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Nova Adds Another Leading Foundry To Its Integrated Metrology Customer Base

REHOVOT, Israel, April 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd. (NASDAQ: NVMI) provider of leading edge stand-alone metrology and the market leader of integrated metrology solutions to the semiconductor process control market, announced today that a leading foundry has accepted Nova's integrated metrology tools as Production Tool of Record (PTOR) for various technology nodes. The metrology tools will be used in CMP for various applications.

It is the first implementation of an integrated metrology solution in production for this leading foundry following a proof of concept evaluation that clearly showed improvement in production yields and superior ROI. This recent selection of Nova's integrated metrology tools complements previous selections by this particular customer of Nova's most advanced Stand Alone metrology tools and MARS modeling software for production in various technology nodes and different process steps.

This initial order for multiple tools was partially shipped in the first quarter and is expected to complete shipment during the second quarter.

"We are proud to add another leading Foundry to our integrated metrology customer base," commented Gabi Seligsohn, President & CEO of Nova. "This additional adoption of our integrated metrology platform further solidifies our leading position in the area of process control for semiconductor manufacturing.  We expect this win to generate significant business opportunities for us in the future as the customer extends its usage of integrated metrology solutions in current and for more advanced technology nodes. This selection is yet another win in a long chain of successful evaluations, where Nova was chosen to be a partner for development and process control in most advanced technology nodes."

About Nova: Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd. develops, produces and markets advanced integrated and stand alone metrology solutions for the semiconductor manufacturing industry. Nova is traded on the NASDAQ & TASE under the symbol NVMI. The Company's website is http://www.nova.co.il.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 relating to future events or our future performance, such as statements regarding trends, demand for our products, expected deliveries, transaction, expected revenues, operating results, earnings and profitability. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied in those forward looking statements. These risks and other factors include but are not limited to:  our dependency on two product lines; the highly cyclical nature of the markets we target; our inability to reduce spending during a slowdown in the semiconductor industry; our ability to respond effectively on a timely basis to rapid technological changes; our dependency on OEM suppliers; cyber security risks; risks related to open source technologies; our ability to retain our competitive position despite the ongoing consolidation in our industry; risks associated with our dependence on a single manufacturing facility; our ability to expand our manufacturing capacity or marketing efforts to support our future growth; our dependency on a small number of large customers and small number of suppliers; our dependency on our key employees; risks related to changes in our order backlog; risks related to the financial, political and environmental instabilities that may affect our sales in Asia; risks related to our intellectual property; changes in customer demands for our products; new product offerings from our competitors; changes in or an inability to execute our business strategy; unanticipated manufacturing or supply problems; changes in tax requirements; changes in customer demand for our products; risks related to currency fluctuations and risks related to our operations in Israel. We cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. The matters discussed in this press release also involve risks and uncertainties summarized under the heading "Risk Factors" in Nova's Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31,2011 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 28, 2012. These factors are updated from time to time through the filing of reports and registration statements with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd. does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.

Company Contact: Dror David, Chief Financial Officer Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd. Tel: +972-73-229-5833 E-mail: info@nova.co.il http://www.nova.co.il Investor Relations Contacts: Ehud Helft / Kenny Green CCG Investor Relations Tel: +1-646-201-9246 E-mail: nova@ccgisrael.com

SOURCE Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd

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