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News Release
December 9, 1999


MIDDLEFIELD, CONNECTICUT - (December 9, 1999) Zygo Corporation (NASDAQ:ZIGO) Sales to several major Data Storage customers, including Hitachi Metals at their Penang, Malaysia, facility, have resulted in orders approaching $3 million in the first half of fiscal year 2000. These units are being used in the demanding GMR head manufacturing environment, where ZYGO's proprietary and patented measurement methods have given manufacturers the speed, resolution, and the stability required to meet the demands of the newest head designs. In addition to excellent results for ABS measurements, production proven and automated PTR measurements have shown industry leading results for GRR and speed - factors that have contributed to rapid payback of investment for the GMR head manufacturers.

"As precision fly height control and drive performance continue to advance, precise process metrology of critical head parameters are paramount. Our proprietary scanning technologies, advanced data processing and analysis capabilities are providing manufacturers with the required tools for critical process control of PTR and shallow etch head parameters. This added value, combined with the more traditional ABS and PTR profiling, has allowed ZYGO to maintain its reputation as a leading supplier of advanced metrology and application solutions to the industry," stated John Roth, product manager for the NewView 5000 product line.

Commenting on the business situation, Brian Monti, vice president worldwide sales & marketing, stated, "While Data Storage is showing improvement over the last two years, in the case of ZYGO, the resurgence of orders for our profilers is being driven by the transition to GMR heads and more complex head geometries. These new designs require our unique hardware and software abilities to profile properly. In our semiconductor business, we are seeing similar customer acceptance of our technologies with an increased order booking for our CD measurement and automation tools. These technologies combined with our regional and local service support offices in the Pac Rim are successfully addressing our customers' needs."

In addition to the recent Data Storage success, ZYGO has introduced several new product platforms to add to the NewView 5000 3D Surface Profiler family. New and improved features and capabilities include: a new (patented) data acquisition and analysis module offering superior repeatability and performance; redesigned piezo-based scanner with increased scan range, performance, and reliability; vertical scan and autofocus range up to 5 mm; a 1X and 100X objective, as well as a complete line of long-working distance objectives. ZYGO continues to extend the capabilities of our products and technology to provide innovative and successful customer-focused 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 sales offices throughout the world. 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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