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QED Technologies Announces New and Improved Metrology Tool for Aspheres


ROCHESTER, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 17, 2008--QED Technologies (QED), the pioneer and unique provider of Magnetorheological Finishing (MRF(R)) and Subaperture Stitching Interferometry (SSI(R)), today announced the release of its new SSI-A(R), QED's latest metrology tool for aspheres.

This new product expands the capabilities of QED's metrology products that were first introduced in 2004, to include full aperture measurement of aspheres with more than 200 waves (120 microns) of departure from best fit sphere, without the use of null lenses. This contrasts to just a few waves of aspheric departure for standard interferometers. Combining all the advantages of the SSI(R), for bigger or steeper optics metrology, the new SSI-A(R) incorporates an enhanced stitching engine that provides improved measurement accuracy over a broad range of aspheres. The new metrology system is also capable of taking full aperture measurements of spheres and flat surfaces.

"This new release is the next step in QED's product development roadmap," said Marc Tricard, Director of Business Development for QED. "QED strives to simplify optics manufacturing even as complexity, volume and quality demands in optics system designs become more challenging. We want manufacturers and end users to have confidence that their final product will be right on specification, reliably and consistently. This new SSI-A(R) is a flexible, easy to use yet powerful tool that serves optics manufacturers for both in-line and final metrology inspection of aspheres, spheres and flat surfaces."


Since it was founded in 1996, QED Technologies, based in Rochester, NY, has built a reputation for producing high quality products based on revolutionary, patented technology, advanced computer numerical control machines and world-class software to provide shop-ready solutions for nearly any precision optics manufacturing need. QED offers state-of-the-art finishing and metrology solutions that are designed to meet the needs of advanced optics manufacturers by increasing production speed and yield while decreasing costs. QED is dedicated to providing revolutionary technical solutions that enable or significantly enhance its customers' capabilities and positively impact their bottom line. QED Technologies is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cabot Microelectronics Corporation (NASDAQ:CCMP). For more information about QED Technologies, visit or contact Robin Townell, Marketing Manager, at (585) 256-6540 ext. 241.


Cabot Microelectronics Corporation, headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, is the world's leading supplier of CMP slurries used in semiconductor and data storage manufacturing. The company's products play a critical role in the production of the most advanced semiconductor devices, enabling the manufacture of smaller, faster and more complex devices by its customers. Since becoming an independent public company in 2000, the company has grown to approximately 800 employees on a global basis. The company's vision is to become the world leader in shaping, enabling and enhancing the performance of surfaces, so the company is leveraging its expertise in CMP slurry formulation, materials and polishing techniques developed for the semiconductor industry and applying it to demanding surface modification applications in other industries where shaping, enabling and enhancing the performance of surfaces is critical to success. For more information about Cabot Microelectronics Corporation, visit or contact Amy Ford, Director of Investor Relations at (630) 499-2600.


This news release may include statements that constitute "forward looking statements" within the meaning of federal securities regulations. These forward-looking statements include statements related to: future sales and operating results; company and industry growth or trends; growth of the markets in which the company participates; international events; product performance; the generation, protection and acquisition of intellectual property, and litigation related to such intellectual property; new product introductions; development of new products, technologies and markets; the acquisition of or investment in other entities; uses and investment of the company's cash balance; and the construction of facilities by Cabot Microelectronics Corporation. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties, and other factors, including those described from time to time in Cabot Microelectronics' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described by these forward-looking statements. In particular, see "Risk Factors" in the company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2008 and in the company's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2007, both filed with the SEC. Cabot Microelectronics assumes no obligation to update this forward-looking information.

CONTACT: QED Technologies
Robin Townell, Marketing Manager
(585) 256-6540 ext. 241

SOURCE: QED Technologies

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