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United LED Selects Veeco's MOCVD Tools to Ramp LED Manufacturing

March 21, 2011

PLAINVIEW, N.Y., Mar 21, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Veeco Instruments Inc. (Nasdaq: VECO) announced today that United LED Shan Dong Corp., (ULED) a China-based joint venture between United Microelectronics Corp (UMC) and Epistar, has placed a multi-tool order for Veeco's TurboDisc(R) K465i(TM) Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) Systems . The systems will be installed at ULED's facility in Jining City, China for its high brightness light emitting diode (HB LED) manufacturing ramp.

Dr. Tzu-Chi Wen, Vice President, Epi factory of United LED, commented, "We are pleased to add Veeco systems to our production facility because of their demonstrated leadership in MOCVD technology. The K465i provides the process performance and lowest cost of ownership needed to advance ULED's position as a provider of LED devices for various lighting applications."

Bill Miller, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Compound Semiconductor and head of Veeco's MOCVD Operations commented, "We are delighted that United LED has chosen Veeco's K465i systems for their manufacturing ramp. Our systems offer key advantages, including highest capital efficiency and excellent yields, which will help establish ULED as a leader in the growing China market."

With superior 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 United LED Shan Dong Corp.

United LED Corporation, a joint venture between United Microelectronics Corp and Epistar, designs, manufactures, and sells Light Emitting Diodes (LED) chips. The company is based in Shandong, China.

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 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, 2010 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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