Epistar of Taiwan Places Multi-Tool Order for Veeco MOCVD Systems

October 25, 2010

PLAINVIEW, N.Y., Oct 25, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

Veeco Instruments Inc. (Nasdaq: VECO), announced today that Epistar Corporation, headquartered in Taiwan, placed a multi-tool order for Veeco's TurboDisc(R) K465i(TM) gallium nitride (GaN) Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) System s for high volume light emitting diode (LED) production.

Dr. M.J. Jou, President of Epistar, commented, "Since we qualified Veeco's tools for production back in May, we have been extremely satisfied with their performance. Given the systems' ease-of-use and low cost of ownership, we now plan to include Veeco as an important supplier to Epistar."

Bill Miller, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Compound Semiconductor and head of Veeco's MOCVD Operations commented, "We are excited to continue to establish this strong relationship with Epistar in 2010, and pleased to support their current and future MOCVD requirements."

With superior wavelength uniformity and excellent run-to-run repeatability, the production-proven K465i extends Veeco's lead in capital efficiency - the number of good wafers per day for each capital dollar - for high volume LED manufacturers. The K465i provides ease-of-tuning for fast process optimization on wafer sizes up to 8 inches and fast tool recovery time after maintenance.

About Epistar Corporation

Epistar Corporation, located in the Hsinchu Science-based Industrial Park, Taiwan, manufactures high brightness LEDs of compact size, low power consumption and long operation life. They are widely used in areas such as fax machines, scanner lighting, automotive interior and exterior lighting, LCD backlighting, outdoor/indoor displays, traffic signals, indicators for various consumer electronic equipment and eventually light sources for general illumination. Epistar has successfully commercialized the full spectrum range of high brightness LEDs.

About Veeco

Veeco makes equipment to develop and manufacture LEDs, solar panels, 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 .

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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