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Secure Remote Program Speeds Repair Times and Enhances Tool Availability

FEI introduces rapid remote diagnostics

Hillsboro, OR | Posted on May 23rd, 2007

FEI's (Nasdaq: FEIC) customer service organization has introduced RAPID (Remote Access Program for Interactive Diagnostics), an all-new service offering that can significantly speed service times and maximize system uptime. The RAPID program is first being made available to FEI customers in North America and will soon be extended worldwide.

With RAPID remote diagnostics FEI service engineers will now be able to run service test software and diagnostics on systems that are equipped for RAPID whenever a customer initiates a service call and the remote diagnostics protocol. With the program, tool settings can be checked and modified, and software can be patched and upgraded as needed. FEI engineers can also view images from the microscope and make performance assessments.

The remote diagnostics program, the first of its kind in the microscopy industry, will be able to solve many system problems remotely, eliminating the need for an on-site service call. If it is determined that replacement parts are needed, field engineers will be able to order them in advance of their service visit thus shortening the overall time to repair.

"We believe that with RAPID remote diagnostics, FEI will be able to give its customers significantly improved service levels and reduced time to repair leading to improved tool availability," outlined Paul O'Mara, vice president of worldwide service for FEI. "During the beta period nearly 50 percent of service calls were resolved remotely. This provides a significant benefit to customers not available from other vendors, and it's included at no charge with their existing service or warranty contract."

The majority of systems within FEI's Titan™, Tecnai™, Nova™, Strata™, Quanta™, Helios™ and Inspect™ families of microscopes are RAPID compatible. Many older products may also be supported - either "as is," with a system upgrade or with the addition of a support PC. Existing customers with service agreements can obtain RAPID software from their field service engineer, who can assist with its installation if needed. Once installed, users can call the FEI call center to request an on-line test of system connectivity.

The RAPID remote diagnostics' connection is highly secure and can only be initiated from the customer's location. A secure portal located outside of FEI's main corporate network maintains a minimum number of outside ports and manages all connections between customer instruments and FEI remote service engineers. Customer systems are fully isolated from each other and communicate with the secure portal using an encrypted virtual private network (VPN) connection.

For more information on RAPID remote diagnostics customers can contact their field engineers or visit http://www.fei.com/rapid .

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About FEI Company
FEI (Nasdaq: FEIC) is a global leader in providing innovative instruments for nanoscale imaging, analysis and prototyping. FEI focuses on delivering solutions that provide groundbreaking results and accelerate research, development and manufacturing cycles for its customers in Semiconductor and Data Storage, Academic and Industrial R&D, and Life Sciences markets. With R&D centers in North America and Europe, and sales and service operations in more than 50 countries around the world, FEI’s Tools for Nanotech™ are bringing the nanoscale within the grasp of leading researchers and manufacturers. More information can be found online at http://www.fei.com .
This news release contains forward-looking statements about a new remote diagnostic service offering and its capabilities and possible benefits. Factors that could affect these forward-looking statements include but are not limited to delays in the roll-out of the product, failure of general release to replicate beta results for the product or failure of the product to perform as expected due to technical or other reasons. Please also refer to our Form 10-K, Forms 10-Q, Forms 8-K and other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for additional information on these factors and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. FEI assumes no duty to update forward-looking statements.

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Global Public Relations
FEI Company
+1 503 726 2695

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