FEI Earns Spot in Semi Industry 2006 10 Best Supplier List Customers Rate Performance of Equipment Suppliers in Annual VLSI Research


    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
     "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:


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