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M-Com of Taiwan Selects Veeco As/P MOCVD Tool for Production of Multi-Junction Solar Cells

April 02, 2008

WOODBURY, N.Y., Apr 02, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Veeco Instruments Inc. (Nasdaq: VECO), announced today that Millenium Communication Co. Ltd. (M-Com) of Hsinchu, Taiwan has ordered a TurboDisc(R) E450(TM) arsenic phosphide (As/P) Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) System for production of high-efficiency III-V compound multi-junction solar cells.

Lih-Wen Laih, Ph.D., General Manager of M-Com, said, "Our decision to add Veeco's E450 System to our fab was based on the tool's high throughput and ability to produce exceptional high quality films, which we believe will translate into higher efficiency multi-junction solar cells. We expect that adding this tool into production will help us to reduce our cost per chip ten-fold, which is critical as we continue to gain market share in the photovoltaic cell market."

Sam DiRenzo, Vice President, General Manager of Veeco's MOCVD Operations commented, "M-Com's selection of our TurboDisc E450 As/P MOCVD System is further evidence of its ability to produce consistently high yields of premium multi-junction solar cell devices. The E450 has the industry's highest throughput, which has made it the top-selling MOCVD tool for this application."

Veeco's TurboDisc E450 (and its recently introduced successor, the E475) As/P tools are engineered for the high-volume production of compound semiconductor materials, and offer a level of process control and reliability unmatched by competing MOCVD technologies. With integrated RealTemp(R) 200 technology for direct closed loop in-situ wafer temperature control, and fast gas switching for strict control of interface abruptness, these technically advanced systems provide superior material quality and process efficiency. In addition to triple junction solar cells, applications include HBTs, pHEMTs, red, orange and yellow HB-LEDs, and laser diodes.

About M-Com

Established in January 2001, M-Com manufactures semiconductor photoelectric components such as Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers (VCSELs); Edge Emitting Laser Diodes (EELDs); GaAs and Si solar cells; Resonant Cavity LEDs (RCLEDs) and packaging of MMIC/LNFET. These devices are mainly used in laser pointers and printers, cell phones, plastic optic fibers (POF), IrDA wireless transmitters, and solar cells. http://www.m-comm.com.tw/

About Veeco

Veeco Instruments Inc. manufactures Process Equipment and Metrology and Instrumentation solutions for the data storage, HB-LED, solar, wireless, semiconductor and scientific research markets. Veeco's manufacturing and engineering facilities are located in New York, New Jersey, California, Colorado, Arizona and Minnesota. Global sales and service offices are located throughout the U.S., Europe, Japan and APAC. http://www.veeco.com/

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, 2007 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.

SOURCE: Veeco Instruments Inc.

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