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Veeco Introduces NPFLEX 3D Metrology System

September 21, 2009

Rapid, Three-Dimensional Surface Characterization for Large Samples

PLAINVIEW, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 21, 2009-- Veeco Instruments Inc. (Nasdaq: VECO), a leader in scientific and industrial metrology, today announced the release of its NP FLEX ™ 3D Metrology System for characterizing surfaces previously too difficult to measure due to size or part orientation. The NP FLEX combines the industry-leading performance of Veeco’s non-contact, white light optical profilers with a unique open-access design to enable rapid, three-dimensional data acquisition and analysis on a wide range of large samples for precision machining applications in the medical implant, aerospace, and automotive market sectors.

“Veeco has responded to an unfulfilled need for rapid surface texture measurements of large precision machined parts,” said Mark R. Munch, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Veeco Metrology. “The NP FLEX is capable of performing the critical measurements necessary to guide manufacturers’ decision-making processes throughout the entire production cycle, from R&D through failure analysis.”

Andrew Masters, Veeco’s Vice President of Segment Marketing and Business Development, added, “The large sample capability of the NP FLEX provides precision machining manufacturers the ability to conduct true non-contact, non-destructive analysis of larger form factors with tight tolerances. Customers now have at their disposal the extensive surface characterization abilities necessary to refine their processes and products in the real world manufacturing environment.”

About the NP FLEX

The NP FLEX utilizes a break-through gantry design to provide over 300 degrees of access for large samples. The unique option of a swiveling optical head permits routine investigation of highly curved samples and beveled edges. The system’s white light interferometric technology provides greater accuracy, repeatability and, more importantly, data density than is possible with contact instrumentation. Other standard features include long working distance objectives, a proprietary objective crash-mitigation system, automation and field-stitching software, and patent-pending, ultra-uniform dual-LED illumination. Running on the industry-leading Vision® software platform, the NP FLEX provides access to over 200 distinct analyses, and over 1000 critical parameters for measuring curvature, lay, bearing ratio, wear, corrosion, and other critical parameters.

About Veeco

Veeco Instruments Inc. manufactures 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 manufacturing and engineering facilities are located in New York, New Jersey, California, Colorado, Arizona, Minnesota and Massachusetts. 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, 2008 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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