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Nova Receives Multiple Orders For Its V2600 Through Silicon Via Metrology System

REHOVOT, Israel, October 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd. (NASDAQ: NVMI), a leading provider of optical metrology solutions to the semiconductor process control market, reported today that two major customers ordered its recently launched TSV (Through-Silicon Via) metrology system, the Nova V2600 [ TM ].

These orders follow a thorough technical evaluation process by customer experts selecting the Nova V2600 for its unique ability to provide complete three-dimensional metrology of the TSV for several technology nodes. Profile information, available for the first time through the use of Nova's patent pending Dark-Field Reflectometry, is considered critical for properly controlling the etching and insulation steps of TSV formation. The high-throughput Nova V2600 was selected to support the transition to volume production of 3D integration with minimal yield loss to TSV electrical failures.

"These orders from two of our top customers, combined with several engagements with other key customers, strengthen our confidence in the market potential of metrology for 3D integration. Our customers can now offer their TSV-based products with higher confidence in the uniformity and reliability of the process," said Eitan Oppenhaim, Executive Vice President of Global Business at Nova. "The adoption of 3D integration is gated by the need for very high yield with tight cost controls, and Nova aims to contribute by providing our signature combination of leading edge metrology and low cost of ownership."

About Nova: Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd. develops, produces and markets advanced integrated and standalone 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.

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