Handheld Readers perform direct part mark identification.

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Capable of reading of all printed and Direct Part Mark codes, DataMan(TM) 7500 series combines IDMax(TM) code reading software with UltraLight(TM) illumination technology to read codes regardless of marking method, part material, shape, or surface texture. Corded DataMan 7500 supports USB, keyboard wedge, and RS232 communications, and cordless DataMan 7550 supports Bluetooth® wireless communications. Both ID readers combine DSP with 1,280 x 1,024 image sensor.



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Cognex Introduces Next-Generation Handheld Readers for Direct Part Mark Identification



Natick, MA, January 4, 2006-Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ - CGNX), the world's leading supplier of machine vision sensors and industrial ID readers, today announced the next generation DataMan(TM) 7500 series handheld direct part mark readers. The DataMan 7500 provides breakthrough reading of all printed and Direct Part Mark (DPM) codes for manufacturers implementing part traceability programs in the automotive, aerospace, electronics, healthcare, and defense industries.

"Rapid adoption of DPM identification for part traceability has manufacturers demanding a rugged, self-contained reader that performs consistently on all types of codes and parts," said Justin Testa, Cognex Senior Vice President, ID Products. "The DataMan 7500 sets a new performance standard for handheld DPM readers, reliably reading everything from the most challenging DPM codes to the easiest printed barcodes. And the new reader is rugged enough to withstand up to 50 drops to concrete from two meters."

The DataMan 7500 handheld ID readers combine Cognex's award-winning IDMax(TM) code reading software with a new patent-pending UltraLight(TM) illumination technology to read codes regardless of marking method, part material, shape, or surface texture. The DataMan 7500 series includes the 7500 corded and 7550 cordless models.

The DataMan 7500 supports USB, keyboard wedge and RS232 communications, and the DataMan 7550 supports Bluetooth(r) wireless communications. Both readers combine the highest performance DSP found in any handheld reader with a high-resolution (1280 x 1024) image sensor, rugged industrial design, simple set-up interface, and world-class ergonomics.

Cognex teamed with Hand Held Products (Skaneateles Falls, NY) on the development of the DataMan 7500 and 7550. "Collaborating with Hand Held Products, the leader in image-based auto ID, allows us to deliver industry leading Cognex DPM reading technology in the rugged, ergonomic form factors that industry demands," Justin Testa continued. "Going forward, we will work together with Hand Held Products to deliver wireless and mobile solutions for DPM ID."

The DataMan 7550 will be available in January 2006 and the DataMan 7500 will be available in February 2006.

About Cognex
Cognex Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and markets machine vision systems, or computers that can "see." Cognex is the world's leader in the machine vision industry, having shipped more than 275,000 machine vision systems, representing over $1.9 billion in cumulative revenue, since the company's founding in 1981. Cognex's Modular Vision Systems Division, headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, specializes in machine vision systems that are used for automating the manufacture of a wide range of discrete items and for assuring their quality. Cognex's Surface Inspection Systems Division, headquartered in Alameda, California, specializes in machine vision systems that are used for inspecting the surfaces of products manufactured in a continuous fashion, such as metals, papers, and plastics. In addition to its corporate headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, Cognex also has regional offices and distributors located throughout North America, Japan, Europe, Southeast Asia and Latin America. Visit Cognex on-line at www.cognex.com/. The Bluetooth trademarks are owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc.

About Hand Held Products
With headquarters in Central New York, Hand Held Products is a worldwide leading manufacturer of image based data collection systems for mobile, wireless, and transaction processing solutions. Visit Hand Held Products online at http://www.handheld.com/.

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