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Veeco Receives Ion Beam Etch Order From a Major Manufacturer of Surface Acoustic Wave -SAW- Devices.



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WOODBURY, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 22, 2002

Veeco Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ NASDAQ
 in full National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations

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: VECO VECO Vernier Engine Cut Off ) today announced that it has recently received an order for its NEXUS(TM) Ion Beam Etching system from a major manufacturer of Surface Acoustic Wave A surface acoustic wave (SAW) is an acoustic wave traveling along the surface of a material having some elasticity, with an amplitude that typically decays exponentially with the depth of the substrate.  (SAW) devices.

SAW filters have been an available technology for some years and are now seeing extended applicability in the next-generation wireless market. Not only does Veeco's etch and deposition process equipment enable SAW device manufacturers to meet these extended demands, it is also being used by these manufacturers to develop new devices for wireless modules, such as advanced resonators, precision resistors, and inductive coils. SAW filters are wireless radio frequency bandpass filters that operate in the megahertz One million cycles per second. See MHz.

MegaHertz - (MHz) Millions of cycles per second. The unit of frequency used to measure the clock rate of modern digital logic, including microprocessors.
 to low gigahertz range. They are similar to optical telecommunications DWDM (Dense WDM) The term given to wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) when significantly more channels were being added. Since WDM is increasingly more "dense" all the time, both terms are used synonymously. See WDM.

DWDM - wavelength division multiplexing
 filters that operate at higher level frequencies.

"Veeco's production-proven ion beam etching and deposition technology is now becoming critical to wireless device manufacturers," commented Robert Valentine, President of Veeco's Process Equipment Group. "The NEXUS Ion Beam Etching system was selected for both its ability to provide increased manufacturing capacity, as well as producing controlled feature definition in materials that cannot be processed with other dry etching techniques. This order supports Veeco's leading position as a process solutions provider to the telecommunications industry."

Veeco's NEXUS Ion Beam Etching technology offers customers fine feature control through advanced rotation control, and the ability to etch any material and multi-level material stacks that SAW manufacturers require. Precise temperatures and maximum rate control for thin films results in the highest possible yields while maintaining critical dimensions. Mr. Valentine added "The plug and play modularity of this cluster system provides the flexibility to develop processes on the same system in the laboratory as in the fabrication fabrication (fab´rikā´shn),
n the construction or making of a restoration.
 plant, resulting in a much faster time-to-ramp."

Veeco Instruments Inc. is a worldwide leader in process equipment and metrology tools for the optical telecommunications/wireless, data storage, semiconductor and research markets. Manufacturing and engineering facilities are located in New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
, California, Colorado, Arizona and Minnesota. Global sales and service offices are located throughout the United States, Europe, Japan and Asia Pacific. Additional information on Veeco can be found at http://www.veeco.com.

To the extent that this news release discusses expectations about market conditions or about market acceptance and future sales of Veeco's products, or otherwise makes statements about the future, such statements are forward-looking and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made. These factors include the cyclical nature of the optical telecommunications, data storage and semiconductor industries, risks associated with the acceptance of new products by individual customers and by the marketplace, and other factors discussed in the Business Description and Management's Discussion and Analysis Management's discussion and analysis (MD&A)

A report from management to shareholders that accompanies the firm's financial statements in the annual report. It explains the period's financial results and enables management to discuss topics that may not be apparent in the financial
 sections of Veeco's Report on Form 10-K Form 10-K

A report required by the SEC from exchange-listed companies that provides for annual disclosure of certain financial information.


Form 10-K

See 10-K.
 and Annual Report to Shareholders.
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