QED Technologies polishing system for small optics earns EAR99 classification

Sept. 7, 2011
The Q22-XE3 polishing machine for small optics, which features the company's Magnetorheological Finishing (MRF) technology, recently earned U.S. Government EAR99 classification.

The Q22-XE3 polishing machine for small optics, which features the company's Magnetorheological Finishing (MRF) technology, recently earned U.S. Government EAR99 classification, allowing export without an export license. Employing fewer axes of motion, the machine can polish rotationally symmetric, convex, and concave optics up to 100 mm in diameter.
QED Technologies
Rochester, NY

www.qedmrf.com

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QED TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF MRF®
POLISHING SYSTEM CLASSIFIED AS EAR99

ROCHESTER, NY, September 7, 2011 - QED Technologies International Inc, (QED), pioneer and exclusive provider of Magnetorheological Finishing (MRF®) polishing and Subaperture Stitching Interferometry (SSI®) metrology platforms for the precision optics industry, announces the availability of a specially configured MRF polishing system with U.S. Government EAR99 classification.
QED has developed a new MRF polishing machine, the Q22-XE3, which is classified as EAR99 and can be shipped to many countries and destinations under most circumstances without requiring an export license.

The Q22-XE3 is designed to polish with the same accuracy as other QED MRF systems, but it employs fewer axes of motion. It can polish many rotationally symmetric, convex and concave optics up to 100 millimeters in diameter, but within a narrower range than other QED MRF systems.
“We anticipate that this new MRF machine design may enable wide adoption of QED’s MRF technology in countries where our MRF technology previously has been challenging to obtain”, said Andrew Kulawiec, President of QED Technologies. “We believe this should allow us to apply the same design concept to other QED MRF polishing machines in the future thereby enabling the polishing of optics larger than 100 millimeters in diameter.”

ABOUT QED TECHNOLOGIES
Since it was founded in 1996, QED Technologies International Inc, based in Rochester, NY, has built a reputation for producing high quality products based on revolutionary, patented technology, advanced computer numerical control machines and world-class software to provide shop-ready solutions for nearly any precision optics manufacturing need. QED offers state-of-the-art finishing and metrology solutions that are designed to meet the needs of advanced optics manufacturers by increasing production speed and yield while decreasing costs. QED is dedicated to providing revolutionary technical solutions that enable or significantly enhance its customers’ capabilities and positively impact their bottom line. QED Technologies International Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cabot Microelectronics Corporation (NASDAQ:CCMP). For more information about QED Technologies, visit www.qedmrf.com or contact Robin Townell, Marketing Manager, at (585) 256-6540 ext. 241.

ABOUT CABOT MICROELECTRONICS CORPORATION
Cabot Microelectronics Corporation, headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, is the world's leading supplier of CMP polishing slurries and a growing CMP pad supplier to the semiconductor industry. The company's products play a critical role in the production of advanced semiconductor devices, enabling the manufacture of smaller, faster and more complex devices by its customers. The company’s mission is to create value by developing reliable and innovative solutions, through close customer collaboration, that solve today’s challenges and help enable tomorrow’s technology. Since becoming an independent public company in 2000, the company has grown to approximately 1,000 employees on a global basis. For more information about Cabot Microelectronics Corporation, visit www.cabotcmp.com or contact Trisha Tuntland, Manager of Investor Relations at (630) 499-2600.

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