FEI Installs World's Most Powerful Commercial Microscope at Ohio State University

Advanced Microscope Will be Used for Advanced Materials Analysis at the

University's Center for the Accelerated Maturation of Materials

Nov 10, 2005, 00:00 ET from FEI Company

    HILLSBORO, Ore., Nov. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ohio State University's
 Center for Accelerated Maturation of Materials (CAMM) has become the first
 North American site to install and begin using the world's highest-resolution,
 commercially-available scanning/transmission electron (S/TEM) microscope, the
 FEI (Nasdaq:   FEIC) Titan(TM) 80-300. This new system yields powerful
 sub-Angstrom (atomic scale) imaging and analysis capabilities.
     With the sub-Angstrom imaging of the Titan, researchers at Ohio State's
 CAMM labs will have a greatly enhanced ability to make new discoveries on the
 structure-property relationships of a wide spectrum of materials. Close
 coupling of computational methods with the now more detailed experimental
 validation at the atomic level will make new materials development cycles much
 shorter at significantly reduced costs.
     "CAMM embarked upon a joint project with FEI Company to develop an
 advanced S/TEM platform aimed at providing researchers with an accurate
 physical picture of the materials they are modeling," said Dr. Hamish Fraser,
 director of CAMM. "We are happy and enthusiastic to see that it has resulted
 in such a powerful tool -- on time and beyond performance expectations -- that
 will play an indispensable role in our effort to develop new methods for
 sophisticated characterization and computational models to accelerate new
 materials development cycles. The demonstrated quality and stability -- from
 crate to sub-Angstrom in just one week -- has created excitement among our
 students and post doctorates."
     The Titan's dedicated platform for corrector and monochromator
 technologies is highly automated and provides leading-edge stability,
 performance and flexibility. The microscope enables deep sub-angstrom
 resolution making way for the highest performance available in both
 transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning transmission electron
 microscopy (STEM) modes. The Titan's upgradeable design not only enables
 larger nanotechnology and national research centers to afford dedicated
 aberration corrected TEM technology, it opens the door to universities and
 companies with staged funds to position themselves for the future.
     "The FEI Titan S/TEM is an extraordinarily powerful and stable system,"
 said Rob Fastenau, senior vice president of FEI's NanoResearch and NanoBiology
 market divisions. "Shortly after the installation at Ohio State was completed,
 the system was able to produce an information limit around 0.7 Angstrom and
 atomic resolution in STEM mode within minutes of each application. It is this
 very flexibility, stability and performance that will allow combining ultimate
 information with new results and have high analysis throughput."
     The Titan S/TEM was introduced in August of this year. Additional
 installations of the first-shipped systems will soon be completed in North
 America and Europe.
     About CAMM
     CAMM at Ohio State University is a unique collaboration between government,
 industry and academia chartered to develop new methods to accelerate the
 maturation of materials technologies. It seeks to combine computational tools
 with thorough experimental validation, and one of its tasks is the development
 of new experimental tools, where needed. The joint development of this new
 tool is an excellent example of the collaborative efforts that are required to
 maintain a competitive position in industrial segments that depend on evolving
 materials technologies.
     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.  With R&D centers
 in North America and Europe and sales and service operations in more than
 40 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:  http://www.feicompany.com .
     This news release contains forward-looking statements that include
 statements about future performance and new applications of, and development
 work through, our Titan TEM. Factors that could affect these forward-looking
 statements include but are not limited to the inability of customers to
 develop and deploy the expected new applications or to achieve the development
 work. Please also refer to our Form 10-K, Forms 10-Q, Forms 8-K and other
 filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for additional
 information on these factors and other factors that could cause actual results
 to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. FEI assumes no duty
 to update forward-looking statements.