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Hitachi High Technologies America to Exhibit New Microscope at Nanotech 2006 in Boston

New tabletop microscope debuts to nano audience.
PLEASANTON, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 1, 2006--Hitachi High Technologies America, Inc. today announced that the company will exhibit the new TM-1000 Tabletop Microscope at NSTI Nanotech 2006 (Hitachi booth # 419, May 8-9, 2006 Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA).

The TM-1000 Tabletop Microscope is set to transform the field of basic microscopy. This novel instrument gives a performance in excess of an ordinary optical microscope. Operation of the TM-1000 requires no special sample preparation for hydrated, oily or non-conducting samples and is as easy to use as a digital camera.

The TM-1000 utilizes scanning electron microscope (SEM) technology. It is easy to use while retaining powerful imaging capabilities. Surface morphology is shown in stereoscopic detail with images in contrast due to different average atomic number composition within the sample. This allows different phases in materials to be distinguished or heavy metal-labeled areas in a specimen to be located with ease. A built-in measurement function allows dimensional information to be acquired quickly and easily.

The new TM-1000 Tabletop Microscope produces high quality images and bridges the gap between optical and electron microscopy with 10x improvement in resolution and magnification as well as 100x improvement in depth of field compared with conventional optical microscopes. It provides a real alternative to optical microscopes, stereo microscopes and confocal laser scanning microscopes.

The new unit has applications for many sectors including life science, food, cosmetics, healthcare, pharmaceutical, textiles, materials science, semiconductor and education. This compact instrument accepts samples up to 70 mm in diameter and 20 mm thickness. It is equipped with auto-focus, auto-brightness and auto-contrast functions and features a magnification range of 20 - 10,000x using standard imaging and up to 40,000x using digital zoom capabilities. All images are recorded digitally on a computer for easy access. The extensive functionality of this simple-to-use microscope enables even non-specialists to effortlessly obtain images of outstanding quality.

Hitachi High Technologies America, Inc., headquartered in Schaumburg, IL, and a subsidiary of Hitachi High Technologies, Tokyo Japan, sells and services a full range of products for metrology, etch, defect review, inspection and failure analysis. HTA is comprised of nine business units: Electron Microscope, Semiconductor Equipment, Life Sciences, Information Systems, Electronics Applied Systems, Electronic Components, Electronic Products, Hard Drive Manufacturing Systems and Advanced Materials. For further information, visit

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT), parent of Hitachi High Technologies, and headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 347,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2004 (ended March 31, 2005) consolidated sales totaled 9,027.0 billion yen ($84.4 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's Website at

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