3rdTech Announces Visualization and Control System for
ThermoMicroscopes Scanning Probe Microscopes

 NanoManipulator DP-100 System Revolutionizes Interactive Display and Manipulation for Nanotechnology Research

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, August 17, 2000 – 3rdTech, Inc., devoted to creating products and businesses from university research, today announced the availability of the  NanoManipulator DP-100 System, a revolutionary tool for research in Nanotechnology. The NanoManipulator DP-100 enhances the value of a Scanning Probe Microscope (SPM) with capabilities never before available in a commercial product.

Originally research technology developed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the NanoManipulator System was designed by and for scientists to turn an SPM into a truly interactive tool. Now available commercially for the first time, the systems’ unique features include:

Advanced 3D graphics visualization of scanned data

State-of-the-art Force Feedback enabling scientists to ‘feel’ and interactively manipulate their samples

An ‘automatic lab notebook’ which records complete session data enabling replay and re-analysis of microscope explorations.

“The NanoManipulator has been a successful research tool for scientists at UNC-CH for several years”, said Nick England, President and CEO of 3rdTech, Inc. “3rdTech is excited to be the channel to make this technology widely available.”

The NanoManipulator DP-100 System is tightly integrated with several different SPMs available from ThermoMicroscopes – world leader in Atomic Force and Scanning Probe Microscopes, including their Explorer and Discoverer models. ThermoMicroscopes recently announced a worldwide joint marketing agreement with 3rdTech. “The NanoManipulator DP-100 is a powerful addition to our industry-leading instruments”, said Paul West, Vice President Sales and Marketing for ThermoMicroscopes. “Leading research laboratories worldwide will be interested in these advanced capabilities.”

In addition to extensive software, the NanoManipulator DP-100 System includes a high-performance, dual-processor graphics workstation connected to the SPM, a SensAble Technologies Phantom Desktop 6DOF interface and force-feedback device, and a dial and pushbutton peripheral unit. It is compatible with both new and installed ThermoMicroscopes (http://www.thermomicro.com) SPMs and will be available this month.