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Veeco Introduces VCM Optical Profiling System

May, 26, 2009

Spinning Disc, Confocal Metrology  

Plainview , NY, May 26, 2009 -- Veeco Instruments Inc. (Nasdaq: VECO), a leader in scientific and industrial metrology, today announced the launch of its Veeco Confocal Metrology (VCM™) Optical Profiler Systems. Veeco's new VCM Profilers provide a compact and easy-to-use non-contact metrology solution for applications requiring data acquisition from steep slopes, high surface roughness, or beneath transparent layers. VCM Profiler Systems are based on spinning disc architecture and employ white light as the excitation source, enabling faster, more accurate and repeatable measurements than competing confocal systems.

“Veeco has a strong heritage of providing world-class, white-light optical profilers in a variety of configurations, from table-top models to fully automated production floor systems,” said Mark R. Munch, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Veeco Metrology. “Our new VCM confocal microscopes continue this tradition of scalable white-light optical instrumentation, providing our research and industry customers with a suite of metrology options for difficult sample requirements and a variety of sub-millimeter applications.”

Andrew Masters, Veeco's Vice President of Segment Marketing and Business Development, added, “Our VCM profiler line offers quantitative 3D confocal measurements on the same familiar microscope platform that customers utilize for brightfield, darkfield, and differential interference contrast (DIC) techniques.”

About VCM Optical Profiler Systems

Veeco's VCM series of confocal microscopes allow for 150, 200, or 300 millimeters of travel, and can be configured for either manual or automated operation. Our VCM System software features a full complement of metrology and 3D imaging tools, and accommodates advanced research, development and industrial needs, from economical manual operation to high-throughput, fully automated sample positioning and data acquisition. An optional stitching interface makes stitching multiple data sets simple and automated, providing high-resolution imaging of features requiring a larger field of view.  

About Veeco

Veeco Instruments Inc. manufactures enabling solutions for customers in the HB-LED, solar, data storage, semiconductor, scientific research and industrial markets. We have leading technology positions in our three businesses: LED & Solar Process Equipment, Data Storage Process Equipment, and Metrology Instruments. Veeco's manufacturing and engineering facilities are located in New York , New Jersey , California , Colorado , Arizona , Minnesota and Massachusetts . Global sales and service offices are located throughout the U.S. , Europe, Japan and APAC.

To the extent that this news release discusses expectations 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 risks 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, 2008 and in our subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and press releases. 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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