May 5, 2009

FEI Marks 100th Titan TEM Milestone with Sale to Stanford University

The Titan Will Serve as the Cornerstone of a New Facility at Stanford and Will Be Used for the Synthesis and Understanding of New Materials for Energy and the Environment

HILLSBORO, Ore., May 05, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- FEI Company (NASDAQ:FEIC), a leading provider of atomic-scale imaging and analysis systems, today announced that is has received the 100th order for its Titan(TM), the world's most powerful commercially available microscope. Stanford University has ordered the Titan 80-300 environmental transmission electron microscope (ETEM) for a new facility associated with its Nanocharacterization Laboratory. The Titan ETEM is the premier solution for chemical and catalyst research at the atomic scale, and provides unique capabilities for studying dynamic processes of materials under gas and elevated temperature conditions. The multi-million-dollar system will ship to Stanford University in the first half of 2010.

Professor Robert Sinclair of Stanford University stated, "We are very excited at the prospect of carrying out pioneering work using the Titan ETEM, especially in the synthesis and understanding of new materials for energy and the environment, and to study the responses of different materials as a function of temperature and gas type down to the atomic level. The Titan ETEM will be the cornerstone of a new facility that is associated with Stanford's Nanocharacterization Laboratory."

The Titan ETEM at Stanford will also be equipped with a spherical aberration image corrector and a monochromator, permitting direct viewing and analysis of interactions between the sample and its environment at the atomic scale.

"The sale of the 100th Titan is an important milestone, highlighting FEI's leading position in electron microscopy. We plan to continue to expand on the platform's fundamental leadership characteristics, enabling a range of new pioneering applications, such as the ETEM capability on the Stanford Titan system," said Dominique Hubert, FEI's vice president and general manager, Research Division. "For example, the Titan ETEM's ability to observe the sample in a controlled gaseous state is of great importance in applications with the aim of studying interactions between various materials and their environment: seeing chemistry at work. This includes processes such as corrosion, oxidation and, above all, catalysis for new materials and energy. This capability of the Titan ETEM is an example of how the platform's flexibility and modularity helps to enable the study of a wide variety of phenomenon across multiple disciplines."

About the Titan Family

Introduced in 2005, the Titan Family was the first dedicated platform for corrector and monochromator technologies, providing the ultimate in stability, performance and flexibility. The Family includes: the Titan 80-300 S/TEM for materials research; the Titan Cubed, which includes an environmental enclosure for added stability; the Titan ETEM, which permits a gaseous sample environment; and the Titan Krios, specifically designed to examine biological samples at cryogenic temperatures.

About FEI

FEI (NASDAQ:FEIC) is the world's premiere provider of electron and ion-beam microscopes for nanoscale research and manufacturing across many industries: industrial and academic research, life sciences, electronics, mining, and more. FEI's imaging systems provide 3D characterization, analysis and modification/prototyping with resolutions down to the sub-Ångström level (one-tenth of a nanometer). With a 60-year legacy of technological innovation and leadership, FEI has set the performance standard across the TEM, SEM, and DualBeam FIB/SEM microscope categories with its Titan(TM), Magellan(TM) and Helios(TM) product families. FEI's NanoPorts in North America, Europe and Asia provide centers of technical excellence where its world-class community of customers and specialists collaborate. FEI has sales and service operations in more than 50 countries around the world. More information can be found at:

FEI Safe Harbor Statement

This news release contains forward-looking statements that include statements regarding the performance capabilities and benefits of the Titan Family and anticipated shipping date. Factors that could affect these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, failure of the product or technology to perform as expected and achieve anticipated results, unexpected technology problems and our ability to manufacture, ship and deliver the tools as expected. 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.

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