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Veeco MOCVD Systems Put Into Production By Chinese HB-LED Manufacturer

April, 20, 2009

PLAINVIEW, N.Y., April 20, 2009 - Veeco Instruments Inc. (Nasdaq: VECO) announced today that Shandong Raysun Huaguang Optoelectronics Co., Ltd. (Huaguang) of China has qualified Veeco's gallium nitride (GaN) and arsenic phosphide (AsP) metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) systems for high volume production of red and blue high-brightness light emitting diodes (HB-LEDs).


Zheng Tiemin, General Manager of Raysun Huaguang said, "Huaguang is one of the first companies dedicated to the R&D and mass production of LEDs in the Mainland of China. In the past several years, we have gained significant expertise on Veeco's MOCVD systems, and are satisfied with the efficiency and stability of the tools. The LED market is growing quickly, and Veeco will be an important supplier as we expand our LED product line."


Bill Miller, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, General Manager of Veeco's MOCVD Operations commented, "Veeco's TurboDisc® K465(TM) and E450(TM) MOCVD Systems were qualified for production in a short period of time, enabling Huaguang to ramp their production quickly.  We are pleased to be supporting Huaguang's volume production needs."


According to Strategies Unlimited, a market research company specializing in compound semiconductor materials, demand for GaN-based blue LEDs and As/P-based red LEDs is expected to grow at the annual rate of more than 15% over the next five years , mainly due to market drivers such as signs and displays, automotive, general illumination and LCD backlighting.


About Veeco's MOCVD Systems

The TurboDisc K465 GaN MOCVD System features Veeco's most advanced reactor technology and delivers the industry's highest throughput available for high volume production of GaN-based blue and green HB-LEDs.  The TurboDisc E450 As/P MOCVD System is engineered for high-volume production of red, orange and yellow HB-LEDs, and offers a level of process control and reliability unmatched by competing MOCVD technologies.


About Shandong Raysun Huaguang Optoelectronics Co., Ltd.

Shandong Raysun Huaguang Optoelectronics Co., Ltd. was established in 1999, and is engaged in R&D, manufacturing and sale of LEDs.  Their facility is located in Jinan City, China and possesses a total building area of more than 36,000 square meters for production plants, and R&D center, and has a monthly production capacity of 1 billion LED chips.



About Veeco

Veeco Instruments Inc. designs, manufactures, markets and services 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 product development, marketing, engineering and manufacturing facilities are located in New York, New Jersey, California, Colorado, Arizona, Massachusetts and Minnesota. Global sales and service offices are located throughout the U.S., Europe, Japan and Asia Pacific.


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, 2009 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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