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Brazil's INMETRO Selects FEI for New Nano-Materials Center

FEI Continues Ultra-High Resolution Leadership in Collaboration with Brazil's National Institute of Metrology, Standardization and Industrial Quality

HILLSBORO, Ore., May 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- FEI Company (Nasdaq: FEIC) announced that Brazil's National Institute of Metrology, Standardization and Industrial Quality -- INMETRO -- has selected FEI to supply a suite of tools that enable nanoscale materials research. The selected systems include FEI's ultra-high resolution Titan(TM) S/TEM, a Tecnai(TM) TEM and a Nova NanoLab 600 DualBeam(TM) tool. These systems will be used by the institute and other Brazilian institutions at INMETRO's new nano-materials center in Rio de Janeiro.

Founded in 1973 by the Brazilian government, INMETRO's charter is to provide metrology and quality standards in a broad range of areas including chemicals, acoustics, electronics, mechanical systems, and optics, among others. The institute also provides accreditation to organizations involved in inspection, product performance and training.

"Each of these new systems will provide us with the necessary ability to measure and characterize nano-materials accurately and with more data than ever before," said Humberto Brandi, Director of Scientific and Industrial Metrology of INMETRO. "In combination they will be an invaluable set of tools to reveal 3D data down to the sub-Angstrom level."

"The ultra-high resolution, reliability and ease of use of FEI tools are enabling the world's leading institutes and companies to advance their work at the nanoscale," said Rob Fastenau, senior vice president and general manager of FEI's NanoResearch & Industry market division. "We are very pleased to be working with INMETRO and look forward to a successful relationship with this important center."

FEI anticipates a portion of the order will be shipped in 2006 and the remainder in the first half of 2007. The order was booked in the first quarter of 2006.

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 Brazil by Altmann Co. for Material Science solutions and by AOTEC Co. for life-science applications. More information can be found on the FEI website at: www.fei.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements that include statements about product orders and their anticipated shipment dates. Factors that could affect these forward-looking statements include but are not limited to the future performance of the products outlined, final acceptance of the products and/or cancellation or delay of all or part of the order. 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.

SOURCE FEI Company
05/09/2006
CONTACT: Dan Zenka, APR, Global Public Relations of FEI Company, +1-503-726-2695 or dzenka@feico.com
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