FEI'S Titan(TM) S/TEM Installed at France's LETI

World's most powerful commercial microscope will aid the world-class center

and its partners in commercializing semiconductor processes below the 65nm

design node

May 16, 2006, 01:00 ET from FEI Company

    HILLSBORO, Ore., May 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- France's LETI
 (Laboratoire d'Electronique de Technologie de l'Information) has become one
 of the first European sites 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 LETI will
 have a greatly enhanced ability to conduct advanced characterization and
 analysis on a wide spectrum of nanoscale semiconductor devices utilizing
 new materials and production processes. The Titan will also be used as part
 of LETI's UltraView(TM) development program that aims to enable rapid
 ultra-high resolution results on extracted wafer samples while wafers
 remain in the fab. Successful implementation of this solution will allow
 better control over advanced processes that should enable semiconductor
 manufacturers to improve yields, reduce time-to-market and reduce process
 development costs.
     The Titan is installed in LETI's new Centre for Innovation in Micro and
 Nanotechology (MINATEC). The grand opening of the MINATEC facilities will
 take place on June 1. French government officials including President
 Jacques Chirac and Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin are expected to
 attend the event.
     "As one of the most advanced tools of the nano-characterization
 platform of MINATEC, the FEI Titan(TM) 80-300 is now in operation. It will
 allow us to characterize very advanced technologies in microelectronics
 (high resolution, chemical analysis and doping imaging by holographic
 technique) and to characterize nano-materials developed within our
 fundamental research laboratories (carbon nanotubes, quantum wells,
 magnetic domain, etc)," explained Philippe Brincard of LETI's
 nano-characterization department.
     The Titan's platform 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
     "With its groundbreaking performance, demand for the Titan S/TEM is
 coming from multiple markets that we serve," said Peter Frasso, executive
 vice president and chief operating officer for FEI. "We are extremely
 pleased that LETI, one of the world's leading nanoelectronics research and
 development organizations, has selected to work with the Titan in its new
 MINATEC facility."
     About LETI (Laboratoire d'Electronique de Technologie de
     With 1,600 people working on research programs, 1,000 being directly
 paid by CEA (French Atomic Energy Commission), LETI is one of the largest
 European applied research centers in microelectronics, microsystems and
 applications with 11,000 square meters of clean-rooms in Grenoble. Its
 mission is to provide innovation to industrial companies including
 technological processes, devices and intellectual property. Individual or
 mutual contracts and joint laboratories are the common tools used to reach
 this objective with more than 200 partners, generating approximately 170
 filed patents each year.
     LETI is a central component of the MINATEC centre opening in June. It
 provides a unique environment where professionals from research, education
 and industry will be integrated and engaged in advanced development
 programs. More information is available at:
     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 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: 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 S/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. Additional factors that could affect these
 forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to changes to or
 cancellation of the development program; the inability of FEI, its
 suppliers or project partners to make the technology advances required for
 the program to achieve anticipated results; problems arising during
 execution of the program that delay it or cause results to vary from the
 anticipated results; unforeseen technology challenges; and failure of a key
 supplier or program 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