Cognex Vision Selected by Leading Computer Chip Manufacturer for Traceability Initiative

Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ: CGNX) announced today that a leading manufacturer of computer chips has selected Cognex vision for a large-scale traceability initiative. Cognex expects bookings for this project to total more than $600,000.

The customer will use Cognex MVS-8600 systems to read 2D Data Matrix codes etched onto chipsets. The 2D codes are used to uniquely identify each chipset, allowing automated handling equipment to retrieve data for categorization and processing decisions. Information on each chipset is also collected and stored in a database, where it can be used to verify warranties and process any product recalls.

The customer selected the Cognex MVS-8600 system because it is capable of quickly scanning and decoding a complete tray of chipsets with high accuracy even when marks are degraded, and can also adjust to different product types without any hardware changes.

Cognex won this project after a rigorous qualification process involving several suppliers, said Dr. Robert J. Shillman, Cognex Chairman and CEO. Cognex was able to show that we had the most robust system, as well as the best support, which was vital due to the customers short timeframe for implementation.

Dr. Shillman continued, While many ID readers can perform adequately on clean marks, Cognex IDMax software provides superior accuracy and higher read rates on codes that are worn or imperfect. This extra level of performance means that fewer good chips are rejected due to poor marking, which enhances the customers yield and reduces waste.

About Cognex

Cognex Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and markets machine vision sensors and systems, or devices that can "see." Cognex vision sensors are used in factories around the world to automate the manufacture of a wide range of items and to assure their quality. Cognex is the world's leader in the machine vision industry, having shipped more than 350,000 machine vision systems, representing over $2 billion in cumulative revenue, since the company's founding in 1981. In addition to its corporate headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, Cognex also has regional offices and distributors located throughout North America, Japan, Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

Contacts:

Cognex Corporation
Robin Pratt, 858-350-5065
Sr. Manager, Corporate Communications
email: robin.pratt@cognex.com

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