Leading HDD Manufacturer Adopts Local Electrode Atom Probe (LEAP(R)) Microscope to Access Critical Atomic-Scale Information

Sep 21, 2004, 01:00 ET from Imago Scientific Instruments Corporation

    MADISON, Wis., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the world's most innovative
 hard drive makers, Seagate Technology, has adopted Imago's LEAP Microscope to
 meet unique manufacturing challenges.
     Pat Ryan, Seagate's Executive Director, stated, "Seagate has long
 recognized the need for new microscopy techniques to further the advancement
 of our technologies and continue our leadership role."  Ryan added, "Imago's
 LEAP is a powerful addition to our arsenal as it represents a uniquely capable
 and analytical tool for the development of advanced thin film magnetic heads
 and media."
     Imago's LEAP microscope provides mission-critical information at the
 atomic scale allowing scientists and engineers to positively identify all
 elements and isotopes within a structure.  The true power of the LEAP lies in
 its ability to tie compositional information to structure allowing
 manufacturers to shorten time to market, enhance product yields and maximize
 capital equipment utilization.
     Dr. Timothy Stultz, President and CEO of Imago Scientific Instruments,
 stated, "Developing revolutionary technology that is not only state-of-the-art
 but is also practical enough to meet the needs of this demanding and
 complicated market has always been one of our goals."  Stultz added, "We are
 delighted to work with a recognized technology leader such as Seagate and we
 are committed to providing application-driven solutions to a number of
 emerging analytical problems in the magnetic data storage industry."  The LEAP
 Microscope has proven successful in solving a variety of issues facing
 manufacturers of high-performance devices such as the analysis of buried
 interfaces and grain boundaries.
     About Seagate
     Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing
 of hard disc drives, providing products for a wide-range of Enterprise,
 Desktop, Mobile, and Consumer Electronics applications.  The company is
 committed to delivering award-winning products, customer support and
 reliability, to meet the world's growing demand for information storage.
 Seagate can be found around the globe and at http://www.seagate.com .
     About Imago Scientific Instruments Corporation
     Imago Scientific Instruments Corporation is the recognized world leader in
 the development of Nanolytical(R) tools and solutions for manufacturers,
 engineers, scientists and researchers involved in the nano-technology
 revolution.  Imago is committed to the sustained advancement of
 nano-technology and continually develops groundbreaking Nanolytical solutions
 specifically intended to address unique issues facing our clients and
     Imago has developed a worldwide customer base and delivers support from a
 number of locations in the United States, Japan, and Asia Pacific.  For more
 information, see http://www.imago.com .

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