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Bruker Announces Art and Archaeology Breakthrough in Analytical Performance with World’s First Handheld XRF to Use Silicon Drift Detector (SDD)

(EMAILWIRE.COM, June 30, 2008 ) KENNEWICK, Washington — June 30, 2008 - Bruker AXS today announced a technology breakthrough in art conservation and archaeology with the introduction of the new TRACERturboSD ™, the world’s first handheld X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) instrument that uses a Silicon Drift Detector (SDD) for dramatically improved speed, sensitivity and resolution. Bruker's industry-leading proprietary XFlash™ SDD, previously available only in high-performance laboratory XRF instruments, now offers unprecedented speed and analytical specificity when integrated into the novel handheld TRACERturboSD.

With this announcement, the Bruker AXS Handheld business, previously known as Keymaster Technologies Inc., builds on its long tradition of technology leadership in the handheld XRF industry that includes:
• 2001 - First tube-based handheld XRF
• 2004 - First vacuum handheld XRF, co-invented with NASA
• 2008 – First SDD-based handheld XRF
The revolutionary TRACERturboSD with integrated SDD offers unparalleled speed, sensitivity and energy resolution, previously found only in more expensive laboratory systems. Now all handheld XRF customer segments can benefit from these compelling performance advantages in their analytical work. For example, in art conservation and archaeology analysis the much better SDD energy resolution offers a significant gain in specificity and information content.

Dr. Bruce Kaiser, a Bruker Art Conservation expert, knows first-hand that this development will be welcomed by art conservators and archaeologists world-wide. "The art conservation community has long awaited a tool as powerful as the Silicon Drift Detector. This development opens up a whole universe of analytical capabilities, combining laboratory-grade results with the convenience of handheld portability," he said.

In addition to the new high-end TRACERturboSD, Bruker AXS continues to offer the standard S1 Tracer™ IIIV handheld instrument with traditional SiPIN diode technology for routine analysis.

Frank Laukien, President and CEO of Bruker Corporation, said: "We are very proud to announce this cutting-edge next-generation handheld XRF, incorporating our proprietary XFlash SDD technology. We believe the TRACERturboSD will have enormous analytical benefits for handheld XRF users, especially in art conservation and archaeology, and it truly represents a disruptive technology in this field."

John Landefeld, Vice President of Bruker AXS Handheld, indicated: "This breakthrough continues our tradition of technology leadership, going back to the initial introduction of tube-based XRF handhelds in 2001. Following the joint NASA-Bruker development of vacuum technology for handhelds in 2004, Bruker proves, once again, to be the technology leader in handheld XRF instrumentation."

"The art and conservation communities will be particularly pleased to find that high-end handheld XRF can now approach the capabilities of laboratory systems,” added John Patterson, Director of Marketing and Product Management of Bruker AXS Handheld.

Bruker will exhibit the new handheld SDD instrument at the Denver X-ray Conference from August 4 through 8 in Denver, Colorado. For more TRACERturboSD information, visit: www.bruker-axs.com/handheld

ABOUT BRUKER AXS
For more information about Bruker AXS and Bruker Corporation , please visit www.bruker-axs.com and www.bruker.com.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
John I.H. Patterson
Bruker AXS Handheld Inc.
Director of Marketing and Product Management
Telephone: +1-609-847-9468
Email: jpatterson@BrukerHandheld.com



Bruker
Michael Willett
978-663-3660 X1411
Michael.Willett@bruker.com

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