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Veeco Instruments Inc. (Nasdaq: VECO), the world's leading provider of atomic force microscopes (AFMs) for research applications, today announced that its new Caliber™ low-cost, high-value scanning probe microscope (SPM) is gaining acceptance as an important teaching tool in university educational environments. During the fourth quarter of 2006, Veeco received multi-unit Caliber orders from two universities: the Public Interest Group for the National Coordination of Micro and Nanoelectronics training (GIP CNFM) in France and the University of Northern Iowa, USA. Both of these groups will be using Veeco's Caliber as the focal instrument for teaching AFM methodologies and nanoscience techniques to their students.
"Veeco's new Caliber 'mini-SPM' is a highly affordable, compact and flexible research solution for materials, surface sciences, and polymer studies," commented Jeannine Sargent, Executive Vice President, Veeco Metrology and Instrumentation. "The selection of Caliber as a primary teaching tool is based as much on its capabilities as on its price. Caliber is seen as a ‘real' AFM that provides the capabilities and modes needed for teaching." Since its launch during the third quarter of 2006, Veeco has sold more than 25 Caliber tools to university and educational customers.
Cliff Chancey, Ph.D., Professor and Head, Physics Department, University of Northern Iowa, commented, "We selected Veeco because of their solid reputation for research performance SPMs. Veeco's new Caliber is flexible enough for undergraduate educational uses but also delivers many of the specifications of a research-grade, publication quality instrument. Our Center for Education in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology will be well served by its Veeco Calibers."
The Caliber is able to perform a variety of SPM research and industrial applications on samples of various sizes. "With closed-loop scanning and the ability to scan up to 90µm on almost any surface, the Caliber offers big SPM functionality in a tiny footprint," added David Rossi, Vice President of Marketing, Veeco Metrology and Instrumentation. "In addition to its acceptance as an educational tool, we are also seeing excitement for the Caliber from researchers and industrial manufacturers with more limited funding who can now benefit from Veeco's cutting-edge SPM technology that has revolutionized the nanosciences."
The Caliber's open-platform, closed-loop design allows researchers to customize hardware and optimize electronics for excellent application versatility. The Caliber's streamlined operational convenience facilitates a broad array of stand-alone experiments. Other features include real-time software with line-by line analysis, oscilloscope, FFT, and leveling functions.
Veeco is the world leader in atomic force and scanning probe microscopy, with an installed base of over 7,500 systems at university and research/nanotechnology centers worldwide.
About Veeco Instruments Inc.
Veeco Instruments Inc. provides solutions for nanoscale applications in the worldwide data storage, HB-LED/wireless, semiconductor and scientific research markets. Our Metrology products are used to measure at the nanoscale and our Process Equipment tools help create nanoscale devices. Veeco's manufacturing and engineering facilities are located in New York, New Jersey, California, Colorado, Arizona and Minnesota. Global sales and service offices are located throughout the United States, Europe, Japan and Asia Pacific. Additional information on Veeco can be found at http://www.veeco.com.
To the extent that this news release discusses expectations about market conditions, market acceptance and future sales of Veeco’s products, Veeco’s future financial performance, future disclosures, or otherwise makes statements about the future, such statements are forward-looking and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made. These factors include the challenges of volatility in end market conditions and the cyclical nature of the data storage, semiconductor, HB-LED/wireless and scientific research markets, risks associated with integrating acquired businesses and the acceptance of new products by individual customers and by the marketplace and other factors discussed in the Business Description and Management’s Discussion and Analysis sections of Veeco’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005, subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K. Veeco does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances after the date of such statements.
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