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Veeco Receives R&D 100 Award

Plainview, NY – July 9, 2013 -- Veeco Instruments Inc. has been recognized with an R&D 100 Award for its SPECTOR®-HT™ Ion Beam Deposition (IBD) System. Initiated in 1962 and called the “Oscars of Innovation,” the R&D Awards, issued by R&D Magazine, recognize and celebrate the top 100 technology products of the year.

The SPECTOR-HT is used to create precision thin film coatings for the optical market for applications such as laser machining, telecommunications, manufacturing of laser diodes, heads up displays and laser guidance systems.

"Veeco is honored to receive this R&D 100 Award that recognizes excellence and innovation in technology, and celebrates achievement,” said William J. Miller, Ph.D, Veeco’s Executive Vice President. "The SPECTOR-HT provides manufacturers the advantages of ion beam sputtering technology – stable deposition rates, high purity, high density and low roughness films; combining for stable low optical loss films – in a robust package that significantly boosts throughput and lowers cost of ownership.”


Launched in 2012, the SPECTOR-HT Ion Beam Deposition System provides up to 400% increase in throughput, 300% increase in target utilization and 50% improvement in material uniformity compared to previous generations of ion beam sputtering equipment. It also offers exceptional film quality, and a cost-effective manufacturing platform. It is the industry's first fully automated ion beam deposition system to achieve accelerated deposition rates at speeds comparable to competing optical deposition technologies, such as physical vapor deposition (PVD), evaporative coatings or ion assisted deposition, while maintaining high quality, optimal films. For more information please click here.

About the R&D 100 Award

Over the last 50 years, the R&D 100 Awards have identified revolutionary technologies newly introduced to the market. Many of these have become household names, helping shape everyday life for many Americans. These include the flashcube (1965), the automated teller machine (1973), the halogen lamp (1974), the fax machine (1975), the liquid crystal display (1980), the Kodak Photo CD (1991), the Nicoderm anti-smoking patch (1992), Taxol anticancer drug (1993), lab on a chip (1996), and HDTV (1998). Winning products are selected on the basis of their importance, uniqueness, and usefulness by a panel of technical experts. For more information please click here.  

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

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