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Lasertel Expands Production Capacity With Veeco MBE System

April, 23, 2012

TUCSON, Ariz. & PLAINVIEW, N.Y., Apr 23, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) --Lasertel, Inc. a subsidiary of SELEX Galileo Inc., a Finmeccanica company, and Veeco Instruments Inc. (Nasdaq: VECO) announced today that Lasertel has purchased a second high-throughput, multi-wafer GEN200 (R) Edge(TM) Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) production system from Veeco to increase their manufacturing capacity for laser diodes.

"The additional GEN200 Edge production MBE system provides the extra capacity required to support the increased demand for Lasertel devices. The GEN200 system offers advanced automation, precise process control, and in-situ process monitoring. It is the core enabling technology for Lasertel's leading-edge, high performance semiconductor diode laser devices," says Mark McElhinney, President of Lasertel.

Lasertel is enhancing the manufacturing capabilities of its high volume, semiconductor laser fabrication and packaging facility in Tucson, Arizona to support growing demand for its current class-defining product portfolio. This brings their in-house complement of MBE tools to four with the latest to be used to accelerate the development of next-generation, high performance diode laser products. The expansion is planned to be completed by Q4, 2012.

Jim Northup, Vice President and General Manager of Veeco's MBE Operations, commented, "We look forward to supporting Lasertel in their continued growth with the Veeco GEN200 system, part of our suite of the industry's most cost-effective and highest-capacity production MBE systems."

About Veeco - Veeco makes equipment to develop and manufacture LEDs, solar cells, hard disk drives and other devices. We support our customers through product development, manufacturing, sales and service sites in the U.S., Korea, Taiwan, China, Singapore, Japan, Europe and other locations. Please visit us at .

Lasertel - We encourage innovation and complement our unequalled product line with an extraordinary level of personal service. Our 65,000-square-foot, next generation, MBE-based production facility in Tucson, Arizona, uses state-of-the-art equipment and patented processes to deliver standard and custom laser diode solutions that meet the requirements of demanding applications. For more information, please visit .

SOURCE: Veeco Instruments Inc.

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