Platform, and was among the first software configuration management (SCM) vendors to provide an integration into the Eclipse Workbench in early March.

The open-source Eclipse community creates royalty-free technology as a universal platform for tools integration. Eclipse based tools give developers freedom of choice in a multi-language, multi-platform, multi-vendor supported environment. Eclipse delivers a plug-in based framework that makes it easier to create, integrate and use software tools, saving time and money. Integrated development environments, tools and new features plug-in to extend the core Eclipse Platform. Commercial support and offerings made with Eclipse technology are available from multiple sources for a variety of development platforms and deployment targets ranging from embedded computers to mainframes.

"We're excited about MKS's contribution to the community through their focus on enhancing the development experience with advanced process oriented software configuration management tools," said Skip McGaughey, chairperson of the Eclipse Board of Stewards. "We expect MKS's expertise and support to help propel the adoption of advanced software engineering methods and tools for Eclipse."

MKS joins 21 other Eclipse member companies, including leaders like IBM, Rational, Borland, TogetherSoft, Sybase and Fujitsu.

"We're excited to join and contribute our expertise and energies to the Eclipse Board of Stewards," says David Martin, MKS vice president, Product Management. "We recognize that open source standards enable the entire development community to work better, faster, and cheaper. For more than 17 years, the MKS name has been recognized and respected amongst the development community, and through participation on the Eclipse Board of Stewards, and further integration with tools and technologies, we can continue to grow this goodwill within the open source movement."

David Martin has over 20 years of experience in the information technology and commercial high tech field, with particular depth in the field of software configuration management. Prior to his career with MKS, Mr. Martin spent several years with Metropolitan Systems, where he was a co-founder and Vice President of Product Management and successfully launched Implementer®, the leading AS/400 Change Management solution in the marketplace today. Implementer is today a key technology in MKS's enterprise SCM solution.

About Eclipse
Eclipse is an open source community of software development tool vendors and tool developers that has formed the core of a community interested in collaborating to create better development environments and product integration. The community shares an interest in creating products that are integrated and inter-operable in an easy-to-use way based upon plug-in technology. By collaborating and sharing core integration technology, tool vendors can concentrate on their areas of expertise and the creation of new development technology. Eclipse can be found on the Web at http://www.eclipse.org.

About MKS
MKS Inc. ("MKS") (TSE:MKX) provides software solutions enabling development teams to analyze, build and deploy traditional and web-based software systems quickly and reliably. The company's award-winning family of MKS Integrity software configuration management (SCM) products, offer advanced technology with robust workflow, code management, and impact analysis capabilities. MKS also provides interoperability solutions under its popular MKS Toolkit brand for UNIX-Windows co-existence, cross-platform development, and system administration that significantly cut development and administrative costs and reduce time to market while enabling enhanced performance. Founded in 1984 with over 10,000 customers worldwide, MKS has built its brand on the foundation of advanced technology, superior quality and extraordinary customer service. More information about MKS can be found at http://www.mks.com, or by calling 1-800-265-2797 (US & Canada), +49-711-351775-0 (Germany), and +44-1483-733900 (United Kingdom).

MKS, Implementer and MKS Toolkit are trademarks or registered trademarks of MKS Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this release are the property of their respective owners.

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