HILLSBORO, Ore., June 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- FEI Company (Nasdaq: FEIC) has been rated by semiconductor companies around the world as one of the ten best providers of process diagnostics equipment, for the second consecutive year. Among companies engaged in providing high-resolution scanning and transmission electron microscopy systems (SEMs/TEMs), FEI ranked #1 in 2006, according to the annual customer satisfaction survey by the industry research firm VLSI Research Inc. VLSI Research's 2006 survey was distributed to 44,130 individuals world wide and received responses from customers representing 95 percent of the total semiconductor market. FEI is a global leader in providing ultra-high resolution scanning and transmission electron microscopes, focused ion beam (FIB) and DualBeam(TM) (FIB/SEM) systems for both semiconductor lab and fab environments. The company's systems are also utilized by leading data storage device and micro-electro mechanical systems (MEMS) companies. The systems are used to image, analyze, and manipulate minute structures, which speed the correction of defects so customers can accelerate their time to market and high-profit volume production. "It's clear that FEI 's equipment is delivering excellent performance for process diagnostics," commented G. Dan Hutcheson of VLSI Research. "Respondents ranked FEI highly in the areas of quality of results, field engineering support, product performance, process support, and build quality." "It is an honor to once again be named as a 10 BEST Supplier for the semiconductor manufacturing industry," said Paul O'Mara, FEI's senior vice president of worldwide service. "With a strong focus on the needs of our semiconductor customers and tools that deliver ultra-high resolution and fast time to data, we believe that we will continue to deliver solutions that enable their progress through very challenging technology roadmaps." About FEI FEI's Tools for Nanotech(TM), featuring focused ion- and electron-beam technologies, deliver 3D characterization, analysis and modification capabilities with resolution down to the sub-Angstrom level and provide innovative solutions for customers working in NanoBiology, NanoResearch and NanoElectronics. With R&D centers in North America and Europe, and sales and service operations in more than 50 countries around the world, FEI is bringing the nanoscale within the grasp of leading researchers and manufacturers and helping to turn some of the biggest ideas of this century into reality. More information can be found on the FEI website at: www.fei.com.
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