Veeco Introduces Next-Generation Dektak Surface Profiler

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Veeco Instruments Inc., a leading supplier of instrumentation to the nanoscience community, today announced the launch of the new Dektak(R) 150 Surface Profiler for high-performance research and industrial metrology applications.

The Dektak 150 delivers the highest repeatability and lowest noise over the largest scanning range available for a stylus profiler, enabling Veeco's customers to benefit from greater scan range and ease-of-use. After successful in-depth beta testing at the University of Arizona, the Dektak 150 is being released for customer purchase on November 28 at the Materials Research Society's Fall 2006 Conference, in Boston, Massachusetts.

"The Dektak 150 provides the performance and application flexibility we require for our cutting-edge research in the fields of optics and nanotechnology," says Dr. Nasser Peyghambarian, Chair of Photonics and Lasers at the Optical Sciences Center, University of Arizona. "The surface profiler's robust design and ease-of-use enables multiple users from our various research departments to quickly obtain the data they require on a wide range of applications."

John Wissinger, Vice President of Veeco's Optical/Industrial business commented, "We have capitalized on over three decades of Dektak product success to develop a 150-millimeter instrument that provides capabilities far beyond competing stylus profilers. Our beta customers were delighted with the products' simple, one-button scanning, full automation and three-dimensional mapping. We expect that the Dektak 150's combination of power and affordability advances will take the Dektak line into new applications in automotive, aerospace, semiconductor, textiles, and other industrial markets."

The unique modular design of the Dektak 150 enables it to be configured to meet even the most stringent application requirements. The compact system accommodates samples up to 100 millimeters thick, performs long scans of 55 millimeters, and provides a larger X-Y translation than competing systems. The half-millimeter vertical range is the best standard Z performance in the industry, and a 1-millimeter option extends the vertical capabilities even further. With sub-nanometer step-height repeatability, the Dektak 150 accurately measures step-heights for thin films below 10 nanometers thick, up to nearly one-millimeter thick-films.

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Reference Veeco Profilers. NT3300, Dektak M150, Dektak 6M, etc. Buyer beware. Veeco has introduced a new policy which substantially reduces the value of any of their equipment that you own now or may purchase. Their so called "new buyer" or " new owner" program is intended to kill the secondary market in used equipment. It effectively reduces the value of your equipment by whatever amount they are charging the second owner. For example, a Veeco Wyko NT3300 system, with a new acquisition cost of about 125,000 5 years ago, will cost the new owner a mere $50,000 in charges from Veeco for set up, installation, refurb (if needed or not) and a 1 year warranty. What if you just want them to move the equipment for you, or just set it up for you on an hourly basis for parts and labor? Tough luck. It's $50,000 or nothing at all. So, if you owned this equipment and wanted to sell it, the new buyer will have to pay $50,000 to Veeco or they will own it without the possibility of getting any service or support. If your equipment previously had a value of $75,000 as a piece of used equipment in good condition, it has now been devalued by $50,000 thanks to Veeco's arbitrary ( and I believe illegal) policy and is now worth only $25,000. Buyer beware. They say that a new car loses a substantial value as you drive it off the lot. That is nothing compared with Veeco's greed based policy, which penalizes their entire customer base. Let's hope someone initiates a class action restraint of trade lawsuit that is successful, or that someone with a brain at Veeco rescinds this new policy. Or that Wall Street and the shareholders realize the policy may well backfire and cause Veeco's share price to tumble. And to the Veeco service manager who recently tried to justify this policy to me, please remember that a company that treats it's customers this way will not hesitate to treat its employees with the same bottom line only mind set. This is corporate America at it's worst.

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