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FEI Introduces New Software Solutions for Natural Resource Extraction

Published on September 1, 2010 at 9:20 PM

FEI Company (Nasdaq:FEIC), a leading instrumentation company providing electron microscope systems for applications across many industries, announces the availability of two new software solutions that provide quantifiable data to improve natural resource extraction. In addition, FEI announces that its popular QEMSCAN(R) software is now available on the Quanta(TM) 650 scanning electron microscope (SEM) platform.

The new software upgrades are part of FEI's automated mineralogy technology suite, a high throughput analysis solution that provides quantitative mineralogical data on a wide range of geological samples. In mining, this data enables engineers to optimize mineral processing and mine planning. In oil & gas exploration, the data enables geologists to develop improved reservoir models. In both market segments, these solutions reduce uncertainty in operational decisions, increasing the likelihood of more successful exploration and more efficient production.

"These powerful new solutions demonstrate FEI's commitment to improving the speed, user experience, and utility of the MLA and QEMSCAN solutions, following our acquisition of Intellection and the MLA business of JKTech in 2009," said Paul Scagnetti, FEI's Industry Market Division vice president and general manager. "These application-specific software solutions were developed at FEI's Center of Excellence for Natural Resources in Brisbane, Australia, working closely with our customers."

The software solutions being launched today include:

MLA v3.0--The Mineral Liberation Analyzer (MLA) measurement and analysis suite has been completely revised with the launch of version 3.0. The user interface is enhanced, with flexibility in processing of particle images and extraction of quantitative mineralogical data. A completely new and integrated data management system has also been introduced, as well as simplified measurement set-up and mineral standards management protocols.

iDiscover(TM) v5.0--This is the latest upgrade to the QEMSCAN software suite, and includes a revolutionary automated mineral identification algorithm. Customers can now directly identify more than twice as many elements, which enables more subtle discrimination of complex mineral compositions.

Also, for the first time, QEMSCAN is available on the FEI Quanta 650 SEM platform. The new QEMSCAN product has enhanced image quality and significantly faster X-ray acquisition throughput than previous QEMSCAN products.

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