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News Release
September 21, 1999

Zygo Corporation Announces Record Orders for Second Generation AutoMESA Tool

September 21, 1999, Middlefield, Conn. - Zygo Corporation, a world leader in high performance surface metrology systems, today announces multiple orders for their second-generation AutoMESA disk flatness and sorting metrology tool from customers in the United States, Europe, and Asia. The value of the units ordered approaches $2 million. They offer high throughput and nanometer accuracy in measuring the form factor of 95mm, 84mm, and 64mm aluminum and glass disks. The system is designed to handle blanks to polished disks.

Originally introduced in 1998, the second-generation tool introduced this year provides data storage customers with a 20% increase in cycle time performance and system throughput. At the same time, the redesigned tool has been reduced in size with the product footprint less than 40% of the earlier model.

"This order represents the trend toward automated metrology solutions in the data storage industry, and shows the confidence our data storage customers are placing in ZYGO as a leading automation and metrology supplier," said Craig Peterson, ZYGO business manager for automation products and solutions.

Zygo Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and markets high performance measurement and yield improvement instruments, custom automation systems, and accessories used in high technology industries. The Company is headquartered in Middlefield, Connecticut, and also has operations in Asslar, Germany; Longmont, Colorado; and in Sunnyvale, California. ZYGO is traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol ZIGO. Additional information on the Company is available on the Internet at

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which reflect the Company's current judgment on certain issues. Because such statements apply to future events, they are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially. Important factors which could cause actual results to differ materially are described in the Company's reports on Form 10-K and 10-Q on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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