FEI Prepares Shipments of U.S. TEAM Project Systems

Scanning/Transmission Electron Microscopes Developed to Observe 0.5

Angstrom Features

Jun 12, 2006, 01:00 ET from FEI Company

    HILLSBORO, Ore., June 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- FEI Company (Nasdaq:  
 FEIC) announced that it has received U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
 contracts for four Titan(TM) scanning/transmission electron microscopes
 (S/TEMs) developed as part of the TEAM (Transmission Electron Aberration-
 Corrected Microscope) project announced in November 2004. The goal of the
 collaborative TEAM project is to build the highest resolution S/TEM in the
 world, capable of direct observation and analysis of individual
 nanostructures at an unprecedented resolution of 0.5 Angstrom --
 approximately one-third the size of a carbon atom -- a key dimension for
 atomic level research.
     The first TEAM Titan is expected to ship this month to Oak Ridge
 National Laboratory in Tennessee. A second Titan will be sent to CEOS (the
 TEAM partner that develops both the spherical (Cs) and the chromatic (Cc)
 aberration correctors for the project) where it will be fitted with a Cc
 corrector before shipping to Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. The
 third and fourth Titans attaining 0.5 Angstrom resolution in TEM and STEM
 mode and 0.1 eV energy resolution, will ship to Lawrence Berkeley National
 Laboratory in 2007 and 2008, respectively, where they will be operated as
 the temporary TEAM 0.5 and the final TEAM I user instruments within the
 National Center for Electron Microscopy.
     Aberration-corrected electron microscopy technology is at the heart of
 the TEAM microscopes. The 0.5-Angstrom resolution of these advanced S/TEM
 systems provide tighter, brighter beams, yielding a stronger signal, higher
 image contrast, greater analytical sensitivity and unprecedented spatial
 resolution. The successful development and integration of these unique
 aberration correctors deliver the ultimate view of the atomic world.
     "We are very pleased to have reached this important milestone in the
 TEAM project. The TEAM partners are eager to take delivery of the Titan
 columns and begin their rigorous programs of testing, alignment and
 optimization. As the technical goals of this project are coming within
 reach, the prospect of using these extraordinary capabilities to explore
 new territory in the nanoworld is creating a great sense of anticipation in
 the scientific community," says TEAM's project director Uli Dahmen.
     "We are extremely proud to be delivering the TEAM project systems,"
 commented Ray Link, FEI's acting chief executive officer and CFO. "These
 highly stable systems, featuring the aberration corrected operation of our
 ground-breaking Titan S/TEM will provide scientists at TEAM national
 laboratories with new capabilities as they advance their research in a
 variety of areas. The TEAM project represents one of the finest technical
 collaborations ever undertaken."
     Beyond the resolution heretofore unattainable on a
 commercially-available system, one of the greatest benefits of the Titan
 platform is that it provides important flexibility for future development
 of component upgrades. Thus, researchers and industrial users will be able
 to easily and continuously obtain optimum performance from their system.
     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:
     About TEAM:
     The Department of Energy's electron beam micro-characterization centers
 are leading the development of advanced aberration corrected electron
 microscopes in user facilities and are providing the necessary
 infrastructure to make this instrumentation broadly available to the
 scientific user community. As a joint development project of five different
 electron microscopy efforts at Argonne, Brookhaven, Oak Ridge, and Lawrence
 Berkeley National Laboratories, and Frederick Seitz Materials Research
 Laboratories-the first TEAM microscope will be installed at NCEM (The
 National Center for Electron Microscopy, operated as part of Lawrence
 Berkeley National Laboratory). For more information visit:
 http://ncem.lbl.gov/team3.htm and
     About CEOS:
     CEOS (Corrected Electron Optical Systems) stands for advanced
 aberration correctors for various charged particle lenses. The company,
 which was founded 8 years ago in Heidelberg/Germany by Dr. M. Haider and
 Dr. J. Zach, concentrates on the research and development of highly
 sophisticated electron optical components. For more information:
     This news release contains forward-looking statements that include
 statements about potential product development and future shipments of the
 products. Factors that could affect these forward-looking statements
 include, but are not limited to changes to or cancellation of the project;
 the inability of FEI, its suppliers or project partners to make the
 technology advances required for the project to achieve anticipated
 results; problems arising during execution of the project that delay it or
 cause results to vary from the anticipated results; unforeseen technology
 challenges; and failure of a key supplier or project partner. 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.