McMaster University Orders Two FEI Titan(TM) S/TEMs

Systems Will Serve Canada's National Facility for Ultrahigh-Resolution

Electron Microscopy

Apr 19, 2006, 01:00 ET from FEI Company

    HILLSBORO, Ore., April 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- FEI Company
 (Nasdaq:   FEIC) today announced that McMaster University, based in Ontario,
 Canada, has ordered two FEI Titan(TM) S/TEM systems -- the world's first
 commercial systems capable of delivering sub-Angstrom resolution -- and a
 multi-year service contract to support them. In dollars, it is one of the
 largest orders in recent FEI history.
     The two Titan systems will be installed at Canada's National Facility
 for Ultrahigh-Resolution Electron Microscopy at McMaster University. The
 new, state-of-the-art facility will serve researchers from 24 universities
 across Canada, several national laboratories and partners from institutions
 around the world. Using the Titan's aberration-corrected and monochromated
 technology, users of the systems at McMaster will conduct nanoscale
 research in a variety of areas including electronics, photonics, metallic
 alloys, drug delivery systems and energy-related materials including
 catalysts and battery materials, among others.
     "We look forward to utilizing the advanced capabilities of these Titan
 systems in our new facility and developing a long-term partnership with
 FEI," said Dr. Gianluigi Botton, Canada Research Chair in Microscopy of
 Nanoscale Materials, and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at
 McMaster University. "The unique capabilities, combined with the very
 stable platform and achievable energy and spatial resolution of the Titans,
 should enable our researchers to make new discoveries. These instruments
 will put Canada in the enviable position of having the most comprehensive
 facilities in the world and will allow Canadian researchers and industry to
 develop new advanced materials."
     The multi-million dollar project was funded through the Canada
 Foundation for Innovation, the province of Ontario, McMaster University and
     Since the introduction of the Titan S/TEM in August 2005, FEI has
 received orders for more than 30 systems and has increased Titan production
 to keep pace with market demand. The installation of the McMaster Titans is
 scheduled for the first quarter of 2007.
     "We are very pleased that the Titan was selected to support to the work
 of Canada's premiere microscopy center at McMaster University," commented
 Rob Fastenau, senior vice president of FEI's NanoResearch and Industry, and
 NanoBiology market divisions. "The groundbreaking capability of the Titan
 will enable prestigious institutions around the world to continue pushing
 the boundaries of nanoscale research and development."
     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. FEI is represented in Canada by Systems for Research
 Corporation (SFR Canada). More information can be found on the FEI website
     About McMaster University
     McMaster University, a world-renowned, research-intensive university,
 fosters a culture of innovation, and a commitment to discovery and learning
 in teaching, research and scholarship. Based in Hamilton, Ontario, the
 University has a student population of more than 23,000, and an alumni
 population of more than 115,000 in 128 countries.
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 statements about the capabilities of and orders for Titan S/TEM systems as
 well as the anticipated shipment date. Factors that could affect these
 forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, anticipated
 performance of the systems at the customer site, possible cancellation of
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