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Sensing & Measurement

QED Technologies receives R&D 100 Award for metrology tool

QED Technologies, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cabot Microelectronics Corporation (NASDAQ: CCMP), has been named as a recipient of the R&D 100 Award for 2008. This prestigious award is granted by R&D Magazine for the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace in the past year. The winning new product, "Subaperture Stitching Interferometer for Aspheres (SSI-A ®)", cites QED Technologies' SSI-A ® technology as a turnkey precision measurement tool uniquely capable of measuring complex surfaces.

This is the second consecutive year that QED Technologies has been honored with the R&D 100 Award. Last year, QED Technologies, in conjunction with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Zygo Corporation, was recognized for its magnetorheological finishing (MRF ®) application in producing precision optics for laser fusion. MRF ® and SSI-A ® technologies are highly complementary modification and measurement technologies, enabling users to achieve breakthrough precision in the manufacture of optical components.

"We are honored by this recognition", says Marc Tricard, Director of Business Development for QED. "There is an adage in the optics industry that says, 'If you can't measure it, you can't make it.' With the SSI-A, optics manufacturers can now measure their products -- spheres, flats and aspheres -- with confidence. This one tool enables optics manufacturers to expand their product line while streamlining the production process."

QED Technologies also announced plans to build a 50,000-square-foot facility in Henrietta, NY, at a cost of $5.1 million, and consolidate 65 workers at three sites in Rochester. They also expect to add 15 workers over the next three years.