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News Release
April 12, 2000


MIDDLEFIELD, CONNECTICUT April 12, 2000…..Zygo Corporation, a world leader in interferometric metrology, received multiple orders for its expanded line of automated test systems for telecommunications industry. The orders, which were received during the third quarter, were from leading manufacturers of optical-based components and subsystems and will be shipped to customers starting in June 2000.

By providing automated, production-ready and precise surface measurements of micro-optics, filters, and mirrors, these products are enabling manufacturers to precisely control critical part parameters in production. This results in increased process control, reduced production costs, and higher yields. These capabilities are paramount as the industry shifts toward high-volume capacity, high-functionality optical systems to meet the requirements of increased bandwidth.

These interferometer-based products employ innovative techniques for rapid and precise noncontact, 3-D surface characterization of microlens arrays, discrete micro-lenses, molded aspheric optics, miniature mirrors, miniature filters, and a variety of other micro-optical components. Integral to each system are advanced software capabilities and automated motion control for rapid and robust measurements in production environments. Typical surface measurement output data includes radius of curvature, surface form, transmitted wavefront, roughness, and step height.

"We are pleased at the overwhelming acceptance of our products from leading manufacturers in this high-technology growth market. The high performance attributes and unique capabilities of these products have positioned us to achieve further penetration into the optical telecommunications market by addressing the metrology needs of current and next generation optical devices, such as Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) devices and Terabit routers, critical for the all-optical network," stated John Roth, product manager.

"These orders were received from both emerging and established industry icons in the telecommunications industry and add to our initial successes in this market sector," said Brian Monti, vice president worldwide sales and service. "Based upon the overwhelming interest from our participation in the optical fibers communications conference in Baltimore last month, we are encouraged about our possibilities for continued success in meeting the needs of our customers in this area."

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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